By Paul Moomjean

I’ve written articles about most of the candidates this past year. I’ve written defenses for Chris Christie, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, John Kasich and even Bernie Sanders. Yet, unless the FBI decides to take a big step forward in putting Hillary Clinton in legal trouble for the next five months, the final contestants on the saddest reality TV competition in American history will be Donald “My Hands Are Yuuuuge” Trump and Hillary “What Does it Matter?” Clinton. And I can only blame one group of people: the American people. 

In a celebrity-obsessed culture that wants soundbite leadership, the two biggest celebrities won. Now obviously, Clinton is a qualified candidate, but for every positive she brings to the table, she brings twice the negatives. Trump, on the other hand, brings the outsider mantra, but that’s about it. He’s not qualified in experience, knowledge or temperament to be the leader of the Free World. He couldn’t pass a high school civics class, and he can’t stop saying cringe-worthy statements to make true conservatives less anxious. 

In all reality, the nightmare of a Clinton presidency could have been prevented had the DNC elected her as the nominee in 2008. Clinton would have lost to John McCain. In fact, McCain was so loved by moderates and independents, the only candidate who could beat him was Barack “Hope and Change” Obama and his positive rhetoric. Brilliantly, Obama hired her and sent her around the world so she couldn’t bash him. Smart move. Now she stands as the presumptive Democratic Party nominee, being both the first woman nominee of a major party, and the first nominee undergoing a federal criminal investigation. Those aren’t my words; those are the White House’s words. About an hour after President Obama endorsed Clinton for President, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, when asked about the email scandal, said the following:

“And that’s why the president, when discussing this issue in each stage, has reiterated his commitment to this principle that any criminal investigation should be conducted independent of any sort of political interference.”

Earnest called a spade a spade, and now America two presidential hopefuls under criminal investigation, Trump for his role at the now-defunct Trump University. Say what you want about Bernie’s ideas, but he at least is honest and scandal-free. 

Donald Trump is the nightmare of true conservatives everywhere. The true intellects of the right, like George Will, have come out strongly against Trump, but since most conservatives don’t read people like Will, but watch Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity, the GOP Frankenstein monster has erupted. I blame evangelicals for voting for an authoritarian. I blame those who never met a Muslim and believe they are the problem. I blame people who think Mexicans are taking their jobs. I blame Sean Hannity for creating a straw-man narrative that Barack Obama is not a citizen, has ties to an Islamic faith and hates America. It is the rhetoric of the non-intellectual right that caused the GOP primary voters to side with guys like Trump and Ted Cruz. With articulate, critical thinkers like John Kasich and Marco Rubio, the Trump nomination is sadder when thought about. 

Truth is, people have been voting for Trump for years. His show The Apprentice gave Trump access to people’s living rooms for years. Oprah and Barbara Walters brought Trump to the people. Fox News let Trump spew “birther” nonsense. The media made Trump that drunk uncle that you laugh at during Thanksgiving. He became part of our national fabric. The other GOP candidates never stood a chance because, by the time Americans realized how much they liked Kasich, he was too far behind to matter. 

Now we have two choices. Two horrible choices. The con artist and the criminal. Trump would sell Alaska to Russia to make a trade deal. Clinton would sell Alaska to Russia to punish them for not voting for her. Both put their foot in their mouths so much, their breath smells like old shoes. But what their rise through the muck only proves is that in a reality-TV-obsessed culture the old adage is true: All publicity is good publicity.