US election

 

As we wrap up the week, here is one take-away: ageism is alive and well! At least in the world of campaign politics.For much of the past two weeks, conservative news sites have focused on the status of Hillary Clinton’s health. (Is she prone to seizures? Does she secretly wear a defibrillator?) – conspiracy theories Clinton tried to put to rest on a Monday appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel show.

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You’re a racist! No, you’re a racist! Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton took their bitter battle for the White House deeper into the political trenches on Thursday with duelling speeches in which each accused the other of being racist. Read more

 

Donald Trump will have an unusual special guest on stage tonight when he holds a campaign rally in Jackson, Mississippi: Nigel Farage, the former leader of the UK Independence Party who along with Boris Johnson spearheaded the populist movement in Britain that led to Brexit. Read more

Hillary Clinton was on late-night television on Tuesday having her pulse checked by chat show host Jimmy Kimmel, as well as forcing open a jar of pickles.

The gags on ABC television were a response to mutterings about Clinton’s health by allies of Donald Trump including former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Earlier this month Trump himself asserted that Clinton “lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on Isis”. Read more

Do you hear that leaky faucet? That’s the sound of the never-ending Hillary Clinton email saga, which 77 days out from Election Day continues to bring new revelations.

Today, Judicial Watch, the conservative legal group, revealed that Clinton and her lawyers had failed to release almost 15,000 work-related emails to the FBI. The State department now has one month to appraise those emails, after which it and Judicial Watch must set a timeline for them to be released. Read more

Another one bites the dust. Two months after firing his first campaign manager and two days after reshuffling his senior team, Donald Trump revealed on Friday morning that Paul Manafort, his campaign chairman who had been running the whole operation, ​had resigned. But was the departure a resignation? The evidence ​is unclear but ​​suggests otherwise.

Exhibit A: On Wednesday morning, Manafort told me he was “staying” when I asked if the revamp meant he was out. Read more

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One day after Donald Trump’s major campaign reshuffle, there is some more big news: for the first time since the general election began, Trump’s campaign is starting to air TV ads in crucial swing states, a sign that Trump is at least in some ways starting to play by the traditional campaign playbook.

On Thursday the Trump campaign started airing ads on TV networks in Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and North Carolina, and soon will begin airing ads in Virginia as well.

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Donald Trump has overhauled his campaign for the second time in two months as he falls further behind Hillary Clinton in the polls. In a move that surprised many people, he tapped Stephen Bannon, a former Goldman Sachs banker who runs the conservative anti-establishment Breitbart News to be chief executive of his campaign. He also promoted Kellyanne Conway, a veteran pollster, t​o campaign manager.

Paul Manafort, the campaign chairman, told the Financial Times that he would remain in place, but some saw the changes as reducing the influence of the man who was tasked at building bridges between Trump and the Republican establishment.

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A fixture of the Donald Trump rally during the Republican primary was the candidate reading out the many polls that showed him ahead in state after state.

A pair of swing state polls out Tuesday, however, illustrated why Trump no longer spends too much time on the stump dwelling on the horse race. A Washington Post poll of Virginia found him trailing Hillary Clinton by 14 points among registered voters, while a Monmouth University poll of Florida showed Clinton with a nine-point lead. Read more

Donald Trump has made his affinity for both Russia and foreign dictators well known throughout the campaign, so perhaps it was inevitable that someone tied the two together.

Leave it to Joe Biden, who made his debut campaigning for Hillary Clinton on Monday, to make the connection. In a speech in his hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania, the vice president lambasted Trump’s national security ideas as “not only profoundly wrong, they’re very dangerous and they’re very un-American”. Read more

Donald Trump ended another turbulent week sarcastically. Yesterday we covered the Republican’s out-there statement that Barack Obama was the “founder of Isis”, an unambiguous claim that he repeated multiple times while turning down invitations to retract or revise it. But today he said we shouldn’t have taken it so seriously after all. “They don’t get sarcasm?” he tweeted of CNN (and the rest of us) who covered it.

