Following a strong inaugural week, LA Trump Co-Chairs Ann Marie Villicana and Erik Laykin of Los Angeles meet with Roger Stone, Paul Jensen and other strategists in NYC to set the next steps in LA Trump’s mission to provide the “Big Tent” for all Southern Californian Republicans, Independents and Libertarians as well as Democrats who can not bring themselves to vote for Hillary Clinton.
Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson on Thursday expressed his support for Donald Trump as the presumptive Republican nominee for president in 2016.
“Yes, I’m a Republican, he’s a Republican. He’s our nominee. Whoever the nominee would turn out to be, any one of the 17 — he was one of the 17. He won fair and square,” Adelson told reporters while attending the World Values Network gala in New York City on Thursday.
“I think that Donald Trump will be good for Israel,” he added.
Steven Mnuchin to Serve Critical Role as Trump Campaign Gears up for General Election
(New York, NY) May 5, 2016 – Today Donald J. Trump announced Steven Mnuchin will serve as National Finance Chairman. Mr. Trump is the presumptive Republican Nomination for President of the United States and is taking steps to gear up for a General Election against Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton. Mr. Trump has self-funded his successful primary battle and will likewise be putting up substantial money toward the general election.
Mr. Trump stated, “Steven is a professional at the highest level with an extensive and very successful financial background. He brings unprecedented experience and expertise to a fundraising operation that will benefit the Republican Party and ultimately defeat Hillary Clinton.”
National Finance Chairman Steven Mnuchin is Chairman and CEO of Dune Capital Management LP, a private investment firm. He is also Chairman of Dune Entertainment Partners LLC. From 2009-2015, he was Founder, Chairman, and CEO of OneWest Bank Group LLC, a bank holding company he owned with a consortium of private investors. The bank merger was the first transaction over 50 billion dollars post the financial crisis. He also previously held a position as a partner at Goldman Sachs and has a B.A. from Yale University. Steven has previously worked with Mr. Trump in a business capacity and brings his expertise in finance to what will be an extremely successful fundraising operation for the Republican Party.
Steven Mnuchin stated, “It’s a great privilege to be working with Mr. Trump to create a world class finance organization to support the campaign in the General Election.”
Mr. Trump is gearing up to defeat Hillary Clinton in the general election. The most recent Rasmussen poll indicated Mr. Trump has an edge over the former Secretary of State.
Donald Trump delivered a devastating blow to rival Sen. Ted Cruz on Tuesday, easily winning Indiana’s Republican Primary and moving him closer to clinching the GOP presidential nomination.
Fox News projects Trump overwhelmingly beat Cruz in the Hoosier state’s primary.
With 37 percent of precincts reporting, Trump has 53.5 percent of the vote. Tuesday’s victory significantly improves Trump’s chances of amassing the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the Republican presidential nomination this summer in Cleveland.
On the Democratic side, the contest between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders appeared ready to go down to the wire, with first returns hovering for each around the 50 percent mark.
With just nine states remaining in the nominating process, the stop-Trump wing of the Republican Party appears to be rapidly running out of options.
Tuesday’s primary capped off a bitter and personal clash between Trump and Cruz with both accusing the other of being an unhinged liar.
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As soon as the race was called, Trump demanded Cruz exit the primary race, tweeting that ““Lyin’ Ted” should “stop wasting time & money.”
Earlier in the day, Trump rehashed claims on Fox News that Cruz’s father, Rafael Cruz, appeared in a 1963 photograph with John F. Kennedy’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald — citing a report first published by the National Enquirer.
“His father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald’s being, you know, shot,” Trump said on Fox & Friends. “Nobody even brings it up; I mean they don’t even talk about that.”
Responding, Cruz called his father his “hero,” and labeled Trump an “amoral” liar. He also described Trump as a “braggadocious, arrogant buffoon.”
Cruz went into the Indiana primary vowing to fight on even if he lost. However, the delegate math isn’t on his side.
Prior to Tuesday’s contest, The Associated Press had Trump leading the delegate count at 996, Cruz in second with 565 delegates and Kasich with 153. To secure the Republican nomination, a candidate must have 1,237 delegates going into the national convention in July.
Though Trump cannot clinch the nomination with a big win in Indiana, his path toward securing the delegates he needs gets much easier. A Hoosier State win also gives Team Trump more wiggle room in the campaign’s final contests.
Trump has devoted more time to campaigning in Indiana than he has to most other states, underscoring his eagerness to put his Republican rivals away and shift his attention to Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.
Indiana emerged as a must-win state for Cruz and the “Stop Trump” movement to block Trump from locking up the Republican nomination.
