Mud slinging-filled presidential election apparent to all

Mahoning County political party chairs Betras and Winbush spoke about the controversial race

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, right, shakes hands with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at the start of the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Every four years, we get our hope up that the presidential campaign will stay clean.

In 1796, Alexander Hamilton accused Thomas Jefferson of having a love affair with one of his slaves. It was true, and he lost by three votes.

Politics has never been the same.

The term that emerged is mud slinging — and Americans are used to it.

“This is the meanest, nastiest, campaign I’ve ever seen a presidential candidate put on,” Dave Betras, chairman of the Mahoning County Democratic Party, said about Donald Trump. “Just his Tweets are awful.”

Trump always gives his opinion whether it’s liked or not.

Both sides — the other being Hillary Clinton — have revved up the attacks, not only during the debates, but also out on the campaign trail.

There are 26 days until most Americans will cast their ballot, but it’s day-two of early voting in Ohio.

“I think it’ll get worse,” Tracey Winbush, chairman of the Mahoning County Democratic Party, said. “I think that it won’t stop. I believe and hope that the people will be able to get through the noise and find out the facts.”

The accusations involve emails — something that wasn’t around in 1796.

Trump often uses the term “crooked Hillary.” She’s accused him of inappropriate remarks about various ethnic groups and mistreating women.

America has to decide — what’s the limit on any topic?

“If you’re Donald trump, you could say anything, do anything and his supporters will follow him,” Betras said. “Look, he said it and I believe it. He could shoot someone on 5th Avenue and people would still vote for the man. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Since the political conventions, some Americans have been disappointed in the two choices for president. Disappointing to some — or many — one of them is going to win.

“We really need to determine what we want America to look like tomorrow and not just today,” Winbush said. “And this upcoming election will determine that.”

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