Monday was the Presidential debate. Towards the end, Hillary Clinton laid into Trump about his comments about Alicia Machado, a former Miss Universe winner. “Miss Piggy” because she had gained some weight. Trump claims she gained 60-70 pounds. I have yet to see any picture of Miss Machado that supports that claim. “Miss Housekeeper” because she is Latina. Trump sputtered and had no real response. Since then he has dug deep to go after Ms. Machado and Clinton’s invoking of her during the debate.
His most recent rant — a series of tweets sent out at 2:30 this morning — show one of the most basic problems with the idea of Trump as President. He is too stupid and too ignorant to realize that you shouldn’t believe something just because it’s on the internet.
Yesterday, I saw for the first time a suggestion that Miss Machado was a “porn star.” This was buried in comments on the right-wing blog I read on a daily basis. (I know, I know. I’m still working on kicking that habit.) I decided to google “Alicia Machado porn star.” And there it was a 20 second video of “Alicia Machado” in a porn video. No need to check. Take my word for it. The woman in the video appeared to look like Ms. Machado, but who can really tell?
Apparently, Trump saw similar comments or posts somewhere yesterday because part of his middle of the night rant was an accusation that Miss Machado was in porn and had a “sex tape.” And that maybe Hillary should have looked into her past before relying on her in the debate.
Well, yeah, maybe she should have.
But maybe Trump should have done a little more research of his own before going off on his Twitter rant.
It’s one of the most frustrating things about the internet. There is more propaganda, crap, and outright lies posted on the internet than actual truths and reality. And far too many people will believe just about anything they read when it’s on the internet without doing the most basic of things. Go to google, type in a relevant search time, and fine the alternative perspective. That is the truth.
That Donald Trump believes whatever he reads on the internet, without first confirming it through some other source? Best reason there is to conclude that he should not be President of the United States. Sorry, but that’s called a hair trigger. We don’t need a President with a hair trigger. We don’t need a President who will believe whatever the person in front of him is saying. We don’t need a President is so uninformed, clueless, and uninquisitive that he fails to inform himself about things — to the point where he is susceptible to the liars and fools that populate the internet (well, except for me and you, of course).
If Trump were serious about winning the election, he’d stay away from the internet for the next six weeks. I’m guessing he won’t do that.
And in other words, I remain completely perplexed about what I’m going to do come Election Day. I have danced with the idea of voting for Gary Johnson, but have heard far too much about him in the last week or two that is not consistent with what I want in a President. He is too uninformed, too lackadaisical, too much of a pothead, too laissez faire when it comes to the role of government for my taste. There are some positions he has that I absolutely love to see in a Presidential candidate. But at the end of the day, there are far too many negatives that come along with him.
It should be clear I won’t be voting for the Drumpfster.
And I still can’t find it in me to vote for Hillary Clinton. I just don’t want to do it.
What is a guy to do?