Reporter Who Said Trump Aide Grabbed Her Resigns, NPR ‘Clarifies’ Cokie Roberts’ Role, And Violence At Trump Rallies

March 14, 2016 10:39 am

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March 14, 2016

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The Furies Unleashed

The Gist: Trump rallies have emerged now as a stage where supporters feel empowered to take in-the-moment action against the “the other” that Trump so fervently rails against from the stump. While the huge events have often attracted chaotic crowds, the events have taken a turn for the dangerous.

Reporter Who Says Trump Aide Grabbed Her Resigns From Breitbart

The Gist: Michelle Fields, the reporter who alleged that Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski grabbed her arm at a press conference last week, resigned from Breitbart News, Buzzfeed News reported.

NPR ‘Clarifies’ Cokie Roberts’ Role After She Pens Anti-Trump Column  

The Gist: NPR published a story clarifying the role of longtime commentator Cokie Roberts after her recent public remarks about Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump.  

From The Reporter’s Notebook

The violence that erupted at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s rally in Chicago had some of his rivals seemingly reluctant during their Sunday morning news interviews to keep their vows to support the GOP nominee — even if it is the real estate mogul, reported TPM’s Sara Jerde. Marco Rubio gave the most emotional response, saying Saturday that it was getting harder “every day” to support Trump.

Agree or Disagree?

Josh Marshall: “What we have seen over the last two weeks isn’t just an escalation of chaos and low level violence but a progressive normalization of unacceptable behavior – more racist verbal attacks, more violence. This is in turn clearly attracting more people who want trouble – on both sides. If you’re an angry racist who wants to act out on his anger, can you imagine any better place to go than a Trump rally? If you hate Trump, his supporters and all he stands for and want to get physical about it, where best to go? Again, this is not meant to equate the two sides. As I mentioned yesterday, Trump has repeatedly claimed that instances of crowd violence at his rallies occurred when protestors – “bad dudes” – attacked his supporters and his supporters fought back. Until the events last night in Chicago, there is no evidence that anything like this ever happened. Not once. It is all lies.”  

Say What?!

“Go to Auschwitz. Go to fucking Auschwitz.” 

-A Trump supporter yelled at either at a protestor or member of the press at a Trump rally this weekend in Cleveland.

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member: “So many of the important decisions being made by our government officials and elected representatives appear well-targeted to meet the desires of the most wealthy in our society. It is very easy for me to believe that the network of friendship created through transactions like these, in addition to direct political donations, is an important factor. And it’s easy to say “work on campaign finance reform”, but part of creating a movement for that reform involves agreeing that we have a problem to begin with. And much of this sort of behavior will probably never be reachable by legal prohibition…we will only stop it by publicly objecting and, when things get bad enough, being willing to withhold votes and support.”

Related: Jeb Bush Super PAC to Trump: Try learning campaign finance law, buddy.

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What We’re Reading

How the presidential candidates eat, sleep and work out (The Huffington Post).

How a real-estate agent in the Philippines became the target of a criminal mastermind (The Atavist Magazine).

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