This week in Detroit, Donald Trump once again attempted to reset his campaign with promises by his allies that he would “pivot” away from regular displays of erratic behavior and making divisive comments that demonstrate he is unfit to be president of the United States. But no matter how many timesTrump’s allies promise that we’ll see a new Donald, it just becomes clearer that there is no other Trump. This is it.
On Monday, Donald Trump reiterated his dangerous ideas for the economy during a speech at the Detroit Economic Club. Fox News Sunday, before Trump’s speech, host Chris Wallace asserted that Trump’s economic numbers “don’t add up.” And former GOP Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said, “of course” they don’t. Pretty amazing.
During his speech, Trump also doubled down on his dangerous ideas that would only hurt the middle class while rewarding Trump, Wall Street, and large corporations. He pushed for repealing the estate tax, which would do nothing to help working families, and if he’s as rich as he says he is, would give the Trump family a $4 billion tax benefit. On CNN earlier this week, Jennifer Granholm explained that only estates valued at around $11 million are subject to an estate tax, meaning it only affects the wealthiest 0.2 percent of American families.
Trump still refuses to release his tax returns
This week, while Hillary Clinton released her tax returns – something every major presidential candidate has done since 1976 – Donald Trump continued to refuse to release his own. The American people deserve to know whether Trump has been paying his fair share and how much he would benefit from his own reckless tax plan. When asked if he believes voters have the right to view his tax returns, Trump said, “I don’t think they do.” CNN’s Jeff Zeleny explained that every presidential candidate has released his or her tax returns since Gerald Ford. Trump’s stance on tax returns raises serious questions about what he’s hiding and shows, once again, that he is unfit to occupy the White House.
Statement from DNC Chair Donna Brazile and LGBT Caucus Chair Earl Fowlkes
Two months after the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Donald Trump visited the city – but not to comfort those still grieving. Instead, he headlined a meeting of some of the nation’s most incendiary anti-gay proponents of discrimination. Yesterday, Marco Rubio spoke to the same gathering. Meanwhile, members of the LGBT community rallied nearby in support of the 49 lives lost, the 53 people injured, and their loved ones.
On Thursday, the DNC released the following statement:
Instead of honoring the memory of those we lost at Pulse two months ago, Donald Trump and Marco Rubio have come to Orlando to headline a gathering of some of the nation’s most incendiary anti-gay bigots. We at the DNC join all people of good conscience in expressing our solidarity with the Orlando LGBT community as they continue to grieve the deadliest shooting in American history. We suggest Trump and Rubio disavow these anti-gay extremists who have likened gay people to Nazis and characterized HIV/AIDS as divine ‘penalties' for being gay. Failing to do so will be yet another example of the utter lack of judgment that makes Trump unfit to serve.
- According to a poll conducted by NBC News, 53% of voters approve of the way that President Obama is handling his job.
- According to a poll conducted by Bloomberg Politics, only 38% of voters say Donald Trump is ready to be president on day one. According to the same poll, 83% of voters were bothered by Donald Trump mocking a disabled reporter, 75% were bothered by his attacks on the Khans, a gold star family, and 74% were bothered by his comments on not defending NATO allies. Finally, 61% of voters were less impressed after learning more about Donald Trump’s businesses and his business practices.
From the States
Democrats around the country have shown this week that from now until November 8th, we’re going to hold Republicans up and down the ballot accountable for their divisive and dangerous policies.
Below is a sampling of the events from this week:
Statements and articles:
PUBLIC NEWS SERVICE // STAFF
COLUMBUS DISPATCH // DARREL ROWLAND
LANCASTER ONLINE // SAM JANESCH
ROLL CALL // JASON DICK