Barely more than a week after 49 people lost their lives in the worst mass shooting in American history, Congress has once again voted against gun control. The GOP-controlled Senate rejected four measures that would’ve made background-checks mandatory and prevented names on the terror list watch list from buying guns
The effort to keep firearms away from people on terrorism watch lists faced an uphill battle, with critics in both parties skeptical about its chances. “What am I going to tell the community of Orlando?” asked Democratic Senator Bill Nelson of Florida after the votes. “Sadly, what I’m going to tell them is the NRA won again.”
Millionaires who support Democrats vote against their own material interests, as do working people who vote for Republicans intent on destroying collective bargaining rights. We should assume that Black, Latino and Asian voters understand what they’re voting for and and are able to formulate their own visions of America. And we should assume the same about Trump voters.
The 43rd president recently headlined fundraisers for Senators John McCain of Arizona and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, and will soon repeat the act for Senators Roy Blunt of Missouri, Rob Portman of Ohio, and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.
Donald Trump’s candidacy has the Republican Party at a crossroads. Trump won the votes, fair and square, but an ever-larger list of Republican big wigs have shunned his candidacy, revealing it as the racist, sexist, xenophobic ego trip it really is.
The Trump campaign’s lack of fundraising experience and infrastructure has forced it to rely more heavily on the Republican Party raise money than nearly any other Republican presidential candidate in modern history.
Donald Trump’s claim that he is bringing “millions and millions” of people to the political process and the Republican Party are simply false. As with most of Trump’s appeals — “I win with the hispanics!” — the claim is a mix of wordplay and smoke and mirrors. So why do we keep believing him?
Trump, who eschewed fundraising in his primary fight, primarily loaning himself $36 million, has started raking in super PAC cash. Great America PAC filed an unusual Federal Election Commission report this week, the Hill reported, claiming the bulk of its donations came in at less than $200. The super PAC said it raised $513,606 in April, more than 80 percent of which came in as small donations that do not have to be itemized.
Republicans hold a 54-46 majority in the Senate. But they are defending 24 seats in November compared with just 10 for Democrats — only a third of the Senate is up every two years — and they are in jeopardy of losing enough seats to lose control.
Trump held an hour-long session with Ryan, who as speaker of the House of Representatives is the top U.S. elected Republican and can hold sway with many establishment Republicans leery of Trump. “This was our first
meeting, but it was a very positive step toward unification,” Ryan and Trump said in a joint statement. The usually loquacious Trump was restrained, issuing a tweet in which he said: “Things working out really well!” before flying home to New York.
According to a Pew report published Wednesday, the difference between Trump supporters and other GOP voters is marked by views on immigration, government scrutiny of Muslims in the U.S., and global affairs such as free trade and interventionism.
“We will disclose the hotels and the room numbers of those delegates who are directly involved in the steal.”
Today’s Republican establishment now finds that it is so out of touch with regular voters that it now faces a howling, Category-5 hurricane that’s threatening to implode the Grand Old Party.
Last week in Washington, more than 50 world leaders convened to discuss nuclear terrorism, and what do you think they talked about? According to President Obama, they talked about Donald Trump.
“I have been treated very unfairly,” the real estate mogul said, singling out the Republican National Committee and the GOP establishment.
The Republican Party has marched in lockstep with the NRA for many years, pushing an agenda of guns everywhere for all people at all times. So why not guns inside the Republican Convention?
It’s well and good to be even-handed and reflective, but there is a point where that becomes willful obtuseness. Obama is there.