Here are two excerpts from recent research into President Trump:
"Chief among his mounting problems are new revelations surrounding the question of whether Trump and his campaign colluded with Russia in its effort to tip the 2016 election. If Trump has nothing to hide, he is certainly jumpy whenever the subject comes up and his evident worry about it has caused him to make some big mistakes. The president’s troubles will continue to grow as the investigators keep on investigating and the increasingly appalled leakers keep on leaking."
The New York Times recently reported that in Trump's first 40 days, he lied each and every day, 40 times, one per day. Incredible. That article is quite startling. It is here.
So, it's almost too easy to list Trump's vices: his arrogance, his lack of empathy, his neo-fascist politics, his racism, his impulsiveness, his lack of grace, his lack of diplomacy, the overall colossal embarrassment we suffer having this blowhard as our "Commander in Chief."
But there is also something else that should be said. It would have been so easy to beat this guy, in a fair election.
Any real Democrat could have beaten Trump. We Democracts should have put up a candidate with real progressive values. Someone willing to take on Wall Street corruption, healthcare reform, money-in-politics. But instead of Bernie Sanders winning the nomination, we know now, from leaked DNC emails, and this class-action lawsuit against the DNC, that the Democratic Establishment colluded to unfairly deny Bernie Sanders the nomination.
The Democrats took the "safe" choice, which turned out to be a disastrous choice, to nominate the least progressive of Democrats, Hillary R. Clinton.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney is a friend of Hillary Clinton's and as early as 2013 was urging her to run for President. Clinton's corruption, in all of its well documented forms, doesn't seem to bother Maloney one bit.
Maloney and Clinton are the kinds of Democrats seem to put progressive values last, and appearances and "respectability" first. But the facts are that the American People are not stupid. Given a choice between Trump's maverick riskiness, and Hillary's centrism and secrecy, they chose Trump.
Terrible choice? Yes. But Terrible choice means that both choices were terrible.
Real progressives would be honest with each other - can we see our part in all of this? Who among us will be the first to admit that certain assumptions about Hillary's electability were just flat out wrong?