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A pair of weekend speaking engagements have reminded Americans how Donald Trump became our President. At a western Pennsylvania political rally on Saturday, Mr. Trump took un-presidential cheap shots at members of the Washington establishment. Meanwhile at an exclusive gathering overseas, Hillary Clinton took un-presidential cheap shots at large swathes of the American electorate.
Guess which event the press corps found most offensive. Here are a few of the inclusions on a list compiled by CNN of what the network calls an analysis of the “64 most outrageous lines from Donald Trump’s untethered Pennsylvania speech:”
“Hello Pittsburgh. Hello Pittsburgh.”
“So we are doing a great, great job.”
“Look at all those red hats, Rick. Look at all those hats. That’s a lot of hats.”
“And you did a great job on television today. I watched you, Rick, that was a great interview.”
“I love the policeman. I love the fireman.”
A few of the 64 items really were outrageous, as when Mr. Trump unfairly denigrated a television host and a member of Congress. Mr. Trump often entertains the crowds at his events by insulting powerful people in media and politics. At Hillary Clinton’s events, the former secretary of State tends to insult people who can’t afford to attend.
Mrs. Clinton was asked over the weekend how Mr. Trump was able to win a majority of white women in 2016 despite his crude remarks about women captured on tape. Fox News reports:
“We do not do well with white men and we don’t do well with married, white women,” Clinton said at a conference in Mumbai, India. “And part of that is an identification with the Republican Party, and a sort of ongoing pressure to vote the way that your husband, your boss, your son, whoever, believes you should.”
…Interviewed on stage by India Today editor-in-chief Aroon Purie, Clinton accused Trump of running a “backwards” campaign that appealed to racists and misogynists.
“I won the places that represent two-thirds of America’s gross domestic product,” Clinton said. “So I won the places that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward. And his whole campaign, ‘Make America Great Again,’ was looking backwards.”
She claimed Trump’s message to voters was: “You know, you didn’t like black people getting rights, you don’t like women, you know, getting jobs. You don’t want, you know, to see that Indian American succeeding more than you are.”
Mrs. Clinton wasn’t done insulting people who chose not to vote for her. India Today reports:
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tore into US President Donald Trump’s election campaign strategy today saying that he won the first TV reality election in the US. She said that on the basis of what he said in the election campaign in 2016, America did not deserve to have Donald Trump as the US President.
She said that while she ran an election campaign that was done on conventional lines, talking serious issues, the other side behaved as if they were participating in a TV reality show. Clinton said that while she ran the presidential campaign like a mother who was telling the kids to eat spinach because it was good for health while the other guy was asking them to go eat fast food and have ice-cream.
“Maybe I should have given them more entertainment,” added Mrs. Clinton. Continuing her offshore assault on the intelligence and judgment of the American voter, the former secretary of State then warned the Indian audience that such a “reality TV” campaign could be coming “to a democracy near you” and opined that “it’s going to require a lot more sophisticated analysis” to allow voters to make the correct decision.
Certainly Mr. Trump is a showman. As he said in Pennsylvania on Saturday, “If I came like a stiff, you guys wouldn’t be here tonight.”
But this column believes that Mrs. Clinton is selling herself short. Few contestants in the history of reality television have ever sparked such intense reactions from the American public. The next time she runs for President, Mrs. Clinton simply needs to focus on inspiring potential supporters rather than condemning them.