McConnell Will Support Trump

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced that he will back Donald Trump as the presumptive nominee, declaring he can stop “a third term of Barack Obama,” The Hill reports.

Said McConnell: “I have committed to supporting the nominee chosen by Republican voters, and Donald Trump, the presumptive nominee, is now on the verge of clinching the nomination.”

He added: “As the presumptive nominee, he now has the opportunity and the obligation to unite our party around our goals.”

Trump Won’t Self-Fund General Election Campaign

Donald Trump told the Wall Street Journal that he won’t self-fund his general-election campaign and will instead create a “world-class finance organization.”

Said Trump: “I’ll be putting up money, but won’t be completely self-funding, as I did during the primaries.”

That plan represents a shift for Mr. Trump, who has for months portrayed his Republican opponents as “puppets” for relying on super PACs and taking contributions from wealthy donors that he said came with strings attached.

Are Anti-Trump Republicans Willing to Help Elect Clinton?

“Anti-Donald Trump Republicans are starting to consider whether their opposition to a Trump presidency is so strong that they would be prepared to fight him in the general election — even if that means helping put an avowed enemy, Hillary Clinton, in the Oval Office,” the Washington Post reports.

“One strategy under discussion is to focus on helping down-ballot GOP candidates while sitting out the presidential race under the belief that Trump will lose to Clinton no matter what. A more drastic and difficult option: rallying support for a third-party candidate who could uphold traditional Republican positions but would almost certainly steal votes from Trump.”

Trump Plans His First 100 Days

New York Times: “Shortly after the Nov. 8 election, President-elect Trump and his vice president — most likely a governor or member of Congress — would begin interviewing candidates for the open Supreme Court seat and quickly settle on a nominee in the mold of Justice Antonin Scalia.”

“He would launch a charm offensive to start ‘building a government based on relationships’… On Inauguration Day, he would go to a ‘beautiful’ gala ball or two, but focus mostly on rescinding Obama executive orders on immigration and calling up corporate executives to threaten punitive measures if they shift jobs out of the United States.”

“And by the end of his first 100 days as the nation’s 45th leader, the wall with Mexico would be designed, the immigration ban on Muslims would be in place, the audit of the Federal Reserve would be underway and plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act would be in motion.”

Rubio Now Loves the Senate

Politico: “Two months after he quit the presidential race, as he heads into the twilight of his single term in the chamber, the Florida senator is showing signs that the job that once deeply frustrated him isn’t so bad, after all. Bashed on the campaign trail as a vote-skipping truant, Rubio has become a constant, active presence in the chamber — leaning on fellow Republicans to cough up money to combat the Zika virus and strong-arming the White House in a foreign-policy deal in the past few weeks alone.”

Said Rubio: “A couple times I’ve wondered, ‘Boy, if we had a couple more years, we could really get some stuff done.'”

How Big Was Trump’s Victory?

Chuck Todd notes that Donald Trump has now “bested nine current or former governors, he has bested five current or former U.S. senators.  Collectively those folks had 130 years of elected experience in statewide office.”

He added: “A guy who had never held office, who never really was an active member of the Republican party, he has bested all of those people and now has essentially remade the coalition of the Republican party.  The Reagan coalition is no longer in existence.  Donald Trump is trying to create a new coalition for the Republican party.  We’re going to find out in November if that adds up to 50 percent plus one.  I think there are a lot of people that are skeptical of that.”