- WRT Donald Trump, his excuse is that "I got along with everybody".
- I reckon it might have been the cost of business.
I feel like these excuses could be used for HRC as well. Politicians have their own forms of greasing palms and doing favors for political currency.
The information necessary to make an informed choice is out there for the public, made available from credible sources.
If it's as damning as you suggest, why haven't Republicans been able to use it against her successfully? Do you believe their public display of opposition to Clinton is fake? Are they just incompetent? Too busy worrying about Trump?
Also, we don't have that much info, and much of it isn't trustworthy. There's a spectrum of informed but it's not like Trump has a political record to scrutinize - and his business record doesn't seem to be entirely clean.
Lastly, the idea that he defeated primary candidates by superior argumentation is iffy. I think he got by more by style than substance, partially because the republican party had poor options. Rubio did his robot repetition thing, Jeb Bush is a pushover, Cruz is just dislikeable and creepy, Kasich is just too dull. Trump came on stage with more energy and a style of debate that made him both stand out, and made them all look too much like cardboard cut-outs rehashing tired rhetoric. Trumps actual words and arguments though, were in very little detail and not particularly compelling in the primary debates.
The GOP also has a more visible... organization system? than the democrats currently. Trump may've brought it into better focus, but it was there to see for people looking closely for awhile now. Democrats there's at least more illusion that they allow more dissent and compromise amongst their own party. Maybe they're just better managed but I don't see the same degree of corruption and towing of the party line.
It is interesting that he switched so suddenly into politics, but it doesn't necessarily mean it'll be bad for his business and reputation in the long run. He already had a somewhat negative reputation coming into it. And it's still publicity. But none of this means he necessarily has the competence to be president, or good intentions. Obama, who I'm assuming you're not a fan of, was obviously taking risks to run as well. It was a really ugly campaign year.
Electing a criminal for president would be the death knell of representative democracy in America, and it would follow with the death of American prosperity, too.
We've arguably already elected multiple criminals.