Donald Trump has drawn criticism for saying of Hillary Clinton during last night’s debate: “What a nasty woman.” Supposedly, this remark will hurt Trump. If so, it may be because Trump, having so viciously attacked Republicans like Ted Cruz and George W. Bush and having repeatedly called Clinton a liar and a crook, lacks standing to call anyone nasty.
There is no doubt, however, that Clinton is a nasty woman. I think all but her most hard core supporters recognize this.
That Clinton’s State Department security team considered her nasty has been widely reported based on FBI documents from its investigation of Her Highness. The depth of its dislike for Clinton comes through in this report in the New York Post, via Debra Heine of PJ Media, that members of her security detail privately snickered after she fell down and broke her arm.
It’s hard for me to imagine disliking someone to the point of being happy she sustained a serious injury. But then, I never had to work for Hillary Clinton.
One agent told the Post:
We sort of got the last laugh. It was kind of like payback: You’re treating us like s**t. Hey karma is a b*tch! We were smiling to ourselves.
Clinton reportedly made things worse by blaming the security team for her tumble:
She blamed us for breaking her elbow, saying it was our fault and we could have prevented that. She’s bad news.
Bad news on multiple fronts.
Stories of Clinton’s rudeness and contempt for those who protect her date back to her days as First Lady of Arkansas. They persisted through her time as America’s First Lady (and let’s not forget the Travelgate scandal). Now, it’s clear from FBI documents that Clinton remains a very nasty woman.
Trump is nasty too. But the accounts I’ve read suggest that he treats the people who serve him well. A number of them vouched for this in speeches at the Republican Convention.
Still, Americans don’t perceive Trump as less nasty than Clinton. It’s a pity that the GOP didn’t nominate a conservative who projects the personal decency that Hillary so plainly lacks.