U.S ElectionsDonald Trump attacks 'biased' Lester Holt and accuses Google of conspiracy
The Republican nominee lashes out in the wake of his poor debate showing and hints at more attacks on the Clinton marriage
Ben Jacobs in Washington DC
Thursday 29 September 2016 04.58 BST
Donald Trump has gone on the offensive after his underwhelming debate performance by criticizing debate moderator Lester Holt as biased and accusing Google of a conspiracy to rig search results in favor of Hillary Clinton.
He also had surrogates attack his Democrat rival for her husband’s infidelities while suggesting she wants to “strip [the United States] of its status as a sovereign nation”.
The Republican nominee launched the latest salvo of attacks in an interview with Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly where he claimed Holt “was much, much tougher on me than he was on Hillary”. Trump said that while initially “I said good things right after the show” he had changed his mind about Holt’s performance “after seeing the way he badgered and even the questions I got”.
In particular, Trump expressed his discontent over the fact that Holt asked him “the birther question” in Monday’s debate. The Republican nominee had long falsely claimed that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States, an accusation widely considered to be a racist dogwhistle. Although Trump only recently acknowledged that Obama was born in the United States in an event at a Washington hotel, he falsely blamed Hillary Clinton for the conspiracy theory’s origin. He since said that he only acknowledged Obama’s actual birthplace in order to “get on with the campaign”.
Trump also introduced a new conspiracy theory to the campaign on Wednesday night when he accused Google of somehow colluding with Hillary Clinton’s campaign. “Google search engine was suppressing the bad news about Hillary Clinton,” the Republican told a cheering crowd of supporters in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Neither Google nor the Trump campaign responded to requests for comment on this accusation, which seems to stem from a report in Sputnik News, a Russian state propaganda outlet. The reference to Google did not appear to be ad libbed as it was in Trump’s prepared remarks.
Also, at the rally, Trump unveiled a new accusation towards Clinton, whom he has repeatedly attacked as “a globalist”, by saying she was a “vessel for special interests ... who want to strip [the United States] of its status as a sovereign nation”. Although the former secretary of state has long favored immigration reform as well as number of free trade agreements, there is no evidence that she has ever supported stripping the United States of its sovereignty.
However, Clinton is facing scrutiny over her complicated marital history. After Trump publicly congratulated himself for not bringing up former President Bill Clinton’s past infidelities in Monday’s debate, his campaign has cited them in talking points in an attempt to rebut past crude statements about a beauty queen.
The statements about former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, which included calling her “Miss Piggy” for her weight and “Miss Housekeeping” in reference to her Hispanic heritage, were brought up by Hillary Clinton in Monday’s debate. Trump owned part of the Miss Universe pageant at the time.
In talking points distributed to Trump surrogates on the topic, they were told to change the topic to Monica Lewinsky and included the line “Mr Trump has never treated women the way Hillary Clinton and her husband did when they actively worked to destroy Bill Clinton’s accusers.” In interviews on Wednesday, Trump surrogates repeatedly brought the subject up. Trump himself tried to cast himself as an ally of Machado in an interview with O’Reilly. He repeatedly said “I saved her job” and added in seeming regret: “I helped somebody and this is what you get for helping somebody.”
Clinton spent the day campaigning with former rival Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire. The two tried to appeal to millennial voters by repeatedly touting Clinton’s proposal to reduce the cost of college tuition. Clinton is facing declining enthusiasm among millennial voters who were one of the key groups in the winning coalition forged by Obama in his election victories. According to a recent poll conducted by ABC/Washington Post only 49% of voters under the age of 40 said they were likely to vote in November. A similar poll in 2012 put that number at 71%. The Democratic nominee also held two fundraisers on Wednesday, one of which featured an appearance from Massachusetts senator and progressive, Elizabeth Warren.
The leading third party alternative to Clinton and Trump suffered his own embarrassment on Wednesday. Gary Johnson, the Libertarian nominee for the White House, was unable to name a single foreign leader he admired in an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews. He referred to his inability to come up with a single name as “another Aleppo moment.” This was a reference to a televised interview several weeks ago when the former two-term governor of New Mexico came up empty when asked “what is Aleppo?” on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Johnson seemed unaware of the Syrian city which has been long under siege in the midst of that country’s civil war and the site of numerous atrocities by the Assad regime and its allies.