In an attempt to stack the odds, Cruz and Kasich recently announced an alliance to deny the billionaire businessman the delegates he needs to win.
Cruz and Kasich agreed to cede upcoming primary contests to one another. Kasich would stand down in Indiana while Cruz would do the same in Oregon and New Mexico, which hold their primaries May 17 and June 7.
Cracks in communication about the tactical team-up were visible almost immediately. When Kasich was asked about the deal’s message on April 25 and what his Indiana supporters should do he said, “I’ve never told them not to vote for me. They ought to vote for me.”
Cruz also tried to reenergize his campaign by naming former businesswoman Carly Fiorina as his running mate. He rounded out the week with an endorsement from Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.
Like Trump, Cruz knows how critical Indiana is to keeping his hopes alive for the GOP bid – and his campaign has worked hard to recreate his prior Midwestern wins.
The Texan travelled across the state on a tour bus and has spent most of his time reaching out to large groups of politically engaged evangelical Christians – a demographic he dominates.
While barnstorming Indiana, Cruz also sharpened his opposition to transgender rights for Americans and has publically attacked both Trump and Clinton for supporting North Carolina’s controversial new anti-LGBT law.
According to the Associated Press delegate count, Clinton went into Tuesday’s contest with a commanding lead over Sanders. Clinton has 2,165 delegates compared to Sanders’ 1,357. A Democratic candidate needs 2,383 delegates to shore up the party’s nomination.
So far, Clinton has secured 91 percent of the delegates she needs to win the nomination. That means, even if she loses every single remaining primary, she can still win the nomination.
Neither Clinton nor Sanders spent Tuesday in Indiana. Sanders made stops in Kentucky while Clinton focused on West Virginia and Ohio, a key general election battleground.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Monday, May 02, 2016
Last week, Rasmussen Reports gave voters the option of staying home on Election Day if Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the big party nominees, and six percent (6%) said that’s what they intend to do for now. Clinton and Trump were tied with 38% support each; 16% said they would vote for some other candidate, and two percent (2%) were undecided.
But Trump edges slightly ahead if the stay-at-home option is removed. Trump also now does twice as well among Democrats as Clinton does among Republicans.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters finds Trump with 41% support to Clinton’s 39%. Fifteen percent (15%) prefer some other candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
This is the first time Trump has led the matchup since last October. Clinton held a 41% to 36% advantage in early March.
Trump now has the support of 73% of Republicans, while 77% of Democrats back Clinton. But Trump picks up 15% of Democrats, while just eight percent (8%) of GOP voters prefer Clinton, given this matchup. Republicans are twice as likely to prefer another candidate.
Among voters not affiliated with either major party, Trump leads 37% to 31%, but 23% like another candidate. Nine percent (9%) are undecided.
The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on April 27-28, 2016 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
Trump leads 48% to 35% among men but trails Clinton by a similar 44% to 34% among women.
Clinton’s narrow 38% to 32% lead among those under 40, traditionally a reliable Democratic group, suggests that younger voters will be a big target in the upcoming campaigning. Twenty-five percent (25%) of these voters like another candidate for now, and five percent (5%) are undecided. Trump has a small advantage among older voters.
Clinton earns 71% of the black vote, 45% support among other minority voters but just 33% of whites. Trump gets only nine percent (9%) of blacks, 33% of other minorities and 48% of white voters.
Here’s the latest delegate count going into tomorrow’s Indiana primaries. For Bernie Sanders and the #Never Trump forces on the Republican side, Indiana is likely to be their last stand.
Following Trump’s big win in last Tuesday’s primaries, it’s moment of truth time for the #Never Trump crowd: Do they want four years of Clinton in the White House or a Republican president they strongly disagree with?
April 29 2016 – CNN
In February, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn bluntly said that a Donald Trump nomination could be an “albatross” to his Republican Party.
Wednesday, with Trump barreling toward the GOP nomination, Cornyn was singing a different tune.
“I think he could change the electoral map in ways we haven’t seen before,” Cornyn said when asked if he was worried about the Trump impact down-ticket. “This disrupts the usual Republican vs. Democrat, conservative vs. liberal paradigm, and I think we don’t know how this will all play out. I think it will be OK.”
“You don’t need to despair,” the Texas Republican added with a laugh.
Cornyn isn’t alone. House and Senate Republicans are reluctantly coming to terms with the reality that the real estate mogul — a man many feared given his unpredictability, questionable policy positions and lack of discipline on the campaign trail — will likely be their party’s standard bearer. Rather than fight it, a number of Republicans say, it may be time to embrace it.
