Personally, and notwithstanding the fact that Donald Trump previously contributed to Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the U.S. Senate, I think Trump was well within his rights to express his views on Hillary Clinton’s character and fitness to be president, as he did in Redding, California, on Friday, especially after the searing attack Clinton made last week on Trump’s fitness for the job.
Quoting from Politico’s coverage of the attack on Clinton, for example, Trump said:
“Frankly, I honestly believe — and I really mean this — I think that Hillary Clinton is unfit to lead our country, certainly at this time,” Trump said. “I think she’s unfit. She doesn’t have what it takes.”
By the currently debased standards of civility in our political discourse, I rate that one as fair comment.
But Trump’s blowhardy impulses are so overwhelming that he can’t stop saying things so ridiculous as to undermine his message and his credibility, as in the same California talk:
“If you choose Hillary Clinton, this country is gonna die. It’s gonna die.”
Really? Die? The United States is “gonna die?” How would that occur? What would that look like? Mr. Trump, please advise, expand, elucidate.