The candidates will return to the campaign trail on Thursday by meeting voters in states that they are long familiar with from the primaries. Clinton is holding an event in Iowa while Trump returns to the trail in New Hampshire.
***************Deplorable Donald Trump Says Calling Out His Sexist Slurs is a Cheap Shot
By Hrafnkell Haraldsson on Thu, Sep 29th, 2016 at 8:01 am
Leave aside for a moment questions about why such a physically unattractive man is so obsessed with looks in others. Incredibly, Donald Trump told Bill O’Reilly that it was a cheap shot by Hillary Clinton to criticize his cheap shot against the winner of 1996’s Miss Universe Pageant, Alicia Machado.
The overweight Trump had attacked the former Miss Universe as being overweight, calling her “Miss Piggy,” an “eating machine,” and “Miss Housekeeping”; the latter a slur on her Venezuelan origins.
You remember now, no doubt, how much Trump says he loves Hispanics.
Hillary Clinton brought these attacks up at the debate, saying, “He called her Miss Piggy. Then he called her Miss Housekeeping, because she was Latina,” to which, at the time, Trump had only a childish “oh yeah?” response, and the bizarre claim that any insults he makes are justified.
Take a refresher:
Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly was more than willing to give Trump the opportunity to further express his displeasure at being called out by a woman for his attacks on women. His slurs against Machado were, after all, only a few out of many he has made over the years.
BILL O’REILLY: Do you think that was a cheap shot by Secretary Clinton to bring [you attacking Alicia Machado] up?
DONALD TRUMP: Well, I think it was.
You would think the guy who has created for himself the reputation for someone who looks down on “political correctness” would not mind being factually called out as a sexist pig, but apparently Trump’s “laws of political correctness” apply only to Donald Trump.
So he responded to Clinton by appearing on Fox News’ Fox & Friends and admitting Clinton “maybe” got under his skin before doubling down on his smears against Machado:
“She was the worst we ever had. The worst. The absolute worst. She was impossible.”
Machado felt the same about her experience with Trump, telling reporters, “And I have been talking about this for 20 years, this really bad experience working with Mr. Donald Trump.”
Trump added that, “She was the winner, and you know she gained a massive amount of weight and it was a real problem.”
Trump doesn’t think his slurs were cheap shots, but it was a cheap shot for Hillary Clinton to throw them in his face at the debate.
Probably it did not help Trump’s mood when Clinton mentioned Machado had recently become a U.S. citizen (in August), and that she planned to vote against him in November.
For her part, Alicia Machado posted a picture (above) of herself at Instagram with a little note to Donald Trump:
“I so proud and inspiration to be a U.S. Citizen! I’ll be Voting! All my power and my support become with my next President @hillaryclinton Miss Housekeeping and miss Piggy Can Vote.”
“This is a man,” she said in a Clinton ad, “who doesn’t realize the damage he causes. He bears many grudges, and harbors a deep racism, and is convinced that there are lesser human beings than him. But now I’m strong. I am an American citizen, and I’m going to vote.”
And she got the best revenge of all when The Washington Post reported that searches for the phrase “registrarse para votar” (“register to vote”) “hit an all-time high during Monday’s presidential debate.”
**************Jaws Drop As Donald Jr. Shows That Sexism Is A Trump Family Disease
By Sarah Jones on Wed, Sep 28th, 2016 at 2:17 pm
The Trumps continue to gaslight America.
Donald Trump Jr has now redefined the word “courage” for us. Courage is now when his father decides not to be a total scumbag for a moment. Yes, the bar is very low.
Claiming his father took the “high road”, Donald Trump Jr told host Simon Conway of 1040 WHO Iowa radio that it took “courage” for his father to close his mouth for once and also not be a sexist pig.
It took much “courage” for Donald Trump to avoid trying to shame Hillary Clinton by throwing her husband’s affairs in her face during a presidential debate on national TV. This is what passes for “courage” in Trump land.
