A while back I suggested that the US Presidential election was going to be a landslide. But I acknowledged I had no idea which side of the mountain would collapse. Then it became clear that Hilly’s tin ear – “deplorables” – was sinking her. Then she fell off the sidewalk.
Today and tonight horrible things happened in America. A bomb (and two more discovered) at a charity run in New Jersey, a big bomb in NYC (which mercifully does not seem to have killed anyone(Update: now second, pressure cooker device found.) and reports of a multiple stabbing attack in a Mall in Minnesota (Update: no big surprise, Somali perp, invoked Allah). No attribution as yet. No claims from the usual suspects(Update: Another non-surprise, ISIS claimed the attacks – but they would wouldn’t they). But past experience suggests that these attacks were likely part of Islamic Jihad. A certainty? No. But a reasonable working hypothesis.
Elections are unfair. People react to exogenous events. They wonder which candidate would do the necessary to stop the attacks in the event they are, in fact, terrorist attacks. They do a gut check.
While she looked exhausted in her airplane interview, Hilly managed to encourage people to wait for the facts. It was a seasoned political move and, at surface, the right call in the circumstances. But it was icy cold. There was no outrage, no passion, no understanding of just how these sorts of attacks make ordinary Americans actually feel.
Here’s what Trump said,
“Just before I got off the plane, a bomb went off in New York and nobody knows exactly what’s going on, but, boy we are really in a time. We better get very tough, folks,” Trump said. “It’s a terrible thing that’s going on in our world and in our country and we are going to get tough and smart and vigilant. We’ll see what it is.”
Even if, by some weird workings of God, the three incidents have nothing to do with terrorism, Islamic or otherwise, Trump got to the guts of it. Hillary looked weak, fell back on passive language, sounded like a mid level bureaucrat urging people to “stay calm”.
Trump sounded like a leader.