We all feel like we know Hillary Clinton. She has been a part of our public lives for more than two decades. From her time as first lady, to sitting through countless hearings brought about by Republican witch hunts, everyone has developed an opinion on Hillary. Many see her as a champion for women’s issues and humanitarian rights, while others see a criminal who belongs behind bars.
Every voter has their perspectives set in stone with the Democratic candidate, and with 39 days left in the 2016 presidential election, it doesn’t look like anything will tilt the minds of likely voters.
At the same time, we all feel like we know Donald Trump. He has been part of our public lives for more than two decades. From being a successful business owner, to his red-carpet and reality-TV appearances, Trump has caused people to develop differing opinions of him as well. Many people see him as a billionaire business genius, while others see a spoiled brat with an ego bigger than Dallas.
Likewise, most voters have their perspectives set with the Republican candidate, and with 39 days until election day, you more than likely know if he is your man or not.
Both have their pros and cons, but this post is about two devils: It should be noted that both presidential hopefuls are seeing higher unfavorable numbers than any other candidate before. Clinton sits at 55 percent unfavorable based on the Real Clear Politics average as of the time of this writing; Trump sits at 58.7 percent from the same polls. These two are the only viable options we have to send to the highest office in the greatest country on earth. To be the most powerful man or woman in the world. Yet, strangely, no one seems to like either of them.
Although poll numbers indicate almost no one is excited for whomever is going to be our next commander in chief, someone has to win, right?
No matter where you stand politically, you probably know where this post is going: Like it or not, Hillary Clinton is the devil you know.
‘America needs a businessman’
Let’s face it, there is nothing new that can come out about Hillary Clinton that will change people’s minds at the voting booth. Remember I wrote “everyone” has their opinion on Hillary while writing “most” have their opinion on Trump.
This means that Trump is the devil you don’t know — a man who claims that he, and only he alone, can fix our nation’s problems. And people are believing it.
His supporters say he would be a good president because he’s a successful businessman, and that is what America needs in the White House. He’ll create millions of jobs. He’ll build a wall and make Mexico pay for it. He’ll destroy ISIS. He’ll replace Obamacare with “something fantastic.” He’ll take care of the veterans. He’ll make sure companies don’t leave the U.S., and he’ll bring back companies that did. He’ll make our military the most powerful in the world. He’ll make sure China stops whatever it is he says they are doing. Only he will make America great again.
How will he accomplish this? Trump lays out his plans using only two words: “Trust me!” The devil you don’t know is asking you to trust him. The man who for years has cheated his customers, his subcontractors, his business partners, his wives and even the IRS, is asking you to trust him.
“Trust me” are the words you commonly hear from con artists, and that’s exactly what Donald Trump is, folks: a con artist. A fraudster who benefits by taking advantage of hard-working people and their money. The devil you don’t know is someone who has a lifelong history of tricking people, bullying people and not caring about people like you and me whatsoever.
Poll: 74 percent of OKGOP voters view Trump favorably by William W. Savage III
Many of his supporters already know of his shady business tactics, but they can put it all aside believing somehow that, once he’s elected president, he’ll use those same cunning tactics for the benefit of blue-collared Americans like them.
Remember when he skipped out of the debates to hold a fundraiser for vets? The Donald set up a special website to solicit donations to help veterans. The only problem was the website directed all donations to (wait for it) The Donald J. Trump Foundation. To this day it is still up in the air how much money raised was actually given to veterans’ charities. Reporters then discovered he never made the million-dollar contribution he pledged to personally write.
You trust him, though.
Did you give money to the Trump campaign? Do you know what your money was spent on? Remember when he said he was “self-funding” his campaign, and you believed him? Let’s look back at just the month of May. Trump’s campaign spent $350,000 to Trump’s private jet company. The campaign spent another $350,000 to rent space IN HIS OWN BUILDING. Even reimbursing his staff’s salaries. This also happened at the Mar-a-Lago resort, where Trump’s campaign paid Trump-owned companies another $493,000. He is stealing your money and putting it in his own pockets.
You trust him, though.
Donald Trump Jr., when asked why his father has not released his tax returns as presidential candidates have traditionally done, replied, “Because he’s got a 12,000-page tax return that would create … financial auditors out of every person in the country asking questions that would detract from his message.”
The man who daily boasts about his massive wealth refuses to release his tax returns to prove his actual worth or how much federal income tax his companies pay. You know he is hiding something, but …
You trust him.
Trump’s 3,500-plus lawsuits are unprecedented for a presidential candidate. It is not a conspiracy to call a man a fraud when he is facing multiple lawsuits accusing him of being just that.
You trust him, though.
You still trust him.
This is the election between the devil you know versus the devil you don’t. No one is thrilled about our two candidates, but we know what we are getting with one. The other one has an entire history of scamming anyone who dares to trust him.
I don’t think the United States can take that risk.