He Who Hesitates

by baldilocks

I’ve been away from the Internet most of this morning and in the afternoon up to around 3PM PST. Earlier this morning, all the political talk was about the fact that Seddique Mateen, father of the Orlando terrorist Omar Mateen, appeared in privileged seats at a Hillary Clinton rally in Kissimmee, Florida—not far from Orlando. Mateen was interviewed by WPTV. The conversation is surreal (autoplay).

When I returned home, I figured this would still be the talk, but it isn’t. This is.

Donald Trump on Tuesday said “the Second Amendment people” may be the only way to stop Hillary Clinton from getting to appoint federal judges if she wins the presidential election in November.

“Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the Second Amendment,” he said as an aside while smiling. “By the way, and if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know. But I’ll tell you what, that will be a horrible day.”

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Clinton and her red-hatted special guest. Wouldn’t it be fun if it were a “Make America Great Again” cap?

Now, what he’s said is true, but I question the timing. Why? Because it isn’t the first time that Donald Trump failed to capitalized on some startling revelation about Hillary Clinton and, instead, overshadowed the revelation by saying something jaw-dropping of his own. Mr. Trump knows that most Big Media entities would prefer Clinton as president and are always looking to cast him in a bad light…or at least he should know that. (By the way, the Mateen appearance is the second unfavorable revelation about Clinton in as many days—though the one about her health is about six months old.)

It seems to me that Mr. Trump seems to have trouble going for Mrs. Clinton’s political jugular. And with his 2nd Amendment comments, he seems to make her a sympathetic figure and to demonize himself and proponents of the 2nd Amendment just in time to obscure the Mateen incident. One wonders why.

More at my blog after I get up to speed.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game (click on left sidebar image), was published in 2012. Her second novel will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.

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