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Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump applauds onstage as his running-mate Indiana Governor Mike Pence concludes his speech during the third night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 20, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich

Many Americans feel desperately dissatisfied with their choices in this presidential campaign, but they may take some comfort in the thought that serious health issues could yet sideline one, or both, of the major party contenders.

Neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump has released comprehensive medical records to address serious concerns about the physical condition of these two aging Boomers. If the 70-year-old Trump wins in November, he’ll become the oldest individual ever to assume the nation’s highest office. If Clinton prevails in November, she’ll be 69 for her January inauguration — the second oldest in history and just several months younger than Ronald Reagan when he took office….

 

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  1. Jim Bird  •  Jul 20, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Ref: Nevermore
    This has nothing to do with good Presidents getting old.
    After reading Michael's columns, and then listening to a one-stop conservative talk radio shop espousing both points of view for a couple of decades now, I can't take the anti-Trump talk any longer. I don't understand the whys ("I don't like Hillary, she is not a good candidate….") and then 90% of air time describing how evil Trump is.
    It is never ending and it's Nevermore for virtually the only show I ever listened to.
    If he would've ever explained this behavior, especially after Trump got the nomination, maybe I could have seen his reasoning. I cannot envision one American Jew voting for Hillary for being so instrumental in giving the bomb to Iran. It is beyond any semblance of comprehension I have, and yet, there will be Jews voting for her in November. I have never heard a reasonable explanation why American Jews voted for Obama and now Hillary, or why Michael is seemingly campaigning for Hillary in one of the darkest hours of Israel's and America's history. Maybe this affliction, as unseen as it is, is something so horrific it cannot be explained.
    I am happy though to say goodby on a column honoring the greatest President in modern American history.

    • Wesley Hoover  •  Jul 27, 2016 at 8:01 am

      Over the life of this campaign, I have heard from several people, and some of you as well, the question; "What is Trump's appeal? Why is he so popular? What is it about Trump that he could possibly be elected, He's so crude?" In my opinion, it pretty much boils down to one very significant reason. And that is his stated position about "Illegal Immigration!" I shudder to think that it is now in this Country, politically incorrect to even use that phrase. If you use it you will be excoriated by the left, mainstream news media as racist, etc. etc. (You know the phrases)

      Topping the charts of credible voter polls, right now, as to what the Number One Problem facing America today, is Illegal Immigration! In the last 30 years this country has been invaded by millions upon millions of Third World country low lifers (primarily from Mexico). What has been the draw? Free health care, free education, government supported (and provided) housing, food, income through welfare payments, (and you know what else). And their migration has been and is currently supported by law and support groups, illegal paper machines, the US Government, and the Main Street Press, etc. Who has been most responsible for these benefits to the illegals? The Democratic Party and American Business. And which party do these illegals support by block voting when amnestied? You guessed it, the Democrat party. And why would American Businesses support illegal immigration and will continue to do so on the heels of the wonderful increases in the minimum wage! I think you know the answer.

      So who are the Americans now in support, in large measure, of Donald Trump? In vast majorities: (And I'm talking about "legal" voting citizens who are really "Americans"–I don't consider illegals as "Americans"), So who are they? White Americans, African-Americans, and yes Hispanic Americans. That is what the polls are showing. Trump needs to build that fence–and vastly overhaul the INS. If he does nothing else, but rid the country of another seriously flawed Clinton Dynasty and do the fence and INS overhaul, he will be a great President. Go Trump!!!!

      For some very interesting views on this matter, you should read Ann Coulter's new book: Adios, America! I can't put it down…

      • J_Pole  •  Jul 29, 2016 at 11:19 am

        The fact that you seem to turn to professional agitator and polemicist Coulter says everything about you and most people who are voting for Trump.

    • J_Pole  •  Jul 29, 2016 at 12:36 pm

      What I am reading on these boards, for the most part, is that conservatives don't really want honest opinion, or facts, unless they "validate" opinions and emotions already held. I have been listening to Medved for years, not because I agree with him but I am open to others' views and curious about their ideologies.

      • Franco  •  Jul 31, 2016 at 8:45 am

        Right, because the only "honest" opinions are the ones that validate you and Rachel MadCow.
        Seriously, you libs need a better representative than you.

      • Pat Allen  •  Jul 31, 2016 at 5:33 pm

        I have also listened to Mr. Medved for years, and think he is one of the most intelligent and articulate conservative radio commentators. The problem I am having with him right now is his attack on Mr. Trump. As a conservative I listen to talk radio to hear the conservative side of the story on issues…. if I wanted to listen to a commentator attack the nominee of my party and hear the liberal side of an argument I could watch NBC, CBS, MSNBC, ABC, etc. etc. etc. I wouldn't need to listen to talk radio. I won't listen to Medved if he's spouting the same negative stuff as the main stream media… I'll listen to Country music on my radio from noon to 3pm.

      • Rizzo  •  Aug 7, 2016 at 9:58 am

        J_Pole… Yeah, you're open to "others' views", just so long as it includes abortion on demand, open boarders, and the redefining of marriage. In short, the destruction of American society.

        You libs are so tolerant and open-minded…. At least you think so.

  2. Bob Matich  •  Jul 20, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Michael, you came back from near death, you have been returned to your family and your obvious passion of radio – I'd like to hear your personal gratitude and graciousness again.

  3. Phillip Hall  •  Jul 21, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    Help us GrimmReaper you are ours only hope. Save us from the female Stalin and Putin's Mussolini.

    • Truthseeker  •  Jul 22, 2016 at 9:00 pm

      You, sir, are certifiably nuts if you believe that Trump is a fascist just because he expects all of us, including Hillary and other politicians, to obey our laws and honor their oaths of office.

      • J_Pole  •  Jul 29, 2016 at 12:38 pm

        Plus, I'm sure he will get all of our public transportation to run on time.

  4. Katherine  •  Jul 22, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Really, Michael, "take some comfort in the thought that serious health issues could yet sideline one" of the contenders, quoting from your article. I am finding it difficult understand your reasoning for such a statement. I have listened to you for sometime and find your anti-Trump rhetoric un-ending. The Republican Party has failed to give us good options for the last eight years, now we must defeat the democrats at any cost!

  5. AARON SCHULTZ  •  Jul 22, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    While I believe we could do better than Trump, I do believe he is the substantially lesser of two evils. What astounds me is the vitriol that my previously favorite host has for Trump. I understand he has many flaws, but Hillary has a documented track record of corruption that borders on treasonous behavior. Trump has never held political office, and while his rhetoric and questionable business practices make me somewhat uncomfortable, he doesn't have the long history of deplorable policy, corruption and scandal that the Clinton's would return to the Whitehouse. Trump may be the devil we don't know, but Hillary is a devil we know well enough to avoid at all costs.

    I am astounded that Michael's usually reasoned and logical approach is missing in his analysis of this situation. It seems there is something very personal in his opposition to Trump.

    • J_Pole  •  Jul 29, 2016 at 12:18 pm

      It's not hard to access facts about Trump's long history of corruption and scandal, Aaron. All you have to do is research sources that do not have a political agenda – they are out there. Perhaps you just don't want to know.

      On the side of personality, people who have absolutely zero capacity for insight and refection, but only exaggerated and dishonest claims to their superiority are not mentally fit for POTUS.

      • Franco  •  Jul 31, 2016 at 8:41 am

        You have described Hillary to the T.
        Thanks…. I agree, she is TOTALLY unfit.

      • Pat Allen  •  Jul 31, 2016 at 5:35 pm

        Scandal perhaps… but having never been a politician, by definition, he cannot have engaged in corruption. Corruption is a crime of the political class.

  6. jeff  •  Jul 22, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Someone please tell me how Trump or Clinton represent the future?

