Donald Trump severs ties with Ohio GOP chair, then attacks him in letter to press

Published: Salon (October 17, 2016)

Donald Trump has severed ties with the chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, deepening his rift with the party organization in a state he desperately needs, at a time he can ill afford to lose it.

In a letter announcing the decision to disassociate with Ohio GOP chair Matt Borges, the Trump campaign said that Borges was conducting “a self-promotional” media tour. The press release described him as “disgraceful” and “bizarre,” and called Borges’ actions an act of “duplicity.” read more

Colorado teen kills self as sign of Nazi allegiance: “I have crippling depression but I shall cure it by killing Jews”

Published: Salon (October 17, 2016)

The suicide of a Colorado teenager has been linked to a Nazi-themed Facebook group that the young man apparently led.

The teenager apparently believed that killing himself would “show his allegiance to the Nazi Party and the killing of Jewish people,” according to local law enforcement officials. The theory stems from a message he wrote shortly before his death, proclaiming, “I have crippling depression but I shall cure it by killing Jews.”f

The Facebook group itself was called “4th Reich’s Official Group Chat” and engaged indiscussions ranging from plans for “executing n***ers” to poems like “You can hang Jews on trees, shoot them right in the knees. Gas as many as you please.” read more

Two responses to tragedy: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton respond to North Carolina firebombing

Published: Salon (October 17, 2016)

Democrats raised more than $13,000 in less than four hours to help rebuild the headquarters of the local Republican Party chapter in Hillsborough, North Carolina, which was firebombed on Sunday night in what is being investigated as a possible terrorist incident.

As news of the firebombing spread, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton condemned the attack on Twitter and expressed support for its victims. <blockquote class="Tweet h-entry js-tweetIdInfo subject expanded

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Two more women say Donald Trump sexually assaulted them: “It was very random, very nonchalant”

Published: Salon (October 14, 2016)

On Friday, two more women accused Donald Trump of sexually assaulting them, joining a list that has grown and grown since he told Anderson Cooper that he never sexually assaulted any woman during Sunday’s debate.

Photographer Kristin Anderson claimed that, when she was a model in the early 1990s, Trump sat next to her on a red velvet couch at a Manhattan nightclub and touched her vagina through her underwear. She said that, when she turned to see who had touched her, she immediately recognized Trump because “he was so distinctive looking — with the hair and the eyebrows. I mean, nobody else has those eyebrows.” read more

Armed Donald Trump supporters caught menacing Democratic campaign office

Published: Salon (October 14, 2016)

Donald Trump supporters have talked about violence if the Republican candidate loses to Hillary Clinton next month. And now, some of them are starting to put their money where their mouths are.

A pro-Donald Trump protester has attracted attention for standing alone outside a Virginia Democratic campaign office with his gun.

On Thursday, Daniel Parks stood outside a Palmyra campaign office for congressional candidate Jane Dittmar. Witnesses described him as staring directly into the office all day and turning sideways to expose his gun he was legally carrying. He was eventually joined by another protester, who was also armed. read more

Donald Trump’s Utah nightmare: Why Evan McMullin could give the deep red state to Hillary Clinton

Published: Salon (October 14, 2016)

Thanks to Donald Trump’s recent spiral into insanity, as well as little-known third-party candidate Evan McMullin, Utah — a firmly Republican state once thought to be a lock for the Republican nominee — may be closer than once thought. It might not even be a safe state for the GOP.

Although it’s still possible that Trump will squeak through with a win in Utah, it is also quite plausible that Hillary Clinton could win because of McMullin splitting the traditionally Republican vote, which would make it the first time a Democratic candidate won the state since 1964. As Benjamin Morris explained at FiveThirtyEight, McMullin is polling incredibly well in Utah, garnering 22 percent of the vote — a 10-point jump from where he was a month ago. Hillary Clinton and Trump, meanwhile, are tied with 26 percent; Gary Johnson is earning 14 percent in the polls. read more

Donald Trump: Sexual assault allegations are part of a Mexican billionaire’s conspiracy with The New York Times

Published: Salon (October 14, 2016)

Donald Trump is now attacking The New York Times for covering sexual assault allegations against him by bringing up the name of the “foreigner” who “rescued” the newspaper: a Mexican billionaire.

Carlos Slim is one of the world’s richest men. Last December  he was ranked fifth on Forbes’ list. Slim became the largest single investor in the Times in January 2015, when he exercised warrants that more than doubled his stake in the publishing company.

Slim and Trump have locked horns before. When Trump launched his presidential campaign with comments that suggested undocumented Mexican immigrants are more likely to be rapists, Slim cancelled a television project that one of his companies had been working on with Trump. One of Slim’s spokespeople characterized the comments as racist, while The Washington Post thoroughly debunked Trump’s claims. read more

WATCH: Mike Pence avoids 11-year-old girl’s question about body image in the age of Donald Trump by pointing to ISIS

Published: Salon (October 14, 2016)

When confronted with an 11-year-old girl’s question about her body image and self-esteem issues, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence responded with a seemingly tangential reply about foreign policy.

During a Thursday interview, WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio, asked Pence to respond to a statement initially written by an 11-year-old girl. Citing Donald Trump’s sexist rhetoric, the girl said, “When I hear those words and look in the mirror they make me feel bad about myself.” read more