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Here's the trend lines of Google searches for Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, and Barack Obama over the last 90 days. It's a decent measure of the effect on the GOP race and the effect on the GOP brand outside the angry white person community of Trump's entry into the race. Graph after the jump.

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Not Happening

Ed Kilgore is so not buying the draft Biden "movement":

The more you look at the Biden bandwagon, it looks more like a ghost ship being pulled through the mist by a combination of hungry political reporters, Hillary haters (including most of the conservative media), and Delaware-based Friends of Joe who, of course, would love to see him run.

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'Dog Whistle Politics At Its Finest'

Nothing about the Trump blitzkrieg so far suggests that his public diminution of Jorge Ramos is going to be an overstep in the nakedest political sense. In truth it's not clear what line he would have to cross to alienate the mass of aggrieved supporters egging him to to stick it to the women and minorities with abandon. (Amanda Marcotte writes at TPMCafe, "If he went beyond just saying nasty things and honked someone’s boob in public, that might be a step too far." But I'm not sure, honestly, that that would be the last straw either.)

But whether it hurts Trump narrowly in the short term is very different from the accumulating damage he is doing to the GOP among Hispanics. We talked with Hispanic political types to get a read on the Ramos fallout and on the broader reaction to the Trump candidacy.

“When Jorge Ramos was being escorted out of the room for demanding for his rights, it was is as if every other Latino American was being escorted out of the room for demanding for their rights,” one Latino GOP consultant told us.

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'Everybody Likes Me'

Donald Trump explains why he's getting support from white supremacists like David Duke: "People like me across the board. Everybody likes me."

Let's Put This All Together

Let's review: without waiting to be called on, Univision's Jorge Ramos started asking Donald Trump questions at his news conference. Trump got mad and told Ramos to "go back to Univision" before having his bouncer toss Ramos from the auditorium. One of Trump's supporters outside the auditorium - even wearing a signature Trump costume and button - got the message loud and clear and told Ramos to "Get out of my country. Get out!"

Here's the picture. But you can see him much more clearly in the video which you can find embedded in this story.

Now first off, if you watch the video, can anyone identify the supporter in this video? The video is very clear. Maybe he's just some totally random Trump supporter who happened to be outside the press conference. But my hunch is there's a bit more to it than that and I bet someone reading this can identify him. If you can, please drop us a line. Click the email link right under the TPM logo at the upper left to send us a note. I really, really would like to know who this person is and whether he has any connection to the Trump campaign other than simply supporting the candidate.

Now for more on the day's events in the Trump "Get Out of Our Country, Brown Man" Campaign, we go to TPM Reader MM ...

Certainly Trump/Ramos and its inevitable metastases have been the political story of the day. But I have a rhetorical question.

How does disrespecting and bouncing Jorge Ramos,the most influential Hispanic man in America, and then inviting him back for a give-and-take, do anything but strengthen Trump’s position?

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What Trump Is Stirring Up

As Jorge Ramos was just outside the auditorium doors after being booted from that Trump press conference, a Trump supporter told Ramos to "get out of my country." Watch the video.

Ramos is an American citizen.


The alleged suspect in this morning's shooting of a news crew has posted to his social media accounts what appear to be videos he himself took during the shooting.

Late Update: The alleged shooter has reportedly shot himself. Conflicting reports on his status. Initial reports were that he had died, but more recent reports are that he is in critical condition.