Donald Trump's presidential campaign will undoubtedly be remembered for myriad historical firsts, particularly when it comes to social media.
Trump has used social media not only to connect with supporters, but to take on his challengers and, for better or worse, dominate headlines. His digital reach has been lauded in conservative circles, with Sean Hannity assuring Trump supporters that recent downturns in polls do not spell doom for the Republican nominee, given his social media metrics.
However, a new report from SocialFlow, a social media optimization company, indicates that Trump is either tied with or losing ground on Hillary Clinton on certain social media metrics.
Aug. 12, 2016, 12:55 p.m.
Go home to Mom. And your mother is voting for Trump.
Donald Trump speaking to protesters in Erie, Pa., on Friday.
Hillary Clinton released her 2015 tax returns Friday, along with 10 years of returns for running mate Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine. An early glance shows Clinton and her husband each earned less on speaking engagements, an issue that has surfaced throughout the campaign, than in previous years.
Her campaign pointedly noted that the Clintons have, over time, made their tax returns public “for every year dating back to 1977,” keeping up its calls for Donald Trump to release his returns. Trump has repeatedly refused, saying he is under audit.
Donald Trump threatened Friday to stop raising money for Republicans after party leaders were urged to give up on his presidential campaign and focus on preserving their majorities in the House and Senate.
More than 70 Republicans asked Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus in a letter Thursday to stop giving money to Trump's candidacy.
Trump responded by saying that if the party gives up on him, he would stop raising money for the party.
Trump backed off his repeated, and false, assertions of the previous two days that Obama founded the terrorist group. Asked on Thursday to clarify whether he was trying to say Obama's policies helped lead to the creation of Islamic State, Trump told an interviewer, "No, I mean he's the founder of ISIS," using an alternate name for the group.
“ISIS is honoring President Obama. He’s the founder of ISIS,” Trump also said at a rally Thursday in Sunrise, Fla.
Political consultant Paul Manafort was so renowned in Ukraine for helping elect President Viktor Yanukovich that when strategist Roger Stone arrived years later to counsel another aspiring Ukrainian politician, that candidate — as Stone tells it — gave him the once over and asked: “So, you are our Manafort?”
Long a legendary figure in Washington, Manafort has spent a career guiding powerful politicians to office. As a young Republican, he organized for Ronald Reagan. Later, Manafort advised some of the world’s most notorious figures, including Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos and Angola guerrilla leader Jonas Savimbi.
His experience in guiding strong-willed men with big egos and overpowering personalities should serve him well in his role managing Donald Trump’s campaign for president. But some are beginning to wonder whether this time Manafort may have met his match.