Trump critics see stars
So much for rapid response.
On Saturday, a meme appeared on Donald Trump’s Twitter account with an image of Hillary Clinton, a pile of $100 bills and the words “most corrupt candidate ever” superimposed, jarringly, on a six-pointed star.
The tweet with the Star of David shape was later deleted and replaced with one using a red circle. Calls seeking explanation from Trump’s campaign went unanswered.
On Sunday, the news site Mic discovered the meme’s origins: It had appeared earlier on “alt right” web forums used by racists and neo-Nazis, who read Trump’s tweet as a signal to them, The Washington Post reported.
Jonathan Greenblatt, chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League, said, “It’s been outrageous to see him retweeting and now sourcing material” from anti-Semites, racists and misogynists whom he “hasn’t spoken out vociferously against.”
Trump finally responded on Twitter at 9:42 a.m. Monday blaming the media for trying "to depict a star in a tweet as the Star of David rather than a Sheriff's Star, or plain star!"
Trump senior adviser Ed Brookover said on CNN: “These memes float around the internet...We corrected this tweet and have moved on.”
Changing the subject
Trump’s latest Twitter misadventure looked like a shaking-my-head moment for Republicans who would rather have kept attention focused on the FBI’s interview of Clinton in the email investigation on Saturday.
Trump sent out seven tweets Sunday alleging “Crooked Hillary” sent Bill Clinton to that Phoneix airport tarmac meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch to “work out a deal.”
The take-away: Bubba being Bubba
Bill Clinton’s unfortunate airport tarmac tête-à-tête with Lynch is consistent with a long-standing pattern of behavior that feeds cynicism about Clinton motives, writes Newsday’s Dan Janison.
NeverTrumpers won’t go quietly
The chances that Dump-Trump Republicans will succeed in blocking his nomination are somewhere between infinitesimal and zero. But they could still try to disrupt the convention, writes Newsday’s Yancey Roy.
Trump allies, while casting the revolt effort as unlikely, still are preparing plans to keep delegates and warning them about consequences of a revolt.
Gov. Chris Christie may not be the only New Jerseyan under consideration as a vice-presidential candidate.
Sen. Cory Booker, asked on CNN’s “State of the Union” if he was being vetted, said, “I’m just referring questions about the vice presidency to the woman who is going to have to make this decision. ... You should talk to the Clinton campaign.”
Asked the same question last month, he said simply, “I’m not being vetted.”
In 2008, candidate Clinton mocked rival Barack Obama’s pledge to bring post-partisan harmony to Washington: “The sky will open, the light will come down, celestial choirs will be singing, and everyone will know we should do the right thing.”
But Clinton thinks she will be able to schmooze Republicans to find common ground on issues like immigration and infrastructure spending if elected, The New York Times reports. Clinton “loves socializing, loves having people and spouses over, and really loves talking over drinks,” said longtime adviser Neera Tanden.
What else is happening
- Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said neither Trump nor Clinton has “expressed the necessary outlook” on what needs to be done to confront Islamic terrorism.
- Democrats will soon be blasting emails on behalf of Clinton to the 20 million addresses compiled by the 2008 and 2012 Obama campaigns’ data machine.
- Pro-Trump super PACs are struggling to raise cash, according to the Los Angeles Times.
- The Democrats’ latest platform draft calls for abolishing the death penalty, a position backed by Bernie Sanders. Clinton has favored “very limited use” of capital punishment.
- A Washington Post reporter examined various intricately detailed, data-driven scenarios of what might have happened if Vice President Joe Biden had decided to run. The conclusion: “Who knows?”
Trump blasted Clinton on Twitter as too weak on terrorism in the wake of the attacks in Iraq and Bangladesh. “Crooked Hillary will NEVER be able to handle the complexities and danger of ISIS," he said.