The Gist: Clinton leads Trump by seven points among likely voters in a head-to-head matchup, according to a new McClatchey-Marist poll.
From The Reporter’s Notebook
On Thursday, Donald Trump addressed ongoing violent protests over the fatal police shooting of a black man in Charlotte, North Carolina, TPM’s Esme Cribb reported. He also condemned “rampant” crime in “these communities,” arguing that African American and poor residents would suffer most from the “riots.”
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Josh Marshall: “Obviously, being Trump’s campaign chairman in itself is a very big deal. Kellyanne Conway is the nominal campaign manager. But Bannon seems to be the top executive in the operation. And to the surprise of many (including myself), rather than signaling Trump going finally totally off the rails, Bannon is the first of Trump’s three campaign chiefs to bring some level of discipline to the operation. Not a high bar. But it’s been real and important. So that’s point one. Bannon’s also the guy running the Breitbart media empire which, all the merited derision and lack of integrity aside, has had a massive impact on Republican base politics.”
“It just seems that there’s a lack of spirit between the white and the black.”
– Trump addressed the second night of violent protests in Charlotte, saying that if he were president, he would try to instill unity.
BUZZING: Today in the Hive
From a TPM Prime member: “Charisma is all in the eye of the beholder. These are your opinions, and you’re entitled to them, but don’t mistake them for objective facts. I thought Bernie Sanders was/is a lecturing scold, and not very good at making speeches. Millions of Democrats disagreed with me. You think Hillary is a weak candidate, yet she almost beat Obama in 2008, and handily beat Sanders in 2016. Obviously millions of Democrats disagreed with you. I’m going to hazard a guess that to most non-white, non-male, non-straight voters, Trump is not charismatic at all. Rather he’s terrifying and grossly unfit to even be considered for the office of POTUS. That’s certainly the case for me. So when you make these universal statements about the candidates, you’re saying more about yourself and your perspective than them.”