We know there’s no bottom to what Donald Trump will say or do on the road to Election Day, but last night, he dropped down to another level by calling Hillary Clinton “the Devil.”
Speaking of Bernie Sanders‘ endorsement of Clinton, Trump said,
… He made a bad deal. He should have not made the deal. He would have gotten out and done something really important. Once he made that deal, and believe me, he has buyer’s remorse… He looked at that, and he was so angry when they were talking about him, and his people were angry at him, and they should be.
If he would’ve just not done anything — just go home, go to sleep, relax — he would’ve been a hero.
But he made a deal with the devil. She’s the devil. He made a deal with the devil.
Was he being serious? Was it just a figure of speech? What does that even mean? (Does it matter?)
Consider this: Last week, Trump called on the Russian government to commit cyber espionage against Clinton to find her deleted emails. When pressed on his very serious and treasonous remark, he dismissed the criticism, saying, “Of course I’m being sarcastic.”
So what was it this time? Honesty? Sarcasm? Can anyone tell the difference with him?
It’s not even the first time this campaign we’ve heard a prominent Republican calling Clinton the Devil. Just two weeks ago, when Dr. Ben Carson addressed the crowd at the Republican National Convention, he did the same thing (around the 4:10 mark below):
… One of the things that I have learned about Hillary Clinton is that one of her heroes, her mentors, was Saul Alinsky.
And her senior thesis was about Saul Alinsky.
This was someone that she greatly admired and that affected all of her philosophies, subsequently. Now interestingly enough, let me tell you something about Saul Alinsky. He wrote a book called Rules for Radicals. On the dedication page, it acknowledges Lucifer, the original radical who gained his own kingdom.
Now think about that. This is a nation where our founding document, the Declaration of Independence, talks about certain inalienable rights that come from our Creator. This is a nation where our Pledge of Allegiance says we are one nation “Under God.” This is a nation where every coin in our pocket and every bill in our wallet says “In God We Trust.” So are we willing to elect someone as President who has as their role model, somebody who acknowledges Lucifer? Think about that!
As odd as that logic is, at least Carson tried to justify his insult.
Trump didn’t even bother with that. He went straight to name-calling. And the crowd ate it up.
Maybe it was Trump’s way of reminding evangelicals to stay in his base. Maybe he’s upset Clinton got a post-convention bounce in the polls and he’s trying to find a replacement for calling her “crooked” since that’s losing its power.
But when a candidate has to allude to an imaginary monster to take down his opponent, it’s a clear sign he doesn’t have any real arguments to use against her.