In a discussion with campaign consultants regarding the gamesmanship of Donald Trump inviting Bill Clinton’s former mistress to Monday night’s debate with Hillary Clinton, Meet The Press host Chuck Todd suggested the GOP nominee should have invited a “grieving” member from one of the Benghazi families.
Despite the fact that the Trump campaign has since said that Gennifer Flowers will not not be at the debate, host Todd asked Democratic consultant Stephanie Cutter how campaign advisers played head games with their candidate’s opponents.
Cutter agreed with Clinton’s choice of Trump-critic and billionaire Mark Cuban, but ripped Trump for his invitation to Flowers, saying the blustery New York businessman was “swimming in the sewer.”
“What Clinton and Trump are doing is trying to throw each other off their game,” Cutter remarked. “The difference is, Hillary Clinton is doing it with a legitimate businessman and also a celebrity. And, as John Podesta put it earlier on your show, Trump is just jumping right down in the sewer and swimming in it by inviting Gennifer Flowers.”
After Cutter suggested that candidates should make a “legitimate point about your opponent,” host Todd had a suggestion of his own.
Turning to former McCain campaign manger Steve Schmidt, Todd said, “It would have made more sense to me if Trump had responded by bringing a grieving mother of one of the Benghazi, one of the Benghazi grieving family members. That seems to be the counter that would have made a policy sense.”
Todd failed to mention that multiple GOP-led investigations into the loss of four men in Benghazi in 2012 — including Ambassador Christopher Stevens — found no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
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Beto O’Rourke calls for a ‘war tax’ in release of health care plan for veterans
The Democratic presidential candidate uses his eighth policy announcement to focus on an area that he prioritized in Congress.
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Monday morning released a plan to improve the lives of veterans, returning to an area of priority during his time in the U.S. House for his latest 2020 policy rollout.
In keeping with measures he supported in Congress, the plan calls for a "responsible end" to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — reinvesting $1 out of every $2 saved in veterans programs — and the creation of a Veterans Health Care Trust Fund for each future war. The fund would be paid for by a "war tax" on households without service members or veterans.
Conservative Ben Shapiro tweeted something many found offensive — so now he’s calling his critics ‘garbage’
Right wing "thought leader" Ben Shapiro appeared today to say not using the "N" word is nearly impossible as he defended conservative, pro-gun teen Kyle Kashuv, one of the Parkland survivors who just had his acceptance to Harvard rescinded over his racist remarks, which included repeated use of the "N" word.
To be clear, Shapiro denies that's what he meant.
Here is Shapiro on Twitter, in what many took as him appearing to call not using the "N" word – in Kashuv's case, repeatedly, over and over and over again, "an insane, cruel standard no one can possibly meet."