Donald Trump Stalks Hillary Clinton

Since Richard Nixon’s Southern Strategy, the Republican Party has padded its numbers by playing to America’s basest instincts, leading now to the stark image of Donald Trump almost stalking Hillary Clinton, notes Michael Winship.

By Michael Winship

If there was the tiniest doubt left in your mind that Donald Trump holds no regard for the principles and ideals of a representative democracy — or that he views this country as anything more than a podium for his grandstanding ego, base dictatorial instincts and gutter mentality – Sunday night’s debate should have shot that shred of doubt straight to hell.

It was not enough for Trump that he continue to slime our airwaves and the Internet with his offensive rants and tweets or that he responded to the 2005 videotape of his sexist, brutish behavior with a non-apology apology that segued into yet another attack on the Clintons. Which in turn segued into that bizarre, tabloid-style press conference just before Sunday’s debate with four women accusing not only Bill Clinton, but Hillary Clinton as well, of abusive conduct.

Donald Trump at the 2016 Republican National Convention. (Photo credit: Grant Miller/RNC)

Donald Trump at the 2016 Republican National Convention. (Photo credit: Grant Miller/RNC)

Which in turn segued into the debate itself. (The Washington Post reported that the Trump campaign wanted to seat the four accusers in the candidates’ family box so that Bill and Chelsea Clinton would have to confront them but the Commission on Presidential Debates intervened and refused. The women were seated elsewhere in the auditorium.)

This is what Trump and his gang have turned this election into: a cheap, tawdry burlesque; a circus sideshow of freaks and conspiracy nuts that titillates the lowest of the lowest common denominator and has made us the laughingstock of what’s left of the free, thinking world.

This is not to excuse any of Bill Clinton’s past extramarital peccadilloes, or the Clintons’ preservation of the status quo, their bear-hug embrace of money and influence. Nor does it let off the hook the members of the press and their corporate higher-ups who egged on this Trump sleaze machine.

But the Republican Party? You brought this on yourselves, boys and girls. For years now you have placed party, power and privilege above patriotism and country, feeding hatred and bigotry to advance your own agenda. Even before that tape came out last Friday, you knew who Trump was and is. You have always known. You just didn’t care as long as it seemed he would lead you to victory.

And so, there he was on the debate stage Sunday night, fresh from his crude and nasty press event with the women accusers, lurking and hulking across the stage like some Presbyterian golem, slinging mud, flagrant falsehoods and invective like so much gorilla dust. Those crass comments he made on the “Access Hollywood” bus? Just locker room talk, he insisted, and not the behavior of a man who regards women as trophies and playthings.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

After Sunday’s debate, pundits gave him points for being slightly less ludicrous than he seemed in the first one, and he managed with some effect to work in all the standard anti-Clinton attack lines on Syria, Obamacare and emails.

But mostly, Sunday will go down as the night he accused Hillary Clinton of having “hate in her heart” and being “the devil,” announcing that if elected, he would throw her in jail, like the tinhorn wannabe despot he is. He hurled a kitchen sink containing every dirty pot and pan he could conjure, hoping something, anything, would knock her out. Nothing did. But nothing in that hour-and-a-half knocked him out either.

This is worse than a simple embarrassment. Hurricane Donald has devastated America, tearing us from our foundations and moorings, creating havoc and letting loose the wolves of prejudice, hate, fear and greed.

When this whole sorry mess is – hopefully – settled on Election Night, we all are going to need to conduct some serious inventory, taking a long hard look at ourselves and why this has happened, initiating a national dialogue and putting in place every step necessary to rebuild and save the nation from its near-death experience.

Michael Winship is the Emmy Award-winning senior writer of Moyers & Company and, and a former senior writing fellow at the policy and advocacy group Demos. Follow him on Twitter at @MichaelWinship. [This article originally appeared at]

30 comments for “Donald Trump Stalks Hillary Clinton

  1. Cal
    October 13, 2016 at 20:09

    ” When this whole sorry mess is – hopefully – settled on Election Night, we all are going to need to conduct some serious inventory, taking a long hard look at ourselves and why this has happened””,……Winship

    If Winship doesn’t already know ‘how this happened’……i.e…the dumbing down of the public , treating them like mushrooms kept in the dark and fed shit and the general ‘debasing’ of all standards of a decent society…..then he should get a different job.

