Monday, July 11, 2016

TRUMP NOT FILES - Twitter Troubles

"More Twitter trouble dogs Trump, Clinton's FBI interview" PBS NewsHour 7/4/2016


SUMMARY:  It started as a really bad weekend for Hillary Clinton after her husband's tarmac meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch and word that Mrs. Clinton was to be interviewed by federal agents.  Donald Trump stepped all over that with a tweet that some considered anti-Semitic.  John Yang talks to Tamara Keith of NPR and Stu Rothenberg of The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report.

JOHN YANG (NewsHour):  And now to Politics Monday, Independence Day edition.

For that, I'm joined now by Stu Rothenberg of the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report and a columnist for The Washington Post; and Tamara Keith, NPR White House correspondent.

Stu, Tam, welcome.

TAMARA KEITH, NPR:  Thank you.

JOHN YANG:  It's a holiday, but it's not a holiday from Donald Trump's tweets and Donald Trump tweet controversy.

He sent one out over the weekend.  He referred to Hillary Clinton as the most corrupt candidate ever, no surprise.  But it looked like — the words were on a six-pointed star over a sea of cash.  People quickly picked up it out on social media, said it was a Star of David.

Hillary Clinton released a statement today.  She called it blatantly anti-Semitic.  Trump took it back, killed the tweet, and also said that the dishonest media was depicting the star in the tweet as a Star of David, rather than a sheriff's star or a plain star.


STUART ROTHENBERG, The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report:  Well, we always — I carry sheriff's stars around with me all the time and use them in my tweets too.

JOHN YANG:  To make points.


Look, John, it's another day of Donald Trump, it's another controversy, it's another instance.  And if we hadn't done this six, eight, ten, 20 times before, maybe you could say, oh, this was a mistake or this was misinterpreted.

But there's a whole series of these and this is who the man is.  And this is what the campaign is.  The campaign isn't field organization or TV ads.  It's tweets, and controversial tweets.

JOHN YANG:  Do you think he knows what the connotation is to these things, or does he not notice them or…

STUART ROTHENBERG:  Oh, I would certainly hope — he is an adult.  He ought to know.  He is a 70-year-old man who claims to be knowledgeable, and know some history, and of course he should know.  I don't understand and the campaign doesn't explain, does it?  They don't tell you how this happens.

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