As conservative scholar Victor Davis Hanson has written, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 election strategy has significantly included “a series of Democratic-planted IEDs about Trump’s foul mouth that exploded at preplanned and opportune moments.”
The anti-Trump tape release, followed by women surfacing to say that the taped comments were true, fits a Democratic Party pattern of unloading extremely negative trash in the campaign’s final weeks.
In 2000, in the campaign’s last five days, A Maine TV reporter acting on a tip unearthed a court record of George W. Bush’s 1976 Maine DUI arrest. It nearly cost Bush that election.
In 2006, Rahm Emanuel orchestrated a late-campaign release of information about Republican Congressman Mark Foley’s unseemly pursuit of male pages, information that came into his possession a year earlier. The released information dominated the campaign’s final weeks, and helped turn the House from GOP to Democratic that year.
In 2012, Mitt Romney in May, well before the GOP nomination, told a fundraising event audience:
There are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what ... who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims. ... These are people who pay no income tax. ... and so my job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.
This was called 2012’s best quote, anywhere. Why not? It probably cost Romney the 2012 election. Had the quote surfaced before the GOP nomination, Republicans could have replaced Romney with a more appealing alternative.
The May quote was secretly filmed by a Democrat sympathizer, but didn’t appear until the progressive Mother Jones published it on September 18, 15 days before the October 3 first presidential debate between Romney and Barack Obama. Early voting (except in North Carolina, which started even earlier) began September 22, 4 days after the “47%” video hit the media.
In 2016, the Trump/“Access Hollywood” tape surfaced in the Washington Post October 7, two days before the October 9 second Trump-Clinton debate. The tape, which was eleven years old, was supposed to drop just a few days earlier.
NBC, however, which controlled the tape (“Access Hollywood” is owned by NBC), was working to edit Billy Bush out of the Trump tape’s content — difficult (also dishonest) because Bush was very much a part of the tape, egging on Trump’s unacceptable comments. Bush was an NBC personality and co-anchor of “Today” prior to his being fired once the tape came out.
Early voting in 2016 (except in North Carolina, which started even earlier) began September 23. If the Trump/“Access Hollywood” tape had come out 4 days before early voting began in 2016 — as Romney’s “47%” tape did in 2012 — it would have hit on September 19.
The ideal dates for wreaking the Romney and Trump presidential campaigns appear to have been just before early voting began. Democrats met that target in 2012, missed by roughly two weeks in 2016, but were still early enough to ruin Trump’s campaign.
Needless to say, had NBC released its 2005 Trump/“Access Hollywood” tape in the Spring instead of October, Trump wouldn’t have been the GOP nominee, and Trump wouldn’t have been here now, easing Clinton’s path to the White House.
DEM = Destructive Election Manipulators.