Donald Trump's signature brand of braggadocio doesn't particularly mesh well with the sense of urgency he's hoping to instill in his supporters less than a week before election day.
In Miami on Wednesday, he openly wrestled with his natural inclination to declare certain victory with a more tactical admission that the race would be close. So he did both.
"The polls are all saying we’re going to win Florida," Trump told an enthusiastic crowd at an outdoor amphitheater next to Biscayne Bay in downtown Miami. "Don’t believe it, don’t believe it. Get out there and vote. Pretend we’re slightly behind."
Hillary Clinton cast Donald Trump on Wednesday as indifferent, if not hostile, to minority groups — a troubling trait that has no place in the Oval Office, she said as she made a closing pitch to Latino voters.
"If you don’t fit into a very narrow category of people he can relate to, then somehow you don’t have a part of Trump’s America," she said at a union hall in Las Vegas. "That really bothers me."
Clinton, trying to both demonstrate confidence and motivate Democrats to vote, acknowledged that the election has posed a difficult choice for many Americans.
Donald Trump’s campaign denounced the burning and vandalizing of a historic black church in Mississippi on Wednesday.
“We are deeply saddened for the members of the Hopewell M.B. Church community and condemn in the strongest terms this terrible act that has no place in our society. We are grateful that no one was hurt and we urge witnesses with any information to come forward and help bring justice to those who are responsible,” the campaign said in a statement.
Donald Trump’s campaign manager dismissed supporters who used anti-Semitic language at recent rallies as “fools” who do not represent the GOP nominee or his campaign.
“It’s not a lot and we denounce all of it, and I would not be part of a campaign that countenanced it, and you know it,” Kellyanne Conway said on MSNBC. “… What are we supposed to do about fools? A 1st Amendment right, you can — you can sound like a fool.”
Conway was responding to a question about a man at a Miami rally Wednesday, who shouted at reporters that they “sell out for a shekel, for a few shekel.” Over the weekend, at a rally in Phoenix, another man chanted “Jew-S-A.”
Donald Trump’s new campaign argument is encouraging early Hillary Clinton voters with “buyer’s remorse” over the new FBI investigation to redo their ballots and support him instead. But voting rules and patterns make it unlikely that such a move would make a difference in the election.
Primarily, political operatives and researchers believe that voters who send in their ballots early are the most ardent supporters of either candidates and therefore unlikely to change their minds.
Beyond that, though more than two-thirds of states offer some form of early or absentee voting, rules vary dramatically on whether voters can change their minds once they cast their ballots.
Evan McMullin could win Utah’s six electoral votes, something a candidate outside the major parties hasn’t done since 1968.
The white nationalist who produced pro-Donald Trump audio spots attacking Evan McMullin's personal life halted the robocalls Wednesday and apologized for the "mean-spirited message."
"I am truly sorry," said William Johnson, the Los Angeles lawyer and leader of the American Freedom Party and its related PAC. "I am sorry for the mean-spirited message and I humbly retract its contents."
McMullin is the "Never Trump" independent who has drawn criticism from Trump for making gains on the nominee in Republican Utah. Trump complained that McMullin was a "nobody" who "takes votes away from me" in Utah.
Donald Trump has whipped up a political movement like none other in modern politics, but there’s a surprising ambivalence from his army of supporters — and even the candidate himself — over what to do next.
Beyond the bombast of taking up arms to storm the White House should Hillary Clinton become president, ardent Trump voters are beginning to think seriously about their post-election role in American politics.
Will they organize as a new political force, spark a revolution inside the GOP or, as some supporters at Trump rallies recently hinted, retreat into the background after an exhausting and divisive campaign?
President Obama faulted the FBI on Wednesday over its handling of the investigation into whether newfound emails are related to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s private server, condemning the bureau for falling short of standards.
“There is a norm that when there are investigations, we don’t operate on innuendo and we don’t operate on incomplete information and we don’t operate on leaks,” he said in an interview with NowThis. “We operate based on concrete decisions that are made.”
The remarks were Obama’s first public reaction to FBI Director James Comey’s decision last week to make the review public just days before the election.