How Trump’s mere existence delegitimizes Clinton’s candidacy and presidency — and what we must do…
Jeff Jarvis
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The competing narrative to this is that the media has at no time mormalized the behavior of Donald Trump. While they have sullied themselves by covering Trump to the detriment of themselves and the American public, the overwhelming majority of the Trump coverage has been disparagingly critical in a negative way. I suppose you could blame the media for desensitizing the electorate to the gross deficiencies of The Donald, but for every instance of soft-peddling that took place, there were fifty instances where Trump’s egregious behavior was treated as outrage to the nth degree.

Moreover, the media isn’t remotely responsible for enlarging or augmenting the various deficiencies of the Clinton miscarriage of politics; rather, the emails and the Foundation indiscretions have been covered — maybe too stridently — but not with the proper focus. Instead of focusing on the criminality, or lack thereof, that coverage ought to have zoomed iin on the unprofessional, the unethical, and the downright foolsihness of the Secretary’s judgment. She ought to have been holding herself to the highest standards in terms of managing classified material, not later justifying her choice as ‘permissible.’ (Please don’t bring up Colin Powell or Condeleeza Rice, as their poor choices do not mitigate hers.)

The circumstances are the same in regard to the Foundation. Her job was to maintain the clearest separation, as she agreed to before accepting the appointment. The media shifted the focus to whether or not crimes were committed, or whether favors were sold. The focus should have been on ethics and integrity, which Clinton made no effort to maintain.

Consequently, all of the conversation about the legitimacy of the campaign and the win will be justified. From the primaries, the models and the polls predicted that Hillary could or would lose to many of the candidates. In fact, it is more accurate to say that the media did everything they could early to legitimize the Trump candidacy, but solely through free and constant coverage. After Trump won the nomination, the media has empahsized the aberrant and the abhorrent nature of everything Trump.

Hillary Clinton really is a terrible candidate. She does have too many detriments. Your contention that some vast conspiracy is responsible for the widespread distrust and dislike of Hillary is patently false and a little pathetic.

To reference the millions of enthusiastic fans for Hillary is actually quite ludicrous. In a country with 370 million people, and in a two party system, every candidate, including Stein and Johnson, can claim to have millions of eager supporters. 2% of more than 240 million eligible voters identifies millions of enthusiastic voters for Jill Stein.

Hillary will win. She will meet lots of opposition. Let’s just hope we the next election cycle features better candidates all around.