A day after the deadliest mass shooting in American history, politics was back on center stage as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump laid out very different visions on how to deal with the Islamic State. Clinton employed a phrase she hasn’t been using, saying she was fine using the term “radical Islamism” to describe the terrorist threat, leading to Trump quickly claiming credit for Clinton’s rhetorical shift. Both candidates gave (very different) speeches Monday on the subject, and if you thought Trump would hold back his criticism of Clinton andPresident Obama as the nation still reeled from the Orlando attack, the presumptive GOP nominee quickly put that idea to rest.
Trump and Clinton’s very different responses to the Orlando massacre
Both Clinton and Trump adjusted their campaign schedules Monday to focus on the the massacre that killed 49 people and injured dozens more at a gay nightclub early Sunday morning. The shooter pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in a 911 call while at the nightclub.
Clinton’s speech focused on a call for unity and gun control, and she never once mentioned Trump’s name, even though she got in a few jabs clearly aimed at the real estate mogul. Meanwhile, Trump’s speech spent significant time hitting the former secretary of State and Obama, and he even implied that Clinton was bad for the LGBT community because of her immigration policies.
During one of his morning interviews Monday, Trump even implied that the president of the United States was somehow involved with the Orlando shooting. “He doesn’t get it or he gets it better than anybody understands … it’s one or the other, and neither one is acceptable,” Trump said on Fox & Friends Monday morning about Obama.
The White House didn’t take the bait.
“I can tell you that when you are focused on something as big as helping the country respond to the worst mass shooting in our nation’s history … it’s important not to get distracted by things that are so small,” press secretary Josh Earnest said.
On Monday afternoon, Trump attacked The Washington Post for a headline that Trump suggested Obama was involved but did not clarify.
“I am no fan of President Obama, but to show you how dishonest the phony Washington Post is, they wrote, ‘Donald Trump suggests President Obama was involved with Orlando shooting’ as their headline. Sad!'” he wrote on Facebook. Then he added that he was revoking The Post’s credentials for future events.
Is Bernie Sanders’ slow bern coming to a close?
Even though Hillary Clinton reached the number of delegates needed to become the Democratic party’s presumptive nominee last week, the Vermont senator pressed on. And despite multiple, seemingly perfect opportunities to drop out, he didn’t. Instead, he said he’d stick it out through the Washington, D.C., primary Tuesday (it’s the last one of the 2016 campaign).
So after all the votes are cast — which won’t really change anything, given that Clinton has about 400 delegates more than she needed to clinch, according to the Associated Press — Sanders said the two Democratic candidates will have a little chat.
Over the weekend on ABC’s This Week, Sanders said that the two will talk about “if she wins, what kind of administration she will have and whether or not she will stand up forcefully for working families.”
What’s a country to do when both of the party’s main candidates deleted their emails?
Hillary Clinton apparently isn’t the only candidate with a complicated history with workplace emails. Transcripts obtained by USA TODAY found that The Trump Organization routinely erased emails between 1996 and 2001. Even though Trump Tower had high-speed Internet, an IT director in 2001 said that most people used personal accounts and dial-up services.
And it turned out, the preservation of email was a big issue in a 2004 lawsuit filed by Trump’s publicly traded casino company against a former employee, Richard Fields. “He has a house up in Palm Beach County listed for $125 million, but he doesn’t keep emails. That’s a tough one,” Judge Jeffrey Streitfeld said of Trump, according to the transcripts.