On September 26, 2016, Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump engaged in the first Presidential Debate with Hillary Clinton and made a total ass of himself beating the right wing’s prized dead horses, lying, bragging about how avoiding paying taxes made him “smart” and callously shrugging off the collapse of the housing market that wrecked the U.S. economy in 2007 (which he wished for in 2006) as the way “business” simply goes.
Though Donald Trump still believes he won and scolded his campaign aides for publicly acknowledging his defeat to CNN, it’s fair to say that he once again proved his detractors’ point.
As if that, along with his history of racism, dishonest business practices, and encouraging violence on the part of his supporters wasn’t enough, on September 27, 2016, The Daily Dot reported that 4chan and Reddit users hacked online polls circulated by Time, Fortune, CNBC and other outlets. This reflects very poorly on Trump, especially in light of him having said that the protesters who were physically attacked at his campaign rallies deserved that. Moreover, if he is O.K. with the violence, I’m sure he’d have no problem with his supporters manipulating the media to spread his political agenda, which would make an utter and absolute farce of the democratic process.
During an interview on Fox News following the debate, Donald Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway let loose a Freudian slip:
“I had thought Mr. Trump at different times tonight showed great restraint – more restraint than I may have – in the face of fire and lies, particularly at the end, where he literally could have gone there and made very clear that he came ready to say some rough things if [Clinton] was going to challenge him about his abuse — about his record on women.”
Shortly afterward, Bipartisan Report speculated that Conway’s job may be in doubt on account of her having compromised his campaign.
Worse yet, on September 29, Newsweek reported that in 1998, a company operated by Trump clandestinely spent at least $68,000 to investigate potential business opportunities in Cuba while the trade embargo was in effect and covered up these illegal transactions by funneling the cash through a US consulting firm.
With the election only six weeks away, the accounts that have surfaced over these three days could not have come at a worse possible time. Neither Trump’s poor performance in the first debate nor the likelihood that he will fare no better in the upcoming debate, scheduled for October 9 at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, helps matters.