Let’s start this morning with an absolutely terrifying report from People magazine, where writer Natasha Stoynoff reveals she was Attacked by Donald Trump. Mark Harris tweeted: “Another account by a woman Trump assaulted has just been posