Democrats say expect the worst, likely a replay of some of the more vicious lies and exaggerations about emails, Benghazi and the latest bete noir, Clinton’s health.
“We don’t know yet what these ads will say. But we do know what Trump himself has said throughout this campaign — how he’s called Hillary Clinton “the devil” and President Obama the “founder of ISIS,” the Democratic Party warned in a fundraising appeal.
“We know that his new top campaign strategist was once described as “the Leni Riefenstahl of the Tea Party movement” — a favorable comparison to Hitler’s chief Nazi propagandist.
Trump’s campaign has been floundering for the past two weeks, allowing Clinton to gain ground in traditional red states like Texas and Arizona, where Sen. John McCain, has already disavowed his campaign.
The GOP candidate reportedly raised $80 million in July alone, and much of that haul is reportedly being splashed on attack ads.
“If I were a betting kind of guy, I’d bet that we’re about to be up against a whirlwind of attacks, lies, and conspiracies at every commercial break,” said Eric Walker, deputy communications director for the Democratic National Committee.
The supposed masterminds behind the campaign are recently ousted Fox News honcho Roger Ailes and Steve Bannon, the executive director of far-right wing news service Breitbart News.
Bannon has never met a conspiracy theory he didn’t like as long as it tars one of his political targets. “There’s no opinion too ugly, too divisive, or too outright crazy to be worth breathless promotion,” according to a new statement from Clinton.
Breitbart championed rumors that President Obama was a secret Muslim born in Kenya, long after it was confirmed he was born in Hawaii and raised as a Christian.
“Now, we’ve had a conservative media in this country for a while. I don’t always like what they have to say, but I respect their role and their right to exist,” Clinton continued.
“Breitbart is… a different breed altogether — not just conservative but radical, bigoted, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic conspiracy peddlers who never have been and never should be anywhere near the levers of power in this country,” she added.
“Donald Trump just gave them a broad new mandate to shape his campaign, his message, the future of the Republican Party and quite possibly the country.”
After the failed investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server while Secretary of State, and the deadend investigation into Benghazi, the costliest in Congressional history, Republicans and far-right pundits are now trying to raise questions about Clinton’s health.
Donald Trump has even claimed in stump speeches that Clinton “lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on ISIS,” without any evidence to back it up.
Dr. Lisa Bardack, Clinton’s personal physician, says the candidate is in “excellent physical condition.”
Bardack also debunked a fake Clinton medical document that popped up on a since deleted Twitter account, likely posted by far-right operatives.
In fact, more is known about Clinton’s health than Trump’s.
Trump turned 70 this past June.
If he wins in November, he’ll become the oldest president to take office in history.
President Ronald Reagan now holds that title. He was 69 when he took office and turned 70 on Feb. 6.
Clinton is currently 68 and will turn 69 in October this year, matching Reagan’s age, but younger by eight months.
Trump’s mental health has been questioned, albeit by psychiatrists and psychologists who have never met him. They claim he shows signs of a narcissistic personality disorder and sociopathic behavior.
Trump’s physician since 1980, Dr. Harold Bornstein, said Trump is in “excellent health” and is only taking low dose aspirin and a statin.
He did not provide medical records, however, nor further details.
Trump has been slammed for failing to release his tax returns, so don’t count on seeing medical records anytime soon.
The GOP candidate is counting on the television barrage to turn-around his flagging campaign. But if he plays the same old canards, he could do more damage that good.
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