Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson expounded Wednesday on a rather unusual claim he made during his GOP convention speech — that Hillary Clinton has ties to Lucifer.
Yes, the devil.
Carson, himself a former candidate who now backs GOP nominee Donald Trump, laid out an elaborate thesis during his prime-time address Tuesday that began with Clinton's study of Saul Alinsky, a community organizer who advocated disruptive tactics to bring about change. His methods were the subject of Clinton's college thesis.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie doubled down on his criticism of the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation Wednesday, after he staged his own mock trial of Clinton during prime time at the Republican convention.
Christie, a former U.S. attorney in New Jersey, again slammed FBI Director James Comey and his handling of the investigation into the former secretary of State’s use of a private email server. The FBI concluded that there was not enough evidence to recommend that prosecutors pursue charges, but Christie said Comey should have forced Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch to make the decision on whether to prosecute.
"He should have just laid out the facts privately, quietly and made the attorney general make this call," Christie said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
Donald Trump won the Republican presidential nomination by harnessing the dour mood of GOP voters put off by the nation’s political class. Now, as he turns to the general election, he faces the challenge of incorporating something he has mostly omitted to this point — an overarching, positive vision for the nation.
His best opportunity to date will come during his Thursday night convention address. Hillary Clinton will have the same opportunity — and the same demand — one week later.
For Trump and his fellow Republicans, crafting an appealing argument requires a deft touch. They must persuade even parts of the country that have benefited under President Obama that what they say would be his third term — under Clinton — would be untenable. That requires a heavy dose of negativity.
On Tuesday, the theme of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland was “Make America Work Again” but the subtext was “We Hate Hillary Clinton.”
Once again the festivities were fueled by the festering personal rage that unites so many disparate groups in reality television, and once again the evening sparkled with oratorical oddities. The president of Ultimate Fighting Championship spoke, as did a professional golfer and former “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant and yet another cast member of “The Bold and Beautiful,” as well as some of Trump’s children.
On Tuesday, however, the lineup also included several of the GOP luminaries who did not decide to skip the convention altogether.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spoke forcefully Tuesday night about Hillary Clinton's record. Though the night's theme was "Make America Work Again," Christie chose to focus on the presumptive Democratic nominee, putting her on trial for the audience.
They responded favorably, chanting, "Lock her up! Lock her up!"