Author: John Wagner

A giddy Clinton campaign likes the GOP ‘hot mess’ in Cleveland

Republican candidate for vice president Mike Pence greets Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during the third day of the Republican National Convention . (Photo by Michael Robinson-Chavez/The Washington Post) With one night still to go — including Donald Trump’s high-stakes acceptance speech — the sometimes chaotic Republican National Convention has particularly pleased one very interested demographic: the Hillary Clinton campaign. The view from Brooklyn, aides say, is that the Republican nominee so far has missed opportunities to expand his voter base, detail his policy agenda or put on a display of party unity. There’s plenty of spin, of course, coming from Clinton aides, but on social media they have seemed downright giddy at developments out of Cleveland, including Wednesday night’s speech from GOP runner-up Sen. Ted Cruz that drew hearty boos. [Clinton compares GOP convention to ‘Wizard of Oz’ in address to major labor union] “It’s largely been anger and hate,” Christina Reynolds, Clinton’s deputy communications director, said in an interview. “It’s hard to argue that they’ve offered any substantive reason to vote for Donald Trump. … We expected there to be more reaching out to voters who are undecided. He’s failed to meet very low expectations.” She acknowledged that Trump could make some headway Thursday night toward salvaging the convention but said he’s got a very high bar to clear. “He’s got one last night  to show people...

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WATCH: In new TV ad, Clinton takes Trump to task for his Brexit reaction

Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at Turnberry Golf course in Scotland last week. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters) A new television ad from Hillary Clinton seeks to make the British vote to leave the European Union a liability for Donald Trump, mocking the real estate mogul for tying the historic event to the fate of his golf resort in Scotland. The ad, which a Clinton aide said would debut this week on cable stations nationally, juxtaposes footage of news coverage of the vote’s negative impact on global markets with Trump telling reporters in Scotland that a drop in the value of the British pound could help him make money at his Trump Turnberry resort. [After Britain’s ‘Leave’ vote, deep reverberations and differing reactions in U.S. election] The so-called Brexit vote has prompted a range of commentary about its potential impact on the U.S. presidential race. Some have suggested that the restive mood of the British electorate mirrors anxieties and frustration in the United States that could play to Trump’s advantage in November, including in Rust Belt states he is targeting. [embedded content] But Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee and establishment favorite, is trying to turn the episode into her campaign’s latest example of why the GOP standard bearer is unfit for the presidency — arguing he has failed another test of leadership. “In a volatile world, the last thing we need...

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