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Now that the New York Times has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, your solitary reporter wants to know what the Denver Post will do.
In 2014, when then Congressman Cory Gardner, a Republican, gave up his safe congressional seat to challenge incumbent Democrat Sen. Mark Udall, the Post endorsed Gardner.
When that happened, the Post — already suffering financially, and in the process of laying off numerous seasoned reporters – lost a considerable number of readers.
Udall, then 64, could have run a stronger campaign against the 40-year-old Gardner, but the Post seemed more interested in its perception that Gardner, a very conservative Republican, would inject new blood into the race. Partly because of the Post’s endorsement, Gardner, who ran a cheerful, upbeat campaign, defeated Udall by three percentage points.
Earlier today, the solitary reporter quizzed at length the Post’s Editor, Lee Ann Colacioppo.
Surprised by the solitary reporter's inquiry, Colacioppo began by saying, “But it’s still only September, and the first presidential debate hasn’t even taken place yet."
In response, the solitary reporter pointed out to Colacioppo that in its endorsement, the Times referred to Donald Trump as "the worst nominee put forward by a major party in modern American history."
“Well, SR,” Colacioppo said, "you do have a point there, and Trump made a damn fool of himself by calling Colorado’s caucus system for picking delegates rigged” (Trump came out of the Colorado Republican Party Convention with no delegates).
“Be assured, we’ll endorse Hillary, but only after the third presidential debate on October 19.”
The solitary reporter thanked Colacioppo for her time and promised not to cancel his subscription, after encouraging her to criticize Colorado’s congressional delegation for voting in favor of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, which President Obama vetoed on Friday.
Ever since Richard Nixon, accepting the nomination of the Republican Party for the presidency in 1968, and running on a law and order platform, announced that if elected, “There will be a new Attorney General,” law and order has been a code word for tough police tactics. And, for racial and ethnic minorities, that often means trouble.
With no experience in government whatsoever, but every day stoking fears and hate, Donald Trump often says on the campaign trail that he is the law and order candidate this election year. He has endorsed “stop and frisk” police tactics, and he constantly harps on “political correctness” as being the cause of most of the country’s ills.
On September 16 in Tulsa, Police Officer Betty Shelby fatally shot Terence Crutcher, a 40-year-old African America man. Crutcher was unarmed during the encounter. The shooting led to protests in Tulsa. Longtime residents of Tulsa recalled the race riot of 1921, when 300 black people were killed. Yesterday, Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler charged Shelby with first-degree manslaughter. She was booked and released on $50,000 bond.
In Charlotte, North Carolina, three days ago, Keith Lamont Scott, a 43-year-old African American man, was fatally shot by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department police officer Brentley Vinson. Vinson was placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation. The shooting sparked both peaceful protests and violent riots in Charlotte over two nights. One person died and multiple officers and civilians were injured as a result of the unrest.
Trump is now leading in the polls in North Carolina, with some observers concluding that the unrest in Charlotte, the Tarheel state’s largest city, may be helping Trump.
In today’s Times (but in an article dated yesterday), Alexander Burns and Farah Stockman write that Trump’s policies with respect to policing might hit minorities harder than non-minorities. They quote former Homeland Security Secretary and former Deputy Attorney General Michael Chertoff, a Republican who co-authored the USA Patriot Act, as saying that Trump’s characterization of law enforcement as hemmed in by political correctness is "entirely unfounded." Chertoff co-chairs the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Immigration Task Force.
Moments ago, associate solitary reporter Johanna Jones, ever vigilant in following Donald Trump wherever he goes, asked three of the sturdiest of New York’s Finest, accompanied by Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Police Commissioner James O'Neill, to greet Trump outside his gigantic Trump Tower to conduct a routine stop and frisk.
Immediately, the billionaire’s security chief, Keith Schiller, grabbed O'Neill from behind, just as Humphrey Bogart, playing detective Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon, grabbed Elisha Cook Jr., the actor who played Wilmer Cook, a smalltime, paranoid bodyguard for Kasper Gutman, played by Sidney Greenstreet. Using this time-tested maneuver, Schiller adroitly removed O’Neill’s standard police revolvers.
Not to be outdone, de Blasio, a tall man, abruptly thrust himself within two inches of Trump’s orangutan-colored mop and demanded to know why he continues to wreak havoc in the political and moral life of the USA.
Trump’s response cannot be printed here. But his spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, told associate solitary reporter Jeanne Smith that Mr. Trump will be flying to Roanoke this evening ahead of his planned rally there, after his son, Eric Trump, bails him out of the Brooklyn Detention Complex.
