There is no disputing that Donald Trump is a skilled manipulator. But I realize now he pales in comparison to the crass manipulation created by the Hillary Clinton campaign and those who put together the Democratic Convention last week in Philadelphia.
They went over the top in trying to pull every imaginable emotion out of delegates and viewers. From using disabled individuals giving the Pledge of Allegiance, singing the National Anthem , and speaking in support of HRC, to the Muslim parents of the US soldier who was killed in Afghanistan, it was a carefully scripted attempt at psychological mind play.
The Khan family, whose son was killed 12 years ago in Afghanistan, was brought on stage to simply insult Trump and to get people angry and to move them emotionally in sorrow over the tragic loss of their son. It worked. Most people remain outraged over Donald Trump’s response but very few seem to notice how manipulative this stunt was by the Clinton campaign. The Khans themselves, apparently sincerely kind and decent people, had no idea they were being used to lift Hillary Clinton onto some kind of altar of praise and adoration. In the past, they have supported Republican candidates. It’s not clear they are even Democrats. The whole thing was simply more of the scheming and mind control that the Clintons have always used to deflect attention from their own faults while convincing people to applaud them for their generosity to others. The proficiency and aplomb of that, not to mention the sheer vulgar motives of it, is really something to behold.
The media, which of course, are totally owned by the millionaire/billionaire class, to which the Clintons belong, fell right in line and have fueled the Khan story endlessly. Everyone is outraged by Trump’s comments. But no one seems to care that the Khan’s son was killed in a war that Hillary Clinton supported. Donald Trump had nothing to do with that. And, how many countless other families lost their sons and daughters, their husbands and fathers, in the wars Hillary Clinton has supported and promoted year after year? That doesn’t seem to bother anyone.
It bothers me. It bothers me immensely.
And let me just say, gently, any attempt to accuse me of supporting Trump is a bogus and empty attack that is personally offensive to me. If Hillary Clinton cannot be criticized for the outrageous things she does and has done without people seeing that as support for Trump, then reason is gone and sanity is out the window and there can be no level headed discussion on the matter.
Donald Trump is an enormously insecure man, flawed in ways that make him unpredictable and emotionally immature. I do not see him as some dangerous monster. He is politically inept and does not appear to have the skills required of the presidency. But compared to the cold, calculating, devious skills of Hillary Clinton and her crowd of intellectually agile, cagey, scheming campaign aides, Trump is a harmless child.
Beware of the psychological games being played by the Hillary Clinton campaign. They are notoriously effective, yes, but what price do we pay to fall under their spell?
© 2016 Timothy Moody