Well...this where we are, folks. This is the election of 2016. I guess we'll have to get used to it.
Hillary Clinton had some pointed but completely rational and important words to say about inflammatory speech yesterday and used Donald Trump's announcement as an example:
“We have to have a candid national conversation about race and about discrimination, prejudice, hatred,” Clinton said in an interview with KNPB’s Jon Ralston. “But unfortunately the public discourse is sometimes hotter and more negative than it should be, which can, in my opinion, trigger people who are less than stable.”
“For example,” the former secretary of state added, “a recent entry into the Republican presidential campaign said some very inflammatory things about Mexicans. Everybody should stand up and say that’s not acceptable. You don’t talk like that on talk radio. You don’t talk like that on the kind of political campaigns.”
“You can name him,” Ralston responded, but Clinton refused to use Trump’s name.
“I think he is emblematic,” she said. “I want people to understand it’s not about him, it’s about everybody.”
“We should not accept it,” Clinton said of hateful speech in national political conversation. “Decent people need to stand up against it.”I don't care to quote Trump's offensive statement about Mexicans, but you can read it in the link above if you want to.
I think you can figure out what happens next.
Normally I'd think this was a joke that wasn't even worth getting into, but here's the thing: Donald friggin' Trump is now an actual candidate for the presidency of the United States. And plenty of conservative Fox News-watching voters really do like him. However, his presence in the race...and potentially on the debate stage (yes, it could happen)...is not at all good news for the GOP.
Put simply, he's threatening to single-handedly turn their party's nominating process into a national joke...if it's not already. For that reason alone, I think Hillary supporters should be perfectly fine with antics such as this. She has nothing to fear from this ridiculous joker, but the Republican establishment sure does.
Good luck dealing with this guy, Republicans...he's all yours.