Think of it this way: A vote
for Trump is a vote for Biff
This was written the day after the first debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. I expected Trump to make a fool of himself, but never imagined he could do so in such spectacular fashion. For those who still intend to vote for the man, shame on you.
I admit I didn't stick around for the whole thing. Trump's boorish behavior, his constant interruptions that had him frequently repeating himself ... I had to turn off the TV. I enjoyed watching him embarrass himself, but eventually I couldn't stand the sound of his voice. Not surprisingly, the always arrogant Trump later put the blame for his ridiculous performance on the moderator, NBC's Lester Holt, and claimed he was given a faulty microphone. Trump's supporters, including one editorial cartoonist whose name escapes me (and isn't worth looking up) said the liberal media sided with Mrs. Clinton and teamed up against Trump.
It would be closer to the truth to say even the media was restrained in its coverage of the event. I don't think Mrs. Clinton was given enough credit for the way she handled herself and lured The Donald into a series of gaffes.
It's also interesting that apparently Trump's idea of a perfect moderator is Fox's Sean Hannity, whose name was mentioned when Trump tried to deny he at one time supported the war in Iraq. I have no doubt he told someone — perhaps Hannity — that he was opposed to the war. I also have no doubt he told other people he supported the war. Many of Trump's statements are like sandcastles. They crumble when the truth washes over them.
I'm a lifelong Democrat, but have never been a fan of Mrs. Clinton, not because she isn't qualified to be President, but because she always seemed to be an overambitious plodder. She lacks charisma, that's for certain, but she came into the debate — it was more like an old-fashioned argument — well prepared. I thought it was a very impressive performance, and had she more personality, a flair for comedy and funnier writers, she would have left Trump in tatters.
Her physical health has become an issue, but I am more concerned with Trump's mental condition. It may be he interrupts people so often because he's afraid that if he waits until the other person finishes speaking, he'll forget what he wanted to say.
Much of what he said didn't make sense. Biggest mystery to me was why he kept saying Mrs. Clinton has been fighting ISIS for thirty years. ("Sorry, honey, I can't attend today's barbecue in Little Rock. I've got to formulate a plan to combat a group of terrorists that will become infamous about 28 years from now.")
These so-called debates aren't usually so revealing. George W. Bush, only slightly more qualified for the Presidency than Trump, held his own against Al Gore and John Kerry in his two election campaigns, in part because Gore was stiff and Kerry takes five minutes to explain what other people say in three words. The listener frequently nods off before Kerry is finished.
Donald Trump's ignorance is one result of the arrogance that has always been his worst enemy. Throughout the forty minutes or so that I watched him constantly interrupt Mrs. Clinton, I tried to imagine this man negotiating with leaders of other countries. ("You, sir, are a buffoon. And your wife is fat!")
Trump is the ultimate bully. Voting for him would be like choosing Biff Tannen over Marty McFly. For those who need a hint, think of the "Back to the Future" movies. If that doesn't work, think of choosing Darth Vader over Yoda, or Mr. Potter over George Bailey, or Jack Palance's hired gunman over Alan Ladd's Shane. Pick any bad guy vs. good guy scenario.
Or you can look at it another way — do you want a President who prepped by serving as a United States Senator and as Secretary of State, or one who produced a beauty pageant and continues to belittle one of the winning contestants?