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Friday News: Donald Trump the “candidate of the apocalypse”; David Brooks Declares “The Death of the Republican Party”


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, July 22.

  • Clinton campaign statement on Trump’s speech:

    “Tonight, Donald Trump painted a dark picture of an America in decline. And his answer – more fear, more division, more anger, more hate — was yet another reminder that he is temperamentally unfit and totally unqualified to be President of the United States. He offered no real solutions to help working families get ahead or to keep our country safe, just more prejudice and paranoia. America is better than this. America is better than Donald Trump. Next week in Philadelphia, Democrats will focus on issues, not anger. We’ll offer a positive vision for the future based on lifting America up, not tearing Americans down.”

  • Statement from Xavier Becerra on Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Appearance at the GOP Convention

    “Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s twisted values reflect what America is not: divisive and hateful. Arpaio also represents the future we would face if Donald Trump were in the White House. Like Arpaio, Trump has promised to deport DREAMers and their families. Like Arpaio, Trump degrades hardworking immigrants, calling them ‘drug dealers,’ ‘rapists’ and ‘murderers.’ Trump’s message to America is that you should be afraid — afraid of people who look different, who speak a different language or who were born in a different country.

    “Immigrant families, and all American families, deserve a president who will fight to keep families together, work to ensure everyone is treated with respect, and who will build our country up. Only one candidate gets that: Hillary Clinton.”

  • Quizzical

    My impressions from last night: I liked Ivanka’s speech, especially her support for creating better day care options for mothers. She said her father supported that too, but I’ve never heard him say that. The best speeches from the convention that I heard were by Trump’s children, which was unusual.

    Trump’s speech was a meld of his usual stump speech topics with a more formal speech. It was probably the best speech he has given in the entire campaign, as it should have been. I thought his effort to portray the country as being in serious trouble was weak, and a failure. We know where the stock market is, and where unemployment is, and it has been a lot worse in the past — including 40 years ago, the time evoked by Trump. That was 1976.

    I don’t want to demonize Trump, but as has often been said by Lowell, Trump has nothing to say on climate change, and that should be disqualifying for that office. We no longer have the luxury of time to indulge in a policy menu which basically would be a replay of failed Reagan policies.

  • Robert Reich: “It was the most negative, fear-mongering acceptance speech in presidential history – completely devoid of uplifting vision or inspiration. Trump’s America is endangered by violent enemies within and without, and the entire rationale for his election is to keep the nation safe from them.

    Not since the communist witch hunts of the 1950s or the urban riots of the 1960s have America’s fears been stoked like this. Trump is demagogically turning the economic and racial anxieties of the white working and lower middle class into a monstrous paranoia.”

  • True Blue

    Great series of articles today – thanks! Here’s another to refute tRump’s assertion that millions of Bernie supporters will vote for a dictator who espouses gloom and doom.


    A partial version of Mike Murphy’s comment is on Eugene Robinson’s twitter account: “I didn’t know we lived in Gotham City.” I also heard more about a vigilante billionaire. . .

    • Truly scary times, but not for the reasons Trump says. The times are scary BECAUSE of Trump and his followers.

      • True Blue

        So he cannot effectively run a company, college, campaign, or convention, yet wants us to think he can run a country?

  • EW Jackson has a big-time sad for Roger Ailes, Fox “News” – “but it will pass”


  • PredictIt now has Kaine at 89 cents, Vilsack at 7 cents, Booker at 5 cents


  • Hilary

    Cnn ran a bullit this am saying Tim had “accepted $160k of ‘legal gifts’ while in state office”
    Virginia’s ultra-tight ethics laws strike again!

  • Governor McAuliffe Announces Virginia’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.7%

    RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.7 percent in June. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remains below the national rate, which was up 0.2 percentage point in June to 4.9 percent.

    May’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Virginia was revised downward from 3.8 percent to 3.7 percent. Previous to last month’s revised rate, the last time the Commonwealth posted a seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate as low as 3.7% was April of 2008.

    In June, Virginia’s total employment was 3,912,800, representing an over-the-year employment growth of 1.9 percent. This growth surpassed the national growth rate, which was 1.7 percent. For the ninth consecutive month, over-the-year growth in the Commonwealth has surpassed the national growth rate.

    Virginia has the lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate among the Southeast states and the third best rate, along with Maine, among the states east of the Mississippi.

    Compared to last June, the seasonally unadjusted private sector average weekly earnings grew by $26.60, or 2.9 percent, to $931.83.

    “Virginia’s continued economic growth is good news for businesses and families in every corner of our Commonwealth, and a clear sign that our work building a new Virginia economy is paying off,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Going forward, we must continue to attract new businesses and jobs to our Commonwealth, open additional markets to Virginia goods and services around the world and make smart investments that strengthen our workforce and business climate for years to come. I am thrilled with the progress we have made since we took office in 2014, but we cannot let up now on our efforts to grow and diversify Virginia’s economy.”

    “The economy continues to add jobs at a best-in-class rate, which is great news for the Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. “As the data demonstrate, the private sector remains Virginia’s engine of growth. We must continue efforts to create and maintain assets needed by the private sector, most particularly a prepared workforce, to thrive in all parts of our state.”

    From June 2015 to June 2016, Virginia’s seasonally adjusted total nonfarm employment increased by 74,500 jobs. Over-the-year employment growth has been positive for the past 27 months. The private sector recorded an employment gain of 76,400 jobs, while the public sector recorded an employment loss of 1,900 jobs. Compared to a year ago, on a seasonally adjusted basis, seven of the eleven major industry divisions experienced employment gains.