Trump to DHS: "When I'm president, I'll need the taxpayers to fund a new private airline for the Secret Service to fly me around"
RNC HEADQUARTERS, TRUMP TOWER — Readers of today’s article in Politico by Kenneth Vogel and Isaac Arnsdorf already know how much money Donald Trump has made by running for president (http://www.politico.com/story/2016/09/donald-trump-business-campaign-trail-22850).
Vogel and Arnsdorf point out that in 2000, Trump predicted “I could be the first presidential candidate to run and make money.”Seems Trump has done just that: he has used his campaign as a marketing platform to promote everything from Trump Steaks to his golf courses and his new Washington Hotel.
The bulk of the spending, almost $6 million, went to a company called TAG Air for the use of Trump’s private plane. TAG Air is owned by Trump.
Vogel and Arndorf also reported that the Trump campaign received $1.6 million from the Secret Service (http://www.politico.com/story/2016/09/donald-trump-secret-service-campaign-travel-payments-228553) --- because of Trump's all-too-frequent travel on TAG Air.
Associate solitary reporter Johanna Jones somehow managed to slip into Trump’s campaign office earlier today and observed Trump writing a hand-written note to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. The Secret Service is part of the Department of Homeland Security. Trump, who is leading in the polls in Ohio, Nevada, and North Carolina, is growing ever more confident that he will be swaggering himself into the White House on January 20, so he told Johnson and Mayorkas that he expects the Secret Service to create a new airline dedicated to Trump and the sale of his products.
Elsewhere, Sen. Ted Cruz (TP-Texas) told associate solitary reporter Jeanne Smith that he will continue to ignore pleas from the RNC to endorse Trump. “Hell no!” Trump explained to Smith, “I’m gonna establish the Tea Party as a party having nothing to do with the Republican Party and then win its nomination in 2020 to run against Hillary."
Why is Donald Trump happy today?
That’s easy. His campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, read Eli Stokols’s post today on Politico (http://www.politico.com/story/2016/09/bush-family-donald-trump-228446), in which Stokols masterfully explained how President George H.W. Bush (Bush One) told a friend that he’s dumping Trump for Hillary — even though he was defeated by Bill Clinton in 1992.
This year, during the numerous GOP presidential debates, Trump mocked Jeb Bush for having “low energy,” and he took pains to point out that 9/11 had happened during the watch of George W. Bush (Bush Two).
And now Bush Two is lamenting that he may be “the last Republican president” — all because The Donald has highjacked the GOP.
Papa Bush, the former CIA Director and Vice President and then president, now 92, didn’t like that, so he told a friend confidentially that he’s voting for a Democrat for president, probably for the first time.
Former Breitbart CEO Stephen Bannon, now the Trump campaign’s CEO, told associate solitary reporter Johanna Jones this morning that Trump will immediately cite the Bush family’s abandonment of his campaign as “even more evidence” that The Donald is The One True Outsider Candidate. “Mr. Trump doesn’t give a shit for the Republican establishment,” Bannon told Jones. “Our path to victory is now crystal clear.”
A spokeswoman for the Bush Family emerged from the Bush family compound at Kennebunkport and told associate solitary reporter Jane Smith that all Republicans should vote for Hillary. She then walked happily back to the compound.
Donald Trump’s poll numbers are turning in his favor, so our intrepid team of reporters is determined to find out who are his choices for his Cabinet.
Yesterday, the Trump campaign’s CEO, Stephen Bannon, told associate solitary reporter John Jones that he has picked Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf as his Secretary of the Treasury.
From 2011 to 2016, 2,300 of Wells Fargo’s employees opened accounts for existing customers without the customers’ authorizations, resulting in Thursday's fine of $185,000 from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and other governmental regulators.
“We need a guy in there at Treasury who acts just like Mr. Trump does,” Bannon said. “Confuse the customer with blandishments, then get him hooked — as Mr. Trump did so brilliantly at Trump University."
And, in an exclusive interview with Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, associate solitary reporter Jim Smith has just learned that Trump’s transition manager, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, will be the next Secretary of Transportation.
“Chris did such a good job of managing the flow of traffic into Manhattan by closing the George Washington Bridge down three years ago that he was the only logical choice,” Conway explained.
As we reported on September 13, Ann Coulter will be Trump’s Secretary of Homeland Security because of her strong support for Trump’s Wall.
When Smith asked Conway why Bush One, President George H.W. Bush, has decided to vote for Hillary, Conway simply said, “We don’t want his support and we don’t need it."