Trump Tops Clinton In Vicious Second Debate

SAINT LOUIS, Mo. – Do you believe in miracles? You may need to start after last night’s debate at St. Louis’ Washington University.

It was there that Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump, embattled in recent days by an 11 year-old video tape which surfaced on Friday that showed the then-reality television star conversion in a lewd manner about various women, fought has way out of a political corner by doing what no other Republican has been able to do in the last three decades: take the wood to the Clinton’s.

Several key exchanges in the debate proved Mr. Trump to be the better candidate last night, the most important of which was when Mr. Trump forced out on his own with no help from moderators CNN’s Anderson Cooper and ABC News’ Martha Raddatz: when Trump said he would appoint a special and independent prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton and her now infamous email scandal.

Mr. Trump held his own through six straight questions with which Ms. Raddatz and others peppered him, opening the debate about the aforementioned video him using lewd language with former President George H.W. Bush’s nephew Billy Bush; then when Mrs. Clinton brought up the birther questions again, trying to force that into the conversation, Mr. Trump pounced.

After detailing how it is actually she who owes President Obama an apology because she started the birther narrative (it’s been proven that longtime Clinton ally Sidney Blumenthal pushed the story back in the 2008 campaign, as did at least two people on Clinton’s campaign) Mr. Trump shifted the conversation to questions about her emails.

“But when you talk about apology, I think the one that you should really be apologizing for and the thing that you should be apologizing for are the 33,000 e-mails that you deleted, and that you acid washed, and then the two boxes of e-mails and other things last week that were taken from an office and are now missing,” Mr. Trump said, before dropping the mega-bomb: a special prosecutor to independently investigate Clinton.

Mr. Trump said:

“And I’ll tell you what. I didn’t think I’d say this, but I’m going to say it, and I hate to say it. But if I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation because there has never been so many lies, so much deception. There has never been anything like it, and we’re going to have a special prosecutor.”

Mr. Trump added:

“When I speak, I go out and speak, the people of this country are furious. In my opinion, the people that have been long-term workers at the FBI are furious. There has never been anything like this, where emails…and you get a subpoena, you get a subpoena, and after getting the subpoena, you delete 33,000 emails, and then you acid wash them or bleach them, as you would say, very expensive process. So we’re going to get a special prosecutor, and we’re going to look into it because you know what? People have been…their lives have been…destroyed for doing one-fifth of what you’ve done. And it’s a disgrace. And honestly, you ought to be ashamed of yourself.”

After Mrs. Clinton accused Mr. Trump of “lies” without detailing any, and as Ms. Raddatz attempted to intervene to save her, she implored the so-called “fact checkers” for help.

“It’s just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country,” she added.

In response, Mr. Trump fired back his most aggressive and bold comeback line in American political history:

“Because you’d be in jail.”

The audience roared with a mixture of applause and laughter. Mr. Clinton, could only manage a menacing glare in response.

There were many other moments throughout the debate—from exchanges on Obamacare to more about refugees to dealing with Russia and Syria and even campaign finance—and Mr. Trump defeated Mrs. Clinton on all of them. After the moderators could not stump Mr. Trump in the opening, and he steamrolled ahead in the early momentum, she couldn’t catch a break all night.

Mr. Trump’s debate victory, which comes after a rough first debate performance with Mrs. Clinton back on September 26, an eternity ago in this race, and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s win last Tuesday in Virginia in the vice presidential debate against Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), puts perhaps the roughest stretch of his campaign behind him.

“It was an absolute home run for Mr. Trump,” Jason Miller, Trump’s senior communications adviser,  “This was a game-changing victory. You know what? The underdog is back.”

McCaskill Melts: ‘Trump Founder of ISIS’

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On this Sunday’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” while commenting on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s remarks that President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton contributed to the founding of ISIS, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) brought up President Vladimir Putin supporting Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and said, “You can say Trump and his friend Putin are the founder of ISIS, which would probably be more accurate than calling out that commander-in-chief in that way.”

The transcript reads as follows:

MCCASKILL: Well, first of all, the language that Donald Trump has used as it relates to ISIS is disrespectful to the military that is out there fighting ISIS every day.  Just last week, Chris, we took out eight tankers in ISIS, we took out mortar, we hit a tactical unit. We have shrunk the area of ISIS in Iraq by 40 percent. We’d shrunk the area of ISIS in Syria and serious by 20 percent.  The men and women that are risking their lives every day through the orders of their commander-in-chief, when they hear a presidential candidate try to act like our president is on the bad guy’s side, how do you think that makes them feel as they’re out there in the field fighting?

WALLACE: In fairness, Senator, he isn’t criticizing her in any way or denigrating the work of the military. He’s saying that President Obama and Hillary Clinton made some bad decisions that have led to the present situation.

MCCASKILL: Well, you can — there’s a lot of reasons that ISIS rose up. One of them was the status of forces agreement known as SOFA that Bush negotiated. We couldn’t leave our troops in Iraq even if the president wanted to because the parliament in Iraq was refusing to give them immunity.  Now, Trump probably thinks the SOFA, the status of forces agreement, is a gilded couch at Mar-A-Lago. He probably doesn’t know what SOFA is. But that was a very relevant part of this.  It was also important to realize that Assad, by what he did in his country, allowed ISIS to move into what was then Iraq — al Qaeda in Iraq into Syria and get strongholds and recruit. That was the work and support of Putin who is Trump’s best buddy. So, you can say Trump and his friend Putin are the founder of ISIS, which probably would be more accurate than calling out the commander-in-chief in that way.

WALLACE: Well, I’m glad for that last comment. That will certainly get Donald Trump’s attention.  Senator McCaskill, thank you. Thanks for your time this week. And it’s always good to talk with you.

Oh Claire, what has Washington done to you?

While the duties of a Clinton campaign surrogate may indeed be strenuous, surely making up your own facts isn’t the answer.

Mr. Trump has never been a part of government nor held any official office and is therefore not responsible for any role or action the United States has played or taken overseas.

For someone who constantly scolds Mr. Trump for his ‘language’ by saying “words matter”;  Senator McCaskill would be wise to heed her own advice going forward.

Greitens Hits The Mark In New Ad

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Taking Aim: Eric Greitens (above) pictured in his new pro-2nd Amendment ad.

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.) Primary campaigns can be such tedious affairs. This year’s Republican gubernatorial primary contest was shaping up to be no different.

That is, until this week.

Enter Eric Greitens.

Mr. Greitens, a Navy SEAL turned politician, made a major media splash this week with the release of a new campaign ad titled, ‘Taking Aim.’ The 30-second spot features Mr. Greitens reaffirming his outsider status and his support for 2nd Amendment rights before literaly ‘taking aim’ at the Jefferson City establishment; ending in a rather sizable explosion.

While detractors were quick to mock the ad, it accomplished its goals nonetheless. The spot not only spoke to the strong pro-2nd Amendment sentiments shared by a vast majority of Missouri Republicans, but the spot also raised Mr. Greitens’ public profile in an otherwise crowded primary race.

Primary Day is August 2nd.

You can view the ad, ‘Taking Aim’, below.

 

SHOCK POLLS: Trump Surges Ahead of Clinton

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All Smiles: The national polls are looking up for Donald J. Trump

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Every pundit, news outlet, and former presidential nominee (we’re looking at you Mitt Romney) forecasting electoral demise for Donald Trump in November may want to take pause.

As Hillary Clinton continues to be embroiled in a seemingly never-ending Democratic nomination fight with all-but-vanquished Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has surged ahead of Mrs. Clinton for the first time this year in two new national polls.

The polls, from Rasmussen Reports and Fox News, show Mr. Trump holding a five and three point advantage over Mrs. Clinton, respectively.

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As the chart above indicates, polling trends for weeks have shown a decline in Mrs. Cinton’s support as the rate of Mr. Trump’s support continues to rise.

In that same Fox News poll, a second question was asked of respondents regarding favorability. The results, shown below, indicate a similar swing in support; away from Mrs. Clinton and toward Mr. Trump.

It will be intriguing to see if this current polling trend holds through the rest of the presidential primary season, which concludes on June 7. What’s becoming more and more evident is the fact that Mrs. Clinton’s seeming inability to ‘close the deal’ with Sen. Sanders in mathematically wrapping up the Democratic nomination has done some damage to her poll numbers.

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Additionally, the rhetorical lashing from the Democratic National Committee towards the Sanders campaign and its supporters in the wake of the Nevada Democratic state convention debacle will surely serve to discourage those supporters from ultimately switching their support to Hillary Clinton by the time of the Democratic National Convention in July. Donald Trump’s public declarations regarding his intention to court disaffected Sanders supporters this fall with his populist economic message should have Democratic pooh-bahs in Washington and Brooklyn sweating.

One would imagine, given these latest polls, that Missouri itself will likely be a Republican hold and a victory for Mr. Trump. This notion is backed up too by the decisively larger turnout for the Republicans in Missouri’s March 15 presidential primaries.

Thus, the real intrigue this year, at least in Missouri, is the presidential campaign’s effect (or lack thereof) on the statewide races. As Democratic enthusiasm is down and Republican enthusiasm is experiencing record highs (as the Democrats did in 2008), one would have to wonder if the scales won’t be tipped in the Missouri GOP’s favor come November.

 

In The Weeds

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Hazy Horizon: Could marijuana farms like this one be coming soon to a field near you?

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri House of Representatives voted down a proposal to legalize medical marijuana on Thursday.

The ‘nay’ vote came only days after the House gave preliminary approval to the plan. On Thursday, the House reversed course and voted 66-87 against the measure, which would have called for voters to decide this November whether they favor legalizing medical marijuana only for people who are in hospices.

While the expansion of any marijuana access will always have its detractors, those that say that allowing any form of legalized marijuana would lead to higher use among teenagers and, potentially, even looser drugs laws in the future.

Yet, this particular legislation, HB 2213, also known as the Missouri Compassionate Care Act,  was considered to be so narrowly worded that many proponents of medical marijuana cheered on its demise with many saying that they couldn’t support such a ‘limited measure.’ Even so, some lawmakers say inaction on medical marijuana legislation could embolden activists and proponents who are seeking to put a more expansive measure, in the form of a state constitutional amendment on the November 8th ballot.

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Promising Prescription: Missourians could soon receive medical prescriptions for Marijuana.

In our eyes, there’s little downside to a medical legalization of marijuana, prescribed by practicing physicians to those who suffer from chronic illnesses such as: neuropathic pain, Multiple Sclerosis, Epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, and even concussion symptoms.

A recreational legalization of marijuana is a different animal entirely, while there are some compelling arguments for a legalization path, much of the county is still unsure as to its potential ramifications. The idea of introducing another depressant drug into the marketplace gives many pause. Yes, we acknowledge that the primary reason for marijuana’s current illegality has more to do with who’s profiting rather than the government’s actual concern for the average American’s health.

That said, we feel the ultimate success or failure of marijuana legalization is tied to the outcome of Colorado and Washington’s respective legalization ‘experiments.’

If in 2020, one can find in both Colorado and Washington, healthy marijuana tax revenue streams and lower drug-related arrest rates, we’d fully expect to see an expanded movement nationwide toward further legalization. Only time will tell.

 

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Show Me Victories

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Dominant Donald: Donald J. Trump won five states in the March 15th primaries, including Missouri, by a margin of 1,726 votes.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – After a nearly two week wait for word, the Missouri Republican Party finally certified the results of its March 15th presidential preference primary, which saw New York businessman Donald J. Trump narrowly defeat Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) by a margin of 1,726 votes statewide.

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Trump Triumphant: Donald J. Trump won Missouri over Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) by a 1,726 vote margin. The presences of Governor John Kasich (R-OH) and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) had an obvious effect on the overall outcome of the primary contest. [Graphic: CNN]

When analyzing the results map, one can see that Mr. Trump dominated across nearly every region of the state, all the way from the bootheel to the Iowa border. One would also notice that there were significant pockets of support for Mr. Cruz, the the Little Dixie area of Columbia and Jefferson City, the evangelical strongholds in the southwest around Springfield, and the entire Kansas City metropolitan area. It’s important to note that Mr. Cruz’s campaign manager, Jeff Roe, also heads the fabled political consulting firm, Axiom Strategies; located in Kansas City. Taking that fact into account, the strong organizing effort in Kansas City for Mr. Cruz should come as little surprise, though losing the statewide vote overall to a New York real-estate mogul has to be a bit of a black eye for both Mr. Roe and Axiom moving forward.

Why did Mr. Trump triumph over Mr. Cruz in Missouri? St. Louis.

The St. Louis metropolitan area, which includes St. Louis City, St. Louis, St. Charles, and Jefferson counties came up aces for Trump. Providing him with significant vote margins that enabled him to withstand his poor showing in the population centers of the western part of the state.

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Sea of Orange, Pockets of Red: Donald J. Trump carried a vast majority of Missouri counties (Orange), while Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) found significant pockets of support. [Graphic: CNN]

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All Smiles: Fmr. Sec. of State Hillary Clinton defeated Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) by a 1,531 vote margin in Missouri.

On the Democratic side, the primary outcome was determined much more competently. That contest’s outcome was very much welcome to Fmr. Sec. of State Hillary Clinton, who, like Mr. Trump, scored a narrow victory over her Democratic-Socialist rival, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT),  by a margin of just 1,531 votes statewide.

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Confident Clinton: Fmr. Sec. of State Hillary Clinton won Missouri over Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) by a 1,531 vote margin. [Graphic: CNN]

When analyzing the results map, one can see that Mrs. Clinton ran up sizable vote margins in both Kansas City and St. Louis, while essentially splitting the rural vote with Mr. Sanders. Mr. Sanders, some would say naturally, proved strong in the ‘college towns’ of Cape Girardeau, Columbia, Kirksville, Maryville, and Springfield.

Why did Mrs. Clinton defeat Mr. Sanders in Missouri? The black vote.

This has been a theme throughout the previous southern primary contests. Mrs. Clinton finds widespread support within the black community. For whatever reason, Mr. Sanders’ message has failed to translate into widespread support from black voters. The large African-American communities in both St. Louis City, St. Louis and Jackson counties, served as Mrs. Clinton’s base support in the primary contest, propelling her to her slim victory. Hopefully, their loyal support will not be forgotten by Mrs. Clinton, she owes her victory to them.

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Feeling Blue: Fmr. Sec. of State Hillary Clinton found crucial pockets of support in both Kansas City and St. Louis, while Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) dominated the southwestern portion of the state and “college towns.” [Graphic:CNN]

Will Missouri prove to be a bellwether in this year’s primary process? Only time will tell.

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Equine Abuser Identified

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Face of Hate: April Foster (left) is pictured only seconds before she strikes Kansas City patrol horse, Dan (right), in the face.

KANSAS CITY, Mo.- As we noted in last week’s Trump Rocks Missouri, a Kansas City Police Department patrol horse, Dan, was viciously assaulted by a woman just outside the Donald Trump campaign event at the Midland Theater last Saturday night.

Yesterday, the identity of the equine abuser was revealed as April Foster, 29, who on her Instagram account, Foster describes herself as a “worker, writer, commie, feminist [and] trans.” She also appears to be a member of the communist group, Progressive Youth Organization.

Ms. Foster was among a group of anti-Trump protesters who began moving onto Main Street in an apparent effort to block traffic.After refusing to obey repeated police commands to return to the sidewalk, police say Foster, 29, approached a mounted officer and his horse, Dan, and began screaming and yelling in the horse’s face in an attempt to scare the animal.  That effort having failed, Foster became increasingly agitated.  Police say she then struck the horse in the face with in open hand, before she fled and disappeared into the larger crowd.

“When this tactic [screaming] did not work she attempted to push my horse with no success. I observed this to only make her more angry and violent and in a last attempt she struck my horse in the face with an open hand.”

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Busted: April Foster (above) was arrested and charged with the abuse of a police service animal on Friday.

Police credit an anonymous call to the local TIPS hotline for providing them with the information needed to locate and arrest Foster last Friday.  She was charged with abuse of a police service animal and released after posting a $500 bond.  Foster is scheduled to appear in a Kansas City municipal court on May 4 at 9:00 a.m.

You can watch video the incident here, courtesy of KMBC 9 News:

 

24th State Solutions will continue to declare our continued support to Missouri law enforcement officials and officers, both human and animal alike.

It’s a sorry state of affairs when those who take full advantage of the the right to free expression (like Ms. Foster), exert such effort in silencing the expression of others.

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