Alexandra Tselios

The “Weak” in U.S. Politics: July 5th 2016

The “Weak” in U.S. Politics: Trump fails at Twitter again, Sanders supporters sue the Democratic National Committee, and Clinton voluntarily sits with the FBI.


The “Weak” in Politics as seen by Alexandra Tselios

I love Twitter. In particular, I love when people tweet stupid things and then delete them. To be even more specific, I love it when Donald Trump tweets or retweets things and gets in trouble. Like the time Trump retweeted a Dutch white supremacist a whole bunch or the time he retweeted a photo of notorious murderers Fred and Rosemary West in honor of a fan. Then, remember on September 11th when Trump tweeted his best wishes to everyone including the “haters and losers” on that special date? I acknowledge Trump is also 70, and while my parents haven’t reached 70 just yet, I can imagine how easy it could be to accidentally retweet the photo of a serial killer to the sounds of a bunch of gleeful Twitterers LOLing. But the guy is meant to have a full social media team backing him, so the idea that someone actually took the time to doctor an image of Hillary Clinton and a Star of David, tweet it to 9 million followers, then delete the tweet is phenomenally astounding. The image then reappeared, but with the Star of David removed, being replaced with a less offensive circle around the text.

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Of course, with such a public gaffe (again) from Trump’s social media team, you would think Hillary would be feeling pretty good about her campaign. But those damn emails just won’t go away, with the FBI spending over three hours with Clinton this weekend investigating her use of a private email server. CNN reported that, “Within the next two weeks or so, the expectation is there will be an announcement of no charges being brought against Clinton so long as no evidence of wrongdoing emerges from her interview with the FBI.” Regardless of the announcement, FOX polls continue to say that 58% of voters believe Clinton is corrupt, while Trump weighs in at 45%. Interestingly, 48% of voters believe Clinton would try to do the right thing by the country, whereas only 42% believe Trump would do the right thing.

Meanwhile, a lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee and Debbie Wasserman Schultz has been filed by Bernie Sanders supporters who believe the nominations were rigged. According to the official claim, the DNC did not behave in an impartial or evenhanded way in regards to the presidential nominating process, with Clinton the clear favorite through the entire process. With some media claiming that Bernie Sanders supporters are just being sore losers, I think it is more an issue with those working tirelessly on his campaign feeling disgruntled by what many believe is a lack of transparency throughout this entire process. Will a Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren team make Sanders supporters feel a bit better? Nope. According to The Washington Times, Bernie supporters are beginning to feel that a Clinton-Warren ticket is a strategy to placate the motivated Sanders supporters who have assisted Bernie in making an impactful dent in the Democratic campaigns.

On the subject of potential VPs, it seems as though New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is currently being vetted to play second fiddle to Trump’s looming Presidency, which for many ex-GOP candidates is apparently good enough (I am looking at you, Carly Fiorina). Hearing that Chris Christie has since become one of Trump’s most influential advisers, I was reminded of the moment when Chris was standing on stage behind Trump and his face filled with comedic sadness resigned to this new phase in his political career. You can be reminded for yourself too:


The “Weak” in Politics as seen by Roger Pugh

Heard at Democratic Party HQ
“There must have been a great sense of relief in the UK about the country’s Brexit.”
“Not half as much as there was recently following Trump’s exit.”

Heard at Fenway Park
“According to Trump and Hillary, the two candidates for President are absolutely appalling.”
“But they have a different view from most people. Both of them only think that one of the candidates is absolutely appalling.”

Heard at Republican Party HQ
“Do you think there’s any way we could still block Trump’s candidacy for President?”
“Not since George W. backed out of the suicide mission.”

Heard in Congress
“How do you assess the chaotic situation in the UK after the Brexit vote?”
“Similar to what would happen here if we elect Trump as President.”

Heard in Hollywood
“Why do you think Bernie’s going to vote for Hillary in the Presidential election?”
“She’s probably arranged some speaking engagements for him in Wall Street.”

Heard in the State Department
“Obama’s decided to retain our special relationship with the UK but send them to the back of the trade queue.”
“With friends like that who needs a Big Mac?”




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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