David Kurtz

David Kurtz is Managing Editor and Washington Bureau Chief of Talking Points Memo where he oversees the news operations of TPM and its sister sites.

Articles by David

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.

More here.

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

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.

Not even sure what to say about this. Obama plays golf with Stephen Curry, and that makes you uncomfortable somehow? Here's GOP bigwig Al Cardenas today being all warm and fuzzy about it:

Read More →

Trump taking it to a new level. No legal change is required to deny birthright citizenship to the children of undocumented immigrants, he told Bill O'Reilly last night. By his reading of the law, those children are not now and never have been citizens.

"I don't think they have American citizenship and if you speak to some very, very good lawyers -- and I know some will disagree -- but many of them agree with me, you're going to find they do not have American citizenship," Trump said.