    I give this sheep herding article for Hillary an F.

  2. Boris Badenov
    October 13, 2016 at 00:58

    So the people Bill Clinton allegedly assaulted are freaks?

    • Evangelista
      October 13, 2016 at 20:43


      That should be “…the people Bill Clinton allegedly assaulted are allegedly freaks?”

      The answer is, “We, the sane, sensible, capable women, with integrity, ethics and developed moral capacities, very much hope so, and hope that at least the majority of intellectually developed and intelligent people will recognize that those of female sex who tra-la-la along for years, even decades without raising a “sexual assault” issue, and then, for some or another reason (which very often seems to involve money or publicity, fame, notoriety, etc. suddenly “break silence” raise such an “issue” and so step into the limelight, Do NOT represent all women, or even a preponderance of those of the sex.”

      Unfortunately, since there is no real way to distinguish by sight the women who are able to, and do, say, “That will do.”, “No.”, “I am not interested.”, “Please do not do that again.” and push away, or move away, or indicate “yes” with full personal responsibility, from the ones who indicate acquiescence with thoughts of future dates with lawyers, or who later think, and can’t resist the thought, of a “payoff” from an acquiescence, the real victims of the kinds of public pillory-ing for sudden and later and me-too and copy-cat raisings of “sexual” touching, suggesting, groping, or any sort of perceived, or later perceptible, verbal, physical, leering, suggestive posing, or other ascribable “assaulting” not defined and dealt with immediately, are the women who do not do such things, who are painted with brushes dipped in the colors the few of those kinds slap around.

      We would all be better off if the whole “sexual-victims hysteria and hyperventilation, and the outrage industry that hypes and sells it in the media were quashed and squashed. And if we could go forward as responsible adults, as responsible sexes, neither of which requires chauvinistic protections to be ‘equal’; especially chauvinistic protections for long past, even ancient, or even conjured or imagined, emotional “hurts”, “pains”, “embarrassments” or upsets.

      Yours, as ever,

  3. RB
    October 12, 2016 at 16:48

    I’m sorry but the Dems brought Trump on themselves. They simply bet on the wrong horse and got stuck with the spectre of a Trump presidency. I am in no way a supporter of Trump, but the establishment (including propagandandized MSM) so obviously moving to one side of the boat to “do whatever is necessary” to get her elected is what is going to capsize our democracy. we have been high jacked right in front of our eyes and they are trumping up the case against Donald. Like so many things in America, it is so completely obvious to everyone in the world except for us. Anyone else and she would lose severely… likewise anyone else and Trump wouldnt stand a chance. The Clinton corruption is stunning… breathtaking… and I voted for him twice and her in the late 2008 Ca primary. I think I like many of us were furious and numb coming out if the Bush/Cheney administration and desperate for anybody to bring change. Only after she became SOS did I realize her true nature and the extent of her deep commitment to win at all cost. The calculation is simple: Hide in Plain Sight, not enough people read beyond the headline or listen past the sound bite so we just do what we want… if it comes to light we apply our political capital to make it go away, to drown it out, to suppress it, minimize it, play dumb or forgetful and if none of that works, well just take the hit. there’s simply no way we will go to jail… we still have 100’s of millions to show for our efforts. BUT, if we win, we get to sit in the cat bird seat for another 4- 8 years and nothing is better than achieving that. ABSOLUTE POWER CORRUPTS ABSOLUTELY.

  4. October 11, 2016 at 06:52

    Since when has the Republic of the united States been a “representative democracy”? We are a Constitutional Republic, not a democracy. It’s also obvious the author of this piece is blind to the rapes, murders and lies of the Clinton family. I’m not suggesting both sides of the aisle aren’t just as repulsive, but to suggest the Clinton’s aren’t morally depraved criminals is laughable at best.

