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Clinton, Democrats, Allies and the Second Presidential Debate

Democratic National Committee
Oct. 10, 2016 12:23 a.m.

Statement from DNC Interim Chair Donna Brazile on Tonight’s Presidential Debate

WASHINGTON -- DNC Interim Chair Donna Brazile issued the following statement:

“Donald Trump would have had a better debate if he had just stayed in Trump Tower. He failed to issue a serious apology for his treatment of women, admitted he didn’t pay taxes, resorted to desperate attacks and mud-slinging, and was incoherent on every policy issue that came up. Hillary Clinton was unshakable. She was poised, prepared and informed. She offered substantive solutions to the serious challenges that our next president will face. And she proved once again that she is battle-tested, ready to fight for the American people, and the only candidate in this race qualified to serve as commander-in-chief.”

“We can expect to see more Republican leaders who endorsed Trump try to distance themselves from him in the coming days, but don’t be fooled. They chose Trump as their standard-bearer, and now they have to live with him. We cannot afford to elect leaders who ever thought Trump was fit to serve. We must elect Hillary Clinton as our next president, and Democrats up and down the ballot across the country on Election Day to build on the progress of the last eight years.”


11:52 p.m.

Hillary Clinton Clear Debate Winner

The Donald Trump we saw on stage tonight is the same Trump who has spent last 30 years demeaning women, avoiding taxes, and using dangerous and divisive rhetoric. Between incoherent ramblings and unfounded attacks, he described his past misogynistic remarks as “locker room talk,” admitted that he may not have paid income taxes, threatened to jail his opponent, denied Russia’s role in recent hacks, and threw his running mate under the bus.
Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, was presidential, steady, calm, and focused on offering real solutions to real people. That’s why, according to CNN, 57 percent of debate watchers declared her the winner. Only one of these two candidate is prepared to serve as president. We must elect Hillary Clinton on November 8th.
Trump Trashes Pence, Defends Assad, Channels Nixon
@mmurraypolitics:Trump tonight, per@DafnaLinzer: Split with Pence on Syria, threatened to jail opponent, admitted writing off $916M to pay no federal taxes
@joshgad:Trump, Great night. U threw your VP under the bus, called assault on women banter locker room talk, & celebrated that u don't pay taxes. Wow
@howardfineman:#Trump throws#Pence under the bus on Syria humanitarian crisis; defends #Assad totally.

@brianbeutler: .@DanaBashCNN just rightfully compared Trump’s promise to jail Clinton to African dictatorships, Stalin and Hitler.
@neeratanden: Even Nixon didn't threaten to use his attorney general to jail his political opponents.
@AriFleischer: Winning candidates don't threaten to put opponents in jail. Presidents don't threaten prosecution of individuals. Trump is wrong on this.
Trump Was A Walking Disaster
@morningmoneyben: Trump is just such a walking disaster. #debate
@ron_fournier: 1. Donald Trump knows he won't be president. He's now in full carnival-barking, network-launching, party-nuking mode:Donald Trump's Implosion

@ezraklein: Donald Trump has absolutely no idea what he is doing.
@murphymike: M-E-L-T-D-O-W-N

@jameshohmann: Trump is not stopping the bleeding. He's making it worse.
@TaraSetmayer:If there was any question that Trump was temperamentally unfit 2 be POTUS before tonight, that's been proven unequivocally now. #debate
@jbouie:We are watching a debate between the next president of the United States and a two year old.

@jeffzeleny:This is what scorched earth looks like. How many more Republican leaders will disavow Trump before the night ends? Ryan? McConnell?

Trump Doubled Down on Sexism and Divisiveness  
@jameshohmann: Not a good line from Trump in context of video: “It’s just words, folks, it’s just words.”

@TheRickWilson: 1/ Tonight, Trump's fauxpology for the "locker room talk" was a moment where he put his neck in the noose.
@JessicaVelenti: Trump called bragging about sexual assault "just words" and "locker room talk." Don't let that get lost tonight.#debate
@jonallendc:Donald Trump found a way to get beneath the dignity of Donald Trump.

@gdebenedetti: Pool: There was quiet laughter in the debate hall when Trump said he respects women.

@melissakchan: Folks who say Trump did well in this debate: we (women) noticed he doubled down on "locker room talk" and rape as "just words."

American Bridge 21st Century
11:03 p.m.

