How Trump Has Already Fouled American Democracy, Clinton Calls Attack On NC GOP ‘Horrific,’ And Trump’s Suits

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October 17th, 2016

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How Trump Has Already Fouled The American Democratic Experiment

The Gist: Lies, foreign actors, and claims of a rigged election: 2016 has – perhaps irreversibly – redefined the US democratic system.

Clinton Calls Attack On NC GOP ‘Horrific,’ Trump Blames It On Dem ‘Animals’

The Gist: The Democratic and Republican presidential candidates had strikingly different responses to the Saturday night firebombing of a local Republican Party office in North Carolina.

Trump Goes Off On Paul Ryan, ‘Rigged Election’ In Latest Tweetstorm

The Gist: As Trump’s poll numbers suffer in the wake of comments in a 2005 tape and accusations of sexual misconduct, he lashed out.

From The Reporter’s Notebook

On Sunday morning, Mike Pence broke with Donald Trump on several of the tactics that the Republican nominee has employed as he slips in the polls, as TPM’s Caitlin MacNeal reported. Pence said that he would not “disparage” women who come forward with sexual assault allegations, while Trump has attacked the appearance of his accusers. And the vice presidential nominee said that the campaign will “accept the results of the election,” even though Trump warned supporters about a “rigged election.”

Agree or Disagree?

Josh Marshall: “You saw this incident last week where two Trumpers stood outside a Democratic campaign office in Virginia for twelve hours holding firearms. This was obviously menacing behavior. And this takes on a new dimension, both substantively and in terms of federal law, when it’s tied to elections. But it was also completely legal under state firearms laws. We know Donald Trump now repeatedly asks his supporters to go to minority precincts on election day to search for signs of voter fraud and attempts to steal the election. Today his chief surrogate Rudy Giuliani told Jake Tapper that Democrats are able to steal elections because they ‘control the inner cities.’ So there’s no longer much attempt to be subtle about warning that black people are going to steal the election for Hillary Clinton.”

Say What?!

“Hey, can you turn her microphone off?”

– Ben Carson asked for a female panelist’s mic to be cut during a contentious interview about the groping allegations against Trump.

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member: “I think most GOP candidates simply assumed that Trump was going to fizzle out and thus didn’t do their homework before Trump became ‘inevitable.’ I suspect that others may have been hesitant to go in that direction, lest skeletons be found in their own closets. I suspect that still others thought that Trump’s character spoke for itself. Still others who realized that they were not going to be successful, but wanted to hitch a ride on Trump’s star, had an incentive to not go after Trump once he became the presumptive nominee. I think the answer with the Clinton team is that any innuendo about Trump would be met with attacks based upon Bill Clinton’s history. By having the story emerge naturally, Trump’s accusations against Bill Clinton look desperate and are largely overshadowed by Trump’s own conduct, rather than opening up the door to accusations of double standards.”

Related: Former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos alleged during a Friday press conference that Donald Trump inappropriately kissed and groped her at a Beverly Hills hotel in 2007.

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What We’re Reading

What is up with Trump’s ill-fitting suits? (The Slot)

A landlord’s guide to gentrifying New York City. (Bloomberg)