Whatever you think of politics, whatever you think of Donald Trump, you must admit this has been the most entertaining election cycle ever.We are just over three weeks away, so we can expect at least 21 more crazy things to emerge. Now granted, we here at allenbwest.com stare at this for a living, but be honest, it’s still hard to avert your gaze from the continuing stream of accusations and claims being emitted from the campaign
They say politics is a blood sport, and they ain’t lyin. In fact now, Donald Trump is saying it is in fact a sport and he and Hillary Clinton are athletes.Real Clear Politics reports, At a campaign rally yesterday in Portsmouth, NH Trump said, You know maybe, we’re like athletes. I beat 17 governors and senators, I beat all these people, we’re like athletes. Hillary beat Bernie, although it looks like Bernie got a little bit of a bad deal if you look at the WikiLeaks. But we’re like athletes,” he said.
And since they’re like athletes, shouldn’t they have to take a drug test?
Trump promised he was clean, saying: “I’m willing to do it.”“A lot of things are going on folks,” he continued. “I think she’s actually getting pumped up if you want to know the truth.”
“She’s getting pumped up. You understand?”
“She’s getting pumped up for [the debate] Wednesday night…“So athletes, they make them take a drug test. I think we should take a drug test prior to the debate,” he said, drawing cheers from the crowd.
“Why don’t we do that? We should take a drug test,” he said. “Because I don’t know what’s going on with her.”
“Because at the beginning of the last debate, she was all pumped up at the beginning, and at the end she was like, ‘Oh, take me down.’ She could barely get back to her car.”“So I think we should take a drug test,” he repeated. “I’m willing to do it.”
Of course, Democrats also fired their shots. Several prominent Democrats, including former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, suggested that Donald Trump looked like he was on cocaine at the second debate.
(Rolling my eyes)
You know, it used to be that we held our elected officials to a higher standard – at least based on what was presented as their public faces. And besides we really didn’t know what went on behind closed doors.
We really didn’t know JFK was a serial womanizer until many years later. But he and Jackie kept up the façade. We knew Ted Kennedy left Mary Jo Kopechne to die in the river, but somehow he got off. By the time Bill Clinton was in office, we were learning about his misdeeds almost in real time. But the media and sadly the nation said “no big whoop.”
Notice an interesting pattern here? They’re all Democrats.
Republicans aren’t perfect either. We knew George W. Bush had a substance problem – and Betty Ford for that matter – but we also knew they completed treatment.
In any event, there is no longer any subject off limits in politics. There is no boundary for taste or decorum. After all…look at the broadcast and cable programming we consume.
Sorry for the digression here, but I just had to get it off my chest. I am appalled at our cultural decline.
In any event, as far as Trump’s request for a drug test…if Lance Armstrong could figure out how to avoid detection for all those years, don’t you think the Clinton Machine has a few vials of someone else’s urine waiting in the fridge?
[Note: This article was written with vigorous head-shaking by Michele Hickford]