Sep 27, 201612:39 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Hillary scores but doesn’t put Trump away
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The Squire is snorting through his thoughts — sorry, I meant “sorting” — on Monday nights' rumble in the jungle at Hofstra University, which posted a trigger warning — an actual sign with the heading “Trigger Warning” at the entrance to the debate hall. The sign warned that the subject of sexual assault might be mentioned. But Trump never mentioned Juanita Broaddrick by name. Or Paula Jones. Or Gennifer Flowers. Or …
One lesson of debating: if you are explaining, you are losing. Donald Trump found himself on the defensive over the housing discrimination suit, so very long ago. And what was all that hoo-ha over Iraq and what Trump may have said in private to Hannity?
Hillary neatly diverted attention from her secret emails to Trump’s refusal to disclose his tax returns. Did this successful billionaire pay no income taxes? If Trump were any kind of debater, he would have launched into the shadowy Clinton Foundation.
Hillary appeared hale and hearty. Trump went there anyway, attacking her stamina. Hillary retorted that Trump should try shuttle diplomacy sometime, jetting from one world hot spot to the next. Her example of the 11-hour grilling before Jason Chaffetz’ House Committee — a rope-a-dope if ever — was recent enough to illustrate her point.
Hillary then played the gender card, pivoting to Trump’s indefensible comments on women. (Think Heidi Cruz and Carly Fiorina.) Hillary understands the second rule of debate: if you stay on the attack you don’t have to play defense. (The Packers forgot that in the second half against the Lions.)
Even so, Hillary painted a giant kick-me target on her caboose. Trump just whiffed.
“I was going to say something extremely rough to Hillary, to her family, and I said to myself, I can't do it.”
WHAT? Who is this man masquerading as Donald Trump? All he had to do was say, “Your husband Bill …” and then trail off, so very portentously.
The homicide epidemic and black victims
Trump was on the money by supporting stop and frisk. Hillary parried that the practice had been ruled unconstitutional. By a liberal judge, Trump retorted. A very liberal judge. Former Mayor Bloomberg appealed and got that very liberal judge thrown off the case and the ruling suspended. He won a new trial before a less biased judge but his uber-liberal successor, Bill de Blasio, dropped the appeal. (Ballotpedia)
This is a winner for Trump if he would pursue it. Homicide last year was up 10.8% in the nation, according to FBI numbers released Monday — the largest one-year increase by far in the last 20 years. And this year’s numbers will be even worse.
(The most homicides per capita, ranked in order: St. Louis, Baltimore, Detroit, New Orleans, and Milwaukee. Chicago, with the most homicides on a gross basis, ranks only 12th.)
Crime and the urban dystopia, the man said in his usual inelegant way (is part of his appeal that he talks like an iron worker?), hurts black people the most. Of the homicide victims last year, 7,039 were black compared to 5,854 white, even though African-Americans constitute only 13% of the population.
Trump trumpeted (sorry) his police union endorsement and that is big. Bigger than the national news media understands. He would do well to quote Obama’s former chief of staff, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who said last week: ”We need to strengthen policing, prevention, penalties, and parenting.”
More police, Hillary. More prevention (stop and frisk). More penalties (not emptying prisons). And more fathers.