* Some of the members of the alt-right have been described as the “suit and tie version of the white supremacists of old.” I’m ready to call it – Donald Trump, Jr. seems to be part of that deplorable group. We know that he recently loved the idea of being cast with the white supremacists meme about Pepe the Frog. We also know that he has a persistent habit of re-tweeting white supremacists and was interviewed on the radio show of one of them. Finally, in a period of less that 24 hours, here are two things he tweeted:
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 19, 2016
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 20, 2016
To get the significance of that first one, I suggest reading this article by Naomi LaChance. The second one sounds just like something Dylan Roof would say and harkens back to the pointy-hooded guys who starred in the original 1915 version of “The Birth of a Nation.”
* On the Skittles tweet, here is how a company rep responded.
— Seth Abramovitch (@SethAbramovitch) September 20, 2016
* David A. Fahrenthold brings us another bombshell about the so-called “Trump Foundation.”
Donald Trump spent more than a quarter-million dollars from his charitable foundation to settle lawsuits that involved the billionaire’s for-profit businesses, according to interviews and a review of legal documents.
Those cases, which together used $258,000 from Trump’s charity, were among four newly documented expenditures in which Trump may have violated laws against “self-dealing” — which prohibit nonprofit leaders from using charity money to benefit themselves or their businesses.
* The civil war in the Republican Party continues.
House Republicans already struggling to protect their historic majority this fall are confronting a multimillion-dollar shortfall in their campaign budget — driven partly by Freedom Caucus members and other hard-line conservatives who are boycotting the GOP’s campaign arm.
A bloc of conservatives is refusing to transfer cash to the National Republican Congressional Committee, convinced the committee is favoring moderate candidates over hard-line conservatives. Dozens of other Republican lawmakers also haven’t paid their expected party “dues,” including several in tough primaries or general election races who figure they need the money for themselves.
Several GOP sources told Politico that 3 in 10 members of the House Republican Conference are delinquent on their dues. And multiple senior Republicans said the shortfall exceeds $10 million.
* This is GREAT news for Hillary Clinton.
Barack Obama is about to launch a presidential campaign blitz for Hillary Clinton unprecedented in the modern era, pledging a dramatic commitment of time and resources to a contest he now unabashedly frames as a referendum on his personal and political prestige.
Obama plans to devote at least one to two days each week in October to campaign for Clinton through rallies, targeted radio and television interviews, social media outreach and fundraising, said an adviser who requested anonymity.
In addition, the president’s aides have told the Clinton campaign he would be willing to appear in television ads for her. His wife, Michelle, has already cut radio, online and TV ads for the Democratic nominee, another aide said, also requesting anonymity to discuss internal planning.
* Finally, for this one we can now add Seth Meyers to the list of prophetic comedians.