Clinton's and Trump's 9/11 Reactions Are Telling

Sunday marked the 15th anniversary of 9/11, and Hillary Clinton's response to 9/11 is essential reading. As The Guardian noted last week, "Of all the varied chapters of Clinton's tumultuous 30 years in public life, the story of her response to the attacks on the twin towers is one of the richest in terms of the clues it provides as to what to expect from a Clinton presidency. It reveals elements of her character, of her domestic policy strengths, as well as her tendency to lean towards the hawkish side in international affairs."

And after you've read Clinton's response, compare it with Donald Trump's response. And then ask yourself if you are willing to entrust your safety to Donald Trump.

Donald Trump could win this election. He is the nominee of the Republican Party. It is up to us to remind people that he is different from John McCain and Mitt Romney. As much as we disagreed with McCain and Romney on policy issues, as much as we believed that their election would be terrible for our country, there was never any question that they were qualified to be president and that their views represented a legitimate strain of American thought. For someone who believed that abortion was murder and that trickle-down economics worked, then a vote for McCain or Romney was rational, and although those are not my views, I respect those who hold them.

Trump is different. Unlike McCain and Romney, he is unqualified, ignorant, boorish, and is running a campaign steeped in intolerance, racism, sexism and bigotry, including anti-Semitism. And yet people we know, smart people who seem to be informed and who, if we did not know their politics, we would consider good and decent people, are voting for Trump.

It's like something out of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Trump supporters seem outwardly like us, but something has taken them over. Whether it is blind hatred of Hillary, residual hatred of President Barack Obama, or just disgust with politics, I don't know. Or maybe they belong in the basket of deplorables (racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic) that Hillary described on Friday. Hillary later regretted saying that "half" of Trump's supporters fell in that category, but she was probably right.

The solution is not to stop talking about politics. Now more than ever, we have to talk about politics. You know these people. Reason with them as best you can. And if you can't persuade them, let them know that you do think less of them for voting for Trump. Elections have consequences. This is not a reality show. This is reality, and a Trump presidency could be disastrous.

The media is part of the problem. The AP's misreporting on the Clinton Foundation is a recent example. Compare the coverage of the Clinton Foundation--which has done nothing illegal-- with coverage of Trump's Foundation, which made an illegal donation to a political campaign. And just last week, in one night, Trump made six statements that would have disqualified any normal candidate.

If any community should understand this, the pro-Israel community should. No country has been libeled and slandered as much as Israel. Entire organizations exist to debunk bad reporting on Israel. But some of the same people who find it easy to discount unceasingly negative coverage of Israel are having a hard time remembering that one debunked claim after another about Hillary is not a bad reflection on Hillary, but on those repeating these unfounded allegations. A whole bunch of zeroes still adds up to zero. Heather Parton explains how years of smears have created a fictional version of Clinton.

Let's get a few things straight about Hillary's emails. Not only did Colin Powell advise Hillary to circumvent State Department servers, but he gave her this advice via email. Kevin Drum uses facts to debunk some of the most common misconceptions about Hillary's emails.

The Dallas Morning News endorsed Hillary. This staunchly Republican newspaper has not endorsed a Democratic candidate for president in the general election since before World War II. But it endorsed Hillary, noting that "her being cleared of crimes by investigation after investigation has no effect on these political hyenas; they refuse to see anything but conspiracies and cover-ups" and concluding that Hillary "is the candidate more likely to keep our nation safe, to protect American ideals and to work across the aisle to uphold the vital domestic institutions that rely on a competent, experienced president."

Jews favor Clinton. A recent Gallup poll showed Jews favoring Hillary over Trump 52-23 percent. The only surprise is that even 23 percent are considering Trump. Hillary has a strong record of support for Israel, and she deserves strong support from our community. Trump's assertion that Israel will be destroyed if he is not elected president is offensive and wrong on many levels, and is one more reason to vote for Hillary.

Iran is complying. To no one's surprise except the conspiracy theorists who want so badly to believe that the Iran deal is not working, the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that Iran is in full compliance.

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