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A President Clinton would have made things much worse.

To put the roller-coaster presidency of Donald Trump in perspective, it helps on occasion to imagine that Hillary Clinton won the election. My experience is that the exercise leads to greater appreciation of the president we have, warts and all. Start with Clinton herself. She has spent the last 18 months in a perpetual snit....
Time: 21:46     Date: 26.05.2018
Last US News - Opinion: A President Clinton would have made things much worse. NY Post 24 - US News

Start with Clinton herself. She has spent the last 18 months in a perpetual snit. “No, I’m not over it,” she confessed while turning Yale’s commencement into a self-pity party.

Anyone who has dealt with her knows the “I’m a victim” schtick didn’t start with November of 2016, and would not have ended if she won. She’s been a blamer and finger-pointer her entire public life and would have taken her woe-is-me attitude to the Oval Office.

Coupled with her breathtaking sense of entitlement, it is hard to see her presidency lifting the nation’s self-confidence, at home or abroad.

In economic terms, how much higher would unemployment be? How about the stock market and median family incomes — how much lower would they be?

Remember, Clinton promised — promised! — to put coal miners out of work. That’s a promise she probably would have kept.

She wanted to raise taxes instead of cutting them and loosen already lax immigration policies instead of tightening them.

She was part of President Obama’s team that tried to force Israel to make concessions its leaders believed were dangerous to the Jewish state’s security. It’s a cinch the US embassy still would be in Tel Aviv instead of Jerusalem and Palestinians would have kept a veto over our policy.

The Iran deal would be unmolested by a Clinton presidency, leaving the mullahs free to be ever more aggressive in their pursuit of regional power.

It’s true a President Clinton would be more popular in Western Europe than Trump is, but that’s because there would be no America First agenda. Allowing Europe to call the global shots would make appeasement the default position.

Then there are the aggressions of China and North Korea. Breathes there a soul who believes Clinton would have pushed back harder than Trump?

Of course, Stormy Daniels wouldn’t be famous, but perhaps Clinton’s friend and donor Harvey Weinstein would still be on the prowl and the #MeToo movement would not exist.

Among other consequences, consider the extraordinary political and legal aftermath of the election, ranging from the resistance to Robert Mueller’s investigation to the emerging evidence that the FBI and CIA conspired to spy on the Trump campaign.

My first impulse is to assume Clinton would have fired FBI boss James Comey faster than Trump did. Then I wonder because of what Comey had on her.

It’s not just that he let her skip on having classified emails on her homebrew server. There were also the aborted FBI probes into the pay-to-play evidence involving the Clinton Foundation and Bill Clinton’s enormous speaking fees while Hillary was Secretary of State. Somewhere, Comey surely has a secret file on Clinton’s legal and political vulnerabilities.

A victorious Clinton would have remained furious at Comey for re-opening the email investigation in October. But, having realized her dream of sitting in the Oval Office, her anger could have been reduced to a footnote and she might have decided she was best served by letting Comey keep his job — and his secrets.

Of all the possible scenarios, there is one about which we can be certain: a Clinton victory would have kept the public from learning about the Obama administration’s extensive abuse of its powers to help her.

Her victory would mean Stefan Halper, Carter Page and George Papadopoulos would remain anonymous private citizens, and key players involved in the scheme would still have their reputations intact.

Loretta Lynch, for helping to minimize the various probes, might be Clinton’s Attorney General. John Brennan, James Clapper, Susan Rice and Samantha Power might have important government jobs instead of having to fight to keep their dirty tricks buried.

Mueller would be in private law practice, the highlight of his bio being that he was the longest-serving FBI director since Hoover. Instead, his legacy is now tied to his drawn-out investigation of the president that is falling out of public favor.

As for Trump, a Clinton victory would have been devastating, but he probably would have started a new media company and created his own form of a resistance. Given his Midas touch, a loss could have been the most profitable deal of his life.

But fate and voters had other ideas, and the truly remarkable fact is that Trump’s stunning Electoral College victory came despite the alliance of the White House, law enforcement, the intelligence agencies and the media against him.

In coming days, we will learn more about that squalid alliance, giving us more reason to marvel at the resiliency of our republic. And even when it looks as if Trump is running off the rails, consider the alternative and remember this: It could have been worse. Much worse.

Twit nitwits nixed

Thank you, Twitter. Your vague messages about “unusual activity” on my feed and vexing demands to change my password reminded me I have better things to do with my time.

So they are — though I underestimated how callous he is in private. Thanks to The Post and NY1 for waging a three-year legal battle, we know de Blasio was hiding his contempt for Gov. Cuomo, the media and even his job.

The emails show him fixated on “the politics and optics,” with little talk of the actual substance of being mayor. Let somebody else worry about the homeless — he was worried about making himself look good despite the problem.

He hates the media coverage he gets and decides it’s because newspapers are privately owned. How telling: he earlier said government should control private property, and now speech, too. He’s obviously no fan of the constitution.

Face facts, New York: Being mayor interests him only as a stepping stone to his next job. The sooner he gets one, the better.

