Trump didn't enjoy the skit. The thin-skinned authoritarian wasn't amused. Early Sunday morning he tweeted what amounted to a classic SNL advertisement that belongs on the sides of buses and that they would be crazy to not use:
Virginia has produced more presidents than any other state– George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor and Woodrow Wilson. They know a president when they see one and they don't see one on Trump. George W. Bush won there narrowly, with 52.5% in 2000 and 53.8% in 2004. Barack Obama won narrowly , with 52.6% in 2008 and with 51.2% in 2012. This year doesn't look like it's going to be narrow. A poll of likely Virginia voters released yesterday shows Trump at 29%– Clinton beating him by 15 points. She's even leading him among men!
One of the more reliable national polls– by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal had even worse news for Trump Tower Sunday morning: “In a four-way race, Democrat Clinton holds an 11-point lead over Republican Trump among likely voters, 48% to 37%. In a two way match-up, she leads him 51-41% And in one of the Utah polls just out, Trump comes in 4th, behind McMullin, Clinton and Johnson, among young voters 30 and under. The last time the Omaha World-Herald endorsed a Democrat for president, it wasn't LBJ over Goldwater. They punted that year. It was back in 1932, when they endorsed Franklin Roosevelt over Herbert Hoover. It was the last time they backed FDR and by 1936 they were pushing Alf Landon, who lost Nebraska's 7 electoral votes 347,445 (57.14%) to 247,731 (40.74%). And then yesterday this most staid, Republican of newspapers, endorsed Clinton as the prudent pick. No doubt part of the giant conspiracy against Trump. “The risk of a Donald Trump presidency,” the editors opined, “is simply too great.”
His alienation of so many groups– women, the disabled, Muslim-Americans, former prisoners of war, the family of a Muslim soldier killed in action, Mexican nationals and Mexican-Americans– is too divisive.
Trump shows a lack of statesmanship that is fundamental to serving in the Oval Office.
Trump has repeatedly shown a disdain for our nation’s allies and alliances and an affection for its enemies.
He has revealed a lack of command over key issues, such as the nation’s nuclear triad, Russian aggression and the significance of NATO alliances, paired with a propensity for unrealistic hyperbole, such as his promise to end all crime and violence in the country, or to build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico and have the Mexican government pay for it, with no pragmatic path to achieve such aims.
His claim that he would have Iranian gunboats “shot out of the water” for taunting a U.S. Navy ship shows a reckless response that could trigger yet another Middle East war.
A man who lashes out impulsively when attacked should not be entrusted to command the world’s most powerful military.
These issues, coupled with his statements regarding women, including the taped comments about grabbing women’s genitals and forcing kisses on them, simply make it too difficult to inspire confidence in him as president and commander-in-chief.
This is as good a time as any to ask you to read yesterday's Times column by Nick Kristof, If Hillary Clinton Groped Men. Kristof asks his readers to consider the double standard for women in American politics, by posing situations like:
Imagine that the Clintons had given an interview to People magazine and, while Bill stepped away to change clothes, Hillary told the male interviewer that she had a room to show him– and then stuck her tongue down his throat.
Imagine if Clinton had boasted on Howard Stern’s radio show that “in the history of the world, nobody has got more hot men than I have”– and referred to those men she had seduced as her “victims.” What if she were called a sex predator on the show, and she nodded proudly?
…Imagine if it were Hillary Clinton who had had five children by three husbands, who had said it was fine to refer to her daughter as a “piece of ass,” who participated in a radio conversation about oral sex in a hot tub, who rated men based on their body parts, who showed up in Playboy soft porn videos.
Imagine if 15 men had accused Clinton of assaulting or violating them, with more stepping forward each day.
Imagine if Clinton had held a Mr. Teen USA pageant and then marched unannounced into the changing area to ogle the young bodies as some were naked and, after doing the same thing at a Mr. USA pageant, marveled on a radio show at what she was allowed to get away with.
Imagine if in a primary election debate Clinton had boasted that there’s “no problem” with the size of her vagina.
Imagine if Clinton had less experience in government or the military than any person who has ever become president?
Imagine if she had said about a man running against her in the primaries, “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that?”
Dozens of them. Does Trump really believe everything is rigged against him? Are Republican office-holders from John McCain (AZ), Rob Portman (OH), Mike Crapo (ID) and Kelly Ayotte (NH) in the Senate to House Members Ann Wagner (MO), Martha Roby (AL), Jason Chaffetz (UT), Mia Love (UT), and Joe Heck (NV) part of the conspiracy orchestrated by Hillary Clinton against him? Is he that unaware of himself? He might be. Or maybe he's a shrewd businessman with a plan to start selling something to his new fan-base starting November 9th.
See this little chart from CBS? It could mean electoral victories November 8th for Catherine Cortez Masto, Ruben Kihuen, Jacky Rosen and Chip Evans and a Nevada congressional delegation that was made up of 2 Democrats and 4 Republicans going into Washington in 2017 with 5 Democrats and 1 Republican (Senator Dean Heller, who is lucky enough not be be up for reelection until 2018.) The two billboards below are on the Blue America truck driving all over the 4th district, letting voters know about their choice there. If you'd like to help us keep it on the road through November 8, please chip in what you can here.
“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross.” — Sinclair Lewis