Donald Trump and the most honest moment in modern American politics

As much as I despise The Mop that Roared, Donald Trump did provide us with the most honest and damning moment in modern American politics during Thursday’s Republican debate on Fox News Channel.
Ironically, it seems as if politicians and the elite DC press corps haven’t caught on.
During the debate, Trump was asked about his donations to Democratic politicians.
“Before two months ago, I was a businessman and I give to everybody. When they call, I give,” Trump said. “And you know what? When I need something from them two years later, three years later, I call them. They are there for me. And that’s a broken system.”
He’s talking about influence peddling. You might even say bribery.
Considering he said this in the same dialogue in which he referenced donating to people on that stage, the next moment was the the most honest and damning moment in modern American politics. None of those nine candidates fought that allegation. Not one. And none of the Democrats have challenged him either.
No one has because they don’t need to. They don’t even care to.
Maybe it was because it was lost in his comments on Hillary Clinton, but you would assume Rand Paul and Jeb Bush and Scott Walker and crew would have said, “I don’t answer to someone just because you donated to me.” You’d think Hillary or Martin O’Malley or Lincoln Chaffee would have said something. Even Bernie Sanders didn’t strike. Though, like Trump, he’s the closest in his party to be able to claim independence.
You’d think they want to keep the veil in place. But without a challenge, we saw what goes on behind the curtain.
And we didn’t blink.
Sure, that veil was lifted years ago, thanks to Citizens’ United and the other cases that have rolled back campaign finance reform and all but made influence peddling and bribery legal in our nation.
While fighting Citizens’ United has been a rallying cry for liberals, if you talk to conservatives and republican voters, you’ll often hear them complain about this aspect of politics. They too want it changed.
But the issue was thrown down at the feet of the nation – a record 24 million viewers watched the debate – and the feet of politicians, and we stepped over it without a mild murmur of outrage.


  1. He was honest here and I think people need to take this comment and understand just how in control the top 1% are. He’s part of the problem and is benefiting from it.

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