When you have nothing positive going for you on the issues, distract the voting public by burying your opponent with personal attacks. Sound familiar? President Obama implied in his 2016 State of the Union address that Donald Trump is a racist. In keeping with her intention to become a third Obama term, Hillary Clinton adopted Obama’s ad hominem attack as the leading edge of her presidential campaign.
Here is the Wikipedia definition of ad hominem: “A logical fallacy in which an argument is rebutted by attacking the character, motive, or other attribute of the person making the argument rather than attacking the substance of the argument itself.” Bill O’Reilly explains it: “The only chance that the Democrats have to win the White House is to say to the American public, ‘These Republicans are racists.’ The Democrats can’t run on national security, they can’t run on the economy, so they have to run on emotion.”
Hillary Clinton does not want to discuss her open borders policy, her intention to raise taxes, or the pay-for-play corruption centering around her foundation. Instead, she continues to allege that Trump is a “sexual predator” based on an 11-year-old video that has been taken out of context. Following Big Sister around is her neurotic alter ego, Elizabeth Warren, who screams at Trump, “We’ve had it with guys like you!” Demonizing Donald with a pejorative label such as racist or fascist or sexist avoids the responsibility of actually responding in a meaningful way to the substance of his positions. Ironically this is what fascists do and it lowers the election to a disturbing level of depravity.
Adding immeasurably to her offense is the hypocrisy of Big Sister’s arguments. HRC is guilty of virtually every crime she tries to pin on Trump. Here are some examples:
And so it goes. Lie through the teeth. Big Sister will do anything in the pursuit of power. Unfortunately, the media is complicit in her ad hominem strategy. Newt Gingrich has observed that one night the networks spent 23 minutes on personal allegations against Trump versus a total of 56 seconds about HRC’s dream of a borderless Western Hemisphere. I particularly enjoyed Gingrich’s dressing down of Megan Kelly on Fox. “You are fascinated with sex and you don’t care about public policy,” Gingrich said. “I’m sick and tired of people like you using language that’s inflammatory and not true. That’s exactly the bias people are upset by.” I’m glad somebody finally had the courage to say it.
Ed Brodow is a negotiation expert, political commentator, and author of In Lies We Trust: How Politicians and the Media Are Deceiving the American Public.
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