Michael J. Matheron, October 12, 2016
“Go and register. Make sure you get out and vote, November 28.
If you’ve already registered, request an absentee ballot today and vote!”
– Donald Trump, Panama City, Florida, October 11, 2016
Throughout my coverage of the Trump-Pence campaign I’ve chronicled Mr. Trump’s bold and energetic dismissal of mainstream political culture. Often, his biographical details ignite the “national conversation” we all desire during a presidential contest. Lately, his implicit encouragement to parents everywhere to educate their children about even the most intimate sexual encounters without relying on politically correct terms like “private parts,” “illegal,” or “immoral” challenged even the most resolute parents to either jettison the indirectness of medically appropriate anatomical terms as well as the basic principles of criminal law or, if normal parents, to quickly relocate to another country where electricity has yet to be discovered and is therefore not on the United States’ nuclear target list should Mr. Trump soon become President Trump, as he has repeatedly threatened. Mr. Trump’s rejection of the tired noble sentiments upon which the United States on occasion thought itself an exemplar continues to electrify us all – yes, I too – in order to remind us – yes, I too – that, post-911, all that stuff is whiny crap.
Yesterday, Mr. Trump, visited Panama City, Florida to take his boldest swing yet at prevailing political habits – and in so doing giving himself nearly three weeks more campaigning room – by declaring a new election day, cancelling the published date, November 8th, and rescheduling for the 28th (the Monday after Thanksgiving for those planning for the holiday). The GOP candidate spoke frankly,
Look folks, I want some extra time to campaign – I don’t need extra time, by the way – I want it. A few weeks extra will give me space to piss off – can I say that? “piss off”? – the of the lowlife GOP bums still supporting me. Look, I don’t need them, I don’t want them. Losers, every one. Is it politically correct for me to say that? I mean, really. Give me a break. We have to do this folks, otherwise the election’s fixed. No choice.
In my experience as a journalist, I’d never heard a crowd chant “More time! More time!” for a speaker; usually it’s more like “Put a sock in it! Put a sock in it!” But nothing about this campaign is traditional. Summing up, Mr. Trump instructed Florida voters and voters everywhere to cast their Trump ballots when he says to vote:
Interestingly, perhaps as a sign of surrender, the Clinton campaign accepted the date change with equanimity, publicly urging Trump supporters to henceforth ignore published date-and-time information. Who says there’s no bipartisanship?