My business partner suggested last night that we ought to review some speeches and comment on what makes them great, or not so great. How about we begin with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s remarks in Florida on the date above? Among other things, he said about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton:
“She’s very much against the Second Amendment. She wants to destroy your Second Amendment. Guns, guns, guns, right? I think what we should do is, she goes around with armed bodyguards like you have never seen before. I think that her bodyguards should drop all weapons, they should disarm. I think they should disarm immediately. Take their guns away. She doesn’t want guns. Let’s see what happens to her. Take their guns away, OK, it would be very dangerous.”
The problem with Mr. Trump is that he literally lies daily, about most everything. Mrs. Clinton has not threatened to disarm America. He lied about that. The “bodyguard” remark is another lie. They are not bodyguards, as though hired from an executive protection firm. They are members of the Unites States Secret Service. He gets the same protection.
There is another problem with Mr. Trump’s statement. This is the second time he’s made a veiled suggestion to the angry, heavily-armed, not-very-emotionally stable members of his base that they ought to aim their guns at Clinton and pull the trigger.
So if I were going to grade Mr. Trump on his speech, I’d give him an F. And I would also complain to the United States Department of Justice about Mr. Trump’s ongoing incitement to violence against Mrs. Clinton. Fill out the form. Use the pull-down menu to send to Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Maybe she will have her boys pluck him off his jet, berate him for his extreme irresponsibility and begin a formal investigation. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy.