Cocaine, a shady beauty pageant, and weight questions are being thrown at Donald Trump post-debate—and it’s getting ridiculous. The media is saying that Clinton did well. Some polls have her getting a boost in the polls, though within the margin of error, so what’s with all of this desperation? Seriously, it’s nut bar factor six, with allegations that Trump might be a cocaine user, which was lobbed into the social media universe by none other than former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean on Monday night; a comment that former Obama adviser David Axelrod described as “nuts.” Dean doubled down saying that he doesn’t know if Trump is a coke user—but he’s certainly exhibiting the symptoms of being one (via The Hill):
That is actually a signature of people who use cocaine,” said Dean, a doctor and former Democratic presidential candidate.
“I’m not suggesting that Trump does, but I’m suggesting we think about it, because here’s the interesting constellation — he sniffs during the presentation, which is something that users do,” he added.
“[Trump] also has grandiosity, which is something that accompanies that problem…It’s something I think it’d be interesting to ask him and see if he ever had a problem with that.”
MSNBC host Kate Snow pushed back against Dean’s assertions, questioning how they differ from unfounded innuendo about Hillary Clinton’s health.
“But I don’t think this is a ridiculous idea,” he responded. "Something funny was going on with Trump last night. Do I think it’s cocaine — probably not.
“But again — the sniffing, the grandiosity, the delusions, the pressured speech — this guy has already proven himself to be unstable, the question is why is he unstable,” Dean said.
So, if people sniffle, they’re unstable? And I wouldn’t necessarily call questions into Clinton’s health unfounded. She did try to hide pneumonia from the press for some odd reason, which she was then forced to admit her diagnosis when she had a medical episode at the 9/11 Memorial, where we see the former first lady stumbling off the curb, being tossed into her van, and then disappearing for 90 minutes before we knew about her whereabouts and her condition. It’s nothing serious, but it did feed into the culture of secrecy narrative that has undercut her campaign and exacerbated the dismal honesty and trustworthiness numbers she has with voters.
Still, this was a pathetic way to undercut Trump by saying he’s a drug user, which is unadulterated crap.
The next bizarre salvo against the Republican nominee post-debate occurred when Alicia Machado was invoked on Monday night. Machado was the winner of Miss Universe in 1996, who alleges that Trump verbally abused her about her weight and ethnicity; he reportedly called her “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping.” The Clinton campaign then rolls out an ad showing the allegations lobbed at Trump from Machado. Okay, folks—are we serious with this garbage? A former Miss Universe winner, a beauty queen, says that Trump is a bad, bad man who shouldn’t be president. Oh, well that settles it for me (sarc.)! As the media peeked into her past, let’s just say they found it to be quite checkered, including allegations that she was possibly involved in a murder and threatened the life of a judge (via Free Beacon):
She has endorsed Clinton and has made a round of media appearances this week to discuss her experiences with Trump. Trump surrogates have pushed back with reports about Machado’s past, and, in a clip flagged by Mediaite, CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked her about them.
“There are reports that Trump surrogates tonight have been referencing and pointing to on CNN and elsewhere about an incident in 1998 in Venezuela, where you were accused of driving a getaway car from a murder scene,” Cooper said. “You were never charged with this. The judge in the case also said you threatened to kill him after he indicted your boyfriend for the attempted murder. I just want to give you a chance to address these reports that the Trump surrogates are talking about.”
Machado waved her hand flippantly.
“He can say whatever he wants to say,” she said. “I don’t care. You know, I have my past, of course. Everybody has a past, and I’m not a saint girl.”
What!? Was this person even vetted? A person who seems to be unhinged was allowed to be in a media spot for a major campaign to show that Trump is a bad guy, whom no one will take seriously because who takes beauty queens seriously. Allahpundit may have a theory:
The only explanation I can come up with is that Clinton is playing a very cynical media game premised on the short attention spans of voters. She greenlit the Machado ad, I think, believing that by the time the media reported the old business about murder in Venezuela, the target audience would have already processed the underlying point — Trump is cruel, especially to women — and moved on.
The next attack is just trolling (and a very bad joke). Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said that she and other Democratic female senators are worried about Trump’s weight and want him to have daily weigh in to assure the public that he’s healthy because old, sick Hillary almost falling off a curb due to pneumonia, dehydration, overheating, and disappearing for 90 minutes wasn’t an issue right? Again, fire away Democrats. That's your right. But if we’re going to play this game, then I want daily health reports on Clinton to make sure those blood clots are not reoccurring in her head again. I’m…so very concerned about that.
The D women Senators have talked & we're concerned about Donald's weight. Campaign stress? We think a public daily weigh-in is called for.— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) September 28, 2016
Democrats are just flinging things against the wall—and these attacks aren’t going to stick. The beauty queen drama is absurd, the coke accusation is abject hilarity, and the weight stuff is just pathetic. What are Democrats so worried for about old, sick, lying Hillary? Are they worried about turnout? I mean, they should, but this isn’t going to do much on that end. It just shows that maybe the ammunition that Democrats have against Trump is spent, so they’re really going into fantasyland to find ways to attack his character.