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.
Berry Craig: If Donald Trump doesn’t pass out, soil himself, throw up, drool or “speaketh in an unknown tongue,” most of the TV talking heads will declare him the winner.
Berry Craig: Whatever legitimate economic grievances these folks have is, sadly, secondary to the fear and hatred of ‘the other’ in their hearts. If that were not the case, they would have gotten behind Bernie Sanders instead of Trump.
Berry Craig: My wife and I spent most of July and part of August in Great Britain, France, Iceland and the Flanders region of Belgium. Based on conversations we had with locals—and a trio of Australians—Trump is a pariah plus.
Berry Craig: “Why doesn’t some reporter stick a mike in Trump’s face and say ‘When are you going to bring your jobs back?'”
Berry Craig: I suspect what Trump really regrets—and is personally pained by—are his sagging poll numbers.