Alexandra Tselios

The “Weak” in U.S. Politics: September 12th 2016

The “Weak” in U.S. Politics: Clinton gets sick and Trump shares a meme, cue internet conspiracy theories on both counts.


The “Weak” in Politics as seen by Alexandra Tselios

Conspiracy theories make the world go round, especially the world of politics and #FaintGate didn’t disappoint. With footage surfacing of Clinton having to leave a 9/11 ceremony due to overheating, it was quickly found that Clinton had been diagnosed with Pneumonia.  Dr. Lisa Bardick said that while Clinton had been diagnosed and provided antibiotics, she had become dehydrated at the event but is now recovering nicely. Big deal? Apparently. While Clinton’s health has long been a source of discussion amongst critics and even Trump, there are now talks of her possibly being forced to drop out and possibly even Bill Clinton stepping in to serve a third term should she drop out at any point. Personally, I cannot see this happening but if it did, Federal Law states:

What happens if a candidate dies or becomes incapacitated?

If a candidate dies or becomes incapacitated between the general election and the meeting of electors, under federal law, the electors pledged to the deceased candidate may vote for the candidate of their choice at the meeting of electors. Individual states may pass laws on the subject, but no federal law proscribes how electors must vote when a candidate dies or becomes incapacitated. In 1872, when Horace Greeley passed away between election day and the meeting of electors, the electors who were slated to vote for Greeley voted for various candidates, including Greeley. The votes cast for Greeley were not counted due to a House resolution passed regarding the matter. See the full Electoral College vote counts for President and Vice President in the 1872 election.

The likelihood thought is that Clinton will recover and march on, with Trump using this incident in every single debate as evidence she is unfit and “dangerous” to be POTUS. With very little deep analysis on Foreign Policy issues from Trump, it’s a good red herring to have in his pocket.

You know who really did need a red herring recently? Libertarian candidate, Gary Johnson, who apparently doesn’t know much about Syria asking “What is Aleppo?” in a recent interview, which he has since apologized for. While a cringe-worthy moment, it is nothing compared to the knowledge gaps by Australian right-wing political Pauline Hanson who when asked if she is xenophobic responded with “Please explain.” Gary Johnson, however, while owning the mistake, asked, “Has Donald Trump not said 150 things that should disqualify him? There is an incredible double standard going on here.” Not really, Gary, it’s just an awkward thing not to know—maybe use Wikipedia more prior to interviews.

But things are not clear sailing for Trump at the moment either, with life-long Republican voter Bob Brown saying this is the first election he will vote for a Democrat. Bob said “The country can survive Hillary’s chronic deceptiveness. It might not survive Trump’s erratic, ego-driven recklessness.” as he continued to analyze the Trump bragging that has chipped away at his Republican loyalty.

And another week, another social media gaffe from Trump saw him share a meme featuring himself alongside “white nationalist mascot” Pepe the Frog on Twitter. Commentators have said that the meme represents far-right and white supremacist groups across the country, however, I am going to take a leap of faith and suggest Trump saw it more as a superhero status symbol and was like, “WTF is this frog tho, oh well.”

I hope, although the idea of Trump “admitting white supremacy leanings via Twitter meme” sure makes for a headline to rival Clinton fainting at a 9/11 ceremony.


The “Weak” in Politics as seen by Roger Pugh

Heard at Hillary’s Campaign HQ
“What do you think Mexico fears most from a Trump Presidency?”
“Millions of refugees pouring over their border.”

Heard at the State Department
“President Duterte’s remarks about Obama were reprehensible.”
“They made Trump’s remarks about him seem over complimentary.”

Heard at the FBI
“Will there be any special security measures at the venue of the first Trump-Hillary debate?”
“Yes. A UN Peacekeeping Force will be on stand-by.”

Heard in a Chicago Pub
“Doesn’t the prospect of either Trump or Hillary becoming President terrify you?”
If the Cubs win the World Series, I won’t give a stuff if Anthony Weiner becomes President.

Heard at Trump Campaign HQ
“Donald seems to be gaining in the polls.”
“Yes, but illegal immigrants who are murderers and rapists are still solidly behind Hillary.”



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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