If you only read one thing: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton traded barbs on racism and bigotry Thursday. The day opened with the fallout of Trump calling Clinton a bigot, because she was allegedly taking the African-American community for granted. Trump spoke in Manchester, N.H., to repeat the charge, then defended himself from charges of racism, Islamophobia, and prejudice. Clinton was next up, from Reno, Nev., to deliver a much-previewed speech on the Alt-Right movement and Trump’s courting of those with radical viewpoints. Her campaign released a video attacking Trump for garnering the support of the KKK and other extremist groups. Clinton avoided calling Trump a racist directly, but accused him of hiring and spending time with them. The speech by Clinton to counter Trump’s efforts to soften his appeal—particularly among white voters worried about voting for Trump for those reasons.
Trump’s immigration flip-flop saga continues, as he maintained Thursday that those in the U.S. illegally would have to leave in order to earn legal status and that he was opposed to a path to citizenship. This comes after he appeared to embrace Jeb Bush’s position on comprehensive immigration reform late Wednesday. The head-spinning inconsistency is a reflection of Trump’s lack of interest in the details of issues, and his desire to try to be all-things to all people. But on such a polarizing issue, he’s leaving many frustrated.
Trump’s campaign CEO was once charged in a domestic violence case. Maine’s governor goes after the Khans. And Tim Kaine embraces the “stepdad” label.
Here are your must reads:
Trump Campaign CEO Once Charged in Domestic Violence Case
The 1996 charges were later dropped due to witness unavailability [Politico]
Mylan’s Fix to EpiPen’s High Cost Still Hurts Consumers
TIME’s Haley Sweetland-Edwards on the latest pharma-drama
Millions From Maxed-Out Clinton Donors Flowed Through Loophole
Frontiers of campaign finance [Bloomberg]
Hillary Clinton: Donald Trump ‘Taking Hate Groups Mainstream’
Clinton goes there [TIME]
“He says he wants to “make America great again,” more and more it seems his real message is “Make America hate again.” — Hillary Clinton in Reno Thursday attacking Trump and the Alt-Right
“There is no path to legalization unless they leave the country and come back.” — Donald Trump to CNN on his immigration policy
Bits and Bites
LePage calls father of deceased Muslim U.S. soldier a ‘con artist’ [Portland Press Herald]
Taxpayers built this New York golf course. Trump reaps the rewards [Washington Post]