Alexandra Tselios

The “Weak” in U.S. Politics: August 29th 2016

The “Weak” in U.S. Politics: A week of déjà vu with Trump offending on Twitter again and Clinton having to defend her Clinton Foundation. 


The “Weak” in Politics as seen by Alexandra Tselios

Recently, I mentioned the text analysis that was done by data scientist David Robinson who looked at the patterns from Trump tweets ultimately finding quite easily when Trump was tweeting and when it was a member of his social media team. Why this was particularly interesting was around the difference in tone and even intention between the two types of tweets with Trump notably more antagonistic. Todd Vaziri summarized it as, “Every non-hyperbolic tweet is from iPhone (his staff). Every hyperbolic tweet is Android (from him).” Trump has succeeded where many politicians have failed with their sanitized tweets and communications on social media, but Don Cheadle thinks he went too far this time. When news of the death of Nykea Aldridge circulated, I am not sure why he thought this was a good idea but Trump being the opportunistic tweeter he is tweeted “Dwyane Wade’s cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!” Condemnation of the tweet was widespead on social media, with actor Don Cheadle tweeting, “You are truly a POS,” before engaging in twitter barbs with Trump supporters. VOX announced this as Trump’s “worst tweet yet” and ex-Obama campaign manager called him a “pyschopath“; while Kellyanne Conway reiterated the idea that the candidate simply “takes his case to the people,” whatever that means.

Another interesting recent tweet from Trump included the challenge to Clinton to release her medical records, all the while still refusing to release his tax returns. His tweet read, “I think that both candidates, Crooked Hillary and myself, should release detailed medical records. I have no problem in doing so! Hillary?” I assume this holds very little weight, considering Trump’s doctor, Dr. Bornstein, recently claimed that Trump would be the healthiest individual ever elected president, yet also admitted to writing it in five minutes. Trump may as well use Dr. Google for all his ailment advice and medical certificates.

One of the biggest criticisms around Clinton has been her transparency when it comes to not only her operations, but the operations of the funds she supports and the foundation she founded. While Trump said recently that it is hard to tell exactly what the Clinton Foundation actually does, an interesting article by Sy Mukerjee actually does detail their operations and their expenditure. One of the most interesting finds? The foundation raised $313 million for research and development into medicine and vaccines, as well as executing arms that collaborate with the American Heart Association. Ex-Obama campaign manager David Plouffe didn’t just call Trump a “pyschopath” recently, he also told NBC’s Meet the Press that there are “legitimate concerns” around the Clinton Foundation while also endorsing their work. While many criticisms against the Clinton Foundation have ranged from how lobbying dollars are spent to favors for big-time donors, Investor’s Business Daily posed the question, “Hopelessly Corrupt Or Just A Lousy Charity?” Depending where you sit on the political spectrum, many may be feeling it could be a little column A and a little column B. Interim Democratic National Committee chair, Donna Brazile, defends Clinton allegations by saying, “We often criminalize behavior that is normal.” Perception is everything.

While my last ‘weak’ in U.S. Politics saw a 1 point difference between Trump and Clinton, the tight race slowly widens as we see Clinton take the lead by 6 points which brings us to another very important question; do the polling numbers have any meaning whatsoever?


The “Weak” in Politics as seen by Roger Pugh

Heard in a Fifth Avenue Boutique

“Presidential elections are usually about good versus evil, but do you get the impression that this one is lacking something?”
“That’s a good question.”

Heard at Hillary’s Campaign HQ
“I see there’s now a woman in charge of Trump’s campaign.”
“She’ll only last till they realize he needs a Muslim woman.”

Heard in a Chicago Pub
“I’m looking forward to the Cubs winning the World Series and Trump winning the Presidency.”
I can’t help feeling the country would be better off if the Cubs won the Presidency as well as the World Series.

Heard in an L.A. Diner
“Will Bernie have another shot at the Presidency in 2020 or 2024?”
“After Trump or Hillary, he’ll seem like Father Christmas.”

Heard at Republican Party HQ
“Do you think Trump stands a chance amongst minority groups?”
“Only if he offers them something more than a free trip home.”

Heard on Broadway
“Hillary strikes me as a Shakespearean character.”
“Lady MacBeth or the Shrew?”




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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