Ten More Reasons Donald Trump Is Unfit To Serve As Commander in Chief

“Donald Trump did nothing tonight to stop his campaign’s self-induced freefall after the tape of his shameful remarks surfaced on Friday,” said American Bridge 21st Century President Jessica Mackler. “Trump offered the same unacceptable non-apology and attempted to brush over the fact that he bragged about sexually assaulting women with denial. There’s already a mile-long list of reasons Trump can’t serve as president – from his shameful remarks about women, to the racism and hatred that he’s based his campaign upon, and tonight he added to that list. He showed us yet again that he is unstable, unhinged, and unfit to serve as Commander in Chief.”
After a year of leading a presidential campaign predicated on hatred, racism and sexism, Donald Trump proved once again just how unfit he is to serve as Commander in Chief. Everything about Trump’s performance tonight was shameful for someone seeking the office of the President. Here were the ten worst moments:
Trump doubled down on his refusal to issue a real apology for his shameful remarks bragging about sexual assault that surfaced on Friday, and denied past sexual assault or harassment.
He attacked Mike Pence and sided with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin over his own running mate.
He admitted to paying no federal taxes for nearly two decades.
Trump resorted to attacking the moderators when things weren’t going his way.
He called Islamophobia “a shame” and then continued to use harmful rhetoric.
He touted the Kremlin party line and said “you don’t know who the rebels are.”
Trump denied he tweeted “check out the sex tape” at 3:00am. He did.
He said he would put Hillary Clinton “in jail” if elected.
He called immigrants “murderers” and “very bad people.”
Donald Trump defends Assad, Russia, and Iran in one answer.

Correct The Record
Contact: Elizabeth Shappell / Lizzy Price
10:59 p.m.

Statement from CTR President Brad Woodhouse on Hillary Clinton’s Dominance in the Second General Election Presidential Debate

Washington, D.C.--Tonight, Correct The Record President Brad Woodhouse released the following statement on Hillary Clinton’s dominant performance in the second presidential debate of the general election:

“Donald Trump just spiraled out of control before our very eyes—acting more like
a petulant, confused child than a presidential candidate (and that’s an insult to children). Trump constantly interrupted, whined about the moderators and word vomited about critical policy issues like healthcare. He even admitted—and seemed to gloat—about paying zero federal
income taxes. And perhaps worst of all he doubled down on his ‘locker room’ excuse for his vile comments about women. His lack of contrition for those words and deeds is in and of itself disqualifying.

“Tonight, Donald Trump just confirmed everything that has been said about him—he’s an unapologetic, no-nothing, unhinged jerk. He was angry, out of control and volatile. In contrast, Hillary Clinton delivered positive, substantive responses about her plans to be a president for all
Americans while making clear that Donald Trump is utterly unfit to be president.”

Priorities USA
Contact: Justin Barasky
10:37 p.m.

Priorities USA Chief Strategist Guy Cecil Statement On Tonight’s Presidential Debate

Priorities USA Chief Strategist Guy Cecil released the following statement following tonight’s Presidential debate:

“Once again Hillary Clinton demonstrated the toughness, thoughtfulness, and unending ability to face down a difficult challenge. That’s exactly what we want in a president. Donald Trump’s cruelty and smallness is fueled by insecurity and cowardice and what we saw on display tonight was the most embarrassing debate performance in the history of this country. Donald Trump’s behavior over the course of this campaign, over the last few days, and during tonight’s debate is indicative of the kind of person he is and the kind of president he would be. Donald Trump is dangerously unfit to be President of the United States and Priorities will continue working to expose his dangerous and divisive agenda until we defeat him.”


Hillary for America

HFA Statement on Trump’s Latest Act of Desperation

Today, Hillary for America Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri released the following statement:

“We’re not surprised to see Donald Trump continue his destructive race to the bottom. Hillary Clinton understands the opportunity in this town hall is to talk to voters on stage and in the audience about the issues that matter to them, and this stunt doesn’t change that. If Donald Trump doesn’t see that, that’s his loss. As always, she’s prepared to handle whatever Donald Trump throws her way.”

Democratic National Committee
October 9, 2016

Reporters react to Trump’s pathetic “stunt”

@jonallendc: Donald Trump found a way to get beneath the dignity of Donald Trump.

@esquire: Donald Trump Just Pulled His Most Disgusting Stunt Yet: 

@LeslieSanchez: The latest Trump stunt has all the drama of a telenovela and the effectiveness of a train wreck.

