The first presidential debate has come and gone. While pundits were divided as to who actually won the debate, the latest national poll from Fox News which was taken post debate shows Hillary Clinton at 49% leading Donald Trump at 45% by 5 points. Only 31 days away, the election remains a very close race. It has often been said that the closer the race, the meaner the campaigns become as the candidates start pulling out all the stops in the countdown to Election Day. The race between Republican Nominee real estate billionaire Donald Trump and Democratic Nominee Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has now entered the final phase of the election where the candidates have their last chance to make their case to the American people. Consequently, it is no surprise that the mudslinging is increasing.
Throughout the campaign, the vitriol directed towards Donald Trump has been unprecedented as the candidate has been under attack from the Clinton Campaign, the liberal stream of the media and prominent members of the Republican Party and the conservative media. Over the last week, the Trump campaign has been fending off the resurgence of a twenty year old story concerning Alicia Machado, the former Miss Universe who Trump reportedly referred to as “Miss Piggy” after she gained weight shortly after winning the Miss Universe title back in 1996. Machado became a headline when Hillary Clinton pulled her name out of the tabloid dustbins during the September 26 presidential debate. Trump also reportedly referred to her as “Miss Housekeeping”, which was perceived as a pejorative comment about her Latino heritage. Trump tried to change the conversation about Alicia Machado by saying that while those managing the pageant wanted to fire her for her weight gain, he gave her the opportunity to lose the weight or said another way, keep her job. Granted he did this under the auspices of televising her weigh-ins and workouts. But then again, at the time, he was in the business of “reality television”.
The latest brouhaha to hit the Trump campaign is the New York Times report that Trump “declared a $916 million loss on his 1995 income tax returns, a tax deduction so substantial it could have allowed him to legally avoid paying any federal income taxes for up to 18 years”. The liberal media were of course all over this “bombshell” of Trump tax evasion. However, as they say in the vernacular, there was no there, there. Prior to the article’s release, the Trump campaign released a statement that “Mr. Trump is a highly-skilled businessman who has a fiduciary responsibility to his business, his family and his employees to pay no more tax than legally required, the statement said, “That being said, Mr. Trump has paid hundreds of millions of dollars in property taxes, sales and excise taxes, real estate taxes, city taxes, employee taxes and federal taxes.”
Trump’s surrogates also rushed to his defense. “This is a perfectly legal application of the tax code. And he would have been a fool not to take advantage of it”, said Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor and a Trump adviser. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie who leads Trump’s transition team made similar comments. “There’s no one who has shown more genius in their way to maneuver about the tax code as he rightfully used the laws to do that.”
On Monday the Attorney General of New York Eric Schneider man ordered Donald Trump’s charity, The Trump Foundation to stop fundraising following a report claiming that the foundation broke New York State law by raising more than $25,000 from outside donors without having properly registered within the state to collect external donations. While the Trump Campaign has stated that they are fully cooperating with the investigation, Trump Campaign Spokesperson Hope Hicks also stated that the Trump Campaign is “concerned about the political motives behind AG Schneiderman’s investigation”. Schneiderman is a Democrat who has endorsed Hillary Clinton.
So while the Trump campaign continues to be attacked on all fronts, the media attacks on Hillary Clinton remains relatively light relative to her misdeeds. Clinton took some heat over the weekend for an audio tape from a February fundraiser where she referred to Bernie Sanders’ supporters from the millennial generation as “children of the Great Recession who are “living in their parents’ basement.’ An unfortunate outing for Clinton who is now actively courting millennials. Clinton is also dealing with the re-emergence of a story that Bill Clinton had a love child with a black prostitute named Bobbie Ann Williams. Now 28 years old, Danny Williams even resembles former President Bill Clinton. Williams is now all over the media calling Bill his papa.
We all expected that the media’s kid gloves approach to Hillary Clinton might end with the WikiLeaks October Surprise which was supposed to be the bombshell to end Hillary Clinton’s presidential run. Unfortunately the WikiLeaks announcement turned out to be more of a trick than a treat. The Trump backers who stayed up all night to hear a scandalous revelation about Clinton such as “proof” that she sold weapons to ISIS during her tenure as Secretary of State, were instead treated to a two hour WikiLeaks 10th Anniversary commemoration/fundraising appeal. However, with only a few weeks to the election, another Clinton leak , wiki or otherwise might be revealed which may be so “juicy” that even the liberal media can’t help but pile on.
A lot can happen in thirty days. Stay tuned.
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