  5. backwardsevolution
    October 11, 2016 at 06:00

    IAL – speaking of the FBI and their less than thorough investigation of Hillary Clinton, guess who led the investigation into the pardoning of Marc Rich by Bill Clinton on his last day in office? You guessed it – James Comey! Of course he could find no wrongdoing, there was nothing wrong with the gifts given to the Clinton’s, the antique furniture for the Clinton’s new home, etc., etc. Lots of money changing hands. Here’s the interesting story about it:

    Here’s the part that Comey played:

    “Federal Prosecutor Mary Jo White was appointed to investigate Clinton’s last-minute pardon of Rich.[31] She stepped down before the investigation was finished and was replaced by then-Republican James Comey, who was critical of Clinton’s pardons and of then-Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder’s pardon recommendation.[32] Rich’s lawyer, Jack Quinn, had previously been Clinton’s White House Counsel and chief of staff to Clinton’s Vice President, Al Gore, and had had a close relationship with Holder.[22] According to Quinn, Holder had advised that standard procedures be bypassed and the pardon petition be submitted directly to the White House.[33][Notes 2] Congressional investigations were also launched. Clinton’s top advisors, Chief of Staff John Podesta, White House Counsel Beth Nolan, and advisor Bruce Lindsey, testified that nearly all of the White House staff advising the president on the pardon request had urged Clinton to not grant Rich a pardon.[29] Federal investigators ultimately found no evidence of criminal activity.”

    The Clinton’s homey, Comey, rides to the rescue on a deaf, dumb and blind horse and sees nothing wrong again!

    • IAL
      October 11, 2016 at 20:42

      Thanks backwardsevolution. Hopefully the American people are waking up to the lies and deception that is conducted in their name and paid for by their tax dollars.

  6. IAL
    October 11, 2016 at 05:24

    This post is laughable.

    To believe any of this nonsense you would have to believe that:
    1. The economy is not in recession and is doing well.
    2. The labor participation rate is low because of retirees.
    3. The unemployment rate is 5%.
    3. The stock market is not in a bubble
    4. Low interest rates are good for the “real” economy.
    5. War with Syria is all Russia’s fault.
    6. Russia hacked the DNA and Seth Rich did not get murdered for dumping DNC information to Wikileaks.
    7. Hillary Clinton and her attorneys only deleted personal emails.
    8. Bill Clinton is not a serial rapist.
    9. TTP and TTIP are not deals to make corporations above the law and drive workers into slavery.
    10. That the FBI conducted a thorough and non-biased investigation into the Clinton Foundation and Hillary’s emails.
    11. That the US military enjoys fighting alongside Al Qaeda in the Middle East.
    12. That Turkey and Saudi Arabia are not funding ISIS in the Middle East.
    13. That the Syrian War is about humanitarian intervention.
    14. That Obamacare is affordable and sustainable.
    15. Etc…..according to the propaganda coming out of our evil Mordor government and the corporate MSM.

    The LIES of this government and the MSM mount to heaven.

    God is not amused and neither are those of us that have not succumbed to the LIES of the establishment.

    IAL Ph.D., MBA

    • backwardsevolution
      October 11, 2016 at 05:29

      IAL – another great post!

    • Cal
      October 13, 2016 at 19:59


  7. Bob W
    October 11, 2016 at 01:02

    According to numerous reports, and the “official media” we are very close to war with Russia. Some major military people from both the US and CIS militaries have admitted we are closer to nuclear war than any time in the past, including the Cuban missile crisis.

    The economy is abysmal as the elite of both sides of the red-blue circus plunder the wealth of the country, print worthless dollars, and export what ever vestiges of manufacturing capability we have left.

    The Pentagon cannot account for as much as $14 trillion over the last forty years, and the rest of the government has had to adjust the books for another $10 trillion or so. The Fed has generously created/given $25 trillion to the TBTF banks, none of which was authorized by congress.. There is not a single official investigation by congress or the DOJ (there’s a joke).

    We have cities going broke, infrastructure collapsing, questions about the viability of social security, medicare (after the bankers steal the last of the reserves?). Actual unemployment based on the old way of calculating it approaches over 20%.

    And you want to talk about sex scandals and somehow represent the Clintons as something other than wholly corrupt political insiders (coming from having little more than a hillbilly pig farmer to now personal fortunes of hundreds of millions, and “non-profit” foundations with almost $1.5 billion in assets raised and a 90% administration cost). You just don’t get it… Trump is just “not an insider”… just like BREXIT was about an FU to the UK elite from the 99%ers.


