Monday News: Trump, “the Worst of America,” Goes All-Out for “Conspiracies, Grievances...

Monday News: Trump, “the Worst of America,” Goes All-Out for “Conspiracies, Grievances and Vitriol”; Kaine en Español


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, October 17. Also check out Tim Kaine “[making] campaign history Sunday morning as the first presidential ticket candidate to deliver a speech entirely in Spanish during a Spanish-language church service.”

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    What Del. Alfonso Lopez said:

    As someone who values the 1st Amendment and our rich comedy tradition of political satire – Trump’s 7 am. tweet attack calling for the cancellation of SNL is no laughing matter.

    Trump’s attacks on SNL – his history of litigation against comedians – and his calls to change libel laws to make it easier to sue those who would criticize him – says a great deal (all of it bad) about who he is – and who he would be as a potential leader.

    I was lucky enough in college – and in my 20’s – to perform sketch comedy with some immensely talented artists and actors. Many of these folks have gone on to have amazing careers in the entertainment industry. They (and I) agree – we can (and must) do a lot better than a Republican candidate for President who doesn’t understand when he’s emulating a cheap dictator.

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    Hillary for America Campaign Manager Robby Mook Highlights Unprecedented Coordinated Campaign Investments

    This morning, Hillary for America Campaign Manager Robby Mook highlighted Hillary for America’s unprecedented coordinated campaign efforts, to date totaling an over $100 million investment, and pointed out additional resources coming in the final weeks to help win Senate, House and governors races in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Arizona, Missouri and Indiana and states across the country.

    On the call, Mook said, “Since the primary concluded, our campaign has been coordinating closely with U.S. Senate, House, Gubernatorial, and state races in the battleground states to build a coordinated campaign that leverages resources to help all candidates. We set up offices in all 50 states and have devoted intensive resources to 12 states and Maine and Nebraska’s second congressional districts.”

    Mook announced new enhanced coordination efforts from Hillary for America:
    An additional six million dollars in mail and digital advertising to get out the vote in the battleground states of Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, Nevada, North Carolina, Iowa, New Hampshire. States with competitive Governor, Senate and House races.
    An additional quarter million dollars in Nebraska and Maine’s second congressional districts.
    An expanded television buy and direct mail and digital advertising program by over two million dollars in Arizona, where Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric has opened new doors for the Democratic Party. Mook also announced that on Thursday, First Lady Michelle Obama will host an Early Vote rally in Phoenix. Days after Senator Bernie Sanders and Chelsea Clinton are in the state.
    And a commitment to help Senate and Governor races in Indiana and Missouri with a million-dollar investment to turn Democrats out to vote.
    Additionally, Mook pointed out the unprecedented commitment from the top of the ticket in support of down ballot races: the 455 offices in battleground states that are open and available to all Democratic candidates to reduce infrastructure cots; the fact that we have down ballot candidates’ names on phone and door scripts to cross-promote; and that we’ve included candidates in speaking programs for principal trips.

    “Bottom line: Donald Trump’s erratic behavior and spiraling campaign have left the Republican party in a civil war…. With signs of high turnout across the country, Democrats have a historic opportunity to elect leaders who will partner with Hillary to create jobs and get incomes rising,” Mook said.

    The campaign will continue to evaluate ground investment through Election Day.

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    Video: Why Trump’s ‘rigged election’ claims are wrong and dangerous

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    Video: PBS Newshour discussion on FBI/State Department emails nonstory – no “quid,” no “quo,” wasn’t State Dept. which initiated, etc, etc.

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    Robert Reich:

    I keep forgetting how horridly partisan Republican members of Congress have become — even some who only a few years ago had occasional bouts of reasonableness. Case in point: This afternoon, on a Philadelphia radio show, Senator John McCain pledged that If Hillary Clinton becomes president, Republicans “will be united against any Supreme Court nominee” she puts up.

    United against any nominee?

    All the more reason to make sure the Senate comes under Democratic control — and that the Democratic Senate change the rules so Supreme Court nominees can be confirmed with 51 votes.

