From The Reporter’s Notebook
In a press conference Wednesday morning, Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) cleared up that he meant to describe Donald Trump as “authoritative” rather than “authoritarian,” TPM’s Esme Cribb reported. LePage also doubled down on his criticism of President Barack Obama, who he called a “dictator.”
Agree or Disagree?
Josh Marshall: “It is a very, very dangerous step when a presidential nominee openly threatens to jail his opponent if he wins. It’s no less dangerous when a candidate pushes the idea that an election will be stolen and lays the groundwork for resisting the result. That’s happening. It is difficult to overstate the societal benefit of being able to take it almost as an absolute given and assumption that no matter how intense and close-fought an election gets, virtually everyone will accept the result the day after. Undermining that assumption is of a piece with introducing into the political arena the idea that people who lose election might lose more than the election: loss of money, freedom, or worse etc.”
“I am going to be dating her in 10 years. Can you believe it?”
– In a 1992 tape, Trump looks at a group of young girls and says that he will be dating one of them in 10 years.
BUZZING: Today in the Hive
From a TPM Prime member: “Mark Halperin on “Morning Joe” makes an argument that women are coming forward now because of Trump’s statement to Anderson Cooper (during debate) that he may have said ‘locker room talk’ but he didn’t take action. An oversimplification probably is that Halperin is saying women are calling ‘Bullshit!’ on Trump. The timing is not due to the final weeks of the campaign. The timing is due to Trump.”
Related: Two women have come forward to the New York Times alleging that Donald Trump touched them inappropriately.
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What We’re Reading
How Grey Poupon became hip-hop’s favorite condiment. (Vox)
Tomi Lahren and punditry in the age of Trump. (The Ringer)