Saturday, October 22, 2016

Update II: adult film star accuses Trump

And now, comes forward the latest woman to accuse Mr. Trump of inappropriate sexual advances, according to a story in the LA Times.

Jessica Drake, who works for an adult-movie company called Wicked Pictures, said that 10 years ago he grabbed her, and another woman at a Lake Tahoe golf tournament.

She spurned his advances.

But then, she alleges, somebody from the Trump organization called and offered her $10,000 and use of Trump's private jet in exchange for sex.

She is the 11th woman to come forward. As with the earlier accusations, Trump denies all, the newspaper said.

Update: Poll shows Clinton ahead in Electoral College

Hillary Clinton is trumping Trump big-time in the Electoral College vote, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll.

Says the Reuters story today: “Clinton leads Donald Trump in most of the states that Trump would need should he have a chance to win the minimum 270 votes needed to win. According to the project, she has a better than 95 percent chance of winning, if the election was held this week. The mostly likely outcome would be 326 votes for Clinton to 212 for Trump.”

One nation, hopelessly divided

What’s next?

Yeah, yeah, we’ll vote on Nov. 8, and barring some election earthquake between now and then, Hillary Clinton will win.

That will come after one of the most – if not the most – divisive campaigns in history.

Indeed, Pew Research comes to this astounding conclusion in a recent survey:

“Fully 81% say that most supporters of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump not only disagree over plans and policies, but also disagree on “basic facts.” Just 18% say that while Clinton and Trump supporters often differ over plans and policies, they can agree on basic facts.”

The survey also finds that most voters think Clinton will win.

But that hardly settles the issue.

Trump, based on anecdotal evidence, captures the hearts and minds of about 40 million people, give or take.

The likelihood of all or even most of them saying on Nov. 9, “Oh well, we lost, let’s move on” seems somewhere beyond remote.

It seems more likely that a Trump defeat will continue to fan the flames of disgust with the federal government and those who control it.

Especially if her name is Clinton.

One off-the-wall prediction:

Mr. Trump himself did everything he could to undermine the legitimacy of Barack Obama, with his relentless birther contentions.

So it follows that somebody, be it Trump or others, will, with chants of “lock her up” still echoing in their ears, in effect try to delegitimize Clinton’s presidency.

The net effect of course is a continuation of the divided nation to which we’ve become accustomed, which ironically, hampers the ability of the government to accomplish much.

That being one of the root complaints of many, that the government just does not seem able to do much.

Maybe it just makes folks feel good, though, which seems a pretty lame reason.

That guess as to what happens next is consistent with the “rigged election” cries from Trump himself.

If the election is rigged, of course – which it will not be – then Clinton is not a legitimate president.

Here’s an excerpt from a recent NY Times piece on this subject:

“The country has not had a presidential candidate from one of the two major parties try to cast doubt on the entire democratic process and system of government since the brink of the Civil War, said Douglas Brinkley, a presidential historian at Rice University.

“I haven’t seen it since 1860, this threat of delegitimizing the federal government, and Trump is trying to say our entire government is corrupt and the whole system is rigged,” Mr. Brinkley said. “And that’s a secessionist, revolutionary motif. That’s someone trying to topple the apple cart entirely.”

You can imagine Clinton’s inaugural speech now.

She’ll make a bold plea for unity, reminding us that we are all Americans with common values and common needs.

Some of us will be stirred by that.

And millions of others will express nothing but contempt for her.

And that, is a snapshot of the next four years.