Republicans Need Trump To Give Them Cover, Ex-Host Sues Fox Over Retaliation, And Trying To Cheat Death

August 23, 2016 8:18 a.m.

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August 23rd, 2016

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Forget The Pivot: Republicans Just Need Trump To Give Them Some Cover

The Gist: Republicans just need Trump to give them enough cover to keep their support of him from being a continuing embarrassment.

Ex-Host Sues Fox, Says Network Operates Like ‘Playboy-Mansion-Like Cult’

The Gist: Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros filed a lawsuit Monday charging that top network executives retaliated against her for reporting sexual harassment by ousted chairman Roger Ailes.

Trump: I Would Stop Crime By Letting ‘Tough’ Cops Take Charge

The Gist: Pushed to provide specifics on curbing violent crime, Trump said Monday that he would simply put “tough” cops in charge.

From The Reporter’s Notebook

Not everyone is buying that some sort of Trump pivot is underway. Ryan Williams, a former spokesman for Mitt Romney, urged Republicans to “stop looking for a silver lining here,” TPM’s Tierney Sneed reported. “If you cite any inch of progress with Trump as a sign that he’s turning things around, you’ll be embarrassed within a few hours to when he reverts back to the way he used to be,” Williams said.

Agree or Disagree?

Josh Marshall: “Admittedly this is only my individual experience. But it’s been confirmed to me by many other people with comparable political profiles. It tells me that the Trump campaign is blowing a lot of money on poorly targeted advertising. It’s also really damaging its reputation with the Icelandic, Finnish and Danish political communities. These are the kinds of things you would expect if the operation were being run by people who don’t have experience doing digital work for political campaigns. And — surprise, surprise — it is being run by people who don’t have experience doing digital work for political campaigns.”

Say What?!

“What the hell do you have to lose?”

– Trump made a personal appeal to black voters over the weekend, to cheers from an overwhelmingly white crowd.

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member: “Why do people keep referring to Trump’s Appeal to Black Voters as if it really was an appeal to black voters? There was no content designed for actual black voters. Instead, it was an appeal to his white audience, trying to give them cover for the prevailing view that they are all a bunch of whiney white people with a good contingency of outright white supremacists. This is the racial politics equivalent of the tobacco companies’ old argument that no one has actually proved a causal link between smoking and cancer. No one really believes it but it allows you to move forward on a morally reprehensible mission.”

Related: Though Trump has blamed his own party for a failure to appeal to black voters, his new rhetorical efforts to make inroads with minorities has won praise from GOP leaders.

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What We’re Reading

Women journalists share stories of sexual harassment. (Newsweek)

The fight to cheat death. (The Economist)

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