This ad for Hillary is making the rounds:
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) August 6, 2016
I agree with the central criticism of the ad, that Trump is (likely) panic-prone in a way that Cold Fish Hillary Clinton isn’t. The ad itself seems like a bit of a cheap shot, though. Donald Trump’s reaction is likely the far more normal of the two. When it’s a first time, being alarmed is a reasonable reaction. There are exceptions of course, such as would-be Senator Stillson to the right. But for the most part, I would be spooked, wouldn’t you?
Its also the case that Hillary Clinton has been dealing with the Secret Service for approaching a decade. Her poise is impressive, but its not her first rodeo. She knows that most of the time when they surround you, its nothing. Trump has no real way of knowing that.
The other thing is that it can encouraging baiting, which is good for precisely nobody. What I mean by that is that while Trump is prone to fly off his handle, there are things that his opponents have done to try and often succeed) to bait him into it. And when its something like the size of his hands and other parts) or whatever, well okay. But what you really don’t want is a situation where some nut gets it into his mind that maybe via a threat he throw Trump off, tilt the election, and Make a Difference.
That… would not be a good thing.
So to Team Hillary and Trump critics, I’d suggest they find another example.
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