Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary R. Clinton must be getting worried about Trump and things he says about her. At least a tad bit anyway. On "This Week With George Stephanopoulos" she made the following statement, He can say whatever he wants to say about me, I really could care less.
While her intention was obviously to give the impression that she doesn't care, her choice of words says otherwise. I really could care less is saying that she actually cares. If in fact she really does not care what Trump says and is not bothered by it her statement should have been something like this, I really couldn't care less.
On to a related issue. The politics of personal destruction. A phrase coined by Bill Clinton during his impeachment hearings, it is certainly not new to politics and has existed to some degree throughout our political history. In today's overheated partisan atmosphere it has reached new heights and Trump is presently the Master Of The Politics Of Personal Destruction.
If Donald Trump was hoping to get a quick rise out of Hillary Clinton with a new nickname - "Crooked Hillary" - it didn't work.
"He can say whatever he wants to say about me, I really could care less," Clinton said on ABC's "This Week With George Stephanopoulos," "I don't respond to Donald Trump and his string of insults about me."
Trump unveiled his new nickname for Clinton at a Saturday rally in Watertown, New York. It's the latest in a long list of nasty names aimed at undermining his rivals: "Lyin' Ted" for Ted Cruz, "Little Marco" for Marco Rubio, and "Low Energy Jeb" for Jeb Bush.
"So I'm self funding. All of this is mine. When I fly in, it's on my dime right, it's on mine. And what does that mean? That means I'm not controlled by the special interests, by the lobbyists," Trump said while campaigning in New York. "They control crooked Hillary and they control lyin' Ted Cruz right? They control lyin' Ted."
"I can take care of myself," Clinton said on "This Week" when asked to respond to Trump's jab. "What I'm concerned about is how he goes after everybody else. He goes after women. He goes after Muslims. He goes after immigrants. He goes after people with disabilities. He is hurting our unity at home. He is undermining the values that we stand for in New York and across America. And he's hurting us around the world." More BELOW THE FOLD
As it is, as it has been, and as it will continue to be, that is an almost certain bet.