    • Truthseeker  •  Jul 22, 2016 at 9:04 pm

      Well, like it or not, one of them WILL be our President in our future.

      • Brian  •  Jul 28, 2016 at 12:29 am

        I hope for a miracle and am thankful for the Constitution Party.

  7. Doug  •  Jul 22, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    I'm glad to read these comments on Michael's endless attacks on Donald Trump. He hasn't actually said it yet but Michael's choice is putting the most criminally corrupt family ever back in the White House. Michael if you have constructive criticism to make Trump a more electable candidate let's hear it. Right now you just sound like another poor loser like Jeb Bush. I too am done listening

    • J_Pole  •  Jul 29, 2016 at 12:19 pm

      "He actually hasn't said it, but — " fantasy and wobbly generalities undermine critical thought.

      • Franco  •  Jul 31, 2016 at 8:35 am

        Yes they do, and thank you for demonstrating that with your worthless generalities.

  8. Henry  •  Jul 22, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    Ditto to most of the above. Michael, just turn on your radio from 9 am to noon (in Seattle, I think) and listen to Dennis Prager. Dennis has it perfectly correct. He is a brilliant man. There is total clarity in the logic and reason by which he concludes that Americans need to vote for Trump even if the man was not your first choice, or second, or third, … or seventeenth. Because Hillary Clinton would be a disaster for this greatest nation on God's green earth. Please listen to this voice of reason and begin yourself to echo the same sentiment.

    • Wesley Hoover  •  Jul 27, 2016 at 8:09 am

      Here's another voice of ditto to the criticism of Medved. If he considers Prager as a common colleague, he should listen to even one of Prager's broadcasts and he could learn something.

  9. Steve  •  Jul 23, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    The Nevertrumpers, like Medved, would have preferred Cruz. Cruz is a 1st term senator without ANY governing or executive experience but with great oratory skills, who had the hubris to believe that he was ready to be president as soon as he became a senator. That should sound extremely familiar to what we have have had for the last 8 years. I would have preferred at least 7 of the other republican candidates over Trump but prefer Trump over Clinton. She will have at least 2 and as many as 5 Supreme Court choices, which will give us a liberal majority court for decades. I do not like Trump's personality and big mouth. But that is preferable to Clinton, who knows how to say what sounds good regardless of truth.

    After being a regular listener to the Medved show for probably 20 years, I am now a former listener. Furthermore, I will not listen for the next 4 to 8 years, regardless of who wins. If Clinton, his criticisms will be nauseating and if Trump wins, he is clearly vested in Trump's failure.

  10. Bill Faris  •  Jul 24, 2016 at 12:47 am

    Michael is right about Trump and I appreciate his voice of caution and sobriety in this debate. I also love Dennis Prager and respect his reluctant choice regarding Trump. Sometimes I feel like Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof: "He's right". "He is also right" (a bystander objects: "They can't both be right!") Tevye: "You know you are also right". Oi vey!

  11. Lisa bradley  •  Jul 24, 2016 at 10:02 am

    I too have been a loyal Michael Medved listener for years and now am becoming a former listener….I am also uncomfortable with Trump….BUT I believe that he is our ONLY option…we KNOW for sure what Hilary will do and at least there's a CHANCE that he will benefit conservatism…..i am uneasy….

  12. Steve  •  Jul 24, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    There are not any good choices this year. However, we know how bad (or worse) Clinton will be and Trump will not be anywhere near as bad. And there is a chance that he could accomplish some good but zero chance of any good with Clinton. Hardly inspirational.

    Medved, Levin, Will, Weekly Standard, National Review, etc. have squandered their credibility by essentially doing their best for electing Clinton in November. They should follow the BRILLIANT lead of Dennis Prager who was never for Trump but has the wisdom and clarity to look at this choice in full context of reality and consequences.

