Trump Campaign Confident in Win, Changes Election Party To Victory Party
In the final hours before Election Day starts and the polls officially open, Trump, Clinton and the Justice Department are all preparing. Trump’s last speaking engagement ran amuck yesterday, with the nominee trying to take credit for the disclosure of next year’s Obamacare premium hikes, as well as NFL viewership ratings. He says he worked very hard to get the Obamacare numbers released (although they are generally released every year at this time), and that his candidacy is to blame for NFL viewership going down. He also drew attention to Clinton’s emails yet again, and then called her out for recent concerts featuring Jay Z and Beyonce, saying that the language in both of the artists’ songs are not conducive with the values of American voter. Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway says Trump has put Clinton “on the defensive” in recent days, and that she is certain of a Trump victory.
“We just know we’re going to win,” said Conway. “I changed the invitation to tomorrow night’s party from election night to victory party. We’ve been feeling that momentum and that enthusiasm in the closing days. She definitely has been on defense. They’ve been visiting blue-blue states.”
The Justice Department is going to have 500 personnel at polling stations today, to watch out for any signs of voter discrimination or intimidation. In 2012, 780 personnel were employed on Election Day, but the Justice Department says this year, they will be more widespread, with monitors in 67 jurisdictions in 28 states, rather than 51 jurisdictions in 23 states.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch said that the Justice Department hopes “to see to it that every eligible voter can participate in our elections to the full extent that federal law provides. The department is deeply committed to the fair and unbiased application of our voting rights laws and we will work tirelessly to ensure that every eligible person that wants to do so is able to cast a ballot.”
Yesterday, the Justice Department also said that any emails connected to Clinton and Anthony Weiner would be made public…eventually. The Department said that, given their current rate of sorting through the emails, it may be as late as 2022 before they are released to the public, but that the sorting would continue, even if Clinton wins the presidency. Over the weekend, it was announced that nothing was found in the emails to alter the previous decision the Department had made to not seek charges against Clinton for her private server usage.
As far as who is likely to win, sources differ in their reports. As of earlier yesterday, Fox News released an article saying that their sources are putting Donald Trump in a favorable light, with the tight race currently under Clinton’s reign. However, the path to the White House looks narrow for both candidates. The Post-ABC News Tracking Poll is putting Clinton at 47 points, Trump at 43 points, with Gary Johnson at 4 percent and Jill Stein at 1 percent. However, the Washington Post does note that this lead on Clinton’s part is not statistically significant, due to the 2.5 percent margin of error. Her lead is identical to Obama’s winning margin against Romney in 2012. Also according to the poll, more than one-third of voters say they’ve already voted ahead of time. This last poll was conducted through Nov. 6, with a sample of 3,218 adults.
In non-election news, a subway rider in New York City pushed another female in front of a train, killing her at the Times Square station. The delays slowed trains for much of the day. Witnesses reported that the two women were arguing before the younger woman shoved the older of the two onto the tracks, into the path of an oncoming train. The 49-year-old victim died on the scene, and it took hours for emergency personnel to remove the body from the tracks. The 30-year-old offender has been taken into custody. Authorities are reviewing video of the incident and of the two women entering the station, trying to determine if the two knew each other previously. The train operator has been taken to a local hospital to be treated for emotional trauma.