    • Annie
      October 11, 2016 at 02:25

      Good one!

    • backwardsevolution
      October 11, 2016 at 05:27

      Bob W – perfectly said!

  8. Annie
    October 10, 2016 at 23:29

    I dislike this article simply on the basis it is more a rant then jounalism with the author taking center stage. Shame!

    • Cal
      October 13, 2016 at 19:58


  9. Joe Tedesky
    October 10, 2016 at 22:17

    I enjoy reading your articles Mr Winship, and in the spirit of continuity write a part 2 this time talking about what happened to the Democratic Party. Between the Clintons turning the old blue collar Democrate’s into a corporate run entity, and don’t forget to mention how DWS and Hillary literally stool this primary from the Sanders people would make a nice addition to what’s wrong with America’s politics.

    Trump should have grown up with my cousin James, and the guys we rolled with. When someone would start that macho sleaze girlie rap, you could only wait for who, or when someone would say, ‘that’s not what she told me’. Yeah, it called the bragger out, and at the same time got the laugh it deserved. My cousin and I always held the opinion that those bragging sob’s probably weren’t getting it…if you know what I’m talking about.

    This election is so bizarre I wish it were found to be scripted and fixed. I mean what’s to say there isn’t a Master Puppeteer? Like someone above the candidates pulling the strings. Like maybe Clinton knows she’s going to win, but we have to do this thing with Donald, like it or not. Oh how I wish this were the case, so I could regain my faith in humanity. You all must admit, it’s a surreal time we are living in with this tv reality presidential election. This season could be titled, ‘the Lessor of the Two Evils’ or subtitled ‘How to be the Most Hated and Still become President of the United States of America’….or better yet, ‘Hey Nielsen, How’s Our Ratings Now’?

  10. Knomore
    October 10, 2016 at 21:44

    Both are low-lifes. To privilege Donald Trump’s contribution is to fail to understand that Hillary needs someone like Donald Trump to make her look less the evil, and in truth incompetent, witch that she is. And if you want to know who is ultimately responsible for the trashing of America, its food, its water, its airways, its elections, its Constitution, its Bill of Rights, its future, look to the CFR and David Rockefeller.

    See the People Who Control America — it’s a two-hour documentary available on YouTube. Definitely worth the time.

  11. James lake
    October 10, 2016 at 21:22

    This US presidential election and the candidates from both parties are both awful products of the U.S. system.

    I live in the UK and I hope we move away and stop following US policies.

    These policies are worthy of outrage – causing death and destruction to countries and condemning whole society’s peoples to uncertain futures, refugee status, starvation.

    As bad as this writer feels about Trump. I feel truest disgust about the current US president Obama with the current 6 , yes 6 wars going on.

    I am outraged and disgusted about Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Ukraine, Yemen, Syria,

    I am outraged that Hillary Clinton stood on that stage and named Russia an adversary and spoke about the “poor rebels” (AKA Al Nusra, ISIS) being bombed in East Aleppo. While the U.S. and Saudi Arabia bomb and starve the Yemeni people!!!!

    This is a clear indication of more war with hillary Clinton – consortium news should write about that.

    But being outraged over sex talk on a tape really takes the biscuit. The writer needs to get real about what is truly disgusting

  12. Bill Bodden
    October 10, 2016 at 20:52

    But the Republican Party? You brought this on yourselves, boys and girls. For years now you have placed party, power and privilege above patriotism and country…

    Make that the Republican Party and the Democratic Party.

    Come to think about it, make that the Republican Party, the Democratic Party, the corporate media, and the majority of the American electorate..

