Donald Trump’s crisis reminds me of the fall of Richard Nixon

  In the past few days, the political collapse of Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy seems to have picked up momentum, especially in light of his dissing of a Muslim-American Gold Star family. The biggest surprise to me is how this chapter suddenly arouses sentiments I haven’t felt since President Richard Nixon was forced to resign in disgrace 42 years ago this month for his role in the Watergate scandal. The word for it is schadenfreude, which is defined as enjoyment of the problems of certain other people. In reality,...

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Backlash against Trump over war hero proves an important point

  If the presidential election were held tomorrow instead of 14 weeks hence, Hillary Clinton likely would defeat Donald Trump. But if it had been held just six days ago, the outcome might not have been that predictable. The point here is that elections can pivot on completely unforeseen developments. Before last Thursday night, very few Americans had ever heard of Kizr Khan, his wife Ghazala or their late son Huhayan Khan, a U.S. Army Captain who was killed in action 14 years ago in Iraq. But now, the Khans are famous — and...

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Trump’s rhetoric on crime and illegal immigration is mostly false

  In a post HERE last Friday, I took issue with Donald Trump’s bogus claim that violent crime in America has become a lot worse under President Obama. Such rhetoric is simply nonsense, but Trump’s indiscriminate supporters lap it up. Obama himself addressed the issue (and added illegal immigration to the mix) in his well-received speech last night at the Democratic National Convention. He said: “It doesn’t matter to [Trump] that illegal immigration and the crime rate are as low as they’ve been in decades, because he’s...

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Hillary might be an unlikely savior of the Republican Party

  If Hillary Clinton defeats Donald Trump in the November election, which I still think is more likely than not, she might end up saving the Republican Party from itself. Follow me here as I unveil what I consider a possible scenario: In the past decade or so, rhetoric in the GOP has become increasingly reckless and kooky, giving rise to the Tea Party movement and now to the emergence of Donald Trump as the party’s standard-bearer. This regrettable evolution has prompted more than a few so-called establishment Republicans to almost...

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Trump is peddling nonsense about crime

  There is perhaps no subject in America that more readily lends itself to political distortion than crime rates. Donald Trump is fully aware of this, as evidenced by the incessant fear-mongering in his political rhetoric. In his big speech last night at the Republican Convention, The Donald did his best to misrepresent the overall picture of crime in the past few decades. The truth of the matter is that crime stats tend to fluctuate from time to time and from locale to locale. This makes the causes of crime difficult to pinpoint and...

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