A.J. Delgado, a senior adviser to Donald Trump’s campaign, said Friday that it was accurate for Trump to call Hillary Clinton a “nasty woman” at the third and final presidential debate.
As we count down to Election Day, Yahoo News has identified 16 unforgettable people, moments and places. In the course of 15 minutes last year, Julius Jones, a young Black Lives Matter activist from Massachusetts, did something that almost never happens in American politics: He engaged in a serious, intense but respectful dialogue with a major party presidential candidate on a matter of high principle and deeply felt emotion. Millions of people have seen the video of the encounter among Clinton, Jones and his colleague Daunasia Yancey backstage at a campaign stop in Keene, N.H. The tape shows Clinton doing what she does best — listening and paying attention — but also shows why she has struggled in this campaign to connect to the young African-Americans whose votes she needs.
What did Hillary Clinton mean when she said, “We’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business”? To Bo Copley, a 39-year-old unemployed West Virginia coal miner, her remark at a CNN forum in March was a direct threat to his future livelihood, family and town. “I just want to know how you can say you’re going to put a lot of coal miners out of jobs and then come in here and tell us how you’re gonna be our friend,” he said, sliding a picture of his three children across the table toward her — a moment captured by reporters that catapulted him to at least fleeting local fame.
Click on the people above to see what role they played in the 2016 election. A presidential campaign moves across the land like an invading army, trailing a caravan of journalists, enlisting civilians and thrusting them, willy-nilly, into the frontlines of history. An 11-year-old girl confesses her fear of coming home to find her parents arrested and deported; a laid-off coal miner wonders how he will support his family; the author of a memoir about his childhood in Appalachia becomes the de facto ambassador of Donald Trump’s white, rural voters to the national media.
Click on the map above to see the places that mattered in the 2016 election. Where does the presidential campaign take place? You won’t generally see candidates on the trail in reliably Democratic Oregon or solidly Republican South Carolina.
For many of the 23 million Americans who watched the first night of the Republican National Convention in July, the emotional climax was a five-minute speech by Pat Smith, the mother of Sean Smith, a Foreign Service information-technology officer who was killed, along with three other Americans, in the attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012. With a stricken expression, Pat Smith described her son’s last communication to her, in which he expressed fear for his life over the lack of security at the mission. Pat Smith, mother of Benghazi victim Sean Smith, speaks during the opening day of the Republican National Convention.
Eleven-year-old Karla Ortiz met Hillary Clinton at a campaign event in Las Vegas in February, a closed meeting with a small group of mostly young Hispanics. U.S.-born citizen11-year-old Karla Ortiz takes the stage with her mother, Francisca Ortiz, who is undocumented, at the Democratic National Convention.
The 2016 presidential campaign began, in the minds of many of its participants, on Inauguration Day 2013. It got officially underway in November 2014 with the formation of an exploratory committee by Virginia Sen. Jim Webb. It involved 22 debates, not counting the “kiddie tables” for the second-tier Republican candidates, and not one but two Super Tuesdays (March 1 and 15).
Tacarra Morgan was playing on her front porch just after lunch on a sunny Tuesday afternoon last July when the first pops rang out down the street. It sounded like fireworks at first, but even at just 6 years old, Tacarra knew better.
Among the many formerly sacrosanct boundaries Donald Trump trampled in the course of his campaign, one that seemed especially glaring was his attack on Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the Pakistani-born parents of an American Army captain who was killed in action in Iraq. In a brief speech at the Democratic National Convention that brought many viewers to tears, Khizr Khan said, “Donald Trump consistently smears the character of Muslims.” If Trump had his way in banning Muslims from entering the United States, Khan said, his son, Humayun, “never would have been in America.” Brandishing a pocket copy of the United States Constitution, Khan challenged Trump to read it and look up “equal protection of law,” and to visit the graves at Arlington National Cemetery of service members of “all faiths, genders and ethnicities” who died for their country.
Donald Trump picked up his first major newspaper endorsement of the November election over the weekend when the Las Vegas Review-Journal became one of the few to back the Republican nominee. “These are turbulent times,” the newspaper, which is owned by Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson, said in an editorial.
