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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In Ohio, Clinton draws what appears to be her largest crowd to date

Hillary Clinton earlier Monday in Detroit. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post) COLUMBUS, Ohio — Coming off the best stretch of her campaign, Hillary Clinton on Monday drew what appeared to be her largest crowd to date: 18,500 people, according to the U.S. Secret Service. Some of the traveling press corps members who cover Clinton were skeptical of the figure, pegging it at closer to 10,000. But in any case, the rally at Ohio State University was more reminiscent of those put on by Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Clinton’s rival during the primaries, than those of the Democratic nominee, who tends to stage more modest events aimed at getting television news coverage. .@HillaryClinton on the campus of The Ohio State University. — Doug Mills (@dougmillsnyt) October 10, 2016 Monday night’s rally had several things going for it, including being held at night. Most of Clinton’s events take place during the late morning or afternoon, when most people are working. The outdoor event was also held on a large college campus, which are popular destinations for campaigns because of the large turnouts they can produce. Clinton has also been buoyed in recent days by a bump in the polls as Republican Donald Trump’s campaign has become mired in the controversy over a 2005 video in which he spoke about women in extremely crude terms. And the race is nearing its...

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WATCH: Hillary Clinton greets her traveling press corps aboard her new plane

IN THE AIR EN ROUTE TO CLEVELAND — Hillary Clinton, who has had a standoffish relationship with the traveling press corps that follows her, made a point Monday of venturing to the back of her new campaign plane to offer greetings shortly before its maiden voyage — and promised a “more formal” conversation later. “Hey, guys, welcome to our big plane,” Clinton told about three dozen members of the news media occupying the plane’s final seven rows. “It’s so exciting.” “I am so happy to have all of you with me,” she said in response to a question about sharing a plane with the press corps. “ I have just been waiting for this moment.” Before Monday, Clinton and the press corps had been traveling the country on separate charter planes, with limited interaction between the Democratic presidential nominee and those who cover her on a daily basis. The plane is a Boeing 737 that the Clinton campaign noted was manufactured in the United States. The color scheme is described as scion blue and white, and it is prominently adorned with Clinton’s “Stronger Together” slogan and the campaign’s “H” logo. Clinton’s motorcade arrived Monday at the airport in Westchester County, N.Y., not far from her Chappaqua home, shortly after 10 a.m. The plane was soon en route to Cleveland, the first of two cities the candidate plans to visit on Labor Day. Her ticket has a...

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Sanders suggests lowering the bar for third-party candidates to take part in presidential debates

Hillary Clinton appears with Bernie Sanders at a rally in July in Portsmouth, N.H. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post) Bernie Sanders, the runner-up for the Democratic presidential nomination, said Sunday that the threshold should probably be lower for third-party candidates like Libertarian Gary Johnson to take part in the fall debates. Sanders, an independent senator from Vermont, was asked about the current 15 percent polling threshold during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “Probably too high,” said Sanders, who is set to return to the campaign trail Monday in New Hampshire on behalf of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. [Sanders pledges to support Clinton] Johnson, a former governor of New Mexico, has reached double digits in some national polls but does not appear likely to clear the bar of 15 percent set as a participation requirement by the Commission on Presidential Debates. The commission looks at an average of recent polls to make a determination. Green Party candidate Jill Stein is likely to fall well short of meeting the participation requirements before the first of three debates between Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump, scheduled for Sept. 26 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. The commission also requires candidates to be on ballots in enough states to have a mathematical chance of winning the presidency. During his “Meet the Press” appearance, Sanders did not suggest a different polling figure to...

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