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Not Even Optics Matter In This Election

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:17 pm

[guest post by Dana]

I guess if truth doesn’t matter in this election, why would something as trivial as optics?

Earlier this week, we learned that the pro-Taliban, gay-hating father of Orlando terrorist, Omar Mateen, was given priority seating behind Hillary Clinton during her campaign rally in Kissimmee, Florida. The criticism from Trump, as well as others, was well-deserved. Clinton spent the next day ignoring questions about Mateen even as her campaign tried to brush it off. Finally, she was pressured into publicly disavowing him.

But then this happened:


This, while Trump, with Foley beaming behind him, attacked Clinton about Mateen’s prominence at her rally:

“Wasn’t it terrible when the father of the animal that killed the wonderful people in Orlando was sitting with a big smile on his face right behind Hillary Clinton? And by the way … a lot of the people here — how many of you people know me? A lot of you people know me,” Trump said, addressing the crowd behind him as Foley raised his hand.

“When you get those seats you sort of know the campaign, so when she said, ‘Well, we didn’t know,’ he knew, they knew.”

Dumb, dumb dumb.

(Lest we focus only on Trump’s complete lack of awareness, let’s not forget the left’s brazen double-standard.)

Obviously, comparing a disgraced congressman and a pro-Taliban, gay-hating father of a terrorist who killed 49 individuals is not even on the same level. But, as I’ve repeatedly said: Trump should really stop giving the Democrats and the media so much to work with.


Scarborough: I Never Supported Trump, You Know

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:39 am

Scarborough: I Was Never a Trump Supporter, I Was Just Telling Elites They Had Their Heads In The Sand.

Allahpundit reminds us of this:

[A]t NBCUniversal’s headquarters at 30 Rockefeller Center, Scarborough’s relationship with the Republican presidential frontrunner has become a subject of frustration among staff, and an increasingly problematic issue for the network’s top brass.

In background discussions, NBC News and MSNBC journalists, reporters and staffers said there was widespread discomfort at the network over Scarborough’s friendship with Trump and his increasingly favorable coverage of the candidate.

“People don’t like that Joe is promoting Trump,” one MSNBC insider said. Others described Scarborough’s admiration for Trump as “over the top” and “unseemly.”

One day, a lot of people will be telling us all about how they never really supported Trump. Can’t wait until Rush and Hannity join the list. When they do, their revisionist history will look a lot like Scarborough’s.

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