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Trump’s English channeling; Q poll finds dead heat

Donald Trump makes a campaign stop on Tuesday,

Donald Trump makes a campaign stop on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, in Monessen, Pa. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Jeff Swensen

Trade warrior

Donald Trump gave a verbal tip of his “Make America Great Again” cap Tuesday to “our friends in Britain” who “recently voted to take back control of their economy, politics and borders.”

It was part of an amped-up attack on “globalism.” Trump denounced Hillary Clinton as the choice of “people who rigged the system for their benefit” and “will do anything, and say anything, to keep things exactly as they are.”

The speech at a Pennsylvania scrap facility was, by Trump standards, unusually specific in how he would block or demand renegotiation of trade agreements and use presidential power to combat unfair practices such as currency manipulation by China. (Video here.)

The details created more targets for critics, including the normally Republican-friendly U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which said Trump’s tariffs alone “would strip us of at least 3.5 million jobs.” Trump's pitch on the global economy also adds to his litany of falsehoods as identified by the strictly non-partisan PolitiFact.

Latest massacre fallout

The contenders weighed in last night to the deadly suicide-bombing at the Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport. Trump took to Twitter, writing: “We must do everything possible to keep this horrible terrorism outside the United States.”

His campaign later released a statement saying “our enemies are brutal and ruthless and will do anything to murder those who do not bend to their will,” and the United States must “do everything in our power to improve our security.”

Clinton called for the United States to “deepen our cooperation with our allies and partners in the Middle East” to combat terrorism. Clinton, the former U.S. secretary of state, released a statement saying the attack that killed 41 people “only strengthens our resolve to defeat the forces of terrorism and radical jihadism around the world.”

“Such cooperation is essential to protecting the homeland and keeping our country safe,” Clinton said.

The ‘R’ word

While on script for the speech, Trump veered into a rhetorical red zone later at an Ohio rally, calling the proposed trans-Pacific trade pact “a rape of our country.” He used the word three times.

Do you prefer ‘working-class Nero?’

President Barack Obama ridiculed the idea of Trump as a working-class hero as he observed “some parallels with what Mr. Trump has been trying to stir up here” and the Brexit vote as it relates to “xenophobia and anti-immigrant sentiment.”

“Mr. Trump embodies global elites and has taken full advantage of it his entire life,” Obama said in an interview with NPR. “So, he’s hardly a spokesperson, a legitimate spokesperson for a populist surge of working-class people on either side of the Atlantic.”

Sanders: Heed Brexit warning

Bernie Sanders wrote in a New York Times Op-Ed that Trump “could benefit from the same forces” that led to the British vote to leave the European Union and that “sound an alarm for the Democratic Party.”

The party and its presidential candidate (Sanders didn’t mention a name) “need to make clear that we stand with those who are struggling and who have been left behind.”

The take-away: Show big mo

Is it too early for Clinton and Trump to worry about showing momentum? Nope, writes Newsday’s Dan Janison. The appearance of winning tends to beget winning, and better fundraising numbers.

Latest Q poll: They're neck-and-neck

Despite recent improvements for Clinton in other polls, a Quinnipiac survey released today puts the candidates in a virtual tie, with the Democrat at 42 percent and the Republican at 40 percent, within the poll's margin of error.  With third-party LIbertarian and Green candidates added to the mix, it becomes 39 to 37 percent, the Q poll finds.

Benghazi report: No big revelation

Closing out a two-year investigation, a Republican-led House committee investigation of the 2012 terror assault in Benghazi, Libya, held the Obama administration — including then-Secretary of State Clinton — to blame for security failures.

There was no big new revelation of wrongdoing. Benghazi is sure to remain a line of GOP attack, but with no fresh grist, the chance of further political damage is small.

Trump tweeted, “Benghazi is just another Hillary Clinton failure.” Clinton said, “I’ll leave it to others to characterize the report, but I think it’s pretty clear it’s time to move on.”

Checks weren’t in mail

A Washington Post report finds that while Trump has a decades-long habit of promising to give personally to charity, his follow-through has been erratic and, in recent years, almost nonexistent.

What else is happening

  • An anti-Trump 'rapid response' effort is on the agenda of a new super PAC backed by Suffolk politico Jon Cooper... 
  • A Trump fundraising email says that by donating, voters have a chance to “indict Hillary Clinton and find her guilty of all charges.”
  • Trump’s campaign announced three major new hires, including Jason Miller, a former staff member for Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign, to be senior communications adviser.
  • Carl Paladino, the Trump campaign’s New York co-chair, said Trump’s proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the United States was never supposed to be a “ban directed at religion.”
  • Republican convention planners in Cleveland unveiled a model of their stage, with two white staircases leading up to it and a massive video board behind it.
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren, brushing off Trump’s “Pocahontas” taunts, said on “The View”: “What this is really about is can they bully me into shutting up. ... And the answer is: Nope, not happening.”
  • Trump's chaos-candidate status could be sealed at his Cleveland nomination, given escalating anxieites over GOP convention security....

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