Lest we forget

Did you know there are 25 US military cemeteries and 27 memorials and monuments in 16 foreign countries and territories? They hold the remains of 218,000 individuals who died there during World Wars I and II.

The grounds are hallowed by the blood of heroes, without regard to rank, creed or race. Promise yourself to visit as many as you can.

My visit to Normandy will stay with me forever. May those who died defending America’s freedoms rest in eternal peace.

Opinion

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$289M worth of junk-science injustice and other comments.
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Last US News - Opinion: Don’t crucify Twitter’s CEO for telling the truth. NY Post 24 - US News
Don’t crucify Twitter’s CEO for telling the truth.
Twitter chief Jack Dorsey has proved to be more reluctant than other social-media giants (ahem, Facebook) to give in to progressive...
Last US News - Opinion: Brennan loses by trying to play Trump’s game. NY Post 24 - US News
Brennan loses by trying to play Trump’s game.
John Brennan may not know it, but he’s acting in a drama scripted and produced by Donald J. Trump. As Eli Lake perceptively...
Last US News - Opinion: These jail fixes matter much more than closing Rikers. NY Post 24 - US News
These jail fixes matter much more than closing Rikers.
Last week, Mayor de Blasio unveiled the details of his plan to close the jail complex at Rikers Island within a decade. As...

Opinion

Last US News - Opinion: $289M worth of junk-science injustice and other comments. NY Post 24 - US News
$289M worth of junk-science injustice and other comments.
Libertarian: Another Tort Bar Legal Misfire Add to the list of cases in which the US tort system “has generated many litigation...
Last US News - Opinion: Don’t crucify Twitter’s CEO for telling the truth. NY Post 24 - US News
Don’t crucify Twitter’s CEO for telling the truth.
Twitter chief Jack Dorsey has proved to be more reluctant than other social-media giants (ahem, Facebook) to give in to progressive...
Last US News - Opinion: Brennan loses by trying to play Trump’s game. NY Post 24 - US News
Brennan loses by trying to play Trump’s game.
John Brennan may not know it, but he’s acting in a drama scripted and produced by Donald J. Trump. As Eli Lake perceptively...
Last US News - Opinion: These jail fixes matter much more than closing Rikers. NY Post 24 - US News
These jail fixes matter much more than closing Rikers.
Last week, Mayor de Blasio unveiled the details of his plan to close the jail complex at Rikers Island within a decade. As...
Last US News - Opinion: Online fundraiser proves Norman Seabrook has no shame. NY Post 24 - US News
Online fundraiser proves Norman Seabrook has no shame.
What gall: Norman Seabrook, the crooked former boss of the city correction-officers’ union, has set up a GoFundMe account...

Living

US Living News: Woman finally learns what’s behind crunching noise in head. NY Post 24 - US News
Woman finally learns what’s behind crunching noise in head.
For more than a year, a 48-year-old woman in Indiana was constantly tormented by a mysterious crunching noise that doctors...
US Living News: Arctic’s oldest, thickest sea ice has started breaking apart. NY Post 24 - US News
Arctic’s oldest, thickest sea ice has started breaking apart.
The oldest and thickest sea ice in the Arctic has begun to break up, opening waters that are normally frozen, researchers...
US Living News: Cliffhanging restaurant and hotel seeks new managers. NY Post 24 - US News
Cliffhanging restaurant and hotel seeks new managers.
ZURICH – A cliffhanging Swiss hotel and restaurant made famous by a National Geographic magazine cover is looking for...
US Living News: Beer race winner disqualified for not chugging enough. NY Post 24 - US News
Beer race winner disqualified for not chugging enough.
Last Saturday, Corey Bellemore of Windsor, Canada, had set a new world record for the fastest time to finish the Beer Mile...
US Living News: NASA confirms there’s definitely ice on the moon. NY Post 24 - US News
NASA confirms there’s definitely ice on the moon.
The moon has captured the hearts and minds of humans for, well, pretty much as far back as we know. It appears each night...
US Living News: Woman cancels wedding at last minute because fiancé watched porn. NY Post 24 - US News
Woman cancels wedding at last minute because fiancé watched porn.
A woman has revealed that she canceled her dream wedding just a week before the big day after discovering her fiancé watched...
US Living News: The deadly truth behind fake butts. NY Post 24 - US News
The deadly truth behind fake butts.
A notorious surgical procedure, known as the Brazilian Butt Lift, is now considered so dangerous that a specialist Australian...
US Living News: Disneyland accidentally poisoned 22 guests and staff. NY Post 24 - US News
Disneyland accidentally poisoned 22 guests and staff.
Guests and staff were accidentally poisoned at a hotel in Disneyland Paris over a mix-up with chemicals in its swimming pool....

