Alexandra Tselios

The “Weak” in U.S. Politics: June 6th 2016

The “Weak” in U.S. Politics: Trump reminds us that Anthony Weiner is a perve, Huckabee makes reference to Pee Wee Herman while Clinton blamed for suicide, and Sanders soars his way into California.


The “Weak” in Politics as seen by Alexandra Tselios

I wrote last week about Trump saying that Judge Gonzalo Curiel was a hater. This week, we saw Judge Curiel, who is overseeing two lawsuits against Trump University, discussed in evidence highlighting Curiel’s financial support of the Clintons resulting in a bit more context around why Trump believes there is a conflict of interest. Right or wrong, I like trying to see a bit more behind bombastic Trump statements; sometimes there is a foundation there worth exploring, other times he is just offensive. A recent video surfaced of Trump talking about “my African American” great fan that totally has his back—pointing to him in the crowd while recounting a story where he claims the media got it all wrong and that he has tremendous African-American votes because “I’m going to bring jobs back to this country.” It is worth confirming that Trump has now reached the 1,237 delegates needed to take the GOP nomination.

Hillary Clinton won some public support this week for going after Trump saying “We are trying to elect a President not a dictator” as Hillary soared in the polls at 39.5% against Trump’s 31.9%. Hillary has also made a point to weigh in on Trump’s attacks again Judge Curiel, discussing the Curiel family as a credit to America explaining that the attacks are nothing more than a distraction against what the public should be focusing on—sham Trump University fees! Hillary said his comments are an attempt to look at the gutter instead of the real issue, which are the attempts by Americans trying to get up to $35,000 back each that they paid in tuition fees. In Trump’s defense, conservative Mike Huckabee came out to say, “Hillary Clinton criticizing Donald Trump on fraud is like Pee Wee Herman lecturing James Bond on the art of masculinity,” which is both an amazing and most random metaphoric nod towards pop culture.

Hillary also made the point to say during a rally in San Bernardino that going up against each other for political differences is totally fair, but to try to distract the public and basically behave as a fraud is appalling. It is worth noting, however, that despite Hillary’s “don’t make it personal” stance, reports recently came out saying that verbal abuse by Hillary prompted the 1993 suicide of White House aid Vince Foster. FBI agents who say they were friends of Vince claim that Hillary’s vocal and public objection of her ex-mentor, Vince Foster, in recent meetings drove him to suicide. Sounds pretty personal to me.

I have missed hearing about Anthony Weiner, so imagine my delight when Trump recently came out discussing the former NYC Democractic rep saying, “I never ever want him to tweet me, right? Does anybody want him to tweet? No, I don’t think so.” Trump called Anthony Weiner a perv, after his famous sexting controversy and even dedicated a series of Vine videos back in 2013 saying, “We don’t want perverts elected in New York City.”

Bernie Sanders has confirmed what many supporters were hoping, which was that he would continue his fight all the way to California in the hopes of seeing a stunning turnout of supporters across a number of states. Bernie recently continued to make the point that he must continue to run because, “I want to give the American people a real choice in this election … It is very clear that Donald Trump’s negative ratings are enormously high, unprecedented for a major party presidential candidate. And Secretary Clinton’s negative ratings are also very, very high.”

Currently, Sanders is ahead of Clinton by 1 point in California, with a recent survey of 1,500 registered voters showing 44% of Democrats would support Sanders and 43% said they would back Clinton in the state’s primary which will be held Tuesday. California is a crucial state for Sanders, and since Clinton is currently only 70 delegates away from securing the nomination, it is a tight race and will be a tense few days.


The “Weak” in Politics as seen by Roger Pugh

Heard at Trump’s Campaign HQ
“What do you think will be the next disaster movie to come out of Hollywood?”
“Jeb Bush’s Presidential campaign.”

Heard in Congress
“If Trump becomes President, how would it affect our relations with Mexico?”
“I think they’d go to the wall.”

Heard at Republican Party HQ
“What reaction are you expecting to Hillary’s latest pitch on the findings about her from the State Department?”
“Joe Biden starting to warm up in the bullpen.”

Heard in a Los Angeles Coffee Shop
“People seem very divided about the potential impact of a Trump Presidency.”
“Half of them think it would be the end of the world, but the other half just think it would be the end of Miss Universe.”

Heard at Bernie’s Campaign HQ
“What’s the latest guess about who will be Hillary’s running mate?”
“Gloria Allred.”

Heard at a Chicago Pub
“If Hillary is indicted by the FBI, what effect could it have?”
“She could be subjected to a trial period as President.”




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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