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Sat Oct 24, 2020, 12:23 PM

Trump may be running the sleaziest presidential campaign ever

Opinion by Max Boot

I’m old enough to remember when the Republican Party was known as the “party of ideas.” That was in the 1980s. Since then it has become the party of pseudo-scandals.

The change occurred, as the Princeton historian Julian Zelizer documents in his book “Burning Down the House,” because of the efforts of Newt Gingrich, then a Republican backbencher, to bring down House Speaker Jim Wright in the late 1980s. Casting about for dirt he could use, Gingrich focused attention on the fact that the speaker had published a book that was bought in bulk by lobbyists. While the book deal looked bad, it was not against the law or House rules. But it didn’t matter: Gingrich thundered that Wright was “the most corrupt speaker in the 20th century” and compared him to Mussolini. Wright was pressured into resigning, Gingrich soon became speaker himself, and the GOP was off to the races.

Since then, the Republican Party, in cahoots with media partners such as Fox “News” and Rush Limbaugh, has manufactured one pseudo-scandal after another: Vince Foster’s suicide, Whitewater, Mena airport, John Kerry’s Swift Boat service, Barack Obama’s birth certificate, the Clinton Foundation and Hillary Clinton’s emails, among others.

The process has been turbocharged under President Trump, who is even more ruthless and unscrupulous than Gingrich. The former reality-TV star won the 2016 election by defaming a former secretary of state and first lady as “Crooked Hillary” and demanding that she be locked up for unspecified offenses. Now he is trying to run the same playbook on Joe Biden.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/10/24/trump-may-be-running-sleaziest-presidential-campaign-ever/

May be running?

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Oct 24, 2020, 12:27 PM

1. "May be running?" was my first thought when I saw the headline. K&R. n/t

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Oct 24, 2020, 12:27 PM

2. Trump is ALL sleaze

Zero substantial content, zero character, zero ethics -- just a giant, leaky sack of sleazy bullshit...

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Oct 24, 2020, 12:37 PM

3. The familiar GOP playbook is broken. Manufacturing false 'drama queen' topics right and left ...

isn't doing the trick as it used to, as voters see through the hype of false claims by the GOP and trump. Look at the Hunter Biden claims by the disputed NYT article recently published. It went no where, and even trump was whining about it that no one was paying attention to his unsubstantiated claims of Hunter Biden misdeeds, as well as to claim that Joe Biden committed some sort of nefarious crime(s) of some sort (never specified of course).

trump has lost the media, thus it will come back in spades and finally bite trump in the a&& as it should. Tax fraud, filing fake information on bank forms and such to obtain illegal loans and such, won't help either.

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Response to SWBTATTReg (Reply #3)

Sat Oct 24, 2020, 12:40 PM

5. Yep there's a tolerance to their "drug" so they are trying to increase the dosage nt

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Oct 24, 2020, 12:40 PM

4. "may be" ?? more like "is". "pseudo scandals" ?? more like "scandals, no pseudo"


Better to call Republicons the party of * fabricated * scandals or, better, "the scandal fabricator party".

The GOP is full of scandals starting at Don the Con tRump.

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #4)

Sat Oct 24, 2020, 12:49 PM

6. I refer to them as manufactured scandals. They are completely made up and total BS.

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Response to madinmaryland (Reply #6)

Sat Oct 24, 2020, 12:51 PM

7. Exactly. They had 4 years and all they have is random jiggered laptop dumped at a repair shop. . nt

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Oct 24, 2020, 05:48 PM

8. party of ideas?

what ideas? Tax the poor? no government overreach unless it is between a woman and her doctor? money for wars and not for people?

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