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Jun 17, 2016

Some Trump Backers Show Signs of Loosening Their Embrace, by Maggie Haberman: NYT First Draft on Politics - June 17, 2016

Friday, June 17, 2016


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Friday, June 17, 2016

Donald J. Trump spoke at a campaign rally at the Fox Theater in Atlanta on Wednesday.
Donald J. Trump spoke at a campaign rally at the Fox Theater in Atlanta on Wednesday. Damon Winter/The New York Times
Some Trump Backers Show Signs of Loosening Their Embrace
By MAGGIE HABERMAN
 
Good Friday morning. 
Donald J. Trump’s supporters in Congress have struggled for weeks with a daily deluge of questions from reporters about the latest comments by the Republican Party’s standard-bearer.
But this week seemed to be a turning point.
Instead of defending Mr. Trump, people like Senator Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee and a rumored vice-presidential contender, told reporters that he was disappointed with Mr. Trump’s call for a sweeping ban on Muslim immigrants and for intensive profiling of Muslim citizens in the United States.
Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas and the No. 2 in Senate leadership, said, “I just don’t have enough time to provide running commentary for everything a candidate running for president says.” Mr. Cornyn, citing scheduling, said he would not attend Mr. Trump’s events in Texas on Thursday.
Even Representative Duncan Hunter, Republican of California and the co-chairman of Mr. Trump’s House Leadership Committee, sought some distance from him. “I am not a surrogate,” he told The Hill.
Such acrobatics may not be sustainable for Republicans, many of whom have tried to lightly embrace Mr. Trump with one arm, while using the other to shove him away after a string of controversial and racially incendiary remarks.
Those Republicans fear the backlash from Mr. Trump’s voters in their own races if they reject him, but they also know that his remarks are providing a daily distraction.
But in a substantial change, Mr. Trump’s most vocal supporters seem to have drawn a line they are no longer willing to cross.

In Greensboro, N.C., and in other speeches this week, Donald J. Trump has called repeatedly for a ban on Muslims’ immigrating to the United States.
Damon Winter/The New York Times
Political Implications
By ALEXANDER BURNS AND THOMAS KAPLAN
Polls show that Mr. Trump’s repeated calls for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, on the heels of the attack in Orlando, Fla., is not gaining traction among voters he will need in November.

Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, at a campaign rally in North Charleston, S.C., in February for his brother, Jeb Bush.
Jim Wilson/The New York Times
By MAGGIE HABERMAN AND JONATHAN MARTIN
The former president has largely stayed away from politics. But he is deeply bothered by Donald J. Trump’s inflammatory talk.
 
By YAMICHE ALCINDOR
With the primaries over and the election focused on Hillary Clinton and Mr. Trump, the Vermont senator continues to rally his supporters.
John Nadler feels the full weight of his status as America’s loneliest supporter of Donald J. Trump: Acquaintances will not look him in the eye.
Richard Perry/The New York Times
By MATT FLEGENHEIMER
John Nadler, America’s loneliest supporter of Donald J. Trump, counts the Clintons as his neighbors in Chappaqua, N.Y., a bastion of blue.
Seats filled with signs for Donald J. Trump before his campaign event at the Fox Theater in Atlanta on Wednesday.
Donald Trump, Chasing Campaign Cash, Veers From Battleground States
By MAGGIE HABERMAN
The Trump campaign schedule is being driven by fund-raising needs, diverting his attention from states where Hillary Clinton is spending her time.
The 2016 Race
Bernie Sanders has met with Hillary Clinton but still hasn’t endorsed her.
Bernie Sanders and the Terms of Surrender
By NATE COHN AND TONI MONKOVIC
What does he want in return for endorsing Hillary Clinton? And is he realistic in thinking he can get it?
2016 Election Polls
Get the latest national and state polls on the presidential election.
 
Tina Meins, whose father was killed in the mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., at a news conference on gun violence at the Capitol on Thursday. Beside her were Senators Christopher J. Murphy, center, and Richard Blumenthal, both Democrats of Connecticut.
Zach Gibson/The New York Times
News Analysis
By JENNIFER STEINHAUER
After the worst mass shooting in American history, Congress is showing little sign of rallying around bipartisan legislation in a bitter election year.
Mayor Buddy Dyer of Orlando greeted President Obama with a #Orlando United T-shirt as he arrived in the city to meet with family members of the victims in Sunday’s shooting.
Stephen Crowley/The New York Times
By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
With the president in Orlando, family members of those killed in earlier gun tragedies recall a leader who related to them as an emotional father.
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