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From The Reporter’s Notebook
TPM’s Tierney Sneed reported Thursday on the attacks Trump lobbed at the Indiana-born judge handling one of his Trump U lawsuits. Some speculated that Trump went on the tirade against the judge, Gonzalo Curiel, expecting that some unflattering docs related the case were about to about to be unsealed, as Trump made his speech the day Curiel was hearing a motion to unseal them. “Ninety-nine times out of 100 for that kind of thing, the material is gonna be released,” Gene Iredale told TPM, referring to the motion. “One could suggest [Trump] came to San Diego and engaged in his insinuations as a preemptive strike because he knew that the court, as any court would, would grant the motion.”
Agree or Disagree?
Josh Marshall: “So even if Trump comically and needily exaggerates his wealth by three or four fold, why should we question whether he might have a net worth of under $1 billion, the key diagnostic indicator for a diagnosis of Low B? We should take each of these estimates seriously. They come from people who know a lot about doing this, certainly more than I do. But remember, Trump sues people who peg him at really (relatively) low numbers. And a key point to consider is that what everybody says is that Trump’s disclosures and structuring of his assets is extremely opaque.”
“The Constitution should remain, but the people that are abusing it should be, the polite word is, ‘eliminated.’ The harsh word is ‘killed.’ And they’re killed by American citizens with weapons.”
– A Trump delegate from Tennessee says U.S. leaders should be killed.
BUZZING: Today in the Hive
From a TPM Prime member: “Okay, it’s an ongoing question of what can truly harm Trump’s campaign, so thought it’d be helpful to do a summary and get a sense of where we’re at. First, I think the general buffonery won’t hurt him at all. Hair, orange skin, juvenile nicknames, referring to the size of his own… all that silly stuff is already well known and people either laugh at it or ignore it. Either way, it doesn’t harm his campaign. Likewise, outlandish policy positions like the Muslim ban, letting east Asia nuke-ify, threatening to default on treasury bonds, pull out of NATO, etc. — they won’t hurt him either. There simply aren’t enough people who understand how devastating his positions are. Finally, I don’t think the continued opposition of the GOP establishment hurts him all that much. If it does, it’ll be because he’ll miss the advantage of the fundraising operation and the “machine” that the GOP could offer him. So what hurts him? The ongoing misogyny has got to hurt him with women, all the way from now until November, right? It’s just too integral to who he is to pivot on it. The polling is already showing this is hurting him. The bigotry against minorities hurts him as well. He starts his campaign by calling Mexicans criminals and rapists and the only real “policy” he has any consistency on is building the wall. I understand Spanish-language tv has been brutal toward him. I think it’s a huge opportunity for the Democratic Party, but how much does it harm him this election? Enough to make Nevada, New Mexico, and Arizona blue?”
Related: Mitch McConnell worries Trump could become the GOP’s next Goldwater.
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What We’re Reading
Trump, a self-proclaimed political outsider, was often a (Democratic) insider. (WNYC)
Here are 100 people who could fix the Academy’s diversity problem. (The L.A. Times)