Is Trump calling Hillary urinating 'disgusting' an effective campaign tactic?
Hillary Clinton was late returning from a bathroom break during the Democratic debate, and here's what Donald Trump had to say about it:
Donald Trump launched an aggressive attack on Hillary Clinton on Monday night, saying she was "disgusting" for using the restroom during the latest Democratic debate and that she was "schlonged" by a male political opponent.
Standing before a crowd of 7,500, Trump recounted how the Democratic debate on Saturday night had resumed following a commercial break with only two of the three Democratic candidates. Clinton then walked on stage. Trump asked the crowd four times where Clinton had gone.
"I know where she went – it's disgusting, I don't want to talk about it," Trump said as the crowd laughed. "It's too disgusting. Don't say it, it's disgusting."
Later in the night, Trump told the crowd that he could not picture Clinton as president because she never wins at anything. He then brought up the 2008 Democratic primary, which Clinton lost to Barack Obama.
I don't get this. I don't see how this helps Trump's cause. There are plenty of people, including me, who despise Hillary Clinton for many reasons: fundraising for her foundation while secretary of state, keeping government emails on a private server, ignoring the security of Libyan embassy officials who later died, speaking out for rape victims except her husband's alleged ones, and so on and so on. But I don't see how making fun of an old woman slowly urinating in a restroom increases support for Donald Trump. I don't see how such personal, crude attacks help him at all. It's too extreme.
What if a Democrat had made fun of Sarah Palin going to the bathroom, saying, "I know where she went – it's disgusting, I don't want to talk about it"? Wouldn't conservatives be rightly enraged?
I worry that if Trump is the nominee, such crude attacks will turn off undecided voters. I worry that if he lacks the self-awareness and judgment to avoid saying such things, he will say other things that will damage the country if he is president. We need a strong, aggressive president who will defend our interests, but not one who will say bizarre, off-the-wall things, and Trump embodies both characteristics. If Trump supporters can't realize that these kinds of comments hurt Trump, they may be in for a big surprise on election day.
This article was written by Ed Straker, senior writer of NewsMachete.com, the conservative news site.