Trump and Clinton's presidential appearance: Darcy cartoon
How does fawning over Putin make Trump look presidential or a strong Commander-in-Chief ? Trump looks more like a useful idiot to Putin.
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Donald Trump has said he doesn't think Hillary Clinton has "a presidential look." The question is does Trump act like a president, let alone look the part?
Tuesday, in an ABC News interview, Trump said of Clinton:"Well, I just don't think she has a presidential look, and you need a presidential look." Monday, while in Cleveland speaking before a group of men, Trump said with sarcasm, "and she looks presidential, fellows."
Granted, Hillary Clinton doesn't look like past presidents. They were all men, some with full beards. Trump's comment was predictably sexist. Spoken like a guy who criticized Carly Fiorina's looks. Spoken like a guy who runs beauty pageants and a modeling agency that has been accused of taking advantage of young women and immigration loop holes. Spoken like a guy whose media advisor is Roger Ailes, who was just forced out as head of Fox News as a result of multiple sexual harassment allegations. Spoken like a guy who tweeted cynically that military rapes should have come as no surprise after women were allowed to enlist.
During NBC's Commander-in-Chief forum, Clinton looked as presidential as any man who has run. But she also looked rusty, defensive and like she still hadn't grasped that the official language of the U.S. is not the legalese and wonkese she has proven fluent in.
NBC's horrible format and moderator Matt Lauer's performance, further hindered Clinton. Clinton and Trump were given 30 minutes each to answer a flurry of questions on weighty topics. Lauer's performance has been universally panned for unfairness, sloppiness and sexism, according to The New York Times.
Lauer interrupted Clinton repeatedly. At one point, when a veteran in the audience asked Clinton for her plan to defeat ISIS, Lauer interjected, telling Clinton to reply "as briefly as you can."
While Lauer requested that both candidates refrain from attacking each other, he didn't stop Trump from taking repeated swipes at Clinton and Obama. Most egregiously, Lauer let Trump's false claim that he was "totally against the war in Iraq" go unchallenged.
Lauer taking a softer tone with Trump should have been expected. Lauer has interviewed Trump many times before on the "Today" show when the subject was just stuff like Trump's NBC show "The Apprentice" not ISIS. NBC would have been better off even having Al Roker moderate.
Trump may think he has a "presidential look" but he certainly didn't act like a U.S. president during the NBC forum.
Is it presidential to fawn over Vladimir Putin as Trump continued to do during the Lauer interview?
While I agree that Obama has been played by Putin more than once, and has come off looking weak, that will never alter my opinion that Putin is really, really bad and dangerous guy.
In the U.S., Putin has an 8% approval rating. Trump is among those 8% having said that Putin is a better leader than Obama.
Putin's political opponents in Russia have turned up dead, poisoned or imprisoned. What does Trump think would happen to him if he was living in Russia and opposing Putin?
How does kissing up to Putin make Trump look presidential or like a strong Commander-in-Chief ? Trump looks more like a useful idiot to Putin, who is playing him just as bad as he played Obama.
Intel briefing claim
How presidential did Trump look talking about a classified intelligence briefing? A qualified Commander-in-Chief wouldn't even discuss a classified intelligence briefing in public, let alone make the absurd assertions Trump did to Lauer.
Trump claimed that he learned in his briefing that the Obama administration wasn't following the advice of the intel analysts. Trump said he deduced this from reading the body language of the analysts briefing him. Intel analysts are professionals trained to be non-partisan and just present the information in such situations.
U.S. Generals reduced to rubble.
Did Trump look presidential and act like a Commander-in-Chief when he asserted he knows more than U.S Generals, who he said have been reduced to rubble?
Apparently, Trump's qualified to speak about U.S Generals because once owned the New Jersey Generals of the defunct USFL, which Trump has been blamed for destroying.
In the same vain, Trump was qualified to speak about U.S. education at Cleveland's Arts and Social Science Academy because he founded the vaunted Trump University. Read more..
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