Donald Trump’s feisty speech at a Montana rally had a number of memorable moments.
On MSNBC Friday night, a panel discussed Trump’s extra angry speech, in which he launched widespread and brutal attacks on his perceived enemies.
Specifically, they talked about whether feeding “red meat” to his base was going to ultimately doom him and his party.
Republican strategist Evan Siegfried said that while Trump enjoys 90 percent approval ratings among Republicans “the Republican party has shrank since he became president.”
“Only the people who really love Donald Trump are staying,” he said. “There is a reckoning coming and it’s in the form of women. And when he went off on #MeToo last night that was a fatal error. #MeToo impacts women from Wall Street to Main Street, from liberal to conservative.”
Republicans have long been more popular with men than women—but the gap used to be more narrow, the GOP strategist said.
“Already Republicans have a gender gap problem. Typically we run for a midterm it’s [Democrats plus 7] with women. Now, we’re seeing polls where it’s D+12. There was a poll from Quinnipiac that was D+25 with women. My hair went on fire where I heard that. Yes, a lot of people tune out what Trump says at these rallies but when he goes and hits #MeToo? My God.”
Siegfried said that this was “the key group” that won Republicans their majorities in Congress.
“We have been losing… white, married, suburban women with kids and they are turning on Trump and saying this is disgusting and time to make a change,” he said.
West Virginia mail carrier busted for helping GOP by tampering with absentee ballot requests
A mail carrier in West Virginia is facing jail time after he was caught tampering with absentee ballot requests in a way that suppressed turnout in local Democratic primary elections.
BuzzFeed News reports that 47-year-old Thomas Cooper pleaded guilty this week to attempting to defraud the residents of West Virginia of a fair election when he switched West Virginia residents' ballot requests from Democratic to Republican ballots.
Cooper altered a total of eight different ballot requests, although he told investigators that he did it "as a joke" and didn't mean to cause any harm. Cooper's attorney, Scott Curnutte, similarly told BuzzFeed News that Cooper's actions had just been a "silly lark."
France investigates report of bodies ‘left to rot’ at Paris research centre
French investigating magistrates will probe claims that human corpses donated for science were left to rot and be eaten by rats at a university research facility, the Paris prosecutor's office said Thursday.
A probe into "violations of the integrity of a corpse" was handed over to the magistrates by prosecutors who handled the initial phase of the investigation after l'Express magazine reported the scandal last November.
Dutch ‘golden age’ statue stirs ghosts of colonial past
The statue of a Dutch 17th century colonialist has become a flashpoint for the debate in the Netherlands on its past of slavery and colonization in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests.
For some, the sculpture of Jan Pieterszoon Coen, a key official in the Dutch East India Company considered a national hero for colonising what is now Indonesia, is a memorial to the Dutch "Golden Age".
Traditionalists, like populist eurosceptic leader Thierry Baudet, have laid flowers at the foot of the statue in the port town of Hoorn to show support after several statues of historical figures were damaged in the Netherlands.