Transcription via Buzzfeed:
“I mean, he very well could’ve looked down — and he said it when he came off the debate stage, ‘I wasn’t gonna respond to that question because I saw Chelsea in the front row and I just wasn’t gonna go there out of respect for her.’ And that was a big moment for me and probably will actually become, my life and this campaign, and probably will be something I’ll always remember.”
“I mean, he really took the high ground where he had the opportunity to go very, very low. And I’m proud of him for doing that. I mean, I’m really proud of him for doing that. And I think people recognize that. I mean, there are a lot of people who came up to me, including many in the media, who said listen, he could’ve just crushed her on that last question. And he would’ve probably hurt a family if he did.”
“I don’t know, I think that took a lot of courage in so many regards and I think he really answered that well and took the high ground and kept the high road.”
Well isn’t that just so impressive! The man who suggests Hillary Clinton might be assassinated wants credit for choosing not to bring up her marital challenges.
We can see how tempting this is for Donald Trump. But what the Trumps don’t see is that among normal people, we don’t judge a woman based on the behavior of her husband.
Donald Trump’s value system is that it’s okay for him to be married three times and to have had multiple affairs, but it’s not okay for his female opponent to have been married to someone who had an affair. It’s okay for Donald Trump to have said he wanted to date his own daughter, but he assumes that Hillary Clinton will be humiliated and harmed by his misogynistic trolling of trying to bring her down by the actions of her husband.
It’s 2016 and most of us are operating with the novel notion that Clinton is responsible for her own behavior and record. But there’s no convincing sexist Archies that they aren’t winning by showing everyone just how sexist and ridiculously knuckle-dragging they are.
It’s worth noting that Trump sees his own infidelities as proof of his alpha male status, yet when former President Bill Clinton did it, it’s bad. One gets the sense that Trump is very jealous of Bill Clinton. But that is his problem and has nothing to do with his opponent, who has her own career, and has had her entire adult life.
Trump reserved the right to toss this in Clinton’s face at a later date, so perhaps “courage” is faltering.
That this passes for being high-minded is so absurd as to be deeply troubling, but we must keep in mind that among the Rush Limbaughs of the alt-right, this is indeed an achievement.
Hillary Clinton did not throw Donald Trump’s many wives nor their actions in his face. But then, Clinton had better things to throw in his face, like his actual hateful rhetoric and actions toward women, minorities, and more.
The Trump family is seriously lacking any kind of moral center. It should alarm the public that Donald Trump sees Bill Clinton’s personal life is some kind of Get Out of Jail free card for him. If Trump had any policies worth discussing, this wouldn’t tempt him so.
But Trump will go down this road because he can’t bear it and isn’t capable of not tossing the dirties mud he can get his hands on. The thing is, when he does, I am willing to bet Hillary Clinton will humiliate him with her grace and dignity. I almost can’t wait for him to fall into yet another trap of his own making.
*****************First Lady Michelle Obama Rocks The Race As Democratic Devastation Of Trump Worsens
By Jason Easley on Wed, Sep 28th, 2016 at 1:21 pm
First Lady Michelle Obama built on the positive momentum Hillary Clinton gained from the first presidential debate by taking apart Donald Trump in Philadelphia, PA.
The First Lady hit Trump for his birtherism:
.@FLOTUS: Trump's birther claims can't be "swept under the rug by an insincere sentence" at a press conference. https://t.co/aoWwbbT43x
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) September 28, 2016
Mrs. Obama said, “There are those who question and continue to question for the last eight years whether my husband was born in this country and let me say, hurtful deceitful questions deliberately designed to undermine his presidency. Questions that can not be blamed on others or swept under the rug by an insincere sentence uttered at a press conference.”
Obama also hit Trump for not being adult enough to occupy the White House:
.@FLOTUS: "We need an adult in the White House" https://t.co/7NYoBKuwad https://t.co/tDtqwNWf25
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) September 28, 2016
She said, “We also need somebody who is steady and measured, because when making life and death, war and peace decisions, the president can’t just pop off, or lash out irrationally. No. We need an adult in the White House. I guarantee you.”
