Donald Trump was attacked last week in a trio of speeches by Democrat leaders, while his supporters were chased, beaten and egged by protesters outside Trump rallies in San Diego and San Jose, California. The phalanx of speeches is, perhaps, a preview of the onslaught of attacks Mr. Trump is likely to face, as the general election gets closer, in this race between “The Heir” and “The Hair.”
Hillary Clinton, the would-be heir to the Clinton and Obama legacies, launched a full-scale assault on Donald Trump, who critics and cartoonists have identified as “The Hair.” In what had been billed as a foreign policy address, former Secretary of State Clinton outlined “two competing visions” of American national security and foreign policy, and said that Donald Trump’s path forward would threaten Americans’ security.
In her speech in San Diego on Thursday morning, Hillary called The Donald “dangerous” and insisted that electing him would be a “historic mistake,” given his “dangerous and incoherent” foreign policy statements.
Clinton hit Trump on specific policies and laid out reasons why, she said, he is “fundamentally unfit” for the Oval Office. She reflected on her experiences as a senator and as Secretary of State and contrasted Trump’s approach with her own.
Meanwhile, in Colorado to deliver his final commencement address in office, President Obama spoke to the graduates of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He jokingly remarked that when he leaves office he will miss riding on Air Force One. Opponents have criticized the president’s use of that expensive, taxpayer-provide transportation for personal and family benefit, beyond what other first families have done.
Speaking at the Academy near Colorado Springs, the president spoke about the role of the military in the years ahead and warned that it should not shift toward isolationism. He stated, “The United States of America remains the most powerful nation on earth and a force for good.” While acknowledging that America still faces serious threats from terrorist groups like ISIS and unpredictable nations like Russia and North Korea, he told the graduates that this complex world is now their generation’s challenge to take on.
While not naming the presumptive GOP presidential nominee specifically, the president’s remarks seemed to be a response to Donald Trump’s criticisms of America’s current standing in the world. He has called the president’s foreign policy “weak,” on several occasions.
“America cannot shirk the mantle of leadership,” Mr. Obama advised. “We cannot be isolationists…We cannot give in to isolationism. It’s a false comfort. Allowing problems to fester over there makes us less secure here.”
On Friday, Michelle Obama thrashed Donald Trump in a commencement address at The City College of New York, criticizing the GOP candidate for his name-calling and what she described as a fear of outsiders that is un-American.
The first lady said, “Here in America, we don’t give into our fears. We don’t build up walls to keep people out, because we know that our greatness has always depended on contributions from people who were born elsewhere but sought out this country and made it their home.”
More pointedly, the president’s wife said, “Some folks out there today seem to have a very different perspective.” She went on, “They act as if name-calling is an acceptable substitute for thoughtful debate, as if anger and intolerance should be our default state, rather than the optimism and openness that have always been the engine of our progress.”
In her entry into 2016 politics, the first lady concluded her occasionally-racially-charged speech with, “I have seen what happens when ideas like these take hold. I have seen how leaders who rule by intimidation, leaders who demonize and dehumanize entire groups of people, often do so because they have nothing else to offer.” Speaking persuasively over applause from the crowd, she concluded, “That is not who we are.”
Meanwhile, Donald Trump spoke this week at rallies in Californian cities of San Diego San Jose, and Redding. In the larger venues, his supporters were attacked by protesters waving Mexican flags and burning at least one American flag in the Silicon Valley’s largest city, San Jose. When his supporters left the rally on Thursday night in San Jose’s Convention Center, many were chased, intimidated and even physically assaulted—including women.
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo praised the 250 city police deployed to protect the Convention Center that night. Others criticized them for not attempting to stop the violence, which involved nearly 400 protestors. The mayor, a Democrat and Hillary Clinton supporter, criticized Trump for coming to cities and “igniting problems that local police departments have to deal with.”
While we have explored the current, political progress of the heir-apparent (The Heir, Mrs. Clinton) and the GOP contender (The Hair, Mr. Trump), whose coffered, orange locks are frequently under a red baseball hat, captioned “Make America Great Again” –perhaps more should be considered. I suggest we could also learn from the characters from Aesop’s fable, “The Tortoise and the Hare.”
Michael Medved, a Salem Radio Network host and commentator, has proposed how, in this divisive and “dangerous” political season, we might actually benefit from the prospect of a third or even fourth party candidacy for the White House—allowing for true diversity and choice in the general election.
Writing a TownHall.com Radio Commentary, produced by the Salem Radio Board, Medved says:
Here’s how it might work: with Democrats deeply divided, the Bernie brigades might walk out of the convention, with Senator Sanders or someone else from his camp running as the Green Party nominee. That would create an opening for an independent conservative candidate—like Senator Ben Sasse, or Condoleezza Rice, or Mitt Romney. With four November contenders each likely to draw at least 20% of the popular vote, a candidate could win with just 30%. And with four candidates sharing debate stages, and each carrying a few states, chances are good that there’d be no Electoral College majority—sending the decision to the House of Representatives, where mainstream conservatives predominate.
Now, we have The Heir and The Hair.
Who may emerge as The Tortoise and The Hare?