Sex, lies, videotapes, ISIS and the American elections

15/10/2016 (Al Ahrabya News – UAE by Hisham Melhem*): It was the strangest, ugliest week in the most grotesque presidential campaign in modern times. It reeked of the decadence of Caligula’s Rome; sex, lies, debauchery and deception, minus the videotapes and the bloody intrigue. In one week, our political culture became a foul brew of vulgar debates, sexual harassment, predatory conquests and braggadocio, victims of reality television, unbridled social media, the he said/she said ad hominem, and scorched earth tactics leaving behind scorched souls. Everywhere one looked, one confronted the unbearable stench of rottenness. Yes, something is rotten in the state of the United States of America. It was offensive watching Donald Trump during his second debate with Hillary Clinton, shamelessly mouthing an unconvincing apology for his sexually predatory behavior captured on a videotape where he celebrated his offensive hands invading the sanctity of innocent women, objectifying them and violating them…

*Hisham Melhem is a columnist and analyst for Al Arabiya News Channel in Washington, DC




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