Hillary Clinton takes on Trump’s white nationalist fans
By Hannah Gais
With several months of election-related chaos to go, Hillary Clinton took to the stage in Nevada to call out a crackpot movement of Trump supporters that few people have even heard of.
On Thursday, the Democratic nominee gave a speech in Reno, Nevada, decrying the so-called alt-right (short for alternative right), a nebulous band of free-wheeling, internet-savvy white nationalists who are giddy for “God emperor” Donald J. Trump. Although the alt-right has gained some national media attention within the past few months, Trump’s newest chief of staff—Stephen Bannon, the former executive chairman for Breitbart News—has brought the movement into the limelight. If yesterday’s speech is any indication, the Clinton campaign, which had previously been railing against Paul Manafort, Trump’s previous chief of staff from an earlier wave of campaign upheavals, for his ties to former Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, has embraced a new set of tactics.
Trump’s simplistic critique of Clinton’s failures against ISIS
By Scott Ritter
There is a scene in Hal Ashby’s classic 1979 adaptation of Jerzy Kosinski’s novella Being There where the hapless Chauncey “the gardener” Gardiner, played by Peter Sellers, ends up at a meeting with the president of the United States. Complex policy discussions are taking place and the president turns to Chauncey to ask his opinion about the prospects for economic growth. “As long as the roots are not severed, all is well, and all will be well, in the garden,” Gardiner replies, deadpan. As the president tries to come to grips with Gardiner’s nonsensical utterances, Gardiner concludes, “There will be growth in the spring.” The simplistic phrases, taken completely out of context, end up as the centerpiece of the president’s new economic initiatives, delivered to the American people in a televised address.
Watching Donald Trump deliver his much-heralded “foreign policy” speech last week in Youngstown, Ohio, I was struck by how much life imitates art.
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