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Why ‘Lying Donald’ Trump can’t stop slandering Hillary Clinton

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In his seventh month as president, Donald Trump continues to obsessively attack Hillary Clinton. As recently as Tuesday morning, Trump took to Twitter to demean his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, and demand he investigate the woman who defeated him in the popular vote in 2016. Trump again used the phrase “crooked Hillary” in a tweet on Monday as he continues his fanatical attacks against her.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines obsession as “a persistent disturbing preoccupation with an often unreasonable idea or feeling.” It is historically unprecedented for a president in his seventh month in office to continue attacking his opponent in the last presidential election.

{mosads}The title of this piece refers to “Lying Donald” — the type of language I have always tried to avoid. Words matter, which is why I refrain from using words like “treason” on the matter of Donald Trump.


I now propose that the use of “lying” next to Donald’s name is factually accurate, while the use of “crooked” next to Hillary’s name is a falsehood that will remain untrue no matter how many times it is repeated.

Recently, the New York Times, as an example of the free press’ fine work — that Trump continues to vilify — published a long list of the president’s lies, which has been updated as recently as July 21.

Therefore, while I do not expect to repeat these words often in future pieces, I refer today to “Lying Donald.”

No matter how many times Trump repeats his slander, Hillary Clinton is not crooked. As a government official, she has never acted in a crooked manner because of the influence or money she received. Never. Not once.

One can say our entire system is crooked, as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has correctly stated so often, because of the influence of special interest money. But on the question of Trump vs. Clinton, Hillary Clinton looks like Mother Theresa compared to Donald Trump on matters involving crony capitalism and conflicts of interest.

On Monday, Jared Kushner said, among other things: “Donald Trump had a better message and ran a smarter campaign, and that is why he won.” But If Trump’s message was so much better than Clinton’s, why did he lose the popular vote to her by the substantial margin of nearly 3 million votes?

Hillary Clinton was subject to the most well-financed and international campaign of personal destruction, character assassination and defamation in the history of American politics and democratic nations, but she still won nearly 3 million more popular votes than Trump.

Clinton was relentlessly slandered by the Russian “deep state” under the command of a Russian dictator who used covert action designed to destroy Clinton and elect Trump, while she was simultaneously attacked with similar defamations by the now-president. Whether or not it is proven that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians, she still defeated Trump by nearly 3 million votes.

Clinton was also relentlessly slandered by the powerfully-financed apparatus of the Republican party and congressional Republicans, who misused taxpayer money to subsidize a four-year witch hunt against her. Yet, she still defeated Trump by nearly 3 million votes.

Clinton was relentlessly slandered by conservative super pacs, financed by huge sums of dark money, whose “fake news” attacks against her were megaphoned by certain transparently-conservative players in the media. Yet, she still defeated Trump by nearly 3 million votes.

Here is why “Lying Donald” keeps saying “Crooked Hillary”:

Donald Trump is obsessed and consumed by two matters: the ongoing investigation of the Russia scandal that may now be impeded by an obstruction of justice and his uncontrollable urge to keep attacking the woman who defeated him by nearly 3 million votes in the popular vote.

While “Lying Donald” acts like a man terrified by the facts that Russia investigators will find and the constitutional result they may bring, Hillary Clinton has emerged with her dignity, honor, historical achievements and popular vote victory intact for today, tomorrow and forever.

Brent Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Texas) and former Chief Deputy Majority Whip Bill Alexander (D-Ark.). He holds an LL.M. degree in international financial law from the London School of Economics. He is a longtime regular columnist for The Hill and can be contacted at

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