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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is “within striking distance” of earning the number of delegates needed to win her Party’s nomination, which would make her the first woman of either “major party to do so,” reports ABC News.
After Puerto Rico’s primary on Sunday night, Clinton had “2,358 delegates–including super-delegate — at this hour, according to a count by ABC News–putting her just 25 delegates shy of the 2,383 needed to become her party’s presumptive nominee,” notes the report:
She is expected to seal the deal Tuesday, when several states, including California and New Jersey, hold the last primary races of the election season.
“Starting next Tuesday, we’re on our way to breaking the highest and hardest glass ceiling,” Clinton said at a rally in Culver City last week, according to ABC.
Sanders has pledged to stay in the race until the Democratic National Convention next month in Philadelphia. What do you think about Sanders’ decision? Sound off in the comments.
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Donald Trump’s Racial Politics, Well, It’s Trumplicated
Speaking with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Friday, Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, argued “there’s nothing racist about his racism,” reports the New York Daily News.
That’s because the real estate mogul’s racial and religious politics are, well, “Trumplicated.” You know, a play on “it’s complicated,” the popular descriptor for fractious and broken relationships.
Last week, he issued fresh attacks against Mexicans and Muslims, underscoring why Blacks and Latinos are underrepresented in the predominantly White party.
He said that Hispanic federal judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is handling a lawsuit against his former Trump University, has “got bias” against him because once elected president, he plans to build a wall around the U.S. border and Mexico.
“I’m building a wall, OK? I’m building a wall. … He’s a member of a society where, you know, very pro-Mexico. And that’s fine. But I think he should recuse himself,” he told Tapper.
He also said that a Muslim judge would treat him unfairly after he promised to bar Muslims from entering the U.S., following deadly global terror attacks.
His bigotry isn’t just aimed at people abroad. His dog-whistle politics, or not-so-subtle racist messaging, is that he wants to become America’s White guardian in an effort to make “America great again.” Good luck with that, especially as America is poised to become browner by 2020.
But he also knows that he needs votes from people of color. So on Friday, he singled out an African-American man at a rally in Redding, California, calling him “my African-American,” writes CNN:
“Oh, look at my African-American over here. Look at him,” Trump said. “Are you the greatest?”
Trump’s remark came as he recalled an incident in March when a black supporter of his assaulted a protester at a rally in Arizona as he was being escorted out of the building by police. The comment didn’t generate a noticeable response from Trump’s audience.
Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks told CNN Trump was “just referring to a supporter in the crowd. There’s no ill will intended, obviously.” She added Trump was “grateful for this person’s support.”
Like I said, Trump’s racial and religious politics are Trumplicated.