Instead of responding to a particularly annoying political post on Facebook, I’d like to ask a question about today’s political rhetoric. Does everybody and everything have to be the best or the worst ever? Any time I hear that claim about any politician (or anything really), I disregard it immediately. I’m a sucker for polls about who was the best/worst president, but only because I’m curious about what people think — and I know it’s just an opinion.
But Donald Trump is good at throwing out these kinds of claims — without being challenged — and making them stick. Even after he back-pedals on a position or “clarifies” a statement, he has (intentionally) made an impression that won’t be undone.
The talking points about Trump’s opponent have worked well for him and the Republicans, if the web is any reflection. Google “Hillary Clinton is the most corrupt candidate ever,” and you’ll get 1.8 million results. But “Trump is the most corrupt candidate”? About 5,000. Bucking the trend is the New York Magazine article titled…wait for it…”The Most Corrupt Candidate Ever is Donald Trump.”
Also, according to Trump, Hillary was the “worst secretary of state ever.” I wish a reporter would ask him who the second worst was, to see if he can name another person who’s held the office. In 2011 he said, President Obama “has been a horrible president. I always said the worst president was Jimmy Carter. Guess what? Jimmy Carter goes to second place. Barack Obama has been the worst president ever.”
If you don’t believe him, you can read the book. Yes, there’s a book titled 150 Reasons Why Barack Obama in the Worst President in History. But after it was published in 2013, authors Matt Margolis and Mark Noonan discovered 50 more reasons, leading to their latest release, The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama, complete with 200 reasons. Or you can just follow the authors’ Twitter account with the username…yes…@WorstPresident. Or contact them by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I mean, who has time for this?
Something tells me this is going to be the longest presidential campaign ever.