[ExI] Trump asks "​Why Can’t We Use Nuclear Weapons?​"​

Adrian Tymes atymes at gmail.com
Wed Aug 3 23:39:29 UTC 2016

On Aug 3, 2016 12:48 PM, "John Clark" <johnkclark at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 3, 2016 at 12:31 PM, Darin Sunley <dsunley at gmail.com> wrote:
>> If the "serious" politicians, on both sides of the aisle, wanted us to
be able to take seriously the idea that a presidential candidate like Trump
could be an existential threat to the country, they probably shouldn't have
spent the last three decades describing, in turn, Ronald Reagan, Bill
Clinton, George W Bush, and Barack Obama as similar existential threats.
> ​There is no point in pretending that Trump is just another presidential
candidate, he isn't.

You miss Darin's point.  In previous contests the tone and volume of
complaints about the other party were ramped up.  Thus, while the
complaints about Trump being worse are true, to too many voters the
complaints just sound like more of the same.

No amount of going on about Trump will fix this problem, because that is
not this problem.  (Trump is a problem, but not the problem Darin is
talking about.)

> And it's hard to keep up with Trump, just today he said if he loses that
can only mean the election was rigged and the November 8 vote illegal, and
that also is not politics as usual, no presidential candidate has ever said
something like that before.

Unfortunately, for all the lies Trump puts forth, that particular charge is
provably correct in too many states.  (The rigged part, anyway.  Way too
many laws are in place making the practices legal, and then there's the
question of whether something is effectively legal if the government will
never prosecute anyone for it despite what the law says.)  It has been a
small effect so far; only in Gore vs. Bush has it arguably affected the
outcome.  Trump supporters will likely imagine a much bigger level than is
the truth, whether he loses or merely fails to win by a landslide.

It is almost as if "hack the vote" wasn't just a catchphrase.
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