Friday, August 5, 2016

Donald Trump’s Military Voter Alienation Problem

Does Donald Trump understand how elections work? Traditionally, the candidate that appeals to the widest swath of voters wins. Trump has the good fortunate to be facing the weakest and most unpopular Democratic candidate since Walter Mondale.
His answer to that charge is to be even more loathsome than Hillary.
Two weeks ago, Pat Smith, the mother of Benghazi causality Sean Smith, launched a blistering attack on Hillary Clinton’s leadership of the State Department. The Clinton campaign had a rare moment of good sense. They kept their traps shut. And when pressed, they were careful to honor Ms. Smith’s sacrifice before disagreeing on what they believed to be factual grounds.
The Khan family also sacrificed. Their son died with an American flag on his shoulder, protecting his men in Iraq. The bereaved parents attacked Donald Trump for his policy positions, ideas that they understood as disrespectful to their son’s sacrifice.
Trump did not have the good sense to just shut up about it. He attacked the Khans on Twitter and the Sunday morning shows. He turned a one-day story into a four-day story. He’s solidified the Khans as heroes, and as a thorn in his side until election day.
Think that’s bad? Consider this.
Read the rest of John Noonan's op-ed HERE.

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