Donald Trump’s Latest Distortions on Hillary Clinton … A look at Trump’s assertions about Clinton on Wednesday and how they stack up with the facts … Donald Trump’s fierce denunciation of Hillary Clinton on Wednesday was rife with distortion. –AP/Fortune
This article by the AP posted at Fortune attempts to counteract distortions in yesterday’s speech about Hillary Clinton by Donald Trump.
It goes through Trump’s statements and finds statistical flaws and other sorts of factual errors.
But really, this is a flawed analysis.
Trump is not so concerned about statistical accuracy. He’s concerned about emotional honesty.
NPRs Mara Liasson called the speech one that “Republicans Have Been Waiting 20 Years To Hear.”
Donald Trump did what Republicans have begged their presidential candidate to do for months — lay out the case, from A to Z, against Hillary Clinton.
Trump didn’t hold back in a blistering speech Wednesday. He went through chapter and verse of every criticism — based in fact or conspiracy theory — against the Clintons. In sum, Trump said, Hillary Clinton may be “the most corrupt person ever to seek the presidency of the United States” and a “world-class liar.”
As he would be with a good movie, Trump isn’t interested in the plot so much as the feeling.
And his speech was effective because it portrayed Hillary’s larger political philosophy.
He made it clear she believes in US fedgov activism. And she believes in US military intervention abroad.
In other words, he suggested that a Hillary presidency would simply be an elaboration of a Bush presidency and an Obama presidency.
The twin pillars of both of these presidencies were fedgov activism and military activism.
That is why presidential policies remain the same no matter who is in office.
But Donald Trump seems to be a challenge to those who want US policies to continue as is.
At least it seems so based on the enemies he has accumulated as well as the increasingly negative media coverage.
This AP article wants to diminish the speech based on places where Trump may have exaggerated or misstated.
He accused Clinton of announcing a withdrawal from Iraq that wasn’t on her watch, pulled numbers out of nowhere on her plan for refugees and went beyond the established facts behind the killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya in stating starkly that she “left him there to die.”
But Trump doesn’t care about rigorous factual accuracy. He wants to get across the point that Hillary is corrupt and lies habitually.
The AP article makes the point that the facts don’t entirely support Trump’s statistics.
But this election won’t be about statistics. It’s being driven by raw emotion.
Hillary is a globalist. In Europe, EU officials have organized massive immigration from the Middle East to break down European culture, especially in countries like Germany.
Hillary has in mind the same tactic. It is one that George Bush tried to use when he wanted to turn Latin American immigrants into US citizens.
The idea is to drown the culture by importing people who do not understand it.
Trump also lambastes Hillary for corruption (accepting jewelry) and for wanting higher taxes and higher spending.
The AP article sets the record straight on these issues. Again, Trump exaggerates.
But it really doesn’t matter.
Hillary is a self-identified progressive. She believes in the power of government to make changes in people’s lives for the better.
The past 100 years provide us an object lesson that such an approach doesn’t work.
The US is in a depression. The federal government has promissory debt of $200 trillion.
Most people in the US have more debt than equity. In other words their net worth is negative.
In analyzing Trump’s speech analytically, the AP is missing the point. People are treating this election as if their lives depended on it.
Of course, we disagree with this perspective. Ultimately, the past 50 years show that politics changes little or nothing. You are the person who can make changes in your life, not Trump or Hillary Clinton.
Conclusion: Nonetheless, many people seem to see this election as a potential life-changing event. And Trump understands the emotion he is inspiring. He is very good at evoking it. This is going to be hard for Hillary to combat, especially if she tries to concentrate on facts rather than feeling.