    “By now, many Americans are familiar with CBS President Les Moonves’ infamous comment that journalists’ sensationalistic fixation on the Donald Trump “circus” “may not be good for America, but it’s damn good for CBS.” Moonves explained in the same interview, at a San Francisco Morgan Stanley conference in February:

    “Man, who would have expected the ride we’re all having right now…The money’s rolling in and this is fun…I’ve never seen anything like this, and this is going to be a very good year for us. Sorry. It’s a terrible thing to say, But, bring it on, Donald. Keep going…I’m not taking a side, I’m just saying for us, econo­­mically, Donald Trump’s place in this election is a good thing.” –

    • Joe Tedesky
      October 10, 2016 at 22:30

      Bill, I picture a young up and coming executive, right after Obama began his second term, pitching this crazy idea to they’re very influential trillion-aire boss about how to have fun with the 2016 presidential election. This idea will create mucho dollars in revenue for the ad-markets, and tv networks. Papers, websites, and magazines too will prosper with this strategy of how to conduct these elections. SNL will have a ball with this idea… see we call Donald Trump and then….you know the rest.

  13. JWalters
    October 10, 2016 at 20:00

    Even without this “circus sideshow”, this campaign was 95% ignoring the major issue facing the country – the fact that America is in practice NOT a democracy but an oligarchy. The evidence is plentiful that the wealthiest few routinely override large public majorities. The evidence is also plentiful that life and death foreign policy issues are controlled by Israel and its neocon agents in the U.S., and that Hillary is one of the controlled politicians.

    The evidence is also plentiful that Israel and its agents in the U.S. are hitting hard to kill freedom of speech in the U.S., as documented extensively by professional scholars.

    It is plain to anyone who truly looks around that Israel controls the mainstream media in the U.S. because it has zero honest reporting or discussion of Israel.

    The real issue and discussion of this campaign should be about overthrowing these oligarchs, jailing them, and establishing a functioning democracy.

  14. Don
    October 10, 2016 at 19:18

    Zac, I don’t think the Clintons have the ‘power’ to have organized the thing we’re being subjected to, by themselves. Not enough Demos that are that ‘driven’. Their not like Cheney and Repubcons who could have pulled it off and have in the past. Otherwise I think your conclusions make sense.
    Anyway, dynasty’s should not be a part of a Democracy unless their unusually competent, which the Clintons are not. I always wonder where are all the competent people in this country? Surely there are some none republicans that could handle the job, who are not psychotics.

  15. Zachary Smith
    October 10, 2016 at 18:22

    But the Republican Party? You brought this on yourselves, boys and girls.

    It’s unfair to give the Republicans all the credit. After all, Jeff Bezos’ neocon Washington Post reported last year Bill Clinton encouraged Trump to become a candidate. Apparently this was part of a coordinated Clinton plan, for here is what a wikileaks tweet says:

    Hillary Clinton, in a political game of chicken, ordered her team & its press contacts to elevate Donald Trump

    And I continue to maintain that Donald Trump was the best choice for Republican voters. He was their down-budget equivalent of Sanders – at least talking about things which matter to citizens not in the top 1%.

    Those crass comments he made on the “Access Hollywood” bus? Just locker room talk, he insisted, and not the behavior of a man who regards women as trophies and playthings.

    I wonder how Trump compares with the other predator ***holes like Bill Clinton, Lyndon Johnson, and John Kennedy?

    Johnson had “an unfillable hole in his ego,” Moyers says. Feelings of emptiness spurred him to eat, drink, and smoke to excess. Sexual conquests also helped to fill the void. He was a competitive womanizer. When people mentioned Kennedy’s many affairs, Johnson would bang the table and declare that he had more women by accident than Kennedy ever had on purpose.

    Then there is the plain fact that Donald Trump, Total Zero though he may be, hasn’t yet been accused of being complicit in the murder of hundreds of thousands to millions of people. Which can’t be said about Johnson and Bubba Clinton. EDIT: or Queen Hillary, for that matter.

    When this whole sorry mess is – hopefully – settled on Election Night, we all are going to need to conduct some serious inventory, taking a long hard look at ourselves and why this has happened, initiating a national dialogue and putting in place every step necessary to rebuild and save the nation from its near-death experience.

    I’m sorry, but I’m going to have to call BS on this one. We The People had precisely zero choice in shaping the current political system. And whatever we like or dislike about it isn’t going to change a thing. Any alterations will be made by the Power Elites in this country if they don’t happen to like the outcome.