“Many of us who have expressed concerns are reconciling ourselves to the fact that in all likelihood he will be the eventual nominee,” said Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina, who backs Sen. Ted Cruz for president.
After Trump delivered a foreign policy speech in Washington on Wednesday, some top Republicans were highly laudatory of the billionaire’s positions, including Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, who called the speech “very thoughtful.”
Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a close ally of Senate Majority Mitch McConnell, said with a chuckle that the fact that Trump scares some world leaders could be a good thing for the United States.
“I did say to my staff that is somewhat of a welcome change,” Corker said. “There is some good that comes with that.”
Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, the longest-serving Senate Republican, said Thursday he’d do “everything in my power” to help Trump if he’s the nominee.
“I think he can be great if he’ll get serious about being president — and I think he will,” Hatch said. “He’s a clever, smart guy who will want to be remembered for doing great things. I have a feeling he can make that transition.”
Behind the scenes, the Trump campaign is trying to broaden support on Capitol Hill. On Thursday, senior Trump adviser Paul Manafort continued the latest in a round of weekly outreach meetings, sitting down with roughly 16 House Republicans just steps from the Capitol. Afterward, Rep. Mike Kelly, who voted for Trump in Pennsylvania’s primary on Tuesday, said he has been hearing more favorable reviews of the businessman in recent days.
“I think on the floor, there’s a lot stronger support for Donald Trump then people possibly imagine,” Kelly said.
While many conservatives aren’t ready to publicly endorse Trump, some privately admit that they don’t want to criticize him and antagonize his supporters, whom they will need to turn out in November to retain control of Congress.
Rep. Raul Labrador, an Idaho Republican who has endorsed Cruz, told reporters Wednesday that he’s sympathetic to the concerns about Washington voiced by Trump backers.
“This is a way to give Congress and the Republican Party the middle finger,” Labrador, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said of voting for Trump.
The comments reflect the hardening reality among Republicans on Capitol Hill that despite how unnerved many are about Trump, they realize they must recognize the will of GOP voters and get behind the businessman — or risk seeing Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee, as the next president. Moreover, many Republicans frankly fear that a messy nominating convention could be far worse than choosing Trump as their nominee.
And also, a number of Senate Republicans simply refuse to support Cruz because they don’t think he has much of a chance to win the nomination and are irked at the way he’s treated his colleagues.
With Trump as their likely nominee, Rep. Thomas Massie, a libertarian Kentucky Republican, said many Republicans will need “counseling.”
“These folks should start enrolling today,” Massie said.
Los Angeles Times – May 2 2016
Here at the Freedom Center, we are neutral on presidential campaigns. That is to say, as a non-profit we don’t take positions on electoral matters. But we are against the left wing fascists who, at this very moment, are using Trump’s candidacy as an excuse to turn America’s streets into a battleground and to create a “long, hot summer” like those that tore our country apart in the 1960’s.
We had seen a preview of this coming attraction in the mob action that disrupted the Trump rally in Chicago on March 11th, and we saw it again last night in Costa Mesa, California. There was nothing spontaneous about these outbreaks of violence at Trump rallies. Nor is it some new phenomenon. The mob that hit Chicago has been growing in strength ever since its first appearance in the Seattle riots against the World Trade Organization and global capitalism in 1999. In the years following, the Seattle rioters grew an “anti-war” movement to save the Saddam dictatorship in Iraq. In 2012, the “anti-war” (i.e. anti-America) movement reformed as “Occupy Wall Street” and went on a rampage creating cross-country riots to protest the One Percent and pump up Obama’s re-election campaign. In 2015, the same left-wing forces created and funded Black Lives Matter and lynch mobs in Ferguson and Baltimore who targeted “white supremacists” and police. But our own John Perazzo has this mob’s number. Perazzo has exposed them for who and what they truly are in a provocative new e-book called The New Leftwing Mobocracy. I’d like to send you a link to it today in return for helping me to get this work — which is a warning about what lies ahead — into the hands of politicians, law enforcement, concerned media and ordinary citizens. They need to be prepared for the war on the streets the left is right now blueprinting to coincide with the Republican national convention this summer. As John Perazzo shows, the same force is behind all the mobs of the past and one organizing itself now. Today, they want to use Donald Trump as an excuse for violent confrontation in order to make Republicans toxic in November. If they succeed, the destructive forces they have set in motion in the Democratic Party can finish the wrecking job started by Obama over the next four years. Perazzo shows who the players are…
- The racist Black Lives Matter movement
- Billionaire anti-American George Soros‘ flagship organization Move On.org
- The Service Employees International Union
- The ANSWER coalition
- The National Council of La Raza
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