Hillary Clinton Reminds Us That Kids Can Hear Donald Trump's Hate (VIDEO)

hillary videoIn a perfect world, all politicians would be worthy of being our children's role models -- but the behavior on display by certain presidential hopefuls during the course of the 2016 election has been the farthest thing from anything we'd want our kids to emulate. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean that what our children have been seeing and hearing isn't influencing them, as a video recently released by Hillary Clinton's campaign illustrates.

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Called "Role Models," the clip shows a series of innocent, sweet-faced kids watching Donald Trump make some of his most controversial comments: "I could stand in the middle of Fifth avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose any voters, okay?"; "When Mexico sends its people, they're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists"; "You know you could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever." Then, the video shifts to Hillary Clinton talking about the example we need to be setting for our children during this incredibly important and critical time in history ... and of course, that example is not the one being set by Trump: 

As if it weren't already obvious that the messages sent by Trump and his campaign are incredibly divisive and hurtful, to see the shocked and confused faces of small children as they listen to this man who actually has a shot at being elected to lead our country makes that point abundantly clear.

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As parents, we'd like to think that it's enough for us to share our values with our children -- that our own example will be enough to shield them from the potentially damaging impact of the inflammatory rhetoric saturating our society at the moment. But unfortunately, that's just not true: Kids (not to mention many adults) are easily swayed by Trump's theatrics. His words are being absorbed, but they're secondary to the crazy clown antics that are getting kids' attention in the first place -- which is precisely what makes his tactics so insidious.

I was shocked, personally, when my 10-year-old son came home from school earlier this year talking about how all the kids in his class thought Trump was so "funny" and loved to do impressions of the bombastic, oftentimes bankrupt businessman. Despite the fact that I'd made no secret of how I feel about Trump's policies, the gravity of the situation was lost on him, I could see. To my son and his friends, Trump was just some buffoon on TV. After a long talk about how horrible a Trump presidency would be for so many people and how it would affect families like ours, he wasn't laughing anymore -- but what about all the other kids?

This moment served as an important reminder to me, as a mom: Our kids need help interpreting and processing all the madness on the news today. Even if we're vocal about our own beliefs and values, that doesn't mean they're immune to all the propaganda. They still need our assistance in separating entertainment from reality, truth from the lies designed to turn the next generation into a herd of unquestioning sheep.

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When it comes to what kids see on TV and hear on the radio, most parents monitor the content their children are exposed to, at least to some extent. And now, sadly -- for perhaps the first time in history -- political speeches and conventions are falling into the category of potentially "inappropriate" viewing and listening. It's not enough for us to think that our politics will somehow be inherited by our children, like eye color or height. As Hillary Clinton says in this video, "Our children and grandchildren will look back at this time, at the choices we are about to make, the goals we will strive for, the principles we will live by, and we need to make sure that they can be proud of us."

To that I say, "I'm with her."

 

Image via Hillary Clinton/YouTube

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