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Eric Trump argues he’s not ‘in a bubble’: ‘You can’t drive 500 yards without seeing a Trump sign’

Everything is a conspiracy against the Trump campaign, according to GOP nominee Donald Trump’s son, Eric. But, he’s not worried about losing the election because he sees a yard sign every 500 yards as he’s driving through states on the campaign trail.

In Sunday’s episode of This Week with George Stephanopoulos, the host cited Trump’s recent polling numbers in key battleground states to show how the candidate is losing. Eric doesn’t believe them, though.

“I don’t give much credence to the Washington Post polls,” Trump said of the recent numbers that show Democratic rival Hillary Clinton leading. He cited Florida polls that showed the campaign leading by six percentage points during the primary elections — and noted how Trump ultimately won Florida primary by nearly 20 points.

When asked if he felt like he was fighting from behind, Trump could only say “maybe” but it didn’t much matter to him. “When I’m on the ground, the amount of love out there is incredible,” he said. “The amount of Democrats I have coming up to me every day saying, ‘I’ve been a Democrat my entire life. My entire family is made up of Democrats. We’re coming out voting for you.'”

Trump also said that many of the polls show them only winning four percent of Democrats and he just doesn’t buy it. “I mean, we’re getting the union votes. We’re getting the law enforcement votes. I mean, so many of those votes had traditionally gone to the Democratic Party and I can tell you, we’re getting 90 percent of this vote.”



Busted: Jake Tapper unearths clip of Kellyanne Conway saying Trump ‘whines’ about rigged elections

23 OCT 2016 AT 10:22 ET

CNN host Jake Tapper on Sunday reminded Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway that she had been against her bosses “rigged” election claims in April before he paid her to to start defending them.

On Sunday’s State of the Union, Tapper noted that there was “no real evidence” to support Donald Trump’s claim that the election is being “rigged” against him.

“Back in April when you were working against Donald Trump, when you were working for Ted Cruz and advising his super PAC, you had some tough words for Mr. Trump when he was lashing out at the time against the system being rigged,” Tapper told Conway before refreshing her memory with a video clip.

“We hear from the Trump campaign, the rules change, it’s not fair,” Conway had said in April. “He can whine and complain all he wants that he didn’t know the rules.”



How False Equivalence Ruins Trump-Clinton News Coverage

John Kerr
October 22, 2016 12:21 pm

News outlets covering the presidential election have made the mistake of treating Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as two equally flawed candidates. That false equivalence has made it harder for voters to understand the categorical differences between their options on November 8.

In typical elections, news outlets often treat both major presidential candidates as relatively similar — comparing their flaws, scrutinizing their respective scandals, and framing the election as a choice between two comparable options.

That approach hasn’t been appropriate this election cycle. Clinton is not a flawless candidate — her campaign has been dogged by conspiracies surrounding the Clinton Foundation and her use of a private email server as secretary of state. But she is a relatively conventional one — abiding by both constitutional and political norms.

Trump, on the other hand, represents a dramatic break from mainstream American politics. He threatens the First Amendment, demonizes minority groups, cozies up to white supremacists, championed the birther movement, invites Russian interference in the election, promises to arrest his political opponent, lies constantly, lacks the most basic interest in and knowledge of public policy, says he may not accept the results of the election because he believes it to be “rigged” — the list goes on and on.

These are not equally flawed candidates. But a number of news outlets have treated them as such, devoting similar amounts of attention and ink to Clinton and Trump’s respective controversies.



Gingrich: 'Of course' we can afford to have president with split personality

Source: The Hill

October 23, 2016, 09:48 am

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) on Sunday defended Donald Trump after saying the Republican presidential nominee has two personalities — a "big Trump" and a "little Trump."

"Of course you can," the former Speaker, a top Trump adviser, said when asked on "Fox News Sunday" if the country could afford to have a president with such a split personality.
"I think we had a number of presidents who had interesting challenges in their personality."

Gingrich earlier this month called little Trump "frankly pathetic," after the Republican nominee attacked Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) for distancing himself from Trump just weeks before the election. “Look, first of all, let me just say about Trump, who I admire and I’ve tried to help as much as I can. There’s a big Trump and a little Trump,” Gingrich said.

“The little Trump is frankly pathetic. I mean, he’s mad over not getting a phone call?"


Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/302385-gingrich-on-if-we-can-afford-to-have-president-with-split

Top Clinton aide predicts record turnout

Source: The Hill

Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, Robby Mook, on Sunday touted the Democratic nominee's progress in the general election and predicted record turnout.

