Trump Off Script Again — And If This Week-End Doesn’t End His Presidential Run, Nothing Will — Breaking America’s Political Norms — Goring Sacred Cows — Will It Work? — Nothing is Sacred

Above: Donald Trump flanked by Medal of Honor recipients on Friday, September 16, 2016.

Trump on Clinton’s guards: ‘Take their guns away, see what happens to her’

Updated 12:45 PM ET, Sat September 17, 2016

Miami (CNN) Donald Trump on Friday wondered aloud what would happen to Hillary Clinton should her Secret Service detail disarm.

“I think her bodyguards should drop all weapons. Disarm immediately,” Trump said. “Take their guns away, let’s see what happens to her.”
“Take their guns away, OK? It’ll be very dangerous,” he added.
Donald Trump's 'birther' game

Trump’s comment, which came as he criticized Clinton over gun rights, is not the first time he has called for Clinton’s Secret Service detail to “disarm.” But it is the first time he has wondered aloud what would happen to her should she suddenly be deprived of armed protection.
Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said Trump’s remarks “should be out of bounds for a presidential candidate.”
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Why a reporter was just arrested outside a Donald Trump event

By Callum Borchers September 17 at 6:37 PM
The Washington Post


Vice News reports that one of its journalists, Alex Thompson, was arrested outside a Donald Trump campaign event in Houston on Saturday after inquiring about a media credential.

Thompson had previously applied for a credential to the event — a luncheon for families with relatives killed by undocumented immigrants — and was told by the Trump campaign that his application was pending, according to Vice. Thompson, hoping to cover the luncheon at the Omni Houston Hotel at Westside, showed up to inquire about the campaign’s decision.

“A man who identified himself as a hotel manager then asked Thompson to leave and warned that he would be arrested if he did not,” Vice reported. “Roughly two minutes later, without further warning and while Thompson was waiting for a member of Trump’s staff to clarify his access to the event, he was arrested by Houston police, handcuffed and escorted outside. Thompson spoke with his editors while handcuffed and said that he was never given any opportunity to explain himself to police.”

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Donald Trump’s Anything-Goes Campaign Sets an Alarming Political Precedent

The New York Times
SEPT. 17, 2016

Donald J. Trump at the Trump International Hotel in Washington on Friday. “Nice hotel,” he said at a news conference there. Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times

WASHINGTON — When Donald J. Trump descended on the capital Friday, he was expected to finally concede that the racially tinged falsehood he had gleefully propagated, that President Obama was born outside of the United States, had in fact been a lie.

But before Mr. Trump got around to what was a grudging and terse admission, which itself included a falsehood about the provenance of so-called birtherism, he had some business to tend to.

“Nice hotel,” said Mr. Trump, the Republican nominee for president, delighting in his newest property and the opportunity to plug it free on live television. He was holding his news conference at his new hotel in the Old Post Office building on Pennsylvania Avenue, which, he promised, is “going to be something very special.”

He seemed untroubled in using an ostensible campaign event just a few blocks from the White House to openly promote his personal commercial interests 52 days before the election.

In fact, this past week offered a vivid illustration of how little regard Mr. Trump has for the long-held expectations of America’s leaders. He is not only breaking the country’s political norms, he and his campaign aides are now all but mocking them.

Besides using his campaign as a platform to make money on a new hotel, Mr. Trump leveled an untrue assertion that Hillary Clinton had been the first to claim Mr. Obama was born abroad. He also boasted about his health on the show of a daytime television celebrity while releasing just his testosterone levels and a few other details about his well-being.

Mr. Trump also continued to flout 40 years of tradition by refusing to release his tax returns, a decision that his eldest son admitted this week was not based on an audit, as Mr. Trump has repeatedly claimed, but on a desire not to “distract” from the campaign’s “main message.”


Beyond his handling of personal information, he also casually accused the chairwoman of the Federal Reserve of corruption, claimed that the bipartisan national debate commission was rigged against him, and stated that Mrs. Clinton had not proposed a child care plan. (She has, and did so a year before he did.)

He also mocked an African-American pastor who had just welcomed him to her church, and again referred to Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who once said she had Native American roots, as “Pocahontas.”


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