  13. Elliot  •  Jul 25, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Michael, I am so grateful that there is a principled conservative on the radio. Those who espouse the "defeat Hillary at all cost" will, if Trump is elected, certainly have their wish. It will indeed cost them everything, including their liberty. I am amazed at how myopic so many so-called conservatives are and ignorant of history. Reactionary anger putting repressive regimes into power is one of the sad legacies of the 20th Century (Russia, Germany, Italy, Spain, China etc.). There are many who express the view that even though Trump is no conservative, if we support him, and he is elected, we can influence him away from his destructive populist (protectionist & authoritarian) tendencies. There were many who made such a calculation with Hitler and Mussolini and history does not now look kindly on them. Both of those dictators were narcissists. It is almost universally accepted that Trump is also a narcissist, an opinion held quite strongly by the late William F. Buckley. A narcissist cannot be influenced to alter or abandon his views, rather he insists that others alter or abandon theirs. Of course I will not vote for Hillary Clinton. But my vote is a sacred privilege. I will not exercise it in support of a man so deeply flawed, morally and mentally, as Donald Trump. History does not look kindly now on those who supported Fascism in order to defeat Communism. The heroes of those bygone struggles were those who said, boldly, "a plague on both your houses." While we are not, in this election presented with an open contest between a Communist and a Fascist, Mrs. Clinton's leftist ideology and Mr. Trump's authoritarian populism put us in a position not far from it. If one doubts this assessment, go and look up the definition of Fascism and you will find Mr. Trump's threats to use government power to coerce business activity pretty much in line with that definition. My position: "Never Tyranny!"

    • Rizzo  •  Jul 27, 2016 at 7:55 am

      Your commentary is historically inaccurate and your logic is pathetic. Trump is no conservative, but he is certainly not Stalin, Hitler, or Mussolini. Sometimes, we are faced with difficult, less than ideal choices. Perhaps, Roosevelt shouldn't have joined with Russia to defeat Hitler. I would hate to see this world if it were controlled by the likes of you and others like you. We would all love to have another Reagan to vote for…. But we don't. That doesn't mean we are going to sit back and allow the election of the most corrupt family in US history. Hillary is certain, permanent destruction to America. Man-up and choose.

      • Henry  •  Jul 27, 2016 at 5:11 pm

        Well said, Rizzo. Thanks.

      • J_Pole  •  Jul 29, 2016 at 11:17 am

        My question is, how much "less than ideal" are you willing to go? If Trump were caught producing kiddie porn, would you still be making excuses for him? Or would you just deny it and blame the MSM?

      • Franco  •  Jul 31, 2016 at 8:38 am

        That's a much more relevant and salient question for you and all you goose-stepping Hillary or Die folks.

    • Yolanda Countryman  •  Aug 14, 2016 at 11:09 pm

      I could not have said it better. I will not vote for the man who has destroyed the conservative party. As I feel we already lost this election. My only hope is we can keep the house and Senate. Love your show Michael.

  14. Brian  •  Jul 26, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    With "friends" like Obama, Clinton and Trump, who needs enemies?

  15. J_Pole  •  Jul 31, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Want to thank Franco for his deep-thinking, articulate, civil responses.

  16. Rizzo  •  Aug 1, 2016 at 7:24 am

    I would like to thank J_Pole for his evasive, non answer to his own question.
    Under any other Justice Dept. in U.S. history, Hillary would most likely be tried on treason charges.
    So how much "less than ideal" are you willing to go?

    • J_Pole  •  Aug 3, 2016 at 2:03 pm

      Rizzo, I will answer you if you can state the a priori assumptions of your question.

  17. Rizzo  •  Aug 3, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Can you please explain to me why libs can't or won't deal with reality? Why so averse to facts, logic and wisdom? They can never answer a direct question, just distraction and avoidance.

  18. Rizzo  •  Aug 3, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Espionage is a crime under the legal code of many nations. In the United States it is covered by the Espionage Act of 1917. The risks of espionage vary. A spy breaking the host country's laws may be deported, imprisoned, or even executed. A spy breaking his/her own country's laws can be imprisoned for espionage or/and treason

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