The unthinkable — a Donald Trump presidency — is upon us. An urgent task is to examine how it is likely to unfold. By experience and temperament, Trump is unlike any previous occupant of the Oval Office, so projections are difficult. But we do know a great deal about the man. And we know a great deal about the office he will occupy. When the first is put inside the second, what is likely to happen? Continue reading
The video went viral. It showed a man at a Trump rally in Phoenix, gesticulating wildly at journalists in the press pen while shouting “Jew-S-A! Jew S-A!” It became a national story. On CNN, Jake Tapper asked Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway whether she would call the man’s behavior “deplorable.” “Yes, I would,” she responded, “His conduct is completely unacceptable.” Continue reading
As October surprises go, news that the FBI is reviving its investigation of Hillary Clinton is a bomblet, not a bombshell. In a letter to Congress, FBI Director James Comey reports that in the course of an inquiry in an unrelated case, new emails surfaced which “appear to be pertinent to the investigation” of Clinton’s private server and that his agency was taking steps to “determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance” to the previously closed Clinton case. The unrelated case in question is reported by the New York Times to be an FBI inquiry into Anthony Weiner’s sexting practices. Continue reading
Violence and threats of violence emanating from the Trump campaign are multiplying by the day.
In Virginia, a Trump supporter, taking advantage of his state’s open carry laws, positioned himself in front of the storefront window of a Democratic congressional candidate’s campaign office. For nearly twelve hours, he brandished a firearm, intimidating volunteers working there.
In Milwaukee, a sheriff called for insurrection with this tweet: “It is incredible that our institutions of gov. WH, Congress, DOJ, and big media are corrupt & all we do is b—h. Pitchforks and torches time.” Continue reading
Many Republican politicians are suddenly pressuring Donald Trump to step aside and cede the presidential nomination to his running mate,Mike Pence. They fantasize that his disappearance would save the GOP from an overwhelming rout and — if the legal thicket entailed in choosing a replacement can be cleared — possibly even give the party a slim chance of defeating Hillary Clinton on Nov. 8. Continue reading
The message from Republican Party chairman Reince Priebus wasn’t subtle: Anyone who ran for president this year and agreed to support the primary winner, best get on board the Trump Train. Otherwise, he said on CBS’ Face The Nation, “I don’t think it’s going to be that easy for them” to run again. “It’s not a threat,” he added. “It’s just a question that we have a process in place.”
Donald Trump has finally acknowledged from his own lips that President Obama was born in the United States. Less than two months out from Election Day, he — or more likely his campaign staff — has decided it is time to put to rest an issue that might benefit Hillary Clinton.