In the same place where Abraham Lincoln delivered one of the most iconic speeches in American history, Donald Trump unveiled his “100-day action plan to Make America Great Again.” At his own, last-minute Gettysburg address, Trump reflected on Lincoln’s leadership during the Civil War — “a time of division like we’ve never seen before” — and called on his supporters to help him “heal the divisions we are living through right now. ...
If the focus of the election had started to shift away from Donald Trump's lewd comments about women, Donald Trump Jr. took pains to return the topic to the fore. In fact, Don Jr. suggested, his father’s crass talk is exactly why “I think he’s able to relate to ordinary Americans.”
Ever since NBA commissioner Adam Silver wrote a passionate New York Times op-ed in 2014 in favor of legalizing sports betting, those with skin in the game have hoped for progress in repealing the federal laws that restrict sports betting. In August, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that legalizes and protects daily fantasy sports contests, which some state attorneys general have called illegal gambling. The politician leading the charge is US Rep. Frank Pallone of New Jersey, who tells ESPN the current laws are “obsolete” and “in desperate need of updating.” Pallone’s state of New Jersey (and to an extent, Philadelphia) has been a leader in the effort to get PASPA repealed, for the tax benefit that gaming would bring to the state.
Nearly four months after he first spoke out against Donald Trump at the Democratic National Convention, Khizr Khan is taking on the GOP nominee yet again. In a new ad released by Hillary Clinton’s campaign Friday, the Pakistani-born lawyer and Gold Star father describes the 2004 suicide bombing that killed his son, Army Capt. Humayun Khan, who was serving in Iraq in 2004. “My son moved forward to stop the bomber,” Khan says in the commercial.
Throughout the Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton’s campaign presented her as a crusading reformer who would take on powerful corporate interests and curb the role of big money in American politics.
In 1983, Donald Trump bought one of the teams in the new United States Football League, with grand plans of making himself the center of sports — the center of everything — in New York. He would build Trumpdome for his New York Generals to play in. He would then use his team as leverage to merge into the far more lucrative NFL.
First lady Michelle Obama probably helps Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail more than President Obama does, White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters on Friday. “Based on the strong support and deep respect that people across the country have for her, based on the compelling personal argument that she’s been making in support of Secretary Clinton, and she’s also quite talented in her own right at delivering a speech, and those things I do think combine to make her a very powerful advocate for secretary Clinton — and probably the most powerful advocate that Secretary Clinton has,” Earnest told reporters at his daily briefing. Earnest’s comment came after Michelle Obama won rave reviews from Democrats and some pundits for a pair of high-profile speeches on the campaign trail.
On “The Alan Colmes Show” on Fox News on Thursday, Rep. Brian Babin of Texas invoked Southern gentility as he tried to explain why he believes that women should be called out for being nasty. “You think it’s appropriate to call her a ‘nasty woman’?” pressed Colmes, a liberal political commenter.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump surrogates: From top left, Lucy McBath (Clinton), Richard Schiff (Clinton), A.J. Delgado (Trump), Rudy Giuliani (Trump), John Legend (Clinton), Omarosa Manigault (Trump), Donna Brazile (Clinton), Allison Janney (Clinton), Scott Baio (Trump), Newt Gingrich (Trump).
Donald Trump walked away from a reporter mid-interview Thursday after he was asked about people who’ve called him a racist and a sexist. In a one-on-one interview ahead of his campaign rally in Ohio, local NBC4 reporter Colleen Marshall questioned the Republican presidential nominee about his widely disputed voter fraud claims, criticisms of his tax plan and even the string of prominent Republicans who’ve withdrawn their support for his campaign following the release of the now-infamous “Access Hollywood” videotape earlier this month. “Nineteen days out from the election, you’ve been labeled a racist, you’ve been called a sexist,” Marshall began before the candidate cut her off.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump ripped each other with scorching zingers Thursday night, but privately, they apparently took a softer approach. Cardinal Timothy Dolan said Trump actually heaped praise on Clinton just before they took their seats at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York. Clinton reportedly then extended an olive branch to Trump.
Nearly 24 hours after Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton went head-to-head for the third and final presidential debate, they found themselves on the same stage again — only this time, for lighthearted ribbing. Every four years, the Al Smith dinner, an annual fundraiser for Catholic charities, offers a moment of levity and self-deprecation at the tail end of grueling campaigns. Trump’s sense of humor and brash attitude didn’t quite translate to the white-tie gala meant to raise money for children in poverty throughout New York.