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Yesterday, Donald Trump gave a speech on national security that drew a very clear contrast between what he would do in regard to immigration from parts of the Muslim world in which radical jihadism thrives – a temporary halt until we can figure out a way to properly vet entrants to screen out terrorist threats -- and what Hillary Clinton would do. You can disagree with him – liberals certainly do, and at the tops of their lungs – but there’s no disputing that it was a serious speech, and voters face a very stark choice and deserve better than attempts to distract them with ludicrous side issues and distorted allegations.
So naturally, here come the ludicrous side issues and distorted allegations. Like a media claim that Trump implied President Obama was somehow complicit in the Orlando attack, which he clearly hadn’t. He did imply that there might be something Obama didn’t want to say, the likely implication being that he has more sympathy to the Muslim community than to the Second Amendment. But he didn’t say that Obama was in any way complicit in, approving of or indifferent to that horrific massacre in Florida.
Trump was so incensed at that slander that he banned the Washington Post reporter from his campaign pool, and then the story became Trump’s temper and all the media outlets he’s banned (it is quite a lengthy list, although some, like the Huffington Post, are quite proud of their bias, attaching a “disclaimer” to every story about Trump that’s really just a list of insults, spin and innuendo the likes of which they would never attach to stories about Hillary Clinton, whose record is worthy of a disclaimer longer than a Russian novel, and even more depressing.)
Instead of taking the bait and letting the sideshow distract us, let’s all turn our attention back to the main event – America’s future, preferably one free of terrorist violence – and examine the competing visions in the days and weeks ahead.