Author: John Wagner

Trump says on Twitter that Bill Clinton ‘doesn’t know much’ about winning swing states

President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on Saturday in Mobile, Ala. (Evan Vucci/AP) President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to spar with Bill Clinton — who recently was quoted in a New York state newspaper saying that Trump “doesn’t know much” — claiming that the former president failed to get voters out in crucial swing states for his wife’s campaign. The Record Review, a weekly paper that serves towns around the Clintons’ home in Chappaqua, N.Y., quoted Bill Clinton as saying he had received a phone call on the day after the Nov. 8 election from Trump. The paper reported that the former president told a group of people in a bookstore, including a Record Review writer, that Trump “doesn’t know much. One thing he does know is how to get angry, white men to vote for him.” “Bill Clinton stated that I called him after the election. Wrong,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Tuesday morning, saying that Clinton had called him “with a very nice congratulations.” Referring to Clinton’s comments about him, Trump wrote that Clinton “ ‘doesn’t know much’ … especially how to get people, even with an unlimited budget, out to vote in the vital swing states (and more).” “They focused on the wrong states,” Trump added without elaboration. Trump’s electoral college victory was propelled by unexpected wins in the...

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Trump dresses as himself for major donor’s Saturday night costume party

President-elect Donald Trump speaks during the first stop of his post-election tour last week in Cincinnati. (John Minchillo/AP) President-elect Donald Trump ventured out Saturday night to attend a “Heroes and Villains”-themed costume party dressed as … himself. The Long Island gathering was hosted by the Mercer family, among Trump’s biggest donors, and attended by some of his top aides, including former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, who appeared as Superwoman. Honoring the ultimate hero at the Mercer “Heroes and Villians” party on Long Island. Crowd thrilled w/ surprise! — Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) December 4, 2016 Billionaire hedge fund magnate Robert Mercer and his wife pumped millions into a pro-Trump super PAC run by their daughter, Rebekah Mercer, who emerged this year as a highly influential player in Trump’s orbit. Trump arrived at the family’s estate shortly after 8:30 p.m., according to a pool report, wearing a dark suit, an overcoat and a checkered tie. Asked whom he was dressed as, Trump pointed at himself and mouthed “me.” He ignored other questions shouted at him by reporters, including some about his phone conversation Friday with the president of Taiwan, a move that broke with decades of U.S. policy toward China. [Trump’s emerging Cabinet is looking less Trumpian than expected] Neither Trump’s wife nor other family members attended the annual party, according to an aide, but Steve Bannon, his White House...

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Clinton knocks Trump for buying Chinese steel as she courts Rust Belt voters in Michigan, Ohio

Hillary Clinton arrives in Detroit for a rally the day after the second presidential debate. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post) DETROIT — Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, riding high as the Republican Party sank into a historic internal crisis over Donald Trump’s candidacy, strode into the nation’s Rust Belt on Monday, pledging to push a “renaissance” of advanced manufacturing and sharply questioning Trump’s commitment to blue-collar workers. In her first campaign event since Sunday’s debate, Clinton acknowledged the ugliness of the face-off with Trump, telling an enthusiastic crowd of 3,500 at Wayne State University: “Bet you haven’t seen anything like that before.” She derided Trump for continuing to dismiss his lewd comments about women that surfaced on a 2005 video as mere “locker-room talk,” saying that’s “really just a weak excuse.” “Donald Trump spent his time attacking when he should have been apologizing,” Clinton said of a debate in which Trump brought up allegations of sexual conduct by President Bill Clinton, called Clinton the “Devil” and suggested he’d jail her if president. [Clinton plans new effort to win over white, working-class men] But Clinton soon turned her attention to an issue that her campaign says could undermine Trump’s appeal to working-class voters here and in other states that have shed manufacturing jobs: reports that the real-estate developer used dumped Chinese steel for construction projects rather than acquiring it from companies in...

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