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After dueling conventions, knowledge Trumps ignorance

GEORGE E. CURRY | 8/8/2016, 7:09 a.m.
At the Democratic National Convention last week, Hillary Clinton and her supporters were too kind by simply saying: Love Trumps ...
George Curry

(EmergeNewsOnline.com) – At the Democratic National Convention last week, Hillary Clinton and her supporters were too kind by simply saying: Love Trumps Hate. It’s a matter that extends far beyond the concept of love. It would have been more accurate to have said: Knowledge Trumps Ignorance.

President Obama was correct to assert, “You know, nothing truly prepares you for the demands of the Oval Office. You can read about it, you can study it, but until you’ve sat at that desk, you don’t know what it’s like to manage a global crisis or send young people to war. But Hillary’s been in the room. She’s been part of those decisions. She knows what’s at stake in the decisions our government makes, what’s at stake for the working family for the senior citizen or the small-business owner, for the soldier, for the veteran. And even in the midst of crisis, she listens to people and she keeps her cool and she treats everybody with respect.

“And no matter how daunting the odds, no matter how much people try to knock her down, she never, ever quits. That is the Hillary I know. That’s the Hillary I’ve come to admire, and that’s why I can say with confidence there has never been a man or a woman, not me, not Bill Clinton, nobody, more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States.”

He could have added that, in contrast, there has never been any major-party candidate less qualified than Donald J. Trump to serve as president of the United States.

When it comes to domestic and international issues, Trump is an ignoramus.

The always-boastful Trump claimed that Russia wouldn’t invade Ukraine under his presidency. The only problem with that is Russia has already invaded Ukraine, a former Soviet peninsula. It did so in 2014, triggering economic sanctions from the U.S. and European countries that are still in place.

His comment followed another display of ignorance when he said Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russia are “not going into Ukraine, okay, just so you understand.” Clearly, Trump does not understand.

Responding to Trump’s bizarre claim that Russia would never invade Ukraine under his leadership, Senior Clinton Policy Adviser Jake Sullivan said, “What is he talking about? Russia is already in Ukraine. Does he not know that? What else doesn’t he know?”

Plenty.

He also doesn’t know that you don’t invite the Russian intelligence services or any other foreign power to hack into the emails of your presidential opponent. Trump said at a news conference, “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”

At his July 27 news conference, Trump said, “Putin has said things over the last year that are really bad things. OK? He mentioned the N-word one time. I was shocked to hear him mention the N-word. You know what the ‘N’ word is, right? He mentioned it. I was shocked. He has a total lack of respect for President Obama ...”