Trump needed to win the 3rd Presidential debate in order to re-energize his campaign among Independents. Trump managed to show restraint and focus on the issues until Hillary Clinton mentioned WikiLeaks and condemning Trump for not calling out President Vladimir Putin on hacking US citizens and government officials. Trump could have forced Hillary to be confronted with the Wikileak revelations of her two-faced and disgusting political tactics. Instead, he melted down and became flustered. He was no longer to come off as a man focused on the issues. He was able to get baited by Hillary on issues like his Trump Foundation vs the Clinton Foundation. He did not press her on the issue of emails and the corruption of her Foundation when she avoided answering Chris Wallace’s direct questions on those issues. In the end of the day, Hillary won the third debate because she was able to best Trump on presenting her position on the issues. This is not to say that her position on the issues was correct. However, she was able to come off as one who could better present her positions on the issues.
The first Presidential debate did not disappoint the 100 million people who tuned into to watch the Presidential election. While both candidates are claiming victory in the debate the political pundits seem to agree that Donald Trump won the first round of the debate. However, after the first twenty minutes of the debate Trump managed to get baited by Clinton on numerous issues from the birther accusation to Trump being unfit to have control of nuclear weapons. The opinion of most pundits is that Clinton won the first debate by getting Trump to get off topic and allowing her to get under his skin.
In my opinion, neither candidate won the debate. Trump had strong moments as did Hillary Clinton. Yes, Clinton got Trump to get off topic and off message. However, Trump managed to hit Clinton back several times on attacking her character and her competence. Hillary may not have allowed herself to get suckered into letting the conversation dwell on those points. That isn’t always a good thing. To some people Hillary was not defending herself because she can’t. In the end of the day, this debate was a draw. However, a draw for a surging Trump is a win.
I believe as I am sure many Americans believe that this election the American people are faced with four awful choices in the 2016 Presidential election cycle. I say four because the little press coverage that Gary Johnson and Stein got they both showed that they are just as ignorant as Trump is about many areas of politics. To Hillary’s credit she is definitely the most knowledgeable of the four candidates about politics, but probably the most incompetent of the four candidates. Let’s take Johnson and Stein out of the equation since neither of them have a chance to win the election, but may hurt Trump or Hillary by stealing votes away from them. I believe very strongly that every Orthodox Jew should vote for Donald Trump this November.
The first and foremost reason is that Hillary Clinton is in support of gay marriage and abortion. It has been the opinion of many great rabbis from Rabbi Yaakov Kamenetsky to Rabbi Avigdor Miller that an Orthodox Jew cannot vote for a candidate that supports these values that directly contradict the sacred values of the Torah such as the sanctity of life and marriage. The fact that these issues are basically mute because of rulings by the Supreme Court are in my opinion not factors that would change the position of the great rabbis who have ruled this way since their underlying reasoning was always because of the aspect of chillul Hashem. Hillary Clinton supports gay marriage and abortion in her political platform for Presidency and Donald Trump does not. It is irrelevant as to what Trump has said in the past or what he may personally believe. His current official position is pro-life and to define marriage as between a man and a woman. Therefore, a vote for Hillary Clinton according to many rabbis would be committing the issur of desecrating the name of Hashem. This is a sin that not even Yom Kippur can atone for it is so severe.
Another issue that is always near and dear to not just Orthodox Jew, but many other Jews is the candidate’s position on Israel. Clinton claims to have a pro-Israel stance, but her record demonstrates a huge contradiction to that statement. Clinton has supported the US deal with Iran, which Israeli Prime Minister and many other Israeli officials have said puts Israel in grave danger as the plan will not stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Trump has opposed the US deal with Iran and called it a perfect example of the incompetence in deal making and foreign policy that Clinton and the Obama administration have shown over and over again. Hillary Clinton has donated personally to the PLO and as Secretary of State stopped a hold on $147 million dollars so that it could go to Hamas in the West Bank and Gaza. Furthermore, the Clinton Foundation has taken millions of dollars in donations from Arab countries and Arab groups that have strong anti-Israel political views. Trump, on the other hand, has never donated to the PLO or any other terrorist organization that calls for the destruction of Israel. He has stated that he will take a neutral opinion on Israel and let Israel and the Palestinians resolve their own problems. This means he will not condemn Israel for defending itself against terror attacks by Hamas as Clinton and the Obama administration have done before. It also means he will not try to force Israel to the peace table under bad terms as the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administration have all done before. Clinton’s record clearly shows that while she may make overtures to Israel for political reasons she definitely has sympathy towards those who wish to see Israel destroyed.
The economy is certainly a factor that should not only be important to Orthodox Jews, but all Americans. Clinton has stated she will fight for the middle class and continue the policies of the Obama administration. Gallup Polls have shown that less Americans believe they are part of the Middle Class. In 2015 a Gallup poll showed 48% of Americans say they are now working as the lower class of America. That number has only risen since then. However, for every poll that can be quoted showing Americans believe the Obama administration has allowed the Middle Class to shrink an opposite poll can be found. Let us look at the policies that Hillary Clinton supports as opposed to the policies that Trump supports. Hillary Clinton supports Unions. The Unions have caused companies to ship jobs overseas and have forced many companies to hire less workers in order to avoid pressure to Unionize. Trump opposes Unions and getting companies to bring jobs back to America is a priority for his economic vision. Since Unions cause companies to ship jobs overseas Trump is not a supporter of Unions with exception to certain fields like teachers, police departments, and other public sector jobs. Hillary Clinton supports raising the minimum wage to either $12 or $15 an hour, which many small businesses has said will force them to lay off workers and may drive them out of business. Trump has gone baxk and forth on the issue and ultimately concluded that it is an issue he will have to sit down with small businesses and see if a compromise can be made that will work for everyone. Clinton doesn’t want to meet with small business owners. Her position of compromise on this issue has been from committing to $12 an hour minimum wage requirement instead of $15. Hillary Clinton supports the disastrous trade agreements that the US currently operates under such as NAFTA where Mexico clearly gets the better bargain in that agreement and our trade with China where we currently have a 50 billion dollar trade deficit. Trump has stated that NAFTA must be renegotiated under better terms as well as our trade agreements with China. Clinton and her supporters has stated that if they try to get the better bargain in trade agreements with foreign countries they will get nothing. Trump has stated that no deal is better than a bad deal. In short, Clinton supports the failed economic policies of the past. Trump supports trying something new and policies that he knows as a business man work.
The list of reasons for an Orthodox Jew and an average American could go on and on, but I will stop here as I believe a very strong case has been made to vote for Trump over Clinton.
Would you vote for Richard Nixon if he ran for President? I think most Americans would agree that Richard Nixon was a corrupt President and if he ran for election today most people could not vote for him out of good conscious. That being said, it is fair to say that Hillary Clinton is more corrupt than Richard Nixon.
Richard Nixon was a very corrupt President. He tried to obstruct justice on multiple accounts during the Whitewater investigation, he was guilty of tax evasion, and taking bribes. He lied to the American people on national television when he declared, “I am not a crook”. He misused the power of the Presidency to benefit himself and cover up his crimes. I think everyone would agree he was a corrupt President. Hillary Clinton has tried to obstruct justice on just as many, if not more, occasions than Richard Nixon. Nixon obstructed justice during the Whitewater investigation. Hillary tried to obstruct justice by strong arming Bill’s sexual assault victims into silence, deleting emails, and the list could go on and on. Clinton has never been revealed to be guilty of tax evasion, but the Clinton Foundation has been suspected of many financial crimes from money laundering to granting political favors in return for donations. Hillary Clinton has lied to the American people so many times that one loses count. In fact, the woman probably doesn’t even know what the truth is anymore. The Clinton’s have abused power for personal benefit for the last 30 years. In Nixon’s defense, he has never been suspected of killing people to hold onto power. Clinton, on the other hand, has been suspected of having connections to the deaths of many people from Vince Foster to most recently, Seth Rich. The only difference between Nixon and Hillary Clinton is justice has not caught up with Hillary yet.
In conclusion, ask yourself the following two questions this election cycle. Would you vote for Richard Nixon over Hillary Clinton? Would you vote for Donald Trump over Richard Nixon? Based on how you answer those questions perhaps Clinton should not get your vote in 2016.