    • Bob Van Noy
      October 11, 2016 at 09:13

      Zachary, for what it’s worth, I agree, possibly because l’m currently reading a truly enlightening college text book that recently was recommended (probably on this site). I have been a long time fan of the writings of C. Wright Mills feeling that his early look at “The Power Elite” had been largely abandoned by Sociologists, only to find this book “Elite Deviance” by David R. Simon now in its 11th. edition. ”That the intense maldistribution of power and wealth amongst the nations power elite has given rise to practices that C. Wright Mills termed the higher immorality”… Thanks.

      Link here:

    • Evangelista
      October 11, 2016 at 21:14


      Winships wrote: “”But the Republican Party? You brought this on yourselves, boys and girls…”

      And You wrote: “”It’s unfair to give the Republicans all the credit.”

      In fact, it is unfair to give the ‘Republicans’ (meaning the republican political establishment) any credit. They fought tooth and claw to keep Trump from the nomination, giving up when it showed to be inevitable he would get it, and then trying to get along with him (to coat-tail to the Republican plebeia, who where the ones who carried Trump). There has been Republican Establishment waffling, worrying, hand-wringing and shying all along ever since. The trouble has been, and is, that Trump leads, and holds, the rank and file. The plebeian Republicans see Trump as their representative, whoever they are, whatever they are. Trump does not shy from the Republican rank and file if they are conservative, if they are radical, if they are angry, if they are worried, if they are opinionated, politically incorrect, biased or bigoted. Trump ‘owns’ them out front, even if, and when, has to, for political expediency, ‘deny’ or ‘disown’ them. So holding on to Trump’s coat tails means riding with the most mixed carload of co-parties that has ever assembled. It is a carload that personifies “liberal”; except “liberal” today is assigned to mean “homogenized”, not mixed, everybody on the bus a same beige pablum, no lumpy and clumpy different; this is the Democrat “liberal”, which is the “Politically Correct” Liberal”.

      What we are seeing since the so-called “Trump Sex Tape” is the Nervous-Nellie and Squeamish-Sidney sets jumping off in desperate fear. Not fear of the odd-lot radical on the Trump Bus, but of the jeers of jerks along the road, who the jumpers are embarrassed to see seeing them, and maybe identifying them with someone not pablum-smooth and within-range beige. Apparently, for establishment GOP, if there is anything worse than being called a “nigger-lover” it is being called a “KKK-lover”, or “supremacist-lover”, or “bigot-lover”, or “Russian-lover” (or “peace-lover”?).

      If you review the October 9, Trump-Clinton debate you may notice the astounding, amazing and shocking moment, when Trump blandly said he disagreed with his vice-presidential candidate. That Pence can have a different opinion, and Trump does not object is what, in fact, defines the Trump candidacy, and what will make Trump a different kind of President. One who will be able to live with, and “allow” the different to be different. That is what makes Trump different, is what is his strength, and what will, in the end, win him the election, if it, or anything, can.

      Meanwhile, the advocates for homogenization and pasteurization, for a pap and pablum population, are, as Michael Winships in his article illustrates, gong to full-screech shrill in their hysterias. They will go more shrill, and more irrational in their invective and their ‘hate-speech’ as the campaign winds on. I don’t think there has ever been such skittishness in the establishment ranks of any American political party, or the whole politically-focused and politics-following American population component.

      • Wm. Boyce
        October 12, 2016 at 11:23

        ” That Pence can have a different opinion, and Trump does not object is what, in fact, defines the Trump candidacy, and what will make Trump a different kind of President.”

        Why yes, one who throws his political opponents in jail.

        • Evangelista
          October 12, 2016 at 20:32

          If you refer to Hillary, Wm., I think the record shows that she has qualified herself for jail. If she goes to one or not, however, will not depend on Donald Trump, but on a judge or jurors, who, in the U.S. system, are who determine guilt, no matter who the accuser may be, and on whoever sentences, by whatever rules and criteria..

          I somehow suspect that HRC will not do any time, any more than BHO will likely for his summary executing of innocents via drone and “precision-targeting” “surgical-strike” assaults.

          Simply stopping those unlawful murderings, alone, would make a President Trump a different kind of President, wouldn’t it?

          • Wm. Boyce
            October 13, 2016 at 01:40

            What BS, do you really believe this crap?

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