Donald Trump and his running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence. opinion By Ronnie Mayanja
They say 24 hours is a very short time for a news cycle in America.
The debates came and went and we are a few days away from what will go down in USA history as perhaps the dirtiest and most stressful presidential campaign, one that has also produced the most unpopular nominees of the two major political parties.
After some remarks caught on a hot mic from years ago went viral after Donald Trump was heard making very derogatory comments about women and how his stardom had allowed him to grope any woman within his reach, Trump's poor second debate showing had some pundits hoping to see him buried, but, instead, he lived to see another day.
During the second debate, moderators Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz pressed Trump for a confession calling his actions on women sexual assault. On his part, Trump went after Bill Clinton, who is not running for president. However, the failure of Hillary to land a knockout punch might haunt her if current developments are anything to go by.
The latest announcement by the FBI to reopen the investigations into Hillary Clinton's email activity as Secretary of State might be another red flag that might also cost some votes less than a week to the general election. The current scandals stem from Anthony Weiner, the then New York congressman who sent illicit sexual images to minors.
Weiner is a former husband to Huma Abedin, who happens to be Secretary Clinton's most trusted aide. Abedin was forced to surrender her communication devices, thereby exposing her boss to incriminating emails according to some pundits. The fact that Huma is also of Pakistani descent might not help her situation, hence the exacerbating witch-hunt!
The effect of the email dumps from Julian Assange of WikiLeaks is quickly hurting Hillary's chances in some battleground states as more fodder of selling access through the Clinton foundation is made public. Julian Assange says WikiLeaks had so far released 35,000 of the 50,000 emails with less than 10 days to go to the general election.
For undecided voters, the latest developments have left more doubt and eroded trust. As someone who voted for Bernie Sanders during the primaries, I have found it increasingly difficult to embrace Hillary with all the scandals following the campaign. Trump was quick to point out how the Democratic National Convention (DNC) primary process was biased and rigged in favor of Hillary's campaign.
As such, I find myself leaning more independent going forward, since the third party candidates such as Gary Johnson (Libertarian) and Jill Stein (Green Party) have largely gone unnoticed. Today, Trump's attacks have been directed to the liberal media he blames for trying to rig this election in favor of Hillary Clinton.
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Some will deny the existence of a biased media in the US. However, Wall Street conglomerates control the media agenda the same way big
pharmaceuticals control and lobby Washington DC and 'Joe the plumber' on Main Street continues to get shortchanged.
If you have never subscribed to the hit TV series House of Cards on Netflix, I strongly recommend that you do. Because star actors Claire and Frank Underwood are the true definition of what a true political power couple is all about in America.
In this series, Claire defends her husband at all costs, amassing political power and influence at the cost of their marriage. Those who recall Bill Clinton's infidelity and Hillary's support of her husband in the years following his tumultuous marriage will be quick to relate the two storylines.
As a political novice and outsider, Trump could have had a shot at the presidency but his lack of filters and temperament when dealing with
political opponents have left him exposed, like a sitting duck and many within the Republican base were calling for his boycott in favor of
his conservative running mate, Governor Mike Pence.
While Trump surprised himself by winning the Republican primary, he failed to prepare for a general election showdown with Hillary. However, the game changer could be the October surprise of the FBI reopening the email investigation.
For Trump to have survived this long without releasing any tax returns yet while Governor Pence was requested to declare his taxes prior to joining the Republican fray as Trump's running mate reveals the true hypocrisy of Trump. However, Hillary, too, has been left exposed by both the emails and her foreign policy debacles.
The latest challenge has also been the rising premiums of Obamacare and the Republicans hope to repeal the Affordable Care Act. A letter signed by more than 30 Republican congressmen and women following Trump's latest sexual scandal might be an attempt by those in the conservative establishment of the party to ditch Trump.
But Trump, too, will not go away quietly - he has promised to take on Paul Ryan, the Republican speaker of the House. As the Never Trump movement
grows, we have also seen new independent conservative Republicans like Evan McMullen of Utah join the race.
Just like George Wallace who only won in his own state of Alabama in the segregated south, McMullen seems to be polling neck and neck in Utah where, as a Mormon, he might win and cost Trump the badly-needed electoral college vote he needs to enter the White House.
Poll data still places Hillary Clinton ahead with a few percentage points but with the latest FBI investigation looming, a new email dump from Julian Assange expected and the Brexit effect that saw the media get it all wrong in the UK, many say they will not count Trump out until the last ballot is counted.
He bounced back from the second debate even when some thought he was finished, fighting for his political survival amidst falling poll numbers. The Republican base deserted him, calling for his boycott, but the majority of those in the Republican party have stood by Trump and have shown a level of commitment and dedication to their candidate that seems unprecedented in the history of general election politics.
My final thought is that I expected John Kerry to win in 2004 following the Bush failures even as exit polls showed him in the lead but, instead, George Bush Jr was able to win a second term, which many of us did not see coming.
Strategists like Karl Rove called it again in 2012 for Republican presumptive nominee Mitt Romney following an impressive showing at the presidential debate against incumbent President Barack Obama. It was the capture of Osama bin-Laden that could have handed Obama his second term. Final vote tally would be Obama 62m vs Romney 59m.
As Trump rides one the latest Hillary political scandal, the timing could mean that the FBI came across a real smoking gun to reopen this case!
As you watch the left center and now right-leaning media, be aware that America and its political landscape have now changed forever. With Roger Ailes (founder of Fox News) and Breitbart of Breitbart News in Trump's corner a Trump television media empire might not be far-fetched to counter the conservatives that have refused to embrace Trump or the liberal media that has openly endorsed Hillary.
As we watch the next few days, beware what you put or click online because just like the Snowden movie, someone is definitely watching your every move and might use whatever you post against you some day!
"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it," Tom Paine.
May God Bless America!
The author is a strategic media analyst and community blogger based in Massachusetts, USA.
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