"We feel very, very good about what we've seen so far," Mook said on "Fox News Sunday" when asked if he has a sense about what kind of strength Clinton has at this point in the election. "We predict that this is going to be the biggest election in American history. More people are going to turn out than ever before."

Mook added that the campaign is encouraged by who is turning out to vote. "We are very proud of the ground game that we've built. We see if delivering the results that we expected," Mook said.

"We believe over 40 percent of voters in the battleground states are going to turn our before Election Day. This election is happening as we speak and that ground game is there pushing out people out"


Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/302382-mook-we-feel-very-very-good-about-what-weve-seen-so-far

An Icelandic lawmaker breast-fed her baby while giving a parliamentary speech — and no one cared

Unnur Bra Konradsdottir was faced with a dilemma. The Icelandic lawmaker was sitting in parliament Wednesday, breastfeeding her 6-week-old daughter, when she was unexpectedly called to respond to a bill.

Konradsdottir, who has been an MP — a member of the Althing, the country’s parliament — since 2009, walked up to the lectern with her baby still at her breast. In full view of her fellow lawmakers and television cameras, she delivered her remarks with her daughter nursing quietly.

“It’s like any job: You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do,” Konradsdottir later told Agence France-Presse. “It is the most natural thing in the world.”

If she was nervous, it didn’t show in videos of the session. And if any of her fellow lawmakers were surprised, that didn’t show either.



Leave it to a Canadian ad campaign to deliver the most inspiring message of this U.S. election

Oh, Canada. You’re making us blush.

Our ever-friendly neighbors to the north have watched from afar a U.S. election cycle that has broken all norms for civility. It’s created tremendous stress and surfaced deep tensions within our society. For many, it’s been disheartening and demoralizing to watch. But Canadians are here to offer a sympathetic message to lift Americans’ spirits.

Riffing off Donald Trump’s slogan, the Garden, a creative agency in Toronto, launched a campaign called “Let’s Tell America It’s Great.” It encouraged Canadians to send videos of themselves telling America all the reasons it’s already great.

“As their closest friends and neighbors, we thought it was important for us to do something to cut through the negativity and help remind them that no matter how bad things might seem, there are a lot of reasons to believe that America is still pretty great,” the Garden wrote in a Medium post titled, “A Friend in Need.”



A waste of money? Trump's border wall falling flat in Arizona: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Source: Reuters

Sun Oct 23, 2016 | 6:42am EDT

By Luciana Lopez and Chris Kahn | NEW YORK

Donald Trump rode to the top of the Republican ticket promising a "big, beautiful, powerful" border wall with Mexico to stop the flow of undocumented immigrants. Along that border, however, Americans are more likely to call the wall a "waste of money", according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll.

The results show that while the New York businessman may have expected his tough stance on immigration to fire up support nationally, it seems to be falling short in a state heavily affected by illegal immigration, and where he is now facing a surprising challenge from his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

Asked if a wall would be “an effective barrier or a waste of money,” 47 percent of Arizona residents picked “waste of money” and 34 percent picked “effective barrier”, with the rest picking neither, according to the poll. Among Republicans, 21 percent picked "waste of money” and 57 percent picked “effective barrier." Most Arizonans also believed it is not realistic to expect Mexico to pay for the wall, something Trump has vowed would happen if he’s elected president on Nov. 8, according to the poll.

The results lined up closely with nationwide opinions of Trump’s immigration policy: 49 percent of American adults say the wall would be a “waste of money” and 31 percent say it would be an “effective barrier.”


Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-poll-border-idUSKCN12N0AJ

Obama Approval Continues to Climb

Gallup finds President Obama’s approval rate is now 57%, the highest it’s been in nearly four years.



Clinton far ahead in Electoral College race: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Source: Reuters

Sat Oct 22, 2016 | 2:49pm EDT

By Maurice Tamman | NEW YORK

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton maintained her commanding lead in the race to win the Electoral College and claim the U.S. presidency, according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation project results released on Saturday.

In the last week, there has been little movement. Clinton leads Donald Trump in most of the states that Trump would need should he have a chance to win the minimum 270 votes needed to win. According to the project, she has a better than 95 percent chance of winning, if the election was held this week. The mostly likely outcome would be 326 votes for Clinton to 212 for Trump.

Trump came off his best debate performance of the campaign Wednesday evening but the polling consensus still showed Clinton winning the third and final face-off on prime-time TV. Trump disputes those findings.

And some national polls had the race tightening a wee bit this week though others had Clinton maintaining her solid lead. But the project illustrates that the broader picture remains bleak for Trump with 17 days to go until the Nov. 8 election.


Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-poll-electoral-idUSKCN12M0JR
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