Diary

The longtime Trump-Sharpton and Fiorina-Jackson connections

There is a strong appetite for “outsider” candidates among the GOP electorate. Following the recent presidential primary debate, Donald Trump maintained his lead and Carly Fiorina shot up to second-place in some polls.

Never being elected does not mean one is an outsider. Which should go without saying, but most people don’t seem to understand that fact. Conversely, holding office does not make one an insider. The fact is, Trump and Fiorina haven’t been shut out of office for lack of interest. Trump has flirted with a presidential bid multiple times in the past, and Fiorina lost her Senate race in 2010 to incumbent [mc_name name=’Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’B000711′ ].

Based on any reasonable definition, Trump and Fiorina are consummate insiders. In the past, Trump has had a lot of praise for Hillary Clinton. So has Fiorina.

(Jeb Bush awarded Hillary with a “Liberty Medal” on the anniversary of Benghazi, but that is for another diary.)

Normal Americans have known that Hillary (and Bill) were shady from the beginning. It’s hard to trust anyone who would praise Hillary relatively recently. Either they are on the wrong side or they are extremely ignorant.

Another commonality between the two are their long associations with the two principal race-baiters in America: Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.

Earlier this month, National Review profiled the Trump-Sharpton relationship in detail. The full article is long and worth reading. Trump did not respond for comment and Sharpton denied most of the allegations. But if the sources are correct, there is a lot to be concerned about. Trump is alleged to have given generous donations to Sharpton’s National Youth Movement, supported his presidential ambitions in 2004, and even stepped in to get Sharpton’s mistress an apartment. Even if the worst details are not true, the fact remains that Trump has long associated with a very shady person in Sharpton, and had this to say about him last year: “I know [Sharpton] very well, and I’ve always gotten along with him, to be honest with you.”

As for Carly Fiorina, she has had glowing praise for Jesse Jackson. This was brought up back in 2010 by The American Spectator. As a Senate candidate, she spoke of discussing the virtues of diversity with Sharpton while at HP. A couple of past speeches were also found. In 2003, she said: “in the past 40 years, there are very few people who have used their talent along lines of excellence to achieve more things for more people in more places than Reverend Jackson. And we are all better off for his leadership.” In 2000, she lauded his “passion” and “his courageous message and his wonderful convictions.” Again, what kind of person continuously supports someone like Jackson?

If Trump and Fiorina had simply met with Sharpton and Jackson I would have not taken any issue. However, it speaks volumes that the GOP frontrunners consistently cultivated relationships with two of the most divisive and destructive people in America. Perhaps voters should look to other candidates who may have held office but lack the “insider’ credentials.