It was only a few days ago that the polls indicated that Clinton had the presidency in a clinch, soaring to the lead and securing the win. However, just days before the final election, Trump may have just received the biggest “October Surprise Gift” of the election.
Clinton is facing new allegations and a reopened investigation regarding her email scandal after FBI Director James Comey went against the Justice Department’s recommendations and released new information about their findings. The latest development revolves around Anthony Wiener and his inappropriate texting with a 15-year-old girl, sparking serious unrest among the Democratic Party and giving Trump another tactical strategy to dismantle Clinton’s lead.
Trump Opens His Gift
Trump has not taken the email investigation lightly. With the recent release, Trump quickly jumped on the opportunity to leverage the Democratic candidate’s folly like a child opening a gift on Christmas morning. Trump was smug and swift, given reason to believe that the newest development will not be easily diverted. While addressing his supporters in New Hampshire, he praised the FBI and their due diligence, stating he has “great respect” for the agency’s decision to “right the horrible mistake that they made.” He went on to say, “Perhaps, finally, justice will be done,” as the crowed cheered and rallied behind their candidate shouting, “Lock her up! Lock her up!”
The Clinton Camp on the Defensive
John Podesta released an angry statement demanding that the FBI release all the facts and information. The timing couldn’t be worse; not only is it days before the election, but Comey managed to leak the information Friday afternoon, just in time for a weekend frenzy, causing the Clinton camp to scramble.
Will This Nail the Coffin for Clinton?
In just about every debate, Clinton was faced with defending and apologizing for her actions regarding the email controversy, a topic that has plagued her camp. But how much impact will the latest news have on the final outcome? Will Trump be able to pull off a victory and shock the world?
Experts aren’t so sure about the overall impact, registering that plenty of Americans have already participated in “early voting,” making their decision and sticking to their candidate. Others are worried that those last-minute voters still trying to choose which candidate to support will be swayed with Trump’s focus on “Crooked Hillary,” giving him the nudge he needs to break out from second place and potentially win the election.
Clinton has managed to weather a litany of accusations and downright insults from Donald Trump over the last year or so, but can she shoulder another heavy burden so close to the finish line? Clinton supporters have not been swayed; however, the millions of Americans who are still on the fence are the ones she’s worried about, and Trump is setting his sights on those same voters to swing the vote in his favor.
Only time will tell if this latest scandal development will impact the Clinton camp, but one thing is guaranteed: we will know the outcome in just over a week. November 8th is next Tuesday, and after the ballots close, all the social media buzz, controversial television appearances, and heated debates will fade, and once the dust settles, America will have their new leader.