Op-ed: Hillary Clinton is building a double-digit lead in the U.S. presidential race despite all the hijinks of Bernie Sanders and golfing blunders of Donald Trump.
Pundits, who depend on a race for their jobs, are focusing on a poll that shows the race close. MSNBC has Clinton ahead by only one point when all the third-party candidates are thrown in.
The Washington Post-ABC poll released Sunday shows Clinton leading by 12 points. NBC only mentions its own poll.
What kind of journalism includes only the news that supports its views? Later, they did mention the 12-point lead but played it down.
NBC says the polls are worrisome. Will they continue to say that if Hillary gets a 20-point lead?
The most respected Republican columnist, George Will, had said he would support Clinton. On Sunday he said he was no longer a Republican.
Describing the poll showing a 12-point lead, Politico said: “Respondents overwhelmingly said that Clinton is more qualified to be president and has a better personality and temperament than Trump.”
If Sanders begins supporting Clinton her numbers could rise.
“Support for Donald Trump has plunged as he has alienated fellow Republicans and large majorities of voters overall in the course of a month of self-inflicted controversies, propelling Democrat Hillary Clinton to a double-digit lead nationally,” the Washington Post and ABC said.
It didn’t help that the whole world watched as Trump admitted he didn’t know what Brexit was.
As he did when the recession hit a decade ago Trump saw the decline of the British pound as good news for him.
It meant more people would travel to his Scottish golf course.
For Americans, as Clinton worried, it would mean fewer British tourists in the U.S.
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