He has sparked controversy with some of his past comments and conduct. He backed out of a White House role after reports emerged he had an affair with and impregnated another campaign staffer. Miller later left his role as a commentator at CNN, saying he was facing "false and defamatory accusations." … [Read more...] about Former Trump adviser Jason Miller to join reelection campaign
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It was bad enough that the top Republican leaders gritted their teeth and continued to endorse Trump throughout his cavalcade of indignities over the first 14 months of his campaign. But you’d think even the most cynical of them would have acknowledged that a Rubicon had been reached in mid-August when back-to-back developments left no doubt that Trump was not just a reckless ignoramus and bigot but a clear-and-present danger both to national security and to the Constitution. First came the Times report of handwritten ledgers indicating that his then–campaign chairman, the dictator-friendly lobbyist Paul Manafort, had been paid $12.7 million from Putin puppets for murky services rendered in Ukraine. Given Trump’s repeated Putin accolades, vocal disdain for NATO, and open invitation to the Kremlin to disrupt an American election, it was still further evidence, if any were needed, that Trump was “an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation,” in the … [Read more...] about Trump’s Appeasers: Charles Lindbergh Is a Cautionary Tale for Republican Leaders
“These are the same people who want us to accept that more people, including children, will die of gun violence this year in America than in any other developed country, bar none,” O’Rourke said, referring to Republican leaders. “It’s just the price of quote-unquote freedom in this country. … [Read more...] about Beto O’Rourke blames GOP ‘death cult mentality’ for rise in US violence
Another featured non-Pence topic during Trump’s speech was his path to the GOP nomination, which he once again recapped and boasted about — including an additional celebration of what appears to be the recent complete and total defeat of the Republican Party’s #NeverTrump faction, which is reportedly no longer going to pursue any last-ditch efforts to prevent Trump’s nomination. As Nick Confessore suggested in the New York Times liveblog of the event, the “emotional translation” of the speech seemed to be Trump saying, “I didn’t need to unify the party, because I won, but okay, here’s Mike Pence. You’re welcome, Republican Party.” Indeed, Trump also admitted that, “One of the big reasons I chose Mike is party unity, I have to be honest.” … [Read more...] about Trump Formally Unveils Himself As the Winner Who Got to Settle for Mike Pence As Running Mate
Donald Trump’s first appearance in the New York Times, in 1973, came as a result of a lawsuit by the Department of Justice over his refusal to rent to African-Americans. In 1989, he took out a full-page ad in the New York Daily News to demand the death penalty for five African-Americans for a rape in Central Park. (They turned out to be innocent.) He has been credibly accused by former associates of racist statements and practices behind closed doors. As a presidential candidate, he has focused more of his attention on Latinos and Muslims, but the discriminatory quality of his persona has, if anything, grown even more naked. He declared that Judge Gonzalo Curiel is unfit to preside over the most recent of his many lawsuits, this one concerning fraudulent practices at “Trump University,” because Curiel is “Mexican,” which is Trump’s way of saying Curiel descends from immigrants from Mexico. He also proposed “a total and complete shutdown of … [Read more...] about Donald Trump Gave Republicans the Choice of Racism or Defeat. They Chose Racism.