Aside from Trump’s ability to dominate a day’s news cycle, the episode also highlighted a couple of other things. One is what Newt Gingrich, a steadfast Trump ally, described as the imprecision of his language. “He sometimes uses three words when he needs 10,” Gingrich said, exasperatedly. The other is that Mr Trump is ramping up the time he spends bashing the media. Reporters like myself have been getting emails from the campaign highlighting a daily “media bias offender”. Read more

It’s possible to become inured to Donald Trump’s outlandish statements. Trump perhaps knows that the bar for attention is gradually rising, but he has made a huge splash with his latest effort – a claim that Barack Obama is “the founder of Isis”.

Yes, that’s as barefaced as it came. Trump did not mean to say Obama was an “enabler” of Isis, or that he created the messy environment from which Isis emerged. He meant to say what he said: Obama founded Isis. Read more

Trumponomics

This week, Donald Trump gave a major speech on the economy and Hillary Clinton fired back. While Trump attempted to appeal to a more traditional Republican base with many of his proposed policies, how is his trade protectionism being received? And is Clinton tacking to the left or heading for the centre ground? Gideon Rachman puts the questions to Shawn Donnan, the FT’s World Trade editor and Sam Fleming, US economics editor.

Donald Trump spent Wednesday campaigning, traversing from the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Virginia’s Abingdon, to a rally in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where polls show him locked in a tight race with Hillary Clinton.

Back at his Manhattan headquarters, however, someone was doing a little traversing of their own. For most of Wednesday afternoon, camera crews trained their lenses on a spandex-clad climber who has been scaling Trump Tower using suction cups. The second cupping controversy of the week ended with the man being hauled in through a window by police officers. It was a distraction from the other campaign news of the day, which centered on the fall-out over Trump’s Tuesday comment about Second Amendment supporters stopping Clinton from nominating liberal justices to the Supreme Court. Read more

On Monday, Donald Trump read an economic policy speech from a teleprompter in an effort to reset his troubled candidacy and show that he has the discipline to run for president.

Today, he said this, about how rival Hillary Clinton’s nomination of judges to the Supreme Court would threaten the Second Amendment, which guarantees the right to bear arms: Read more

Donald Trump sought to reset his flailing candidacy with what his campaign billed as a major economic address on Monday in Detroit, with the property developer and former reality TV star promising to slash regulation, cut taxes in a “tax revolution” and revive manufacturing through an “America First” economic policy.

Trump’s aim was to attract Republicans who have been repelled by some of his xenophobic rhetoric and erratic impulses. But an open letter signed by 50 senior Republican national security officials illustrates just how difficult that may be. In it, Republican former heads of the CIA, NSA and homeland security, among others, write, “none of us will ever vote for Donald Trump” because he “lacks the character, values and experience” to be president and “would put at risk our country’s national security and wellbeing”. Read more

244 days. That’s how long it had been since Hillary Clinton gave a press conference. Until today.

This afternoon, the Democratic nominee appeared at the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists’ Joint Conference and deigned to take a few questions from journalists in the audience. Read more

It is a question often raised by Donald Trump’s seemingly glib or off-the-cuff opinions on minefield subjects that other politicians would avoid: “What does that mean?”

Today it was Barack Obama who was asking it, as he was quizzed at a press conference on Trump’s suggestion that this year’s election could be rigged. “That’s ridiculous. It doesn’t make any sense,” the president said, before mentioning kids who lose playground games and say they were cheated. Read more

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Are the wheels falling off the Trump train?

Over the past roughly 24 hours, Donald Trump has attacked the parents of a slain US soldier, refused to endorse the Republican speaker of the House, claimed John McCain – the US senator who spent five years as a POW in Vietnam – “has not done a good job for the vets”, suggested Americans pull their retirement funds from the stock market, claimed the election might be rigged and appeared to eject a baby from a campaign rally. On MSNBC, Joe Scarborough said an unnamed foreign policy expert told him that Trump asked him at least three times: “Why can’t we use nuclear weapons?” Read more

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On Tuesday, President Barack Obama made explicit the argument he has been building for weeks about Donald Trump: “The Republican nominee is unfit to serve as president.”

It was Obama’s sharpest denunciation yet of the former reality TV star, who has come under fire for his attacks on the Muslim-American parents of a slain US soldier. Obama also said Trump is “woefully unprepared to do this job” and “doesn’t appear to have basic knowledge” about the world.

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