Barney Frank, former Massachusetts representative, reacts to an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal about JPMorgan's $13 billion settlement. He also feels he should take very little blame for the housing boom and bust.
Ryan: Most readers will recall an incident a year ago during a Democratic primary debate where Hillary Clinton during an intermission was late getting back on stage. No explanation needed to be given - women take a little longer to use the bathroom. Note the long restroom lines outside the women's bathroom at halftime of any sporting event - which is why guys will sometimes allow women to use the men's room (a practice which is now technically illegal in NC... but that's a story for a different post). Recall Trump's reaction to Hillary using the bathroom... "We all know what she was doing... and it's disgusting." This election has, unfortunately, fallen along educational lines. Trump supporters seethe with anger and accuse Democrats of being uppity elitists but there is no denying the obvious - poorly educated whites without a college degree have broken decidedly for Trump, whereas those with a college education largely do not support him. I truly feel for my well-educated conservative friends with whom I may not agree but who are articulate and think critically using facts and not alt-right fictions. They are caught in a spot where they will be forced to vote for a candidate whom they fundamentally distrust or a buffoon who openly mocks the weak, the handicapped... and women for the basic biological tenet that they need an extra minute to use the restroom. Trump likes to think he projects strength. One thing that Hurricane Katrina taught us as a nation is that a nation's true strength lies with its ability to protect its weakest members. On that front we failed miserably ten years ago. For everyone out there who has been laid low by an illness, a head cold, post-op recovery, or has taken the hand of an elderly person needing assistance, think about Trump's persona and how that will play out for the next four years both domestically... as well as overseas... should he become the face of America. It is truly an ugly, visceral person who mocks the weak, the overweight and who tosses a wife into the trash for a younger model every fifteen years when she no longer looks 25 even with surgical enhancements. Let us all hope this election represents the last primal ugly scream of a poorly-educated (and soon-to-be) demographic minority of the USA, and that we can nominate candidates who don't berate the sick, the handicapped, the aged and the physically frail.