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Bet on a fresh start with Trump


As the FBI re-starts its prematurely halted investigation into Hillary Clinton’s “extremely careless” handling of classified materials, perhaps this time it will conclude what it should have concluded the first time around – that the Democratic presidential candidate and some of her aides engaged not just in carelessness, but in criminal activity.

And isn’t it wonderfully ironic that the trip wire for the FBI’s announcement had to do with e-mails found on disgraced former Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner’s computer and probably (you should pardon the expression) his hand-held device on which he sexted with women and underage girls? Among the computers reportedly seized by FBI agents is one Weiner shared with his wife and top Clinton aide, Huma Abedin, from whom Weiner is now separated.

Typical of political Washington, D.C., is the reaction by liberal Democrats. When FBI Director James Comey said in July there was nothing in Clinton’s behavior that warranted an indictment, liberals claimed she had been exonerated and praised Comey for his professionalism. Now that possibly new evidence has emerged necessitating another look, Democrats and the left are jumping on Comey as a political hack. They can’t have it both ways.

Another argument made by those favoring a second Clinton presidency is that she is not her husband and that Bill Clinton’s lying and extramarital affairs should not reflect on her. Really?

It was Bill Clinton who bragged when he was running for president in 1992 that if he was elected “you get two for the price of one.” That exchange rate hasn’t changed.

He was right then. They are both sleazy and enabling of each other.

If Clinton wins the election, the corruption (hers and his) will follow her into the White House, because that is her character and also his. If Republicans hold a congressional majority, investigations into Clinton corruption will continue, and government gridlock will be worse than it is now.

Clinton would be the most unpopular president to enter the White House in modern times, perhaps of all time. Republicans and even some principled Democrats (there are a few), not to mention foreign leaders, would immediately regard her as weak and possibly a failure from the start.

Her promises to continue and even expand the Obama “legacy” would not sit well with many Americans who are having difficulty finding jobs and are seeing their health insurance premiums skyrocket.

Donald Trump is a roll of the dice, but sometimes the dice come up a “seven,” not snake eyes. Whatever his character flaws, at least he would start something new, including protecting the Constitution, and promising to name judges who respect it.

That possibility, along with Clinton’s severe character deficiencies, recommends that voters bet on a fresh start and give Trump a chance.

Cal Thomas, a columnist with Tribune Content Agency, appears in Opinion on Wednesdays.