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    Virginia Democratic House Leader David Toscano:

    The firebombing of a Republican campaign office in North Carolina over the weekend is reprehensible. No organization or person should ever be subjected to violence for their political positions or advocacy in the United States of America. I was heartened by the efforts of Democrats to raise money to repair the offices; it again shows that while people may disagree, when it counts, countless numbers of Americans stand firmly behind civil discourse and the democratic process.

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    Dan Rather:

    Here’s what the world’s tyrants, dictators, fascists, demagogues, and all those who would follow in their footsteps do not understand about what makes America great. We are great because of our freedoms, not despite them. And for me, few if any freedoms are more important than the one our Founding Fathers enshrined as the First Amendment to our Constitution.

    Freedom of the press in particular does not only resonate with me personally. I see it as a cornerstone in the very foundation of our democracy. If you want to see the hairs on the back of my neck rise, just tell me about cowards who threaten journalists with violence and intimidation. I see such action as bordering on treasonous. And that is why I am so troubled by the venomous statements by Donald Trump and some of his surrogates which are being amplified in the echo coming from some in his legions of supporters. You cannot fan the flames of violence without bearing responsibility for what follows. And you cannot dodge the question of who lit the fires of hate and who seeks to spread them.

    Let me pause to emphasize that I believe not all, perhaps not even a majority of Trump supporters agree with what he says or does, especially when he is at his incendiary worst. I continue to believe that many are driven to Trump by legitimate fears and worries over the current state of our nation and will hopefully, after the election, join in a democratic process to debate and address what ails us. But encouraging violence against journalists and institutions of a free press, and seeking to undermine confidence in the country’s whole free elections system? I refuse to believe that this is the destiny of America. For those who believe this and for the candidate himself, I respectfully suggest you think it through–and think again.

    Over the course of my career I’ve been to many far-flung datelines where journalists were directly targeted. I have covered wars where getting the story from the frontline often meant putting yourselves and your co-workers into harm’s way. I’ve written letters to my wife and children on multiple occasions in case I do not return. Yet, I recognize my own good fortune in how my nationality and stature have afforded me far greater protections than many journalists working around the globe today.

    With this in mind, it may be instructive in making sense of today to reflect on the instances where I was perhaps most fearful of my life due to my line of work. As a young reporter, I covered the civil rights movement right here in my own country. I would walk down the streets in small Southern town that could have served as the backdrop for a Frank Capra movie. But there, seething below the surface of southern gentility, were the seeds of combustibility. And I, though a son of the South myself, was working for what many of the locals derided as the “Colored Broadcasting Service” (CBS). The press was seen as an enemy to American values, and violence could spark, as it sometimes did, without any warning. In one harrowing scene that still haunts me, one of my cameramen was almost beaten to death by a crowd wielding pool cues.

    I worry that we are staring into such an abyss today. The litany of attacks by Donald Trump are far too numerous to list here, but they must not be forgotten. And the swell of anger and specter of violence coming from his followers should frighten Americans across the political spectrum. It is a rich irony that Trump paints the press as almost alien elements of un-American aggression, even as his campaign benefits from the active at sabotage by a foreign power – the Wikileaks document hack that has been traced to Russia and Vladimir Putin.

    Reporters at Trump rallies are writing of harrowing intimidation and threats. The Arizona Republic who had the temerity to endorse Hillary Clinton, has seen its reporters subjected to death threats. The chairman of the Committee to Protect Journalists took the unprecedented step of issuing a statement of concern which culminated: “This is not about picking sides in an election. This is recognizing that a Trump presidency represents a threat to press freedom unknown in modern history.”

    This is not a game. This is not the usual bipartisan antics of candidates complaining about unfavorable press coverage. This is about subverting one of the most noble of our traditions. Our stature as a nation – moral, economic, social, and even the military – is served by having a press corps unshackled and unafraid.

    I have said it before, but it bears repeating. An independent press, fiercely independent when necessary, is the red-beating heart of our American democracy. Not understanding that, is to be, by definition, un-American.