Washington, D.C. is probably the most politically obsessed city in the country. Apparently, this obsession has extended to its chocolatiers. Design firm Design Army, teamed up with Harper Macaw to create a new series of politically themed chocolate bars. The packaging takes on the appearance of tarot cards with flavors like Flip-Flopper, Left Wing and Tea Party.
Former House Speaker John Boehner spoke of the presidential election at Stanford University, where he engaged in scathing attacks against GOP hopeful Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Boehner didn’t hold back: “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”
Facebook is in a unique position this election cycle to influence the outcome of the presidential contest. While Mark Zuckerberg has denounced Donald Trump, but refrained from using his name, company employees have begun to question whether their company has a duty to stop Trump. Facebook’s incredible reach and powerful core products could serve as a potent platform to aid in the movement to prevent a Trump administration.
GOP front-runner Donald Trump made Holiday Inn Express go viral on Twitter after tweeting a semi-endorsement of the hotel chain: “I am in Indiana where we just had a great rally. Fantastic people! Staying at a Holiday Inn Express - new and clean, not bad!” Twitter users began mocking Trump and using the Holiday Inn Express slogan: “... but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express.” A tweet from conservative pundit Ben Shapiro exemplified the joke: “He may not be an expert on foreign policy, but he did stay at a Holiday Inn Express tonight.”
Texas Senator John Cornyn warned that a Trump nomination “disrupts the usual Republican versus Democrat, conservative-versus-liberal paradigm, and I just think we don’t know how this will all turn out.” Nevertheless, the Senate’s second-ranked Republican assured that he would unite behind the eventual Republican nominee, no matter who ends up clinching it.
Paul Ryan addressed worries of a Republican convention rife with secret dealings when speaking with CNN. Ryan made clear that the eventual nominee would be picked “fairly and transparently by the rules.” He also alluded to a unity between all three remaining GOP candidates and Republican leadership: “I’ve spoken to every one of these men. They know where we’re going, and they’re comfortable with where we’re going.”
Trump outdid most expectations on Tuesday night, dampening any strides made by the anti-Trump movement. The difficulty now is for the non-Trump candidates to arrive at the convention with legitimacy, despite trailing significantly in the popular vote and delegate numbers. The New Republic makes the argument that the only way for Kasich and Cruz to stop Trump and retain legitimacy in the Republican party would be to create a unity ticket, with Cruz at the top and Kasich as his running mate.
Following his strong showing on Tuesday evening, Trump began an offensive against the presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. “Frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man,” Trump started, “I don’t think she’d get 5% of the vote. The only thing she’s got going is the women’s card. And the beautiful thing is, women don’t like her.”
Talking to reporters in Indianapolis, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said that he would make a “major announcement” this afternoon at 4 p.m. While the Senator didn’t give many clues as to what the announcement will be, speculation is that he will divulge his vice presidential pick.
Five Eastern states go to the polls today to pick their Democratic and Republican nominees for president. Voters in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island are poised to hand Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton big wins and take them both a step closer to their nomination. A poor showing from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders could spell the end of his unexpectedly strong campaign for president.