Tag: Presidential Election of 2016

Republicans Prep for Mueller Showdown and Counsel a Light Touch

WASHINGTON — House Republicans have tried to chip away at the credibility of Robert S. Mueller III’s inquiry into Russia’s 2016 election interference since shortly after it began, savaging members of his investigative team as “angry Democrats,” and calling into question his impartiality. But as they prepare to meet Mr. Mueller, the former special counsel, […]

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Can the Democratic Revolution Wait?

Is it time for a revolution within the Democratic Party? “Spare me,” writes Thomas L. Friedman in his column, “‘Trump’s Going to Get Re-elected, Isn’t He?’”: “Win the presidency, hold the House and narrow the spread in the Senate, and a lot of good things still can be accomplished.” More than 5,000 readers weighed in […]

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Trump Voters Are Not the Only Voters

The anti-Trump vote is the single largest coalition in American politics. That was true in 2016, despite Hillary Clinton’s defeat in the Electoral College. It was true in 2017, after Democrats won major victories in Virginia and Alabama. And it was true in 2018, when the anti-Trump coalition gave Democrats a majority in the House […]

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At Trump Rally, Chants of ‘Send Her Back’ as President Attacks Liberals

GREENVILLE, N.C. — President Trump road-tested his attacks on four Democratic congresswomen on Wednesday, casting them as avatars of anti-American radicalism and reiterating his call for them to leave the country, as a raucous crowd chanted, “Send her back! Send her back!” The performance here was a preview of a slash-and-burn re-election strategy that depicts […]

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2020 Won’t Repeat the Mistakes of 2016, Whatever They Were

WASHINGTON — Democrats still don’t agree on why they lost the White House in 2016. But they have absolutely no intention of repeating their mistakes. Whatever they were, exactly. Was it the loss of working-class white voters or urban black voters? Too much talk of Donald J. Trump or not enough? And what about those […]

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At North Carolina Rally, Trump Bets on Divisive Attacks as Way to Bolster Re-election Bid

GREENVILLE, N.C. — President Trump road-tested his attacks on four Democratic congresswomen on Wednesday, casting them as avatars of anti-American radicalism and reiterating his call for them to leave the country, in a preview of a slash-and-burn re-election strategy that depicts Mr. Trump as a bulwark against a “dangerous, militant hard left.” “These left-wing ideologues […]

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Once Trump Talked About ‘American Carnage.’ Now He Says Critics Should Leave.

WASHINGTON — America stinks. At least that’s what Donald J. Trump seemed to be saying before becoming president. He did not believe in “American exceptionalism,” he said, because America was not exceptional. Instead, it was a “laughingstock” that was no better than Vladimir V. Putin’s Russia. By promising to make America great again, he made […]

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The Virtues and Vices of Nationalism

When Donald Trump’s old-guard-Republican critics lament what he’s done to American conservatism, they often complain specifically about the abandonment of the idea of American exceptionalism. Once Republicans were optimists about their country; under Trump they see only “American carnage” and decay. Once Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush believed in America as the leader of […]

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Trump Campaign Invests Big in Small Donors, and Reaps Rewards

WASHINGTON — Democrats have traditionally trounced Republicans when it comes to raising money from small donors, but President Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign is spending heavily to try to change that. As they prepare for a re-election fight in which grass-roots Democratic fund-raisers are expected to be particularly energized to defeat the president, Mr. Trump’s three […]

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Please, Pelosi, Fight Trump, Not the Squad

For the last couple of weeks, the House Democratic leadership has been locked in an escalating battle with four left-wing freshmen congresswomen known as “the squad”: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib. It started with a dispute over funding for detention facilities at the border, with the squad voting against any new […]

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‘This Is Not a Find-a-Friend Contest’: Inside Bernie Sanders’s Resolute Campaign Style

WASHINGTON — When Senator Bernie Sanders brought his presidential campaign to Pittsburgh earlier this year, he quietly added a poignant stop to his schedule: a visit to the Tree of Life synagogue, where 11 congregants were killed in an anti-Semitic shooting last fall. But his appearance also came with explicit instructions to his campaign aides, […]

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Jeffrey Epstein Was a ‘Terrific Guy,’ Donald Trump Once Said. Now He’s ‘Not a Fan.’

WASHINGTON — It was supposed to be an exclusive party at Mar-a-Lago, Donald J. Trump’s members-only club in Palm Beach, Fla. But other than the two dozen or so women flown in to provide the entertainment, the only guests were Mr. Trump and Jeffrey Epstein. The year was 1992 and the event was a “calendar […]

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Barr Says House Subpoenaed Mueller to Create ‘Public Spectacle’

EDGEFIELD, S.C. — Attorney General William P. Barr accused House Democrats on Monday of subpoenaing testimony from Robert S. Mueller III to “create some kind of public spectacle,” rather than elicit facts, pointing to Mr. Mueller’s declaration that he would discuss only the facts laid out in the Russia investigation report. “I don’t really feel […]

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Why Isn’t Trump Trying to Win the Center?

What is President Trump going to do to win the voters who rejected him in 2016? It’s a serious question. Roughly 137 million people voted in the last presidential election. Most of them — about 74 million people, or 54 percent of all ballots cast — did not vote for Trump. His self-proclaimed “massive landslide” […]

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Democrats Grapple With a Sprawling Primary Field, and No One to Shape It

WASHINGTON — John Deeth is the sort of Iowa activist who keeps up with every new twist in the Democratic presidential primary, but there was no way he was going to devote two evenings to watching the first round of debates last week. Instead Mr. Deeth, a 55-year-old from Iowa City who has volunteered for […]

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Trump Consultant Is Trolling Democrats With Biden Site That Isn’t Biden’s

AUSTIN, Tex. — For much of the last three months, the most popular Joseph R. Biden Jr. website has been a slick little piece of disinformation that is designed to look like the former vice president’s official campaign page, yet is most definitely not pro-Biden. From top to bottom, the website, JoeBiden.info, breezily mocks the […]

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Juggling High-Stakes Meetings Abroad, Trump Keeps an Eye on Rivals at Home

OSAKA, Japan — President Trump was nearly 7,000 miles from home and had just finished a packed schedule of meetings with world leaders. But he still kept an eye on the Democratic presidential contest back home. At a news conference in Osaka, Japan on Saturday, at the end of the Group of 20 summit, Mr. […]

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Manafort Pleads Not Guilty to N.Y. Charges Designed to Thwart a Trump Pardon

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Paul J. Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to mortgage fraud and other charges brought by the Manhattan district attorney in an effort to ensure Mr. Manafort could still face prison time if he […]

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What Happened at the Democratic Debate? Jimmy Fallon Will Let You Know

On Wednesday and Thursday nights, as the first two Democratic debates wind down around 11 p.m. Eastern, viewers seeking postgame reaction can watch supersize panels on cable news or scroll through Twitter. Or they can tune into the late-night shows. Back in the old days — that would be four years ago — the presidential […]

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