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Sunday News: SNL Does Trump’s “Grab them by the…” Comments; “We knew this Trump all along”; “Crisis grips GOP”


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, October 9. Also check out Saturday Night Live’s “cold open” last night…on the VP debate and Donald Trump’s “grab them by the p*ssy” comments/meltdown.

  • Video: Lin-Manuel Miranda Monologue – SNL


  • Video: Weekend Update with Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxXaEh1eEwc

  • Video: “Republican Tracker”


    • True Blue

      Exposed. The Bennett campaign should hire someone to run interference and/or “track” the “tracker” while he harasses Bennett. Or maybe a supporter should just tackle him, accidentally breaking the camera. Why is he self-invited to Bennett events anyway? Classic creepy Comstock campaign crap.

  • Two-term Virginia LG Bill Bolling (R for “Republican” and “Retired” – heh): “just because you don’t like the Clintons is no excuse to embrace a candidate as flawed as Trump”

    I don’t know what’s more disappointing – Donald Trump’s lewd conduct and behavior, or the fact that so many people are willing to defend him. And their defenses – “everyone says those things” and “the Clinton’s have done worse” – are feeble at best. First, everyone doesn’t say those things. Good and decent people don’t say those things. Second, while I’m no fan of the Clintons, just because you don’t like the Clintons is no excuse to embrace a candidate as flawed as Trump and try to defend his indefensible and offensive conduct. Is this really what we have become? Are we really willing to settle for this? I for one am not. Neither of these candidates is worthy of the office they seek. I am absolutely disgusted by this entire campaign. Unfortunately, I think the worst is yet to come. I hold both parties responsible for giving us such a horrific choice.

    • Quizzical

      “I hold both parties responsible for giving us such a horrific choice.” More false equivalency nonsense. Clinton and Trump are in no way comparable. Clinton has significant experience in public service; Trump has none. Clinton doesn’t stick her foot in her mouth on a regular basis; Trump does. Clinton has been through 26 years of the most grueling and hostile vetting that you can imagine. Trump was never vetted, and that is now the problem the Republicans face.

      And why wasn’t Trump vetted? I think there are four reasons. First, Trump is one of the super rich, and is protected by a cocoon of lawyers and non disclosure agreements under which he paid for silence. Second, the Republican Party and the media used Trump during the ridiculous Republican primary debates to get attention and ratings, and it would have been contrary to their own interests to expose Teump then. Third, the other Republican candidates and some of the media were afraid of taking on Trump directly, because Trump as one of the super rich would be a dangerous enemy. Remember how Trump responded when Cruz refused to endorse him at the Republican convention? Trump promised that he would set up a super PAC with $20 million to oppose Cruz, next time Cruz ran for President. Fourth, nobody on the Republican side wanted to risk alienating Trumps core supporters.

      And so Trump was treated very gently through the entire Republican primary, and wasn’t vetted. As we now see there is a significant risk that is undertaken when you do that.

  • Video: Paul Ryan booed at event in Wisconsin


  • Ben “Not Larry Sabato” Tribbett nails it again:

    “Moderate” Republicans want Mike Pence to replace Trump as the nominee. The same Mike Pence who signed a bill *requiring* women who had abortions to have funerals for the fetus. That’s your option to win back women?

  • Poll conducted September 28-October 2, 2016 and just released now? Odd.

    HU Poll: Post-Debate Surge Gives Democrats Double-Digit Surge among Virginians

    A post-debate surge puts the Democratic Presidential ticket of Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine 12 points ahead of Republican candidates Donald Trump and Mike Pence, according to a Hampton University poll released today.

    With only 31 days left before the November Presidential election, Democratic candidate Clinton is ahead of Republican candidate Trump breaking the statistical tie reported by Hampton University Center for Public Policy (CPP) in August. This surge reveals how volatile the run for the White House is as the days wind down to Decision 2016.

    “While every poll is a snapshot in time, the results of this poll are the result of a perfect storm of events in our nation at the time the poll was conducted: domestic terrorist attacks in New York and Minnesota, the first Presidential debate of the election cycle, the fallout and aftermath of that debate, including the controversy concerning a former beauty queen, and, an endorsement by a highly respected former GOP Virginia Senator in favor of the democratic ticket of Clinton and Kaine. Our poll numbers reflect all of those elements” said Kelly Harvey, director of the Hampton University Center for Public Policy.

    When Virginians were asked if the election were held today, 46 percent of those surveyed would vote for Clinton and 34 percent would choose Trump, while a high percentage of voters remain undecided (20 percent). This is a striking difference from just one month ago where Clinton led Trump by only two points, in what amounted to a statistical dead heat (CPP poll, August 2016 – Clinton 43 percent, Trump 41 percent). Even more striking are the wide disparities of support dividing the candidates, as it relates to gender, race and party affiliation.

  • For Condoleezza Rice, a year of Trump’s misogyny, bigotry, etc. were apparently ok, but THIS is the last straw! LOL

    “Enough! Donald Trump should not be President. He should withdraw.
    As a Republican, I hope to support someone who has the dignity and stature to run for the highest office in the greatest democracy on earth.”

  • Video: Tim Kaine on the Trump leaked tapes


  • VIdeo: Rudy Giuliani gets into it with Chuck(les) Todd. By the way, Trump did NOT honestly “apologize” for anything. The ONLY thing Trump feels “terrible” about is that he won’t be president now.


  • VIdeo: Even a supposedly “moderate” Republican – the 8th CD GOP sacrifical lamb who’s going to get annihilated by Rep. Don Beyer in four weeks – says we are at the “lowest level in recorded history of gun violence in the United States” #FAIL


  • From 1st CD Dem Chair Mark Broklawski:

    Trump + Wittman = Bad for Women

    As the rest of the nation reels at the latest revelation of Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump’s latest discussion of the deplorable things he does to women, it’s interesting to see how many Republicans are running as far away as fast as they can from Trump’s candidacy. So far, over 150 Republican leaders said they won’t vote for Trump, have withdrawn their endorsements of him or called for him to step down as the nominee.

    “At a time when Republican leaders and most decent people are renouncing these disgusting and vulgar remarks of Donald Trump, we have Congressman Rob Wittman hanging in there with his full support. This isn’t surprising considering how Wittman voted against the bi-partisan Violence Against Women Act. And even though he portrays himself as a moderate, his terrible voting record on women’s issues and his endorsement of Donald Trump proves he is out of touch with the people of the First Congressional District,” said Marc Broklawski, Chair of the Virginia’s 1st Congressional District Democratic Committee.

    Looking forward to the Election on November 8, 2016, Broklawski continued, “Here we have one candidate making vulgar remarks on a bus and another candidate who’s throwing women under the bus with vulgar votes. In Trump’s disturbing pathology, Rob Wittman acts as an enabler.”

  • Trump Virginia Chair Corey Stewart: “Establishment pukes cut and run”


  • Andy Schmookler

    Been wondering, if Trump delivers his much threatened attack on Hillary at tonight’s event, hitting her with Bill’s infidelities, how should she respond.

    I propose this as a possibility, and would be interested in hearing what others think:

    “Donald/Mr. Trump, you have already done the American people an enormous disservice, dragging this campaign into the gutter. I refuse to join you there.”

    And then just go on with other things, without responding further.

  • Andy Schmookler

    I’m imagining that these calls from Republican office-holders (like McCain and Comstock) are to be understood less as attempts to get anything to actually happen than as political theater to maximize the perceived distance between themselves and their horrible standard bearer. “I rejected him, so don’t attach his stench to me.”

  • From Gov. McAulilffe’s office:

    Commonwealth Responds to Flooding and Power Outages across Virginia

    RICHMOND – The Commonwealth of Virginia is responding to flooding that occurred overnight due to heavy rains and winds from Hurricane Matthew. The Virginian Emergency Operations Center remains staffed as state, federal, and local agencies respond support local government needs.

    “As anticipated, we have had some impacts from the storm and I have directed our state agencies to make every resource available to local authorities as they respond to floods and power outages, particularly in the Hampton Roads area,” stated Governor McAuliffe. “As our response continues, I urge Virginians in affected areas to monitor local reports and limit unnecessary travel so responders can do their jobs quickly.”

    Six localities (Hampton, Norfolk, Newport News, Virginia Beach, Middlesex County, and Portsmouth) have declared emergencies and shelters are currently open in Portsmouth, Norfolk, and Hampton. Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Virginia National Guard, Department of Fire Programs, Virginia Department of Social Services, Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Department of Transportation, and Virginia State Police are providing assistance. The Virginia National Guard currently has 160 personnel with high water vehicles and debris teams positioned to provide support.

    Virginians are encouraged to listen to local officials and follow any instructions. It is imperative to allow local government work crews and power companies do their work. If you come across a downed power line, stay away and notify the power company. Do not drive through standing water. It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters. Report hazards to 911. If you lose power and are dependent on electricity, contact your local officials to find out where to go and what routes are safe.

    Governor McAuliffe declared an emergency on October 6, 2016 to provide assistance to other states impacted by the hurricane. For information about the impact and response efforts in your area, visit http://www.vaemergency.gov.

  • Video: Final out of Nats’ game #2 win over Dodgers


  • Video: Pres. Obama rips Trump as “insecure enough that he pumps himself up by putting other people down; not a character trait that I would advise for somebody in the Oval Office.”


  • HFA Statement on Trump’s Latest Act of Desperation

    Today, Hillary for America Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri released the following statement:

    “We’re not surprised to see Donald Trump continue his destructive race to the bottom. Hillary Clinton understands the opportunity in this town hall is to talk to voters on stage and in the audience about the issues that matter to them, and this stunt doesn’t change that. If Donald Trump doesn’t see that, that’s his loss. As always, she’s prepared to handle whatever Donald Trump throws her way.”

  • Video: Dancing and racing Presidents at Nats’ park (10/9/16)