@pbump: A good sign that something wasn’t a stunt was when someone has to repeatedly say “it was not a stunt."

@ron_fournier: Trump knows he won't be president. He's now in full carnival-barking, network-launching, party-nuking mode.

@jpaceDC: There are no words. Which is a real problem when your job is to put events into words.

@politicalwire: Donald Trump is about to make a shockingly bad mistake

@JRubinBlogger: Paul Ryan.. you earned this

@CahnEmily: Multiple people on my Facebook feed (millennials) saying they are donating to @HillaryClinton after they witnessed @realDonaldTrump's stunt

@BillKristol: The pre-debate stunt said it all. And gives @SpeakerRyan, @GovPenceIN, & @Reince a window to get off the train now--before the debate.

@PoliticsWolf: Trump is going to find out just how badly it will backfire if he openly tries to blame the first woman nominee for her husband's wrongdoings

@ethanklapper: People are disgusted by this Trump stunt. If he does this during the debate it will backfire.


MEMO:         Republicans: You Own This
From:             DNC Communications Director Adam Hodge
To:                  Interested Parties
Donald Trump’s shockingly offensive comments about women, which he made when he was nearly 60 years old, are the latest addition to a resumé filled with disparaging taunts against communities of color, insults directed at women, and appeals to the right-wing fringe. 
What’s almost as shocking as Trump’s comments is the fact that Grand Old Party leaders like Reince Priebus, Paul Ryan, and Mitch McConnell are still standing by him. In the parallel universe they live in, a good performance by Trump tonight would make up for his lifetime of offensive behavior. It won’t. There is no fixing the damage Trump has already wrought.
The Republicans, like Sen. John McCain, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Rep. Barbara Comstock, Rep. Cresent Hardy and Rep. Mike Coffman, who finally came to the realization that Trump might not have the character to be commander-in-chief are hardly political profiles in courage – not even close. As the AP reported, “with a month until Election Day, and early voting already underway in several states, the truest answer to why Republicans are dropping Trump now — and why they're dropping him over this — is likely political.” They all stood by as Trump mocked disabled people, attacked a Gold Star family, and repeatedly took stances that only serve to divide our country. 
A 90-minute debate simply can’t erase decades of divisive and offensive rhetoric and decision-making. Steve Schmidt, John McCain’s presidential campaign’s top strategist saidvery succinctly today that “what this exposes is much deeper and goes to the Republican Party as an institution. This candidacy – the magnitude of its disgrace to the country is almost impossible, I think, to articulate…  Over the course of the last year – these [Republicans] candidates who have repeatedly put their party ahead of their country, are denying what is so obviously clear to anybody who's watching about his complete and total manifest unfitness for this office.” We completely agree.
In case you needed a reminder, here is the shameful rundown on the person Republican leaders, including many of their most vulnerable incumbents like Sen. Marco Rubio, believe is fit to be president, control the nuclear launch codes, and represent America on the world stage. To be sure, Trump said all of these things long before his repugnant comments on Friday:

VOX: Libby Nelson: Donald Trump's history of misogyny, sexism, and harassment: a comprehensive review
He called comedian Rosie O’Donnell "a big fat pig," "disgusting," "a slob," and "a very unattractive person." Bette Midler was "ugly." Heidi Klum is "no longer a 10." The individual insults, though, are just one facet of Trump’s broader attitude toward women. …Because this is the thing about Donald Trump’s sexism: He’s never tried to hide it. He hasn’t deleted his old tweets. He hasn’t made a big show of having a change of heart. It would have been easy to, for example, acknowledge that his remarks about former Miss Universe Alicia Machado’s weight gain were offensive and distasteful, say he’s gained perspective and humility from his bigger responsibilities as a politician rather than a pageant owner, and apologize.

Wall Street Journal: Brent Kendall: Trump Says Judge’s Mexican Heritage Presents ‘Absolute Conflict’
Donald Trump on Thursday escalated his attacks on the federal judge presiding over civil fraud lawsuits against Trump University, amid criticism from legal observers who say the presumptive GOP presidential  nominee’s comments are an unusual affront on an independent judiciary. In an interview, Mr. Trump said U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel had “an absolute conflict” in presiding over the litigation given that he was “of Mexican heritage” and a member of a Latino lawyers’ association. Mr. Trump said the background of the judge, who was born in Indiana to Mexican immigrants, was relevant because of his campaign stance against illegal immigration and his pledge to seal the southern U.S. border. “I’m building a wall. It’s an inherent conflict of interest,” Mr. Trump said.