Business

Last US Business News: Uber hires a CFO as it preps for an IPO next year. NY Post 24 - US News
Uber hires a CFO as it preps for an IPO next year.
Uber has hired a chief financial officer, the ride-services company said on Tuesday, filling a long-standing vacancy and...
Last US Business News: Wall Street ties record rally as S&P 500 hits all-time high. NY Post 24 - US News
Wall Street ties record rally as S&P 500 hits all-time high.
Wall Street’s bull market is a single session away from the record books. The near-decade rally in US stocks tied for the...
Last US Business News: Investor spoofed on HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ settles SEC charges. NY Post 24 - US News
Investor spoofed on HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ settles SEC charges.
A hard-partying Silicon Valley investor has settled charges with the SEC that he bilked clients out of millions of dollars...
Last US Business News: Facebook has begun scoring users on trustworthiness. NY Post 24 - US News
Facebook has begun scoring users on trustworthiness.
Facebook has started scoring its users based on their trustworthiness in an attempt to fight misinformation, the Washington...
Last US Business News: Warren wants to ban lawmakers from owning individual stocks. NY Post 24 - US News
Warren wants to ban lawmakers from owning individual stocks.
WASHINGTON — Sen. Elizabeth Warren is proposing a bill that would prevent members of Congress from owning individual...
Last US Business News: Fast-food chains to end ‘no-poach’ clauses that capped wages. NY Post 24 - US News
Fast-food chains to end ‘no-poach’ clauses that capped wages.
Eight big US fast-food chains have agreed to end “no-poach” tactics that critics say have kept down wages and thwarted...
Last US Business News: Trump says he doesn’t expect much from China trade talks. NY Post 24 - US News
Trump says he doesn’t expect much from China trade talks.
President Donald Trump does not expect much progress from trade talks with China this week in Washington, he told Reuters...
Last US Business News: Another big bank drops Tesla coverage amid buyout chatter. NY Post 24 - US News
Another big bank drops Tesla coverage amid buyout chatter.
Brokerage Morgan Stanley has ceased equity coverage on Tesla, potentially a sign the bank may be doing business directly...

Metro

Metro News: Man who burned soles of housekeeper’s feet gets 10 years. NY Post 24 - US News
Man who burned soles of housekeeper’s feet gets 10 years.
A Queens man who admitted to burning the soles of his housekeeper’s feet because he thought she stole from him tried to...
Metro News: Plastic surgeon left loaded gun in Times Square hotel safe. NY Post 24 - US News
Plastic surgeon left loaded gun in Times Square hotel safe.
A Virginia plastic surgeon has been busted on gun-possession raps after he left a loaded handgun in a safe at the Marriott...
Metro News: War veteran was kicked out of zoo over service dog: suit. NY Post 24 - US News
War veteran was kicked out of zoo over service dog: suit.
A New Jersey war vet says cops acted like a bunch of animals when they booted him from a zoo for bringing his service dog...
Metro News: Cops bitten, maced by woman with hammer in Midtown. NY Post 24 - US News
Cops bitten, maced by woman with hammer in Midtown.
A woman went berserk on a trio of cops in Midtown on Tuesday — biting one of them, assaulting the other two with pepper...
Metro News: Cuomo challenger calls state government an ‘ethical morass’. NY Post 24 - US News
Cuomo challenger calls state government an ‘ethical morass’.
The former co-chair of the New York State Democratic Party unloaded on Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday, saying he’s running...
Metro News: DEP plant chief fined for telling subordinate to work on his properties. NY Post 24 - US News
DEP plant chief fined for telling subordinate to work on his properties.
A plant chief for the city’s Department of Environmental Protection has agreed to pay a $6,000 fine for directing a...
Metro News: Famed chef arrested on drunken-driving charges. NY Post 24 - US News
Famed chef arrested on drunken-driving charges.
The renowned chef partner of actors Mark and Donnie Wahlberg has been busted in a drunken-driving crash in the Hamptons,...
Metro News: New York is least free state in America, think tank claims. NY Post 24 - US News
New York is least free state in America, think tank claims.
The libertarian CATO Institute labeled New York as the least free state in the nation thanks to high taxes, a heavy debt...

Sport

Last US Sport News: Giants build hype for an Eli Manning we’ve never seen before. NY Post 24 - US News
Giants build hype for an Eli Manning we’ve never seen before.
Eli Manning and Pat Shurmur were joking about the generation gap between the 37-year-old quarterback and his young social...
Last US Sport News: When Jets should trade Teddy Bridgewater. NY Post 24 - US News
When Jets should trade Teddy Bridgewater.
Suddenly, it feels like the Jets are a bad baseball team, Teddy Bridgewater is a stud pitcher and the July 31 trade deadline...
Last US Sport News: Tiger Woods: PGA Player of the Year should be a no-brainer. NY Post 24 - US News
Tiger Woods: PGA Player of the Year should be a no-brainer.
With the PGA Tour season winding down with the four FedExCup playoff events, there is little suspense about which player...
Last US Sport News: Golfer’s FedEx streak came down to one tense moment. NY Post 24 - US News
Golfer’s FedEx streak came down to one tense moment.
Entering this year, Harris English had been on the PGA Tour for six years and qualified for the FedExCup playoffs in every...
Last US Sport News: Tiger Woods knows why fans treating him ‘so different’ now. NY Post 24 - US News
Tiger Woods knows why fans treating him ‘so different’ now.
The buzz surrounding Tiger Woods has changed. What once centered around a fascination of his dominance and his otherworldly...