Editorial: The U.S election, sleezy redefined

From a racist politician to a candidate mired in an email scandal, this American election has turned sour in the worst way imaginable.

Here we are, just over a week away from the outcome of the reality show that’s cloaked as a U.S. presidential election and Hillary Clinton is once again back in the hot seat for her private email server during her time as Secretary of State. This time it’s about emails that “could” be linked to Clinton’s email server investigation found on the computer that belonged to the estranged husband of one of Clinton’s closest advisors, a congressman who disgraced himself with a second sexting (texting sexually explicit messages) scandal while running for New York mayor in 2013. The first was in 2011 and the most recent was this year. Clinton’s advisor finally left her husband earlier this year, but now his emails have surfaced as an early Christmas present to Donald Trump who is taking full advantage of opportunity to resuscitate his campaign in the wake of his own sexual assault comments that led to a dozen women coming forward with accusations of his own past sexual misconduct.

Forget reality show. This reads more like the kind of sordid novel you’d be ashamed to be caught reading on a public bus.

How did it come to this? The Republicans put forward a living caricature as their candidate, a radical politician who wants to declare war on Muslims, erect a Cold War-era wall and use nuclear weapons, to name just a few of the terrifying goals Trump has outlined throughout his violence-inciting campaign. The Democrats nobly put forward a woman for president for the first time, but unlike the first black president who had a record so clean the only dirt his opponents could dig up was the purely fictitious claim that he wasn’t born in the U.S., Clinton can’t seem to keep her reputation intact. But comparing Clinton to Trump and his appalling rhetoric not to mention his business modus operandi totally devoid of ethics is like comparing apples to oranges. However, with another sex scandal reminiscent of the Bill Clinton presidency swirling around her in the final days before November 8th, it will be Americans’ alarm around Trump that propels her to victory should she win. And let’s hope she does.