Alexandra Tselios

The “Weak” in U.S. Politics: May 30th 2016

The “Weak” in U.S. Politics: Marco Rubio apologizes to Trump, Trump talks about his “haters,” and Bernie Sanders has a great week.


The “Weak” in Politics as seen by Alexandra Tselios

For some in the Political race, an endorsement is almost as important as, if not more important than, a vote. Considering that Marco Rubio and Trump had engaged in some brilliant sparring (Marco Rubio said if it weren’t for Trump’s lucky background he would be a watch salesman), I did not see him coming out in support of Donald. Yet, here we are. Marco has declared his public support of Trump admitting to campaign mistakes saying, “I’ve never learned from success, I’ve learned from failure. I’ll learn from this.” K. It is worth noting, as cynical as this may sound, no VP candidates have been announced by Trump and I guess being VP of the White House is better than going back to just a Senator from Florida. Just saying. For the record, Rubio also apologized to Trump for the “small hands” fiasco ….

Trump rallies though have been pretty standard of late (you know, violent, etc.) with another clash at the San Diego Trump rally last week. At that same rally, Trump used the opportunity to call out Judge Gonzalo Curiel as a hater by saying, “I have a judge who is a hater of Donald Trump, a hater, he’s a hater.” I love it, it could not be more Taylor Swift if he tried.

Meanwhile, don’t discount Bernie Sanders. The guy has guts and is totally happy to debate Trump should he be up for it. Trump isn’t. The reason Trump gave to not debate Bernie is that he will wait to debate the Democratic frontrunner, saying that debating Bernie will be an “easy payday.” Considering that the Polls are still suggesting Bernie would fare better against Trump than Hillary, I think he is making a mistake in underestimating the guy. While the majority of supporters for Bernie have generally been young, disenfranchised Americans, Dick Van Dyke (90 years of age) has also come out to say he too feels the Bern. DVD (see what I did there—who still buys DVDs? People who know who Dick Van Dyke is) came out to make a plea to his own generation saying that, “We need the person who can break the stranglehold that corporate America has on this country right now.” Good week for Bernie.

Hillary Clinton did not have a good week though. We knew that Clinton’s favorability ratings had not been great; in fact, woeful. An interesting op-ed from Linda Stasi looks at Clinton fatigue finding “the difference is that Hillary lies and sticks to it, and Donald lies and gets away with it” as the key differentiator between the two candidates loose relationship with the truth. Other bad things that came to light in the past week for Hillary included 1) a report contradicting her claims that she had been allowed to use the personal email server and 2) further news around her plummeting in the polls behind Trump. Brutal times.


The “Weak” in Politics as seen by Roger Pugh

Heard in Congress
“I can’t believe Wall Street paid Hillary $250,000 per speaking engagement.”
“I know, especially since they could get a performance of Aida by the Metropolitan Opera for that much.”

Heard in Rodeo Drive Boutique
“I see a lot of Bernie’s supporters say they would vote for Trump rather than Hillary.”
“Well, anything’s better than a politician.”

Heard on Broadway
“What do you think would be Hollywood’s reaction if Trump became President?”
“A resurgence of horror movies.”

Heard at Republican Party HQ
“If Hillary becomes President, the Clintons would be the first married couple in history to have both slept with a President.”
“Thankfully, it wouldn’t be the same one.”

Heard at Democratic Party HQ
“There’s a widespread view that Hillary is a congenital liar.”
“I don’t believe that’s true.”

Heard at Trump’s Campaign HQ
“I see we’ve drawn level with Hillary in the polls.”
“I always had faith that people would come to hate her every bit as much as Donald.”




Alexandra Tselios

Founder and CEO of The Big Smoke, Alexandra oversees the leading opinion site in both Australia and the USA. As a social commentator, she is interviewed most days of the week on radio across the country in Australia as well as working with NFP think-tank, Plus61J, which explores the political and social ties between Australia and Israel.

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