Traditionally conservative newspapers in many parts of the country have decided to endorse Hillary Clinton over Republican Donald Trump. The Cincinnati Enquirer, which hasn’t endorsed a Democrat is almost 100 years, and The Arizona Republic, which has only supported Republican candidates in its 126-year history, both came out for Hillary Clinton. The backlash has been rough, as The Republic reported that it even received a death threat as a result.
In what could be a serious blow to his hope of capturing the Cuban/American vote in Florida, it has been reported that in the 1990s Donald Trump violated the U.S. embargo on Cuba. He apparently spent $68,000 exploring business opportunities in Cuba, which was confirmed by his campaign manager Kellyanne Conway. Conway later said that she didn’t mean that he violated the embargo.
Social media has the tendency to amplify opinions, no matter how outlandish or abhorrent they are. This election cycle, with both candidates at record low likeability ratings, has accentuated much of the negative atmosphere surrounding the candidates. However, social media is also an useful platform to reach voters where they are, and cast a wide net to convince voters. The double-edged sword of social media will have an impact on the 2016 election.
NPR, which live-annotated the debate on Monday night, has analyzed whether fact-checking actually “works.” The answer it came up with was: “Yes, but it’s tough.” The network also had to qualify the word “works,” which it deems as fact-checking being able to change people’s minds. In that vein, it is not always easy to convince voters of the truth, even when they are given the facts.
Libertarian candidate for president Gary Johnson found himself in another Aleppo moment when he couldn’t name a foreign leader who inspired him. “I guess I’m having an Aleppo moment,” Johnson told Chris Matthews in a town-hall like event. Johnson then said he liked the former president of Mexico. When pressed to name him, Johnson pretty much fell apart: “I’m having a brain freeze.”
Donald Trump has opened up a divide among conservative media figures. Some conservative media outlets threw themselves behind Trump from the beginning, explaining away his more radioactive statements. But as Trump expanded into more sacrosanct targets — Fox News’ Megan Kelly, George W. Bush’s performance in the war on terror and Ted Cruz — the dissenting chorus among conservatism’s dons grew louder.
The Trump campaign has reported $18 million in fundraising in less that one day following the presidential debate. “This was all a result because Donald Trump won the debate,” stated Steven Mnuchin, Trump’s national finance chairman.
Though Jewish donors to political parties usually lean liberal, the GOP had made significant inroads in the past few cycles. In 2012, 29% of the $160 million that Jewish donors gave to either of the two major parties went to Mitt Romney. This cycle, a mere 5% of money from Jewish donors to the major parties made its way to Donald Trump.
Between a few focus groups and polls of undecided voters after Monday’s debate, it seems few people were swayed toward Donald Trump after the event. Many were not convinced to support Clinton either, though one of the focus groups had 11 respondents say Clinton won the debate. In that same group, none said Trump had won.
After Monday night’s debate, Trump claimed his microphone was defective. “They gave me a defective mic,” Trump told a gaggle of reporters following the debate. “Did you notice that? My mic was defective within the room. I wonder, was that on purpose? Was that on purpose? But I had a mic that didn’t work properly.”