Donald Trump has had quite a week, making jokes about Hillary Clinton’s potential murder before declaring that she and Barack Obama are the co-founders of the Islamic State. He said it, and then he said it again the next morning, and now he says it was sarcasm. “Ratings challenged @CNN reports so seriously that I call President Obama (and Clinton) ‘the founder’ of ISIS, & MVP,” he tweeted this morning. “THEY DON’T GET SARCASM?”
Carl Icahn, a billionaire who supports Donald Trump (and recently declined a position on his economic policy team), said this week that it was “mistake” to antagonize the Khan family. Asked on Thursday whether he agreed that he had made a mistake, Trump said, “You’ll have to define what ‘a mistake’ means.”
At this point, are you even fucking surprised?
On Wednesday, Donald Trump slammed Hillary Clinton for allowing Seddique Mateen, father of Orlando shooter Omar Mateen, to sit behind her at a recent rally while himself standing in front of disgraced congressman Mark Foley, who resigned amid allegations that he sent sexually explicit messages to teenage boys.
Over the past week, Donald Trump has increasingly suggested that this year’s election will be “rigged,” claiming on multiple occasions that (absent voter ID laws) people could vote “10 times.” That might sound laughably implausible, but it’s far less implausible if you, like Trump, are unfamiliar with the actual process of voting.
Just over a year ago, Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign from the atrium of Trump Tower, standing at the base of his gilded escalator to deliver his populist warnings about Mexican rapists and radical Islam. That event was organized by Bradley Gerstman, a lobbyist and Democrat strategist.
On Tuesday, Donald Trump made an oblique reference to the possibility of Hillary Clinton, were she to be elected president, being assassinated by “Second Amendment people” hoping to stop her from taking away their guns. Trump denied that this is what he was saying in a later interview with Sean Hannity.
The greatest mystery of our time has been solved, but you might not even realize that it was a mystery in the first place: Contrary to Gawker’s own reporting, Donald Trump did not say “titties” when addressing the Detroit Economic Club yesterday. Sorry to spoil your fun, but it’s for the sake of regaining my sanity.
Today at a rally in Wilmington, North Carolina, Donald Trump joked about second amendment fanatics assassinating President Hillary Clinton (or, possibly, a justice she appoints) to prevent her from putting liberal justices on the Supreme Court.
Last week, Donald Trump started naming and shaming journalistic outlets he deemed guilty of something called “media bias.” Thus far, the outlets so judged include MSNBC; the Washington Post; the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists; and Politico.
Donald Trump has always insisted that he can’t be bought: A key aspect of his appeal is the independence granted by his purportedly vast wealth. And while Hillary Clinton is also demonstrably wealthy, Trump continues to insist that she is not only corruptible but corrupt. “She’s got to do right for her donors,” he told voters at a rally in Ohio last week. “I’m going to do right for you.” His refusal to disclose his tax returns and his disingenuous explanation for why he can’t do so, however, put the lie to this claim—as does his refusal, now, to disclose the names of people who are helping him close the fundraising gap.