Alexandra Tselios

The “Weak” in U.S. Politics: Baldwin Family Drama, Clinton Emails, and Underwhelming New Trump Video

The “Weak” in U.S. Politics: The Baldwin brothers argue politics on Twitter, Clinton’s emails come back to haunt her, while a video surfacing about Trump doesn’t quite manage to live up to the hyped-up headlines. 


The “Weak” in Politics as seen by Alexandra Tselios

These elections are like none we have seen in recent history, the line drawn between candidates and their supporters has been so divisive that it has caused the most tightest of friends and families to bicker on social media. And, as we all know, celebrities also have weighed in on who they think should win the role of POTUS in 2016. Stephen Baldwin, baldwintweetwho was once known as the Christian/less attractive Baldwin and who is now known just as Hailey Baldwin’s dad, has been a Trump supporter for a while. But it was the recent tweet by Stephen calling out the media bias against Trump, and in particular Anderson Cooper, that prompted his brother, Billy, (forgot about him) to respond—all centered around what their dead father would or would not support. Class act. I wish more celebrity families would argue politics on Twitter, it would be way more interesting than even the 2013 Amanda Bynes Twitter feed.

In serious news though, in eight days we will be finding out who is the winner of this god-awful mess of a Presidential election, and it could not come soon enough for Clinton. On the 28th of October, FBI director James B. Comey announced that upon discovering new evidence, the email investigation into Clinton would reopen. Is this a big deal?  The Big Smoke’s political commentator Nicholas Harrington believes so, noting: “The current circumstances will be a test for America’s mainstream media. You could argue that over the past 16 months they have protected Hillary from meaningful scrutiny, barely mentioning the WikiLeaks ‘drip, drip, drip,’ all the while saturating the air with allegations of the sexual misconduct of her opponent. Perhaps MSNBC, CNN, CBS, and their ilk will claim this is merely a speed bump on the road to Clinton’s inevitable ‘coronation.’ Or perhaps they will acknowledge that a long-festering wound of collusion between the Department of Justice, Obama administration, and the FBI, that had been brazenly sutured, has just burst.”

Clinton has been quick to demand the FBI explain to the public the reasoning behind the renewed investigation, saying that, without facts, the speculation by the public are far more harmful. Considering the ties to the reopening surround Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner’s investigation, many are asking if this is one scandal too far for Clinton.

Currently, the polls are showing Clinton is still slightly in the lead with Clinton averaging a 47.1 against Trump’s 42.5. Of course, it does make a difference who you listen to when you consider, in the last 24 hours, Daily Mail publishes that Trump wipes out Clinton’s 7-point lead, while ABC News still indicates a Clinton lead. Regardless of the outlet, this consistent 2-point difference can still go either way for the candidates; meaning every tweet, every endorsement, and every new scandal matters.

And while email scandals resurface for Clinton, so does another video claiming to show just how grope-y Trump is. To be fair, the video that is currently circulating is about Australia’s 2004 Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins and it is underwhelming. The headlines that accompany the video circulating is that Trump sexually humiliates Hawkins in front of a large crowd before trying to kiss her. Watch the video for yourself and then explain to me really how this is anything more than an embarrassingly desperate old man trying to be funny. As someone who has been in more than my fair share of awkward cheek kisses, I thought this time the video was a weak find and pales in comparison when you consider the “you can do anything” comments by Trump on the bus from 2005.


The “Weak” in Politics as seen by Roger Pugh

Heard at Hillary’s Campaign HQ
“So, if Trump is the Devil Incarnate and Hillary is the Virgin Mary, how should we portray Bill?”
“As the Prodigal Husband.”

Heard in a TV Producer’s Office
“Are you going to vote for a serial groper like Trump?”
“Are you kidding me? I’ve got a contract ready for a reality Trump TV series that will make the Kardashians look like bible bashers.”

Heard in Congress
“Who do you think will win: Typhoon Trump or Hurricane Hillary?”
“The country will suffer a huge blow whichever one wins.”

Heard at CNN
“If Trump wins, which sector of the community will be in the best position to benefit?”
“Edward Snowden.”

Heard at Republican HQ
“If the best prepared candidate for President ever doesn’t win, what will she do?”
“She’ll resume her campaign to replace the UN with the Clinton Foundation.”

Heard at the Immigration Authority
“If Trump wins, to what extent will he carry through his campaign to send back Hispanics?”
Well, I think you can assume that Taco Bell is safe.”




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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