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Candidate Trump Turns One: NYT First Draft on Politics - June 16, 2016.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

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The New York Times

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Donald J. Trump announcing his campaign for presidency at Trump Tower on June 16, 2015.
Donald J. Trump announcing his campaign for presidency at Trump Tower on June 16, 2015. Todd Heisler/The New York Times
Candidate Trump Turns One

It has been 365 days since Donald J. Trump lit the 2016 presidential race on fire.
On June 16, 2015, Mr. Trump stood in the pink-marbled lower lobby of Trump Tower, tossed out his planned remarks to deliver a diatribe against President Obama and the nations he believes are lifting unfairly from the United States, and promised to build a wall along the border with Mexico to keep out “rapists” and those bringing in “crime.”
As The New York Times wrote of the kickoff: “If Mr. Trump’s ideology has proved flexible, the cornerstone of his worldview has not: He has consistently been a passionate believer in Donald Trump, and his own capacity to bully and badger his way into the best possible deal. That skill set, Mr. Trump has argued, would be an asset to America.”
In the intervening year, Mr. Trump has made a mockery of the Republican establishment that sought to stop him and the pundits who guffawed at his prospects. He vanquished 16 candidates using a nativist appeal with a strong emphasis on ending trade deals, deporting 11 million immigrants and ending the George W. Bush-era approach to foreign policy.
Yet Mr. Trump has refused to evolve from the candidate whose position rose on his rallies, his debate performances and his expert ability to mock a rival’s weak points. Instead of curtailing his language from the primary, he has doubled down. He has picked fights with Republican leaders trying to get behind his candidacy. And he has warned that the party needs him more than he needs it.
Republican leaders do not share that supposition. In the month before the party’s convention, Mr. Trump has bounced from one incendiary statement to the next. Republican foreign policy leaders have compared him to European fascists. And his poll numbers have fallen sharply.
A year ago, Mr. Trump may have set fire to what was predicted to be a sleepy national race. But over the many days since, it is his chance at the presidency that he has risked dousing in flames.

Donald J. Trump left the stage after he spoke at a campaign rally at the Fox Theater in Atlanta on Wednesday.
Damon Winter/The New York Times
The meeting may indicate that Mr. Trump has shifted his position on gun rights after the shooting rampage in Orlando, Fla.

Senator Patrick J. Toomey, Republican of Pennsylvania, often twists his face into a grimace and races away from reporters before they can ask him about Donald J. Trump’s latest statements.
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Congressional memo
After a stream of incendiary comments by the presumed presidential nominee, lawmakers run, walk or contort themselves.
Hillary Clinton at a campaign event in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. She has advocated a more aggressive military strategy in Syria.
Obama and Clinton Differ on Terror Approach
Hillary Clinton’s more aggressive stance is just one of several policy differences that could create challenges as the president begins campaigning for her.
A protester was escorted from a Trump rally at the Fox Theater in Atlanta on Wednesday.
Donald Trump Says He Would ‘Accept’ Visit by Kim Jong-un
Mr. Trump said he would not go to Pyongyang, but if the North Korean leader came to Washington, he would meet with him — but without the traditional state dinner.
Hillary Clinton with supporters after a national security discussion in Hampton, Va., on Wednesday.
Hillary Clinton Mocks Donald Trump’s National Security Ideas
A ban on Muslim immigrants and a border wall would not have stopped the attack in Orlando, Fla., Mrs. Clinton said in rebuking what she called Mr. Trump’s “reckless ideas.”
Hillary Clinton with supporters after a national security discussion in Hampton, Va., on Wednesday.
Advocates for Release of 9/11 Documents Worry About a Potential Delay
With the declassification of parts of a congressional report nearing, concerns have arisen that the White House might ask Congress to release it, which could create holdups.