The great chaos that is the 2016 election season keeps hurtling at us, and I’ll help you make sense of it all.
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Days until General Election: 142
First off, let’s show a beautiful display of gratitude from Mr. Trump: https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/743852552257626112
That’s right, Trump, tweeted “Thank you, America” with a picture of a Gravis/OAN national poll that showed him losing. Anyway, into the news...
Donald Trump’s Response to Orlando
Following the tragic terror attack/hate crime at a gay nightclub in Orlando, one could imagine the politicians stepping in and showing remorse. Here are some quotes from Mr. Trump’s twitter.
- In response to an article saying the gunman had “cheered 9/11”: “I thought people weren’t celebrating? They were cheering all over, even this savage from Orlando. I was right.”
- “What has happened in Orlando is just the beginning. Our leadership is weak and ineffective. I called it and asked for the ban. Must be tough”
- “American must now get very tough, very smart and very vigilant. We cannot admit people into our country without extraordinary screening.”
- “Thank you to the LGBT community! I will fight for you while Hillary brings in more people that will threaten your freedoms and beliefs.”
- ”...More attacks will follow Orlando”
A little scary and unsympathetic, right? Now, you can accuse me of cherry-picking quotes to advance my point, but that doesn’t change the fact that a presidential nominee actually said all of these things.
George Bush Is Doing His Best
Fearing for the worst for his party, former president George W. Bush (R-TX) has begun to fundraise for congressional Republicans. Trump, surprisingly enough, supported Bush in doing this, but not before throwing a quick insult at Jeb, of course.
Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL): "I think he (Donald Trump) is too bigoted and racist for the Land of Lincoln."
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), when asked about a potential convention challenge: “I see my role, now that he’s got the plurality [of delegates], he actually won, is pretty much a ceremonial position. But the last thing I am going to do is weigh in and tell delegates what to do.”
Governor Scott Walker (R-WI): “He’s not yet the nominee. Officially that won’t happen until the middle of July, and so for me that’s kind of the time frame. In particular I want to make sure that he renounces what he says, at least in regards to this judge.” Adding on to that, Trump “at least of late has been saying things that run directly at odds with our core beliefs and principles in this country.”
Senator and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY): “...because it's pretty obvious he doesn't know a lot about the issues. You see that in the debates in which he's participated.”
Senator and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) will cease talking about Trump for this election - “wish me luck,” he said.
Governor Larry Hogan (R-MD): Doesn’t plan to vote for Trump.
Trump Needed an “Emergency” $100,000
The Trump campaign put out a statement yesterday declaring that they needed an “emergency” 100,000 dollars to continue attacking Hillary Clinton. This is in order to “get their ads on air”. According to them, "Crooked Hillary is about to invade your TV with ads attacking Mr. Trump. But we're preparing to fight back,” which of course is why the “self-funded” billionaire is begging for emergency money.
A True 50 State Strategy
Hillary Clinton’s campaign announced that she will be putting field staff in all fifty states. A Clinton campaign worker, Marlon Marshall, said: “This is something that needs to happen every presidential cycle. It needs to be sustained. And I think if we continue to do that, we will help build the party long-term.” It’s unclear if this staff is to help congressional candidates or if Hillary is indeed preparing for a landslide, which is, of course, always possible. Bernie Sanders supported a 50-state strategy when campaigning, so this could also be an olive branch towards him.
Clinton Super-PAC Releases Attack Ad Titled “Presidential”
It’s quite good, if you ask me. Watch it here: https://youtu.be/kgWJRjA-nIY
The ad attacks Trump’s incompetence, warmongering policies, and “danger.” It’s one of the better ones I’ve seen, and I thought I should point it out.
UPDATED ELECTORAL COLLEGE MAP (v2)
This Week In World Elections
United Kingdom: The Brexit referendum turned bitter this week, as Labour MP Jo Cox was tragically stabbed by a Britain First activist at a surgery (meeting with constituents). While Leave has taken a recent lead in the polls, this will probably reverse that, if it has any impact at all. If anything, it shows how bitter campaigns can be. Truly tragic.
Spain: The Spanish congressional and Senatorial elections are next Sunday. The ruling People’s Party should retain a plurality fairly easily, with the Spanish Socialist Workers and Unidos Podemos fighting for second place.
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