So, this is what American politics has inevitably and predictably become. For years political candidates have been running dirty, negative, nasty campaigns and won elections — time and time again. However, the Republicans are taking the mudslinging to another level entirely — now they’re actually competing for the “Who’s the Biggest Scumbag” title!
The conservative candidates are in a figurative pissing match of meanness.
(One in which they will be the only ones who end up smelling like urine — hopefully!)
In one corner, you have Donald Trump who has two types of speeches:
- Talking about how fantastic he is because he was born a millionaire and is now a billionaire
- Insulting everyone else
In the other corner we have Ben Carson, who is now bringing up sordid stories of his teen years when he apparently acted like a homicidal maniac without consequence.
Trump started pointing out Ben Carson’s “low energy” on the campaign trail. In response to the claims of softness, Carson spoke on Meet the Press this weekend, telling Chuck Todd:
As a teenager. I would go after people with rocks, and bricks, and baseball bats, and hammers. And, of course, many people know the story when I was 14 and I tried to stab someone. And, you know, fortunately, you know, my life has been changed. And I’m a very different person now.
Watch Ben Carson talk about “that one time in band camp” when he nearly killed a man in the video below:
It is clear that the conservatives have given up. No longer is their focus on actual issues, although we have known that based upon their use of wedge issues to rally their base.
The goal now is to see who can incite the angry mob the most — proving they are the biggest, baddest, “manly man” around — garnering the vote.
“I’M THE TOUGHEST!”
“No, I am!”
“No one is tougher than me, I once strangled a man with my own bare hands.”
“Well, that’s nothing. . . I once. . . (insert horrible thing any normal person would be embarrassed to admit here)”
That’s it. There is no vision for the country from the GOP side of the aisle.
Gone are the days of just insulting a competitor, which was bad enough. Oh no, now we must really whip it out on the table and get the measuring sticks ready! The dude with the biggest wee-wee wins!
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