Wednesday News: Trump Descends to “Depths of Indecency;” GOP Takes “Fringe” to...

Wednesday News: Trump Descends to “Depths of Indecency;” GOP Takes “Fringe” to “Mainstream”


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, August 10. Also, check out the video of Tim Kaine campaigning in Austin, Texas yesterday.

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    Tim Kaine statement on Trump’s comments: “Nobody who is seeking a leadership position, especially the presidency, should do anything to countenance violence, and that’s what Donald Trump did today. There is a beautiful phrase in the Gospel of Luke that says “from the fullness of the heart, the mouth speaks.” What comes out often reveals something important about who you are. I think Donald Trump revealed again today that he is temperamentally unfit to be president. As a nation, we should be pulling together. Countenancing violence is not something a leader should do.”

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    Dan Rather nails it:

    No trying-to-be objective and fair journalist, no citizen who cares about the country and its future can ignore what Donald Trump said today. When he suggested that “The Second Amendment People” can stop Hillary Clinton he crossed a line with dangerous potential. By any objective analysis, this is a new low and unprecedented in the history of American presidential politics. This is no longer about policy, civility, decency or even temperament. This is a direct threat of violence against a political rival. It is not just against the norms of American politics, it raises a serious question of whether it is against the law. If any other citizen had said this about a Presidential candidate, would the Secret Service be investigating?

    Candidate Trump will undoubtably issue an explanation; some of his surrogates are already engaged in trying to gloss it over, but once the words are out there they cannot be taken back. That is what inciting violence means.

    To anyone who still pretends this is a normal election of Republican against Democrat, history is watching. And I suspect its verdict will be harsh. Many have tried to do a side-shuffle and issue statements saying they strongly disagree with his rhetoric but still support the candidate. That is becoming woefully insufficient. The rhetoric is the candidate.

    This cannot be treated as just another outrageous moment in the campaign. We will see whether major newscasts explain how grave and unprecedented this is and whether the headlines in tomorrow’s newspapers do it justice. We will soon know whether anyone who has publicly supported Trump explains how they can continue to do.

    We are a democratic republic governed by the rule of law. We are an honest, fair and decent people. In trying to come to terms with today’s discouraging development the best I can do is to summon our greatest political poet Abraham Lincoln for perspective:

    “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

    Lincoln used these stirring words to end his First Inaugural Address. It was the eve of the Civil War and sadly his call for sanity, cohesion and peace was met with horrific violence that almost left our precious Union asunder. We cannot let that happen again.

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    Video: Joe Scarborough finally figures it out after months of feeding him…Trump is fascistic

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    From DPVA:

    93rd District Democratic Nominating Committee
    c/o James City Democratic Committee
    PO Box 2032
    Williamsburg, VA 23187

    …(Williamsburg, VA). The 93rd House of Delegates Democratic Nominating Committee today announced that one candidate, Mike Mullin, properly filed to become the Democratic nominee in the special election to be held November 8th. Since only one candidate qualified, the caucus scheduled for August 15 is cancelled and Mr. Mullin is the Democratic nominee.

    Mike Mullin is a criminal prosecutor and resident of Newport News. He received a bachelor’s degree from Christopher Newport University and a law degree from The Catholic University of America. Mike and his wife Laura have three children and live in Kiln Creek. Mike’s volunteer activities include working to prevent gang violence. The Mullin family are active long-time members of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Newport News.

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    Virginia Latino Leaders Council Endorses Hillary Clinton
    VLLC Poll Overwhelmingly Supports Clinton for President

    Arlington, Virginia –Today the Virginia Latino Leaders Council (VLLC), a nonpartisan organization dedicated to promoting Latino civic engagement and candidates that support the well-being of the Latino community, endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. The announcement comes after a VLLC presidential preference survey of almost 1,000 Latino activists yielded overwhelming support for Mrs. Clinton. Over 93% of those responding preferred Hillary Clinton, while Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders received 3% each.

    VLLC President, The Honorable J. Walter Tejada stated, “We have witnessed the national conventions of both parties. Whereas Mr. Trump offered a dark, pessimistic and divisive message, in contrast Mrs. Clinton presented an optimistic, uplifting, progressive and inclusive vision for our nation. The choice is clear; VLLC is taking the formal step of endorsing Hillary Clinton for president. She is the candidate whose commitment to the well-being of Latinos and to immigrants has been steadfast. We will work tirelessly in the months ahead to ensure that the 291,000 eligible Latino voters in Virginia recognize the importance of this election, and come out to make history and vote for Hillary Clinton for president.”

    For the Latino community, a Hillary Clinton presidency will mean:
    · immigrant children who study hard and complete school will have a chance to go to college;
    · workers from the fields to the factories to our urban centers and across our nation will be paid a living wage;
    · immigrants who have come to the U.S. pursuing the American Dream will have a chance to achieve it, keeping their families together and earning a path to citizenship;
    · a champion for health care choice, protection of our environment, options for a clean energy economy, and equality for all;
    · someone who has the experience and temperament to be our nation’s leader, who we will be proud to call our president, and who is admired and respected around the world.

    In the months ahead, VLLC will work with other Latino groups and allies throughout Virginia to register more Latino voters and to pursue Get-Out-The-Latino-Vote efforts. Tejada concluded, “The stakes are very high in this election. We want to ensure that all Latinos and other members of the immigrant community eligible to vote are aware of the issues and participate in electing our next president.”

    The Virginia Latino Leaders Council Board includes President J. Walter Tejada, Vice President Beatriz Amberman, Treasurer Leni Gonzalez, Members-at-Large Edgar Aranda-Yanoc, The Honorable Emma Violand-Sanchez and The Honorable Fernando Marty Martinez, Legal Counsel Sam McTyre, and Executive Director Andres Tobar.

    The Virginia Latino Leaders Council is a nonpartisan statewide organization comprised of Latino leaders and activists who focus on Latino civic engagement. VLLC communicates with Latino voters and establishes a dialogue with Virginia’s state government officials to ensure that Virginia remains a welcoming community for all. ​

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    Video: Pat Robertson Sympathizes with Trump, Says Devil Inspires Liberals To Lie About Trump and Him – LOL