Washington Post: Jose DelReal and Anne Gearan: Trump stirs outrage after he lashes out at the Muslim parents of a dead U.S. soldier
Republican Donald Trump lashed out Saturday at two Muslim American parents who lost their son while he served in the U.S. military in Iraq and who appeared at the Democratic National Convention last week, stirring outrage among critics who said the episode proves that Trump lacks the compassion and temperament to be president. … Trump also questioned why Khan’s wife, Ghazala, did not speak on stage, despite the fact that she sat for an interview with MSNBC the following day. “His wife, if you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say,” he said. “You tell me, but plenty of people have written that. She was extremely quiet and it looked like she had nothing to say.”
Donald Trump on Sunday refused to condemn the Ku Klux Klan or disavow his recent endorsement by former Klansman David Duke. The Republican front runner said he didn’t know enough about Duke to publicly denounce the former KKK leader, who told his followers earlier this week that voting for anyone but Trump would be “treason to your heritage.” “Well, just so you understand, I don’t know anything about David Duke, OK? I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists,” Trump said on CNN’s State of the Union. “I know nothing about David Duke. I know nothing about white supremacists.”

New York Times: Michael Barbaro: Donald Trump Clung to ‘Birther’ Lie for Years, and Still Isn’t Apologetic
It was not true in 2011, when Donald J. Trump mischievously began to question President Obama’s birthplace aloud in television interviews. “I’m starting to think that he was not born here,” he said at the time. It was not true in 2012, when he took to Twitter to declare that “an ‘extremely credible source’” had called his office to inform him that Mr. Obama’s birth certificate was “a fraud.” It was not true in 2014, when Mr. Trump invited hackers to “please hack Obama’s college records (destroyed?) and check ‘place of birth.’” It was never true, any of it. Mr. Obama’s citizenship was never in question. No credible evidence ever suggested otherwise. Yet it took Mr. Trump five years of dodging, winking and joking to surrender to reality, finally, on Friday, after a remarkable campaign of relentless deception that tried to undermine the legitimacy of the nation’s first black president.

Huffington Post: Sam Stein, Dana Liebelson: Donald Trump Encourages Violence At His Rallies. His Fans Are Listening.
Racial slurs, nasty rhetoric and violence at Trump rallies have become commonplace against protesters, bystanders, and reporters. Assaults are committed not only by rowdy Trump fans, but by the staff he employs to keep the events safe. But rather than denounce these incidents, Trump is making them part of his brand, and uses them to rev up crowds. “There may be somebody with tomatoes in the audience,” Trump warned people at a rally in Iowa last month. “If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously. Okay? Just knock the hell — I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees.” Trump has even threatened to personally get in on the action. “I’d like to punch him in the face, I’ll tell ya,” he said of a protester on Feb. 22.
Donald Trump's feud with Megyn Kelly escalated Friday night when he said the Fox News host had "blood coming out of her wherever" at this week's Republican debate,resulting in swift condemnation from conservatives and a major political event pulling its invitation to him. During Thursday's presidential debate, Kelly pressed Trump about misogynistic, sexist comments he made in the past, such as calling some women "fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals." Trump slammed Kelly, saying her questions were "ridiculous" and "off-base."

BBC: Donald Trump under fire for mocking disabled reporter
Republican presidential contender Donald Trump has been criticised for mocking a disabled New York Times reporter. Mr Trump performed an impression of Serge Kovaleski, who suffers from a congenital joint condition, at a rally. He has used a 2001 article by Mr Kovaleski to back up widely disputed claims that "thousands" of Muslims in New Jersey celebrated the 9/11 attacks. Referring to the 2001 article (published by the Washington Post) at a South Carolina rally on Tuesday night, Mr Trump called Mr Kovaleski "a nice reporter"."Now the poor guy, you gotta see this guy," he continued, before launching into an apparent impression of Mr Kovaleski, waving his arms around with his hands at an odd angle. "Uhh I don't know what I said. Uhh I don't remember. He's going like 'I don't remember. Maybe that's what I said.'" Mr Kovaleski has arthrogryposis, a condition that affects the movement of joints and is noticeable in his right arm and hand.