Berry Craig: Billionaire Trump’s I-may-be-rich-but-I’m-one-of-you-at-heart shtick indeed worked on a lot of union households, if exit polls are right.
Berry Craig: More than a few Confederate battle flags fluttered above Trump yard signs and flapped at Trump rallies in Dixie and in border states like Kentucky, where I was born, reared and still live.
Berry Craig: “Whoever was dropping the leaflets came back over the Memorial Day weekend. This time they had an anti-LGBT message. They left them again in driveways and on stoops.”
Berry Craig: At least Trump is a consistent truth-twister. His fibs range from the vapid—like taking credit for “saving” Ford jobs in the Falls City—to venal—like linking Sen. Ted Cruz’s father to the Kennedy assassination.
Berry Craig: Billionaire Trump should thank the nation’s founders—well-heeled and powerful white men—for creating the electoral college. Their aim was to make sure that only guys like them could be president.
Berry Craig: Trump pandered to prejudice more overtly than any White House hopeful since George Stand-in-the-Schoolhouse-Door Wallace, Alabama’s segregationist governor.
Berry Craig: He aimed his message squarely at his nation’s majority, appealing to raw emotion, not reason. He skillfully pandered to their prejudices, which were his prejudices, too.
Berry Craig: Fellow Democrats I know are anything but bummed. They’re ballistic and plan to prove it in seven days. I’m with them all the way to the voting booth.
Berry Craig: Trump dissed Hillary as “such a nasty woman.” He glowered. He grimaced. He smirked. He bent down and intoned “wrong!” into the mike and did his best Alec Baldwin impersonation.
Wiggins’ disdain for Trump is also personal. The Gerdau Ameristeel plant where he’s worked for 33 years is slated to close next month, leaving more than 100 union members jobless.
Berry Craig: The Garden State governor also said that the federal tax code is an “absolute mess” and that “there’s no one better [than Trump] to fix it.”
Berry Craig: His manic speeches and penchant for taking all-or-nothing risks raised questions about his capacity for self-control, even his sanity.
Berry Craig: Before the debate, much of the media—even some of the “liberal, lamestream media”—seemed to be grading Trump on a curve. It looked like the Fourth Estate was holding Clinton to a stratospherically-high standard while setting the bar for Trump at ground level.