Donald Trump’s rallies have become freakish hybrids of timeshare presentations and the Gathering of the Juggalos. Hillary Clinton praised Nancy Reagan for contributing to the national AIDS dialogue, which is a bit like praising Rick Snyder for drawing attention to Flint, Michigan’s infrastructure issues. And Marco Rubio wants his Ohio supporters to vote for John Kasich, to which Jeff replied, “sure.” This is HUFFPOST HILL for March, 11th, 2016:
HEY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO ENDORSED DONALD TRUMP: HOW DO YOU LIKE THE TRUMP BRAND OF POLITICAL VIOLENCE? HuffPost Hill asked spokespeople for lawmakers in the Trump Caucus how they feel about The Donald encouraging his supporters to attack protesters at his events, since this is the man they think would be a good president. A spokesman for Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said all questions are being referred to the Trump campaign. Sad! Couldn't get answers from flaks for Reps. Chris Collins, (R-N.Y.), Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) and Tom Marino (R-Pa.), but a spokesman for Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) said the congressman's out of country and couldn't be reached immediately.
TRUMP CAMPAIGN STILL DENYING REPORTER ASSAULT DESPITE STUPID AMOUNTS OF EVIDENCE - But… but… the ISIS supporting black guy in the grassy knoll! Michael Calderone: "Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields filed a police report Friday morning against Corey Lewandowski just as her own news outlet cast doubt that Donald Trump's campaign manager had roughly grabbed her after Tuesday night's press conference in Jupiter, Florida...On Friday afternoon, C-SPAN video emerged that showed Lewandowskiappearing to reach toward Fields. … On Thursday afternoon, the Trump campaign dismissed Fields' allegation that Lewandowski grabbed her as she tried to ask the candidate a question about affirmative action. Lewandowski mocked Fields soon after as an "attention seeker," and Trump suggested the reporter had fabricated her story when asked about the charge following Thursday night's Republican debate. But to believe Fields concocted a story about being grabbed is to ignore several pieces of evidence, including contemporaneous audio between her and Terris. Fields also tweeted a photo of her bruised arm on Thursday in response to the Trump campaign denying her allegations." [HuffPost]
Lucia Graves: "When will the first pro-Donald Trump murder happen?" ( Guardian)
KURT BARDELLA IS DONE WITH THIS SHIT - Time is a flat circle that mostly consists of Kurt Bardella profile pieces. Ryan Grim: "Kurt Bardella, who quit as Breitbart's spokesman on Friday over the site's handling of the Michelle Fields assault, says he could no longer go on. 'It became untenable for me personally to continue in this situation. If you can't give 100 percent you can't represent your client,' Bardella, who also represents country music bands in Nashville, told HuffPost. 'This shit just sucks.' For Bardella, the violence is getting out of hand, and needs to be called out. 'There is this escalating pattern of behavior that's only happening at Donald Trump events. It's incredibly dangerous. His rhetoric is unmistakable and it is calculated and it is intentional,' he said. Asked why Breitbart seems to be siding with the Trump campaign over its own reporter, Bardella said he wasn't sure. 'I think there certainly appears to be conflicting agendas at play here. Your guess is as good as mine,' he said." [HuffPost]
RUBIO DOES DESPERATE THING - If this doesn't work, he, John Edwards and Dennis Kucinich can swap Iowa Caucus delegates. Elise Foley: "The campaign for GOP presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is now actively urging Ohio Republicans not to vote for him in the state's primary next week. Primary voters in Ohio should unite behind the state's governor, John Kasich, if they want to beat overall GOP front-runner Donald Trump, Rubio spokesman Alex Conant said Friday on CNN. His was an out-of-the-ordinary comment in an out-of-the-ordinary race that is leaving many Republicans struggling to come up with a plan to avoid Trump getting the nomination...Polling indicates that Conant is right on at least part of that equation: Rubio isn't going to win Ohio, and Kasich isn't going to win Florida. Rubio is polling at under 7 percent in Ohio, according to HuffPost Pollster averages, compared to about 35 percent for Kasich, about 30 percent for Trump and about 17 percent for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Trump is leading Rubio by wide margins in Florida, which also holds its primary on March 15. HuffPost Pollster averages indicate support for Trump at nearly 40 percent in the state, while Rubio is in second at about 27 percent. Cruz has support from 17 percent of Florida Republicans, followed by Kasich at about 10 percent." [HuffPost]
LOL: "John Kasich's campaign on Friday flatly rejected Marco Rubio's suggestion that they swap voters in each others home states in order to ensure Rubio wins in Florida, and Kasich wins in Ohio. 'We were going to win in OH without his help, just as he's going to lose in Florida without ours,' Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols said in a tweet." [Examiner]
HuffPost's Sam Stein will be on "Real Time With Bill Maher" tonight! 10 pm EST on HBO.
DELANEY DOWNER - Even after the water crisis in Flint, Michigan reminded Americans that millions of homes across the country receive drinking water from dangerous lead pipes, there hasn't been much effort to dig up the pipes nationwide. Why? "The reason is they're out of sight, out of mind," Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) told HuffPost earlier this week. Listen to a recording of his comments on "So That Happened," the HuffPost Politics podcast. "People don't know that they're there," Cardin continued. "If people knew there were lead pipes underneath our grounds, if they knew that there's a potential risk to their children they would have demanded action. Unlike roads, which you see every day and you go over potholes, you don't see that with the water infrastructure."
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HILLARY SAYS INCREDIBLY DUMB THING - To be fair, Clinton was dodging Bosnian sniper fire when she was asked about Reagan’s legacy. She probably misheard the question. JamesMichael Nichols: "Speaking to MSNBC during the televised funeral for Reagan, who died on Sunday at the age of 94 from congestive heart failure, Clinton claimed that Nancy and her husband "started a national conversation" about the AIDS epidemic when 'nobody would talk about it.' … Reagan actually turned her back on thousands of people, many of whom identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT), as they died from the virus during her time as first lady. Similarly, The Guardian reported last year that the former first lady withheld help from close friend Rock Hudson when he reached out to the White House while dying of complications related to AIDS in 1985." [HuffPost]
DONALD TRUMP IS MUY BAD FOR MEXICO - In just about every possible way. Eric Martin: "Mexico central bank Governor Agustin Carstens said the possibility of a Donald Trump presidency is implicitly reflected in the risk models used by policy makers, after stressing the importance to Mexico’s economy of the North American Free Trade Agreement. 'Explicitly, no,' Carstens told El Financiero-Bloomberg TV’s Carlos Mota when asked if the risk of a Trump presidency is reflected in the central bank’s models, 'but implicitly all of us have it in our heads." Trump has pledged to renegotiate or terminate Nafta, saying it has been a disaster for the U.S. that has encouraged companies to move production south of the border. Asked about the U.S. campaign in the interview Friday, Carstens focused on the importance of a strong economic relationship between the U.S. and Mexico and the benefits that integration of production chains under Nafta brings to both nations." [Bloomberg]
ICYMI: LABOR TRYING TO KEEP ITS MEMBERS AWAY FROM TRUMP - Kelsey Snell: "'If left unattended, the anger and the frustration [Trump has] tapped into will carry the day,' Trumka warned Monday in an interview with the Washington Post. 'But when you give working-class people the facts, I think he falls apart. He’s a house of cards.' Trumka has an anti-Trump plan, the first parts of which will roll out next week: educate voters about what he says is Trump’s history of anti-worker, anti-union policies. That campaign -- on which he would not put a price tag, but unions spent more than $9.3 million in the 2012 presidential race -- will eventually evolve into uniting labor voters behind a Democratic candidate.The campaign will be focused on grassroots contact with union members and potential Democrats to argue that Trump wants to cut workers’ wages and that his immigration and unionization policies would leave them worse off than they are today. Trumka said unions plans to work directly with activist groups, like the growing movement for a $15 minimum wage, that have already had success driving people to rally and vote." [WaPo]
CHUCKLEHEADS TAKING OVER JOHN BOEHNER'S DISTRICT - Merlot warning bumped up to four glasses. Patrick O'Connor: "Mr. Boehner resigned from his Ohio seat, which he held for 24 years, under threat of a conservative revolt within his own party. What remains of the former House speaker’s legacy here could soon be swept away by forces unleashed by Mr. Trump. Fifteen Republican candidates are battling in Tuesday’s Ohio primary for the right to compete for Mr. Boehner’s former seat, the state’s Eighth Congressional District. Many want to distance themselves from Mr. Boehner. None has the backslapper personality that once made him so popular in Congress." [WSJ]
BECAUSE YOU'VE READ THIS FAR - Here's Sesame Street singing Bone Thugs-n-Harmony's "Crossroads."
THE TINDER BROS OF CPAC - Rebecca Nelson: "'See those two girls? Those are your typical CPAC whores.' It’s 6:30 P.M. at the Conservative Political Action Conference, the Right’s premier politics and policy schmoozefest, and we’re on our way to a table. The Republican strategist, a 31-year-old CPAC veteran, says this matter-of-factly, seemingly knowing that it’s an egregiously misogynist thing to say to anyone, let alone a young female reporter. He nonetheless seems to relish the scandalousness. The women passing (maybe 19? 20?) are wearing short pencil skirts. 'What do you mean?' I ask, laughing a little bit for fear of being labeled a liberal feminazi. 'Did you see how they were dressed? They can’t go down the elevator without flashing some cooch.' I met him on Tinder, because I swiped right on every guy who’s distance registered as 'less than a mile away' from my geographical locale inside the heart of the most popular conservative conference in U.S., at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center just outside Washington, D.C." [GQ]
- The history of Wingdings.
- Magnetic darts is going to kill someone.
- Exploring "chair memes."
@socarolinesays: I loved RENT, the musical by Nancy Reagan
@mobute: when you get a chance to lock down the "undecided single-issue do-they-ignore-facts-to-praise-Nancy-Reagan voter" you pul the trigger. 100%
@aedwardslevy: From the reporters who brought you GAME CHANGE and DOUBLE DOWN, the exclusive story of the 2016 campaign: SAD!
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