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This Week on the Campaign Trail

This week we celebrated the anniversary of Women’s Equality Day, the day when the 19th Amendment was certified, affirming women’s right to vote. The anniversary is a reminder of the progress our country has made when it comes to the treatment of women, and an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to the unfinished work of fighting for full equality. This also marked the first Women’s Equality Day we’ve celebrated with a woman as a major political party’s presidential nominee. Read more about Women’s Equality Day here.

Less than 75 days until the election and the stakes are high, especially for small business owners. This week, Hillary Clinton released a memo detailing her plans to support small businesses across the country. In a town hall, Clinton contrasted her policy agenda with Donald Trump’s terrible record of stiffing small businesses. Clinton knows that levelling the playing field is key to improving our economy for everyone, not just those at the top. That’s why we’re working from now election day to build on the last eight years of progress and ensure Hillary Clinton is our next president.

Excitement continues to build for electing Hillary Clinton and Democrats up and down the ballot in November. Just last week, the DNC announced that it raised $32.3 million in July 2016 compared to the $8.85 million we raised in July of 2012. Democrats know that we are stronger together, and in partnership with Hillary for America, the DNC is putting these resources to work in states across the country. As we look toward Labor Day, we are well-positioned to take on Donald Trump and make sure his dangerous and divisive ideas stay inside Trump Tower.

Trump’s Offensive “Outreach” to African Americans

Playing to negative and inaccurate stereotypes of people of color, Trump launched a new “outreach” effort to try and win over African-American voters. Last week at a rally Trump told black voters: “What do you have to lose? You’re living in poverty. Your schools are no good. You have no jobs.” Then, despite a widespread public backlash, Trump took to the stage again saying “war zones in countries that we’re fighting” are “safer than living in some of our inner cities.”

Coming from a candidate who was sued for housing discrimination at the start of his business career, and who has a record of cozying up to white nationalists, it’s no surprise that his minority outreach efforts have fallen flat. Sadly, we’ve come to expect this type of disgraceful and dangerous race-baiting from Trump.

It’s not just Hillary Clinton who has called Trump out on his racially-charged and divisive rhetoric. Sorry, Donald. Remember when House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senator Ben Sasse, Senator Tim Scott, Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Mike Lee, Senator Jeff Flake, Senator Susan Collins, Senator Norm Coleman, Congressman Ken Buck, Congressman Reid Ribble, State Senator David Johnson, State Senator Rene Garcia, Meg Whitman, Mac Stipanovich and Sally Bradshaw all denounced Trump for his race-baiting rhetoric? We still haven’t forgotten. (Unfortunately House Speaker Ryan and many other republicans still lack the political courage to pull their endorsement of Trump).

Trump’s Pivot on Immigration That Never Happened

This week, the Trump campaign announced plans to pivot to a new position on immigration… and we’re still waiting for it (maybe while we wait he’ll release his tax returns). Yesterday, Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson said that Trump “hasn’t changed his position on immigration. He has changed the words that he is saying.” Confused? So are we. The record shows that his position on immigration hasn’t changed. Moreover, political scientist Larry Sabato predicted that, even if Trump changes his dangerous and divisive immigration policy now, it won’t save him with Latino voters.

Trump has made demonizing immigrants the centerpiece of his campaign from day one, so after 14 months, he can’t just pivot away from the xenophobic and anti-immigrant policies he’s been peddling. Hillary Clinton and Democrats understand that we are a nation of immigrants, and that, together, we can fix our broken immigration system without denigrating or dividing immigrant families.

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Trump’s New Hire Exacerbates Old Problems

In an effort to reboot his campaign, again, Trump hired some interesting new executives. But his new campaign CEO, former Breitbart executive Steve Bannon, has already dragged the Trump campaign to a new low. Under Bannon, the Breitbart New Network earned its reputation as a fringe media outlet, pushing conspiracy theories and hateful right-wing propaganda. By handing Bannon the keys to his campaign, Trump is doubling down on the bigoted, divisive rhetoric that has defined his candidacy. Check out some of the most offensive headlines Breitbart published under Bannon’s tenure:

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Important Polls

  • According to a new Quinnipiac poll, 74% believe Trump should release his tax returns (62% among Republicans) and more than half (59%) feel “the way Donald Trump talks appeals to bigotry.”
  • A new Pew Research Center poll shows that most Americans do not share Donald Trump’s views regarding undocumented immigrants.  Most Americans believe immigrants are filling jobs U.S. citizens do not want (71%), work as hard as Americans (76%), and are no more likely to commit criminal acts than U.S. citizens (67%).
  • According to a poll of the National Association for Business Economics, only 14% of respondents believe that Donald Trump is the best choice to effectively manage the U.S. economy.

From the States

Democrats around the country have shown this week that from now until November 8th, we’re going to hold Republicans up and down the ballot accountable for their divisive and dangerous policies.

Below is a sampling of the events from this week:

Statements and articles:

Texas Democrats Kick Off Love Trumps Hate Day of Action, Talking Economy & Immigration Solutions – Texas Democratic Party

Chairman Palacio, Aspen Mayor Statements Ahead of Trump’s Colorado Visit – Colorado Democratic Party

IDP Statement on Gov. Mike Pence’s Visit to Cedar Rapids – Iowa Democratic Party

Washington State Democrats Statement on Donald Trump Holding a Public Rally in Washington State – Washington Democratic Party

Trump, the Alt-Right, and the Death of Civil Political Discourse in Virginia – Virginia Democratic Party

SCDP Statement on New Poll Showing Presidential Race Dead Even in SC – South Carolina Democratic Party

Democrats Build Momentum Heading into Election Season – Connecticut Democratic Party

Pennsylvania Democratic Party Statement on Gov. Pence’s Stops in Southeastern Pennsylvania – Pennsylvania Democratic Party

WKYC: Local leaders demand Trump release tax returns prior to Akron visit

CW 33: Fort Worth Democrats Offer No Welcome for Tuesday Trump Visit

THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE: Texas Dems greet Trump visit with derision

THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER:  In Philly region, Pence says road to White House ‘goes straight through Pennsylvania’

NPR: For Many Black Voters, Trump’s ‘What Do You Have To Lose?’ Plea Isn’t Enough

FLORIDA POLITICS: Latino activists protest at Donald Trump rally in Tampa

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Trump Rebukes Clinton Racism Claims: ‘Shame on You’

 

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