Mark Cuban, billionaire NBA team owner, came out strong for Donald Trump, calling him “probably the best thing to happen to politics in a long, long time.” (“A Billionaire Changes his Mind,” by Ira Boudway, Bloomberg Businessweek, Sept. 19-25, 2016, pg. 35.) What attracted him was Trump’s honesty, “…it was different and had a chance to change the business of politics. (Ibid pg. 35.)
Most people admire candor. Most are tired of political doublespeak. But when what passes for honesty one day gets contradicted the next, we should pause to raise an eyebrow, at least. Truth is, Trump changes his views depending on his audience as often as a cashier makes change. That’s not candor. It’s manipulation: telling people what they want to hear. For example, he does and doesn’t believe Obama is an American citizen; he will or won’t ban Muslims from entering the country; he will or won’t deport all undocumented immigrants; he will or won’t build a wall between US and Mexican boarders; he will or won’t send troops to the Middle East; he will or won’t raise the minimum wage. (Click)
Eventually, Cuban, the billionaire, caught on to these contradictions and disappointed that Trump refused “learn what he didn’t know,” he took a second look at Hillary Clinton. “I did quite a bit of homework to understand all the allegations that were directed toward her and found almost all not based on fact and the remainder far from material.” (Ibid pg. 35.) In sum, Cuban discovered what Clinton supporters already know: After 40 years of fruitless investigation, if Hillary were a washing machine, she’d enter the White House with the Good Housekeeping seal of approval.
Let’s quit playing games. Some people plain don’t like Hillary Clinton. Maybe she reminds them of their mother-in-law , a strict kindergarten teacher, or an ex-wife. I get it. She’s an “uppity broad.” But you don’t have to drink beer with her. Think about your country, instead. She’s the most qualified candidate for the job. To say otherwise in the hope of passing off Donald Trump as a leader is to be willfully deaf, dumb and blind.