If Trump proved nothing else, he showed the world that lying and spewing baseless dribble won’t stop you from winning an election. That’s not to say that lots of candidates won’t say just about anything to get elected. But Trump took it to another level. Has Trump set yet another precedent that completely overturns political norms?
Charles Pierce writes in Esquire,
Consider this: Whatever you may think of how he won the presidency… Trump took on a Republican field composed of what was alleged to be the best that party had to offer… and he utterly destroyed it.
… And, when he finally got around to it, he took the heart out of Tail-gunner Ted Cruz in Indiana, alleging on the morning of the primary that Cruz’s father hobnobbed in New Orleans with Lee Harvey Oswald.
Although many of us have tried to forget the wild claims and fake news of the 2016 election season, it’s important to remember that too many voters didn’t care, or actually believed things like, President Obama was the ‘founder of ISIS.’
No one can say we weren’t warned.
Back in June, Connor Lynch wrote in Salon, “It’s all a con: Trump’s presidential campaign is as big a scam as Trump University… the GOP nominee’s entire campaign is built on a foundation of lies and false promises.”
And still, people voted for the man who won the 2015 Lie of the Year from Politifact.
What does all of this mean for the next election? Will it become a lying competition among candidates who see no downside to tricking people, instead of earning votes with solid policies and integrity?
American politics has become a fragile thing. Truth can easily get lost, and voting booth decisions, not easily reversed, can change millions of lives in very personal ways.
However, all is not lost in the nightmare that is the Trump presidency. It has made people more aware of the fact that elections matter and voting just might be the most important thing an American can do.
For evidence of the electorate awaking, look no further than the Georgia 6th District special election on Tuesday. In what is usually a ho-hum off-schedule event, there was record turnout. Call it the ‘Trump-effect’ or whatever you want. The fact people ran to the polls instead of away from them, means democracy is far from dead.
Have your voice heard. Call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121
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