The Latest From Our Candidates As Early Absentee Voting Begins
While some Republicans just want Trump to go away, the presidential candidate just can’t stay out of the media, unlike Hillary, whose camp has been relatively quiet (though not completely silent, as you’ll soon see) in comparison the last few days since the Sunday night debate. Four 1997 Miss Teen USA pageant contestants came forward saying that Trump would come into their dressing rooms while changing. One recalled him saying something along the lines of, “Don’t worry, ladies. I’ve seen it all before.”
Trump is also making quite a few eyes roll, as he stated in a rally earlier this week, “There’s never been anything like this, so, go and register. Make sure you get out and vote: November 28!” With polls only open Nov. 8, obviously, many Democrats are taking to Twitter to encourage Trump supporters to indeed get out and vote on Nov. 28, and not a moment before.
Clinton campaigner John Podesta addressed Trump’s “unshackled” comments from earlier in the week, saying, “…I think it is very unbecoming and I think that the real question, I think, ends up being for down ballot Republicans, people running for the Senate, people running for the House. Are they going to stay in line with this unshackled Donald Trump? A lot of them are deserting him. But I would remind a lot of the people who are deserting him, they propped him up for a very long time. So they have to answer for that. But they also have to answer about whether they are going to stand with him when he foments and runs a campaign of division, of bigotry and now a race in the sewer. Are they with him? Or are they against him? That is a question they will have to decide.”
Wednesday started the early absentee voting in Ohio. A statewide poll conducted before voting began showed that Hillary led Trump by nine points. However, the poll pointed out that most respondents highly dislike both candidates, and are choosing the lesser of two evils, rather than a candidate they necessarily prefer. Tomorrow morning, President Obama will be in Ohio to hold an early-vote rally, at the Cleveland airport. Donald Trump will also be in the state tomorrow, campaigning in Cincinnati.
Trump also released a new television ad yesterday, targeting Hillary for pay-to-play politics, saying she abandoned the American middle class by looking out for her own financial interests. When the ad was released, Jason Miller, senior communications adviser, stated, “Hillary Clinton knows nothing about creating jobs, but knows a lot about how to make money by abusing her and her husband’s government positions. The Clintons have made a living out of selling government access to Wall Street donors and special interests in exchange for donations to their slush fund conspicuously disguised as the Clinton Foundation.”
Also yesterday, Marc Turi, an American arms dealer once accused of dealing in violation of the Arms Export Control Act and lying on his State Department weapons application, gave his first television interview with Fox News since his charges were dropped. He told viewers that Obama and Clinton attempted to make him a scapegoat in a failed covert weapons program, which armed Libyan rebels and was intended to drive out the dictator Muammar Qaddafi during the Arab Spring. “I would say, 100 percent, I was victimized…to somehow discredit me, to throw me under the bus, to do whatever it took to protect their next presidential candidate,” he said.
The Chinese are even getting in on the American presidential race, with the country throwing in its two cents. A Chinese news agency reported this week that the “American election has plummeted to new depths. The lack of a bottom line in competition between the parties has already become a lack of a moral bottom line.” The race and debates are receiving huge media coverage in China currently, as the country attempts to use U.S. political actions as a means to legitimize their own one-party system.
In other news, Massachusetts churches are suing after a state law was enacted prohibiting discrimination against transgender people in public places. The lawsuit says that forcing the church to allow biological males to use female restrooms and changing rooms, as well as biological females to use male restrooms and changing rooms, violates religious rights.