The First Lady also urged young people to get out and vote:
.@FLOTUS: "Elections aren't just about who votes, but who doesn't vote." https://t.co/7NYoBKuwad https://t.co/EAK5q6EKYN
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) September 28, 2016
First Lady Obama said, “Elections aren’t just about who votes, but who doesn’t vote, and that is especially true of young people like you.”
For Donald Trump to win, the electorate has to be older, whiter, and more Republican than it was in 2008 and 2012. If the Obama coalition turns out in similar numbers as they did in 2012, Hillary Clinton will win. Donald Trump isn’t riding a wave of popularity. His only chance of winning comes if Democrats don’t vote.
Mrs. Obama’s destruction of Trump in Philadelphia was designed to get young, and African-American voters fired up and out to the polls. Democrats are putting their plan in place to motivate the base in the final weeks of the election.
Donald Trump’s downward spiral was only made worse by the First Lady’s compelling campaigning for Hillary Clinton.
***************Still Reeling From Awful Debate, Trump Renews Baseless Attacks On Clinton’s Health
By Sean Colarossi on Wed, Sep 28th, 2016 at 7:52 pm
Donald Trump, still furious that he got his clock cleaned in Monday night’s presidential debate against Hillary Clinton, lashed out on Wednesday night during a rally in Iowa, attacking Clinton’s health by saying “she can’t even make it to her car.”
Video of the tasteless Trump comment:
.@realDonaldTrump: Clinton takes “all those days off” and then “she can’t even make it to her car.” https://t.co/PatC4LYIeI
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) September 28, 2016
The Republican nominee said:
I’ve been out from June 16. It’s been full-time. All the time. You see all the days off that Hillary takes? Day off, day off, day off. All those day offs and then she can’t even make it to her car, isn’t it tough?
Let’s make no mistake about this: Trump, the man-sized child that he is, is lashing out at Clinton because he was beaten so badly by her in Monday’s debate. It’s quite similar to the response a fourth grader has when he or she loses a game of kickball on the playground.
His attack on Clinton’s health and stamina is particularly puzzling given the fact that it was Trump who could barely remain standing and coherent as the debate wore on, while Clinton remained sharp and steady throughout.
Of course, Trump deciding to again stoke conspiracy theories about Clinton’s health is just the latest in a flurry of asinine comments made by the Republican nominee following the debate.
Since Trump’s shellacking, he once again dug in on President Obama’s birth certificate by taking credit for making the president produce it while falsely blaming Clinton for starting the birther conspiracy in the first place.
Trump also renewed his weight-shaming attacks on former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, saying her weight gain was a “real problem.”
The verdict is in: Donald Trump got his clock cleaned in the first presidential debate against Hillary Clinton and now he’s lashing out like a child that had a toy taken from him.
This once again proves that the Republican nominee is in no way fit to be commander-in-chief.
**********New Bombshell Report Shows Trump Had Illegal Business Ties With Communist Cuba
By Sean Colarossi on Wed, Sep 28th, 2016 at 9:59 pm
On MSNBC’s ‘The Rachel Maddow Show’ on Wednesday, Rachel Maddow gave viewers an exclusive look at a bombshell report to be released by Newsweek magazine on Thursday.
According to the reporting by Kurt Eichenwald, which Maddow’s program had advance access to, a company controlled by Donald Trump “secretly conducted business in communist Cuba during Fidel Castro’s presidency” even though it was illegal at the time.
According to the report:
A company controlled by Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president, secretly conducted business in communist Cuba during Fidel Castro’s presidency despite strict American trade bans that made such undertakings illegal, according to interviews with former Trump executives, internal company records and court filings.
Documents show that the Trump company spent a minimum of $68,000 for its 1998 foray into Cuba at a time when the corporate expenditure of even a penny in the Caribbean country was prohibited without government approval. But the company did not spend the money directly. Instead, with Trump’s knowledge, executives funneled the cash for the Cuba trip through an American consulting firm called Seven Arrows Investment and Development Corporation. Once the business consultants traveled to the island and incurred the expenses for the venture, Seven Arrows instructed senior officers with Trump’s company, then called Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts, on how to make the venture appear legal by linking it after-the-fact to a charitable effort.
