By Steven Simpson
Give Donald Trump credit. He wasn’t lying when he exclaimed during the 2016 presidential campaign that “the system is rigged.” Ironically, it is his apparent intimation not to reopen any investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server scandal or the Clinton Foundation that proves his point.
Trump’s magnanimity toward the Clintons has not been reciprocated in the least. Recently, the Clinton campaign announced it is joining Green Party candidate Jill Stein in her quest to have Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan recount their votes. Apparently, no matter what Mr. Trump says or does in the hopes of unity, the venality of the left in general – and the Clintons – will never be assuaged. Donald Trump is and always will be an illegitimate president in the eyes of his opponents.
Let us take a closer look at Donald Trump’s almost inconceivable turn-around regarding Hillary Clinton. The first sign Trump was changing his opinions came on election night. After receiving a concession call from the person that he had christened “Crooked Hillary” and “the devil,” Trump gave her effusive praise. He expressed “gratitude” for her “service” to the country. This, after running on a platform that she was the architect of the Benghazi cover-up, as well as being guilty of multiple crimes (“worse than Watergate”) in using a private email server.
Then came the “60 Minutes” interview. Trump proclaimed that the Clintons are “good people” and that he didn’t want to “hurt” Hillary. Still later, there was the interview with the New York Times, in which he stated that Mrs. Clinton had “suffered.” The new commander in chief was now talking more like the psychiatrist in chief. No more talk of “double standards” about other people facing punishment for lesser offenses. The Clinton Crime Family (“the most corrupt”) was once again going to slither away from any punitive action.
What of the rule of law? Since when does a “hurt” factor enter into the administration of justice? Shawn Smith was one of the four Americans murdered in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, by Islamist terrorists. His mother, Patricia, gave a heartbreaking speech at the Republican Convention talking about her suffering. What of Juanita Broaddrick and the other women who appeared with Trump at a press conference to tell their stories of Bill Clinton’s sexual molestation and/or rape of them? What of the woman who was raped as a child and whose assailant was defended by Hillary Clinton, who later laughed about it?
And then there were the speeches of the relatives of those killed by illegal aliens. What about their hurt and suffering? Doubtlessly, Mr. Trump was – and still is – the only politician to give all of these people such a “politically incorrect” platform. And he should be commended for it.
Pundits say closing the book on the Clintons casts Mr. Trump as presidential, pragmatic and gracious and will go a long way in the “healing” and “unity” process the left always demands of the right, but never adheres to for itself.
For now, Jill Stein, the Clintons and the left in general have proven those assumptions wrong. Pragmatism and a genuine attempt to unify such a fractured and fractious country is a Sisyphean task in the face of such a vitriolic opposition that plays by its own rules. And it’s truly ironic. It was Hillary Clinton and the left who gleefully expressed how “horrifying” it was that Donald Trump would not accept the final outcome of the election. Opinions change quite quickly when it comes to the left losing.
Finally, President Trump should keep in mind a Latin phrase when thinking about the Clintons, pragmatism, compromise and the placating of the left:
Fiat Justitia Ruat Caelum. Let Justice Be Done Though The Heavens Fall.
Steven Simpson has a B.A. in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Library Science. He has contributed articles to the American Thinker, Canada Free Press and other websites.