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CNN says Hillary Clinton won the debate. Donald Trump disagrees but most other polls aren’t backing him up, so far.
Trump seemed to get the best of Hillary in the first 30 minutes when they tangled over trade rules. He caught her on the wrong side of President Obama’s Trans-Pacific Trade Deal, pointing out that she had called it the “gold standard.” Hillary denied this and then replied it wasn’t her responsibility and that she had changed her mind. So Trump insisted that she say it was Obama’s fault:
TRUMP: You called it the gold standard of trade deals. You said it’s the finest deal you’ve ever seen.
TRUMP: And then you heard what I said about it, and all of a sudden you were against it.
CLINTON: Well, Donald, I know you live in your own reality, but that is not the facts. The facts are — I did say I hoped it would be a good deal, but when it was negotiated…
CLINTON: … which I was not responsible for, I concluded it wasn’t. I wrote about that in my book…
TRUMP: So is it President Obama’s fault?
CLINTON: … before you even announced.
TRUMP: Is it President Obama’s fault?
CLINTON: Look, there are differences…
TRUMP: Secretary, is it President Obama’s fault?
CLINTON: There are…
TRUMP: Because he’s pushing it.
CLINTON: There are different views about what’s good for our country, our economy, and our leadership in the world. And I think it’s important to look at what we need to do to get the economy going again. That’s why I said new jobs with rising incomes, investments, not in more tax cuts that would add $5 trillion to the debt.
At that point Trump seemed to be mopping the floor with her. But Hillary quickly got under his skin by trashing his business acumen and ethics.
She took a page from the Harry Reid playbook to claim Trump doesn’t pay income taxes. Incredibly, The Donald seemed to agree by saying, “it makes me smart.” For the record, PolitiFact doesn’t agree. It rates her claim mostly false.
But after that Trump seemed Low Eenergy.
Elephant In Debate Room
The elephant in debate room was the fact that Immigration, Benghazi, and the Clinton Foundation didn’t make the cut. Those issues were never brought up by moderator Lester Holt or Trump.
Unburdened of that baggage, Hillary dragged her prey off into the tall grass. There she dismembered the small handed one with accusations of racism and sexism.
She claimed the Stop and Frisk law was ruled unconstitutional and moderator Holt backed her up. She also insisted the murder rate continues to decline. In truth, Stop and Frisk was never ruled unconstitutional. And the FBI released a report the next morning showing the murder rate had surged 10.8% in 2015.
Hillary went on to back up her racism charge using Tulsa and Charlotte as “tragic examples.” Trump lacked the energy to point out that Black people rioted in Charlotte where a black man was killed by a black police officer who worked for a black police chief.
At an LGBT fundraiser on Friday Hillary said, “you can put half of Trump’s supporters in a basket of deplorables.” Then she went on to say that those in the basket are sexist, Islamophobic, racist, homophobes who jaywalk. I made up the jaywalk part.
She also smeared Trump in the same way a couple weeks ago with a rant about the alt right. And her campaign ran an ad with a guy in robes saying Trump believes what he believes.
This from a gal who called Robert Byrd, a former Ku Klux Klan Wizard as well as U.S. Senator from West Virginia, her friend and mentor. (Wonder how her mentor would feel about the way she treats his coal miners.)
Anyway, all that got under Ben Stein‘s skin:
This woman, who just uttered the most vile slanders against men and women whose only sin is supporting a candidate who dares to oppose her, who dares to oppose the media/Wall Street/White House buddy system, says that only she is “temperamentally fit” to be President. Really? Temperamentally fit to work for the KGB is more like it.
Donald Trump wished her a speedy recovery.
Until now, Clintonians considered it a deplorable conspiracy to question Hillary’s health.
Now her health has become a deplorable issue.
The FBI did a document dump on the Friday afternoon before Labor Day weekend. The dumped documents detailed Hillary Clinton’s answers to questions about her secret email server.
And it turns out Hillary used 15 Blackberrys with her home brew server. She had publicly claimed she needed the private server so she could use just one device. Of the fifteen devices, two were destroyed with a hammer. The whereabouts of the others are unknown.
Furthermore, an employee of Platte River Networks, the contractor who managed the server, wiped it clean. Not with a cloth or something, as Hillary wondered aloud. He used BleachBit software to destroy data which had been subpoenaed by Congress.
Paul Sperry in the NY Post writes:
Far from exonerating Clinton, the nearly 60 pages of documents expose both the systematic destruction of subpoenaed evidence by Clinton’s aides and the curious lack of interest by investigators in recovering it.
Comey even let Clinton’s State Department aides Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson sit in on the interview with Clinton’s other lawyers, despite the glaring conflict of interest. FBI documents make clear Mills and Samuelson led the effort to search and destroy Clinton’s subpoenaed e-mails and should’ve been prime targets of the investigation.
Andrew McCarthy in National Review calls Mills, longtime consigliere and chief-of-staff at Hillary’s State Department, the Clinton Family’s Tom Hayden.
I’m pretty sure he meant Tom Hagen.
Not long ago I drew ISIS as the Rodney Dangerfield of jihad. But now President Obama is turning out to be the Rodney Dangerfield of the rest of the world. Nobody much seems to respect him. Or fear him.
Just this past week China snubbed the president during an airport greeting. Then Russian jets buzzed U.S. military aircraft over the Black Sea. And finally the Iran Navy said thanks for the ransom money by harassing U.S. ships with glorified jet skis.
Oh, and the president of the Philippines called him a son-of-a-bitch.
Charles Krauthammer says the the president’s “high minded lectures about global norms and demands that others live up to their “international obligations” are no longer amusing. Now they’re irritating.”
He notes that Obama told CNN that he warned Chinese President Xi to behave in the South China Sea “or there would be consequences.”
Red line anyone?
Donald Trump reached out to African American voters last week while visiting inner city churches in Detroit and Philadelphia. His message was, “Democrats aren’t helping you, why not give me a try?”
This enraged liberals who called his Philadelphia visit an “offensive gimmick.” The mayor of Detroit asked if Trump was just there “to use Detroiters as props in a re-imagining campaign?”
African American Voters
Jason Riley in the WSJ thinks Trump is finally on to something. He believes Democrat leaders are holding back minorities in the cities they run:
Democrats are calling Trump names because they can’t defend their record. Homicides in Philadelphia rose last year and are up 6% this year. In 2015 Detroit students scored the lowest among big-city school districts on national math and reading tests. Minority children with access to school vouchers and charter schools are narrowing the achievement gap, while Democrats and teachers unions are working hand in glove to limit school choice.
Meanwhile, Chicago logged its 500th murder of the year over Labor Day weekend.