Donald Trump says the “shackles” are off, so on Tuesday, he aimed some of his ire at the 2008 Republican presidential nominee: Sen. John McCain.
McCain, who is locked in a tough reelection fight in Arizona, was among dozens of Republican leaders who condemned and abandoned Trump after Friday's leak of a 2005 video that revealed Trump boasting about groping women and making other lewd comments.
Trump assailed McCain as “foul mouthed” and noted he had endorsed McCain in his primary fight.
President Obama found the leaked video of Donald Trump's lascivious remarks “as repugnant as most Americans did,” the White House said Tuesday, suggesting that Obama considers Trump's comments a description of sexual assault.
The video, in which Trump said he likes to grab women by their genitals and kiss them without asking, are drawing condemnation for good reason, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said aboard Air Force One.
"There has been a pretty clear statement by people all along the ideological spectrum that those statements constituted sexual assault,” Earnest said, as the president flew to North Carolina to campaign for Trump’s rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton.
After the immediate shock caused Friday by the video in which Donald Trump boasted of being able to get away with groping women, the presidential race seems to have settled, with Hillary Clinton holding a significant lead.
Seven public polls conducted at least in part since the video became public show Clinton with leads of between 5 and 11 percentage points nationwide. An NBC/Wall Street Journal survey, which showed Clinton ahead by 14 points over the weekend in a head-to-head matchup with Trump, found that advantage slip back to 10 points after additional polling on Monday.
Several polls also showed respondents saying that Clinton won the second debate between the two candidates, although by a smaller margin than after the first debate.
A top Clinton campaign staffer appears to have been communicating last year with Justice Department officials about an open records lawsuit seeking access to the former secretary of State's emails, according an email made public on Tuesday.
Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon, former director of public affairs at the Justice Department, sent an email to Clinton staffers referencing a conversation with Justice personnel about an open-records lawsuit. "DOJ folks inform me there is a status hearing in this case this morning so we could have a window into the judge's thinking about this proposed production schedule," Fallon wrote on May 19, 2015, in an email to campaign officials.
The email was among about 1,000 made public Tuesday by Wikileaks that were apparently stolen by a hacker from Clinton campaign manager John Podesta's email account. Last week, the Obama administration blamed the Russian government for launching high-profile cyberattacks of political groups, including the Democratic National Committee, in an effort to influence U.S. election. Wikileaks has published that hacked information in the past, U.S. officials have said.
The crowd beneath the high rafters at the agricultural center was eager to purge its frustration, chanting “Lock her up!” in reference to Hillary Clinton, more than 20 minutes before Indiana Gov. Mike Pence took the stage.
Many were upset, and worried, that Donald Trump had suffered one of his rockiest stretches, with Republicans fleeing his presidential campaign just as it reaches its most crucial phase.
That left Pence, Trump’s running mate, to expand his role as Trump’s chief validator in the conservative movement, with a particular focus on evangelicals. The reserved Midwesterner, whose profile has been dwarfed by Trump’s reality television persona, is now the most prominent establishment conservative speaking on Trump’s behalf, with all the risk and reward that entails.
Donald Trump's tax proposal would dramatically cut income taxes for the wealthiest Americans and, overall, would worsen the national debt by $7.2 trillion over the next 10 years unless offset by spending cuts that he has not proposed.
Hillary Clinton's plan would increase federal taxes by about $1.4 trillion over the decade, almost entirely by raising the bill on the same people whose taxes Trump would slice the most -- the top 1% of income earners.
Those findings, laid out in new analyses of the Clinton and Trump tax proposals by the nonpartisan, Washington-based Tax Policy Center, outline one of the starkest policy differences between the two major party candidates.
At long last, Donald Trump is free to speak his mind.
OK, laugh it up. That's according to the Republican candidate's tweet this morning: "It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to."
What shackles? Who removed them? (Donald Trump was holding back?) Much is unclear, and Twitter being what it is, users rained down amusement and contempt on the business mogul for his imagery, which some said evoked slavery and incarceration.
Donald Trump vowed Tuesday morning to school GOP defectors from his campaign by shedding any remaining restraint he had. He quickly made good on it, releasing this jarring commercial by lunchtime on the East Coast.
It feeds conspiracy theories on the right about Hillary Clinton's health. The video implies that Clinton is an invalid too weakened by illness to protect America.
It comes only days after Trump said in a presidential debate that the thing he admires most about Clinton is that she is a fighter who "never quits."
Before heading off to Florida, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton phoned in to Bishop Victor Curry's morning show on WMBM radio in Miami. She was discussing her plans to revitalize inner cities and referred to a plan by Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.), the assistant Democratic leader in the House, and thus highest-ranking African American in the House.
At one point, she mistakenly referred to Clyburn as the "highest ranking African American in our government."
President Obama, who campaigns for her today in North Carolina, is, of course, the highest ranking African American in the government.