The payment by Trump Hotels came just before the New York business mogul launched his first bid for the White House by seeking the nomination of the Reform Party. On his first day of the campaign, he traveled to Miami where he spoke to a group of Cuban-Americans, a critical voting bloc in the swing state. Trump vowed to maintain the embargo and never spend his or his companies’ money in Cuba until Fidel Castro was removed from power. He did not disclose that, seven months earlier, Trump Hotels already had spent money sending consultants on the secret trip to conduct business in Havana.
This damning report is just the latest when it comes to Trump’s shady financial dealings.
In another Newsweek report from two weeks ago, Eichenwald reported that Trump’s organization has “deep ties to global financiers, foreign politicians and even criminals.”
What’s particularly rich about the latest report is that Trump had publicly claimed that he wouldn’t do business with Cuba until Castro was gone. Behind the scenes, though, Trump was carrying out illegal business activities.
This story and all of Donald Trump’s financial ties deserve a level of media scrutiny that – even with 40 days until Americans vote in the general election – they still haven’t gotten. It also again underscores how important it is that Trump either release his tax returns or be held accountable for not doing so.
Who’s the corrupt candidate again?
****************One Day After Endorsing Hillary Clinton, Arizona Newspaper Receives Death Threats
By Sarah Jones on Wed, Sep 28th, 2016 at 7:03 pm
Trump supporters are at it again.
Just a day after The Arizona Republic paper endorsed its first ever Democrat for President, the paper has received death threats and countless cancellations.
“The Arizona Republic says it has received death threats and countless subscription cancelations over its endorsement of Hillary Clinton — the first time in the paper’s 126 year history it has ever supported a Democrat for president,” local 12News reported.
Phil Boas, director of the Arizona Republic’s editorial page said it had been crazy around there but it should have been expected as the paper had been giving Trump scathing coverage. He added, “We’re getting a lot of reaction both locally and national. I don’t believe true readers of the editorial page are surprised by this at all, because over the past year we have been writing scathing, scalding articles about Donald Trump.”
Boas explained, “The things he has done, making fun of disabled people and rolling back press freedoms. You know a guy who would do that and crush our freedoms in one area will do it in others as well.”
The Arizona paper endorsed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for president on Tuesday, the first time in its 125-year history it has ever endorsed a Democrat. They wrote decisively, “The 2016 Republican candidate is not conservative and he is not qualified.”
Instead of rethinking the choice to support Donald Trump, his supporters took yet another cue from their leader and resorted to threats of violence.
This is just one more reason why Donald Trump is a menace to this country. If Donald Trump is elected, not only will we have a crush of our freedoms as Mr. Boas explained, but we will live with this kind of violence being condoned from the highest office in the land.
Donald Trump claims he’s running for “law and order”, but he does all that he can to incite violence and create chaos and disorder.
***************Hillary Clinton Won Where It Mattered Most By Bringing Democrats Home
By Jason Easley on Wed, Sep 28th, 2016 at 9:38 pm
A new NBC News/Survey Monkey poll of debate viewers found that Hillary Clinton defeated Donald Trump 52%-21%, but the big news is that Clinton improved her standing with Democratic voters.
NBC News reported:
Clinton, however, seemed to boost her image among her own party as a result of her performance — 50 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaners said their opinion of her changed for the better as a result of Monday night’s debate.
Trump did not have quite the same effect on his own party. About a quarter (26 percent) of likely Republican and Republican-leaning voters said their opinion of him changed for the better as a result of Monday’s debate. A large majority — 68 percent — said their opinion of him did not change.
Hillary Clinton did exactly what she needed to do at the debate. She needed to bring Democrats home, and it looks like that is what she has done. Clinton has much more upside than Trump as a candidate. She could potentially get into the lower 50s in the popular vote, while Trump has not had a national poll show him with more than 45% support.
Donald Trump is defined. He is not going to sway Republicans or Republican leaners who have not decided to support him yet. Trump didn’t help himself at the debate. Hillary Clinton not only won the debate, but she helped herself with voters within the Democratic Party.
Hillary Clinton is motivating her base, which is what it will take for Democrats to keep the White House in November.