Oct
31
2016

Phantom of the Election

By Katie Kieffer

Phantom Hillary. Artwork copyright Amie Kieffer 2016. All rights reserved.

Phantom Hillary. Artwork copyright Amie Kieffer 2016. All rights reserved.

Phantom of the Opera, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s worldwide hit musical, is often heard at Donald Trump’s rallies—an omen of the surprise that American voters are quietly planning for Hillary Clinton.

Halloween is a fitting day to discuss haunts—so today I will explain why, even if you won’t vote for Trump, you should never vote for Clinton. She is an antihero who employs similar tactics to Webber’s villain in Phantom of the Opera. Clinton is a less sympathetic villain than the Phantom—but the analogy still holds. (Alert: mild spoilers will follow.)

Webber’s Phantom employs a mask to hide his disfigured face and ultimately resorts to threats and violence in an effort to force a single person (the young singer Christine) to join him in marriage. Clinton, meanwhile, masks her corrupt past and perverse public agenda that—if implemented—will harm over 324 million Americans.

Music of the Night

I was once fortunate enough to see Phantom of the Opera at The Majestic in New York City—and can still feel the delight of the chandelier swooping down over the audience, nearly grazing our heads. I also recall feeling empowered by the musical’s passionate soundtrack—including the song The Music of the Night.

It just so happens that Trump is a longtime fan of Webber. In 2004, Trump praised Webber’s work in his book, Think Like a Billionaire. Today, Trump makes a point of playing The Music of the Night at his presidential campaign rallies.

Ironic is not a strong enough word to encapsulate the current state of American politics in which a self-made populist and mega fan of Phantom of the Opera is challenging a woman who admitted she rues the day that the American people will see her true colors.

“If everybody’s watching, you know, all of the back room discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least. So, you need both a public and a private position.” –excerpt from Hillary’s speech for the National Multi-Housing Council on April 24, 2013, uncovered by WikiLeaks

Sending Her Surrogates

The Phantom uses his beautiful voice to try to captivate Christine in Webber’s musical. Hillary sends her own “melody” out to enchant voters, but it’s not her voice that they hear singing.

Trump hosted and appeared at 88 public events while Clinton only appeared at 52 events from Aug. 1 through Oct. 10. To put Clinton’s low number in perspective, over the identical time period, Barack Obama held 108 campaign events in 2008 and 74 events in 2012. To win an election—especially as a first-timer—you need to show your face more than Hillary is showing hers.

Unless, you want to hide your true face. To hide his disfigured face, the Phantom wore a mask. But Hillary isn’t merely hiding physical scars—she’s hiding her core beliefs; her soul; and her very self. Hillary needs far more than a mask to obscure her dark side. So, she literally sends other people to public events in her stead.

Bernie, Elizabeth, Michelle and Katy

Sen. Bernie Sanders, America’s Sweetheart Sellout, is one of her top surrogates. Clinton relies on his reputation as a trusted outsider to ingratiate herself with Millennials, who consistently consider her to be highly untrustworthy.

Clinton is not “qualified” to be president, Sanders said in April. Then, he lost the Democratic primary. After WikiLeaks revealed that the Democratic National Committee conspired to tip the primary in Hillary’s favor—Sanders chose his political career over his integrity and said “I’m With Her.”

“[Trump] thinks that because he has a mouthful of Tic Tacs that he can force himself on any woman within groping distance,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren told an audience in New Hampshire this month. Unlike Horse-Trading Hillary, Sen. Warren has a reputation for fighting corruption in Washington and on Wall Street—so Hillary enlists her help when she needs a woman to say the things that she can’t say and still be taken seriously.

Even in the face of DNA evidence proving his misdeeds, Hillary stood by and enabled her husband’s mistreatment of women. She knows she lacks credibility as a feminist, so she recruits Warren to make the claim that Trump has physically assaulted women—based on no evidence and only gossip.

Pop star Katy Perry and First Lady Michelle Obama are also regular Clinton surrogates. For Halloween, Perry enlisted an entourage of makeup and prosthetic artists to transform her into a Clinton look-alike—adding sags and bags to her neck and eyes, and donning a wig, pantsuit and kitten heels.

Perry also canvassed young voters on campus, according to Breitbart News, telling University of Nevada Las Vegas students:

“’We’re out here campaigning for Hillary Clinton. Ever heard of her? ‘Because there’s no other alternative. We need our issues heard, we need our bodies taken care of, we need all that choice.’

Our bodies taken care of? I know First Lady Michelle Obama loves pushing carrot sticks on schoolchildren, but I’m pretty sure any President cannot and will not make you work out; eat well; sleep well; meditate; stretch; take supplements; get sunshine; socialize; and exercise your brain.

Preserving our body’s health is our personal duty, Katy. There’s also this unconstitutional policy called the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that your girl Hillary supports. The ACA made it harder for most Americans to care for their bodies. You’re a celebrity, so you may never feel the pain, but premiums for “a midlevel benchmark plan” are jumping—on average—25 percent in 39 states, reports the Associated Press. Other states will see higher hikes.

It Ain’t Over ‘Til the FBI Sings 

Last Friday, FBI Director James Comey gave the American electorate a shock by announcing to Congress that he is re-opening his investigation into Clinton’s emails while she was Secretary of State.

While investigating Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin’s husband—Anthony Weiner—the FBI apparently discovered a cache of Abedin’s emails from Clinton’s time as Secretary.

Clinton hurriedly held a press conference and huffed about the supposed ridiculousness of the FBI investigating her just “11 days out” from the election.

Hillary loves wearing two faces—one to the public and the other to her aides and donors. For Hillary, everyday is Halloween since a mask is an essential part of her daily wardrobe.

We already know, thanks to WikiLeaks, that Clinton welcomes bribes from foreign leaders; cheats on presidential debates by obtaining questions in advance; has a “dream” of “open borders;” and “has begun to hate everyday Americans.”

There’s far more to dislike about Hillary than Trump. She’s had 30 years to improve our country, and only contributed to its downfall. He has been a Washington outsider for his entire life and is worthy of a chance where she’s proven herself to be incompetent.

Trump has donated some $66 million to his own campaign—showing he puts his money where his mouth is and truly cares about his cause of “Making America Great Again.” With a Trump presidency, we have a shot at nominating Supreme Court Justices who don’t legislate from the bench. He has vowed to repeal and replace ObamaCare and lower regulations on small businesses—enabling the creation of high-paying jobs. And, in contrast to Hawk Hillary, with Trump we have a chance at avoiding another reckless war.

Love and truth won out in Webber’s Phantom of the Opera. If voters like you and me get out the vote—and the truth—over the next week and beyond, then Hillary will be forced to leave American politics. Only her mask will remain behind.

Cartoon in this post was done by Katie’s sister, Amie Kieffer. A link to learn more about her artwork is available in the cartoon caption.

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Comments...

  1. Micky Feyder says:

    Great stuff!

  2. Dale says:

    Another clever piece by you Katie and love your sisters drawing of Clinton as the “Phantom”! Do you have any appearances coming up in the Twin Cities? Would be nice to see you.

  3. Lodzia says:

    Go Trump!

    Let’s pray we can make America Great Again!

    Great post and cartoon:)

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