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Trump Minority Outreach

Charles Pierce: We have to face it. The four horsemen have been out of the barn for months now.

Trump Normalized Hate Groups. The Media Normalized Trump.
Looking back on the week everyone in America started saying "alt-right."​


But one of the very real responsibilities for this nightmare of a campaign lies not with a candidate that normalized hate groups but with an elite political media that, by adhering to rules that did not apply, normalized that candidate. Donald Trump has hurled wild, vicious (and largely unsubstantiated) charges every since he first stood up behind a podium as a candidate. This is nothing new. So now, his wild, vicious (and largely unsubstantiated) charges are being hurled in a campaign context in which they have become the way people run for president, at least in 2016. And they're being hurled at a person for whom much of the elite political media has had a barely concealed grudge for 25 years.

There now will follow some earnest chin-stroking about the tenor of the campaign. And nothing will change. This is the campaign we are going to have, and there's no turning back. It's going to be rough, and more than half-vile, but it's going to be more reflective of the actual state of the nation than a hundred soft-focus TV spots with gentle music.

We have to face it. The four horsemen have been out of the barn for months now.


Fox's Shep Smith: Hillary 'used Donald Trump's own words, was historically accurate on his policies'

SHEPARD SMITH (HOST): That was an extraordinary moment live from Reno, Nevada. The Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state, Democratic candidate for the presidency, has just tagged her Republican rival as a racist, fearmongering conspiracy theorist who is tempermentally unfit to be president of the United States. The problem with any attempt to rebut her is that in this case she used Donald Trump's own words, was historically accurate on his policies, on all reviewed points. James Grimaldi is a Pullitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for the Wall Street Journal, where do you begin with this?

JAMES GRIMALDI: I don't know, it was pretty extraordinary and pretty hard-hitting, and as you pointed out used his own words agianst himself.


SMITH: When you say she thinks they would be more documented, is she accurate?

GRIMALDI: Yeah, they appear to be more documented. Yeah he really trades in hyperbole --

SMITH: He trades in racism, doesn't he?


Dem Senator: In Secret, My Republican Colleagues Support Clinton

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) claimed that his Republican Senate colleagues are more inclined towards Hillary Clinton than Donald Trump—whether or not they admit it in public.

“From a Senate perspective, in a secret ballot, Hillary gets a lot of votes out of the Republican caucus. Potentially she even commands a majority of the Republican caucus in a secret ballot because people really do respect her,” Whitehouse told Buzzfeed News in an interview published Thursday.

The Rhode Island senator recalled a group of Republican senators expressing praise for Clinton during a briefing on a “highly classified matter.”

“Two of them, her very prominent antagonists in this election, and one looked over at the other and said ‘Boy, she’s good.’ The other one leaned back and said, ‘Yeah, she’s really good,’" Whitehouse said. "And that’s the Hillary that they know. Not the talking points Hillary or the caricature, but the real person."


"Whatever remaining chance he had to win the WH is gone"

Donald Trump’s Mixed Signals on Immigration Roil Campaign
Some backers say they would welcome a change; others say easing his plan to deport all illegal immigrants would cost him the election


"They chose not to."

One thing about Hillary's speech on Trump's racism is that any of
Trump's 16 primary opponents could have done it.

"They chose not to."


Trump's Bannon is registered to vote at empty FL home he never lived in. That's Illegal.

Exclusive: Stephen Bannon’s enrollment is apparent violation of crucial swing state’s election law requiring voters to be legal residents of county they register in
Jon Swaine and Lauren Gambino in New York and Richard Luscombe in Miami
Friday 26 August 2016 07.12 EDT

Donald Trump’s new presidential campaign chief is registered to vote in a key swing state at an empty house where he does not live, in an apparent breach of election laws.

Stephen Bannon, the chief executive of Trump’s election campaign, has an active voter registration at the house in Miami-Dade County, Florida, which is vacant and due to be demolished to make way for a new development.

“I have emptied the property,” Luis Guevara, the owner of the house, which is in the Coconut Grove section of the city, said in an interview. “Nobody lives there … we are going to make a construction there.” Neighbors said the property had been abandoned for several months.


Details of the apparent breach of election laws by Trump’s campaign chief came as it was revealed that Bannon was once charged with misdemeanor domestic violence after a violent argument with his first wife. Court documents first obtained by Politico describe how, in 1996, his wife was left with red marks on her neck and wrist after the New Year’s Day argument at their home in Santa Monica, California, which began when she woke early to feed their twin daughters and he “got upset at her for making noise”.


Election officials in Miami-Dade make clear to prospective voters that they are required to actually live in the county and to use their home address in election paperwork. “You must reside in Miami-Dade County,” their website states. It adds: “When you register to vote, an actual residence address is required by law.” A county spokeswoman did not respond to questions relating to Bannon’s situation.


According to court records, Bannon threatened his wife with retribution if she testified in alleged abuse case


Eugene Robinson: "Your candidate is a flake. A fraud. A bag of air. A con man. A joke."

Donald Trump’s supporters can pretend otherwise, but deep down they must know the truth: Trump has been playing them for fools all along.


Attempts by allies to explain the complete reversal have been comic. My favorite came from Trump campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson, who said this on CNN: “He hasn’t changed his position on immigration, he’s changed the words that he is saying.”

That absurdist formulation sounds like something from the experimental writings of author Gertrude Stein — who, come to think of it, gave us the perfect blanket description of the entire Trump campaign: “There is no there there.”


I realize that most of Trump’s ardent fans do not take kindly to being lectured by the likes of me. But it is with a certain degree of genuine sympathy that I say what has to be said: Your candidate is a flake. A fraud. A bag of air. A con man. A joke.


In a sense, spokeswoman Pierson was right: Trump doesn’t actually have positions. He only has words.


Hillary called the GOP nominee for president a racist (GOP Reaction)


Trump supporter gets schooled on the difference between the Donald and Martin Luther King Jr.

Kayleigh McEnany: He has been trying hard to be inclusive. What we saw today was divisive, it does nothing to bring us together. What Martin Luther King said was we have to learn to live together as brothers, or we will perish together as fools. Hillary Clinton’s speech did nothing to help us live as one united country.

Guy Cecil: I always enjoy when a Trump supporter wants to ignore his record and then quote Martin Luther King. Martin Luther King would not have kicked African-Americans off of a casino floor because a gambler wanted him to. Martin Luther King would not have put a C on top of a rental application and prevented African Americans—

McEnany: —that was never proven!

Cecil: —prevented African Americans from renting from him. Martin Luther King would not have sat on a stage and ridiculed individual Muslims. He would not have insulted a Hispanic judge who was born in America and just happened to be of Mexican heritage. The idea that Donald Trump should get pats on the back because he sat at a table with six African-Americans—this is 2016

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