Ken Bone, Paul Ryan Plus Russian Horses
With many an eye still rolling over Sunday’s presidential debate, some viewers are turning their focus to someone other than the two potential presidents — Ken Bone, the undecided voter who asked an energy policy question toward the end of the debate. Since Sunday night, memes have popped up all over the web, Bone has been receiving a multitude of interview requests and his social media following has exploded.
But back to the more or less frustrating presidential situation. Yesterday, rumors were circulating that Mike Pence would possibly leave Trump’s campaign ticket. However, he confirmed that he would be sticking with Trump through the election despite the recent lewd recording scandal. The possible upcoming vice president had quite a few (possibly unfounded?) nice things to say about Trump, saying things like, “he embodies the spirit of America.”
This is surprising to some, as during the debate many felt that Trump completely dismissed Pence’s views on Syria, signaling a lack of communication between the two, particularly where military force is concerned. However, Pence also said Monday that he and Trump stood “shoulder to shoulder” in regards to the Syrian conflict.
Also yesterday, Paul Ryan confirmed that he cannot defend Trump in the light of the leaked recording, but that House Republicans had to, essentially, get it together in order to save their party, which many assume is close to collapsing. Trump responded to Ryan with a tweet, saying that “Paul Ryan should spend more time on balancing the budget, jobs and illegal immigration and not waste his time on fighting Republican nominee.”
An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows Hillary Clinton is now leading Trump in the polls by 11 percent, with 46 percent of support among voters, while Trump lags behind at 35 percent. Gary Johnson, the Libertarian runner, is at 9 percent, with the Green Party’s Jill Stein scooping up the bottom 2 percent. The same poll asked potential voters about Trump’s recorded comments. Thirty-one percent said the conversation was inappropriate but typical of some men, while 41 percent said Trump’s part of the dialogue was completely unacceptable.
Of course, it’s known that Trump had four women present at the debate that had previously accused the Clintons of playing roles in their experiences with sexual assault and rape. While three claimed abuse at the hands of Bill Clinton himself, one said Hillary legally defended a man who raped her as a child. Now it’s been revealed that Trump wanted the four women to be seated in his family VIP box, to see, as Rudy Giuliani said, if Bill would shake hands with them. However, debate officials would not allow it, and said that if the four women were seated there, they would be removed by security.
As can be expected, presidential debates are becoming even more heated elsewhere — on social media, between Clinton and Trump supporters. In a Sunday New York Post article, one journalist begged social media users to keep their political opinions to themselves and leave Facebook for “new babies, a song of the day, vacation pictures.” She says that Twitter is the only social media outlet for political conversation, and that people should learn about “distilling [their] political opinions into 140 characters” and “let politics become a subject in the background of [their] life. Where it belongs.”
In other news, in a press conference yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker said that the Commerce department is looking to share its huge database of information with U.S. businesses. This would include data such as census information, patent data, intellectual property data, climate info from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and international trade data. The hope is that this will allow U.S. companies to use this information to their advantage, and enable them to become more competitive in terms of overseas business.
In addition, Sunday night, after the debate, Dmitry Kiselyov, a Russian state TV host who just so happens to make the Western sanctions blacklist, said that “impudent behavior” toward Russia may have “nuclear” consequences, when addressing Washington, D.C. He also used a popular Russian proverb, saying, “A Russian takes a long time to harness a horse, but then rides fast.” Russian newspapers are openly discussing the possibility of military conflicts between the United States and Russia.