Meg Whitman, the CEO of Hewlett-Packard who had an official role with Gov. Chris Christie’s now-suspended presidential campaign, called his endorsement of Trump, “an astonishing display of political opportunism,” NBC News reports.
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Ross Douthat: “The Trump uprising is first and foremost a Republican and conservative problem: There would be no Trumpism if George W. Bush’s presidency hadn’t cratered, no Trumpism if the party hadn’t alternated between stoking and ignoring working-class grievances, no Trump as front-runner if the party leadership and his rivals had committed fully to stopping him before now.”
“But Trumpism is also a creature of the late Obama era, irrupting after eight years when a charismatic liberal president has dominated the cultural landscape and set the agenda for national debates. President Obama didn’t give us Trump in any kind of Machiavellian or deliberate fashion. But it isn’t an accident that this is the way the Obama era ends — with a reality TV demagogue leading a populist, nationalist revolt.”
Gen. Michael Hayden, the former director of the CIA and NSA, said that if the military would have to disobey Donald Trump if he followed through on certain campaign promises as president, The Hill reports.
Referring to Trump’s suggestion to torture suspected terrorists and kill their families, Hayden said, “If he were to order that once in government, the American armed forces would refuse to act.”
“Marco Rubio, who has been dogged by questions over his personal finances, released portions of his tax returns Saturday, but the documents don’t reveal many details like which tax breaks he claimed or how much he gave to charity,” Politico reports.
“Rubio’s release is aimed at increasing the pressure on GOP front-runner Donald Trump to produce his own returns, but the fact that he only released partial returns may undermine his case.”
“In the sprint to Super Tuesday, Marco Rubio is scrambling to parlay his newfound aggression against Donald Trump into enough support at the polls not to be overwhelmed by the suffocating effects of the celebrity mogul’s insurgent campaign,” the Washington Post reports.
“The result is that, rather than aiming to triumph on the biggest day of the Republican presidential nominating calendar, the candidate seen as the party establishment’s best and perhaps only chance of defeating Trump merely hopes to hang on.”
“In politics, on a given night, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.”
— Sen. Bernie Sanders, quoted by Politico, after losing the South Carolina primary by 50 percentage points.
“Drawing overwhelming support from the African-American voters who deserted her here eight years ago, Hillary Clinton won her first resounding victory of the 2016 campaign in South Carolina on Saturday, delivering a blow to Sen. Bernie Sanders as their fight turns to the 11 states where Democrats vote on Tuesday,” the New York Times reports.
“After supporting Barack Obama in 2008, African-American voters, who will be the dominant force in the coming Southern primaries, turned out in droves for Mrs. Clinton here. They supported her over Mr. Sanders by more than 6-to-1, and white voters narrowly favored her as well, according to exit polling.”
“Facing pressure to leave the presidential race, Gov. John Kasich on Saturday singled out next month’s primary in his home state of Ohio as a make-or-break moment for his campaign,” the New York Times reports.
Said Kasich: “Some of the other candidates, if they can’t win their home state, they got to get out, O.K.? If I don’t win my home state, I’ll get out. But you know what? I’m going to win Ohio.”
“Ted Cruz, facing stagnant poll numbers just days away from the crucial Super Tuesday contests that span the country, tore into Republican front-runner Donald Trump here Saturday afternoon, calling the mogul an untrustworthy insider who is far too cozy with liberal Democrats,” the Washington Post reports.
“But Cruz continues to find it difficult to counter the relentless media appearances and headline-making barbs of Trump, who has ridden his populist and combative pitch to the top of national polls and three straight victories in the Republican primary race — and growing support from right-wing luminaries.”
Cruz called March 1, where 595 delegates are up for grabs, the “most important day in this entire cycle.”
“The guy with the worst spray tan in America is attacking me for putting on makeup…. Donald Trump likes to sue people; he should sue whoever did that to his face.”
— Sen. Marco Rubio, quoted by The Hill.
“South Carolina is holding its Democratic primary today, but you wouldn’t know it just by listening to Bernie Sanders,” Politico reports.
“Jetting off to Austin from Columbia, S.C. this morning — before stops in Dallas and Rochester, Minnesota — Sanders made no reference to the state voting today during his early afternoon rally at a Formula One racetrack here.”
Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) endorsed Donald Trump for president, Politico reports.
Said Brewer: “For years I pleaded with the federal government to do their job and secure our border. Today, we can elect a President who will do just that – Donald J. Trump. Mr. Trump will secure our borders, defend our workers and protect our sovereignty. Mr. Trump will stand for our law enforcement, our police and our immigration officers. Mr. Trump will actually enforce the rule of law.”
“He has spent a career in business, 50 years, sticking it to the little guy.”
— Sen. Marco Rubio, quoted by the Washington Post, continuing his assault on Donald Trump by calling him a “con man.”
New York Times: “Efforts to unite warring candidates behind one failed spectacularly: An overture from Senator Marco Rubio to Mr. Christie angered and insulted the governor. An unsubtle appeal from Mitt Romney to John Kasich, about the party’s need to consolidate behind one rival to Mr. Trump, fell on deaf ears. At least two campaigns have drafted plans to overtake Mr. Trump in a brokered convention, and the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, has laid out a plan that would have lawmakers break with Mr. Trump explicitly in a general election.”
“Despite all the forces arrayed against Mr. Trump, the interviews show, the party has been gripped by a nearly incapacitating leadership vacuum and a paralytic sense of indecision and despair, as he has won smashing victories in South Carolina and Nevada.”
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“The Democratic presidential contest has moved to South Carolina, where voters began casting their ballots Saturday in a primary that serves as two starkly different milestones for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders,” the Washington Post reports.
“Clinton is looking to her expected victory here to prove her strong support among African American voters — and to cement her status as the presumptive front-runner heading toward Super Tuesday three days later, when six of 11 Democratic contests will take place in Southern states with large populations of black voters.”
Politico: Clinton flips the script in South Carolina