Only 99 more days, but who's counting
"THIS is how you get to a choice between the “lesser of two evils” for President of the United States: Nobody votes," observes the Wall Street Journal's Greg Emerson of the revelation that only 9% of America actually chose Trump and Clinton as the nominees (at 22,000 startled shares right now). "Due to voter disenfranchisement & apathy, only 9% of Americans got to choose the 2 most terrible Pres nominees ever," concludes Abby Martin of The Empire Files. "88 million Americans eligible to vote do not actually do so. Another 73m don't vote in primaries," Boston Globe's Todd Wallack puts it another way. "Perhaps America has never been more united," wryly suggests journalist Adam Rose. Freelancer Joe Jackson calls it "The fundamental flaw in most Western democracies, which then herald their supposed 'democracy' to rest of the world," but Jake Grovum with the Financial Times argues "Using this to claim something re two-party system is crazy. Millions just chose not to vote!"
In Trump-specific updates, it doesn't look like this week is off to a good start for him:
- The Donald reportedly avoided the Vietnam draft thanks to a heel problem, but "the details are murky." NYT's David Chen bills it as "The Low Spark of a High Heeled Boy."
- John McCain denounced Trump’s comments on the family of the Muslim soldier while the soldier's mother Ghazala Khan took him to task for criticizing her silence during her husband's speech. "Has he, at long last, gone too far?" wonders NYT's Kirk Johnson, but Trump is doubling down, claiming "My position on keeping terrorists out is what bothered Khizr Khan." Anil Dash reacts, "Trump calls Khizr Khan a terrorist sympathizer. Inevitable, yet still disgusting. Trump sees the U.S. as his enemy." This comes as a mother of service member gets booed for saying "Time and time again, Trump has disrespected our nation's armed forces and veterans." Meanwhile, Humayun Khan’s grave has become a shrine in the wake of his father’s speech.
- USA Today's Kirsten Powers is on Trump's case, saying he and feminists should quit blaming Roger Ailes' victims. "That thing when you suggest that if your daughter were victimized, you'd hope she'd further victimize herself," muses The Guardian's Lucia Graves.
- A top Jeb Bush adviser has vowed to leave the GOP and vote for Clinton if Florida ends up being close. "This is seismic and could pre-sage Bush 41 making a similar public statement," predicts LinkedIn's John Abell.
- In other anti-endorsements, a former Trump attorney begs "Please Don't Support Him For President."
- In 2014 Trump reportedly called Russia's invasion of Ukraine "so smart." Daily Caller's Jamie Weinstein theorizes, "Take to the bank: Within 1 year of losing prez bid, Trump will announce major deals in Russia."
- In shakeups, Trump aides Ed Brookover and Jimmy Stracner were fired by the campaign on Monday. "The purge of Lewandowski-aligned aides is nearly complete," notices Matt Mackowiak at Potomac Strategy Group.
- But Paul Manafort is still very much employed. Here's how Manafort wielded power in Ukraine before advising Trump.
- The Washington Post reports that more people watched Donald Trump’s convention speech than Hillary Clinton’s - and hated it. "Good grief. @realDonaldTrump's convention speech was an unmitigated PR disaster," concludes WaPo's Christopher Ingraham.
- Trump is none too pleased with CNN, attacking the network in a tweetstorm. Brian Stelter there muses,"Hmmm. Trump's anti-CNN tweets came "just a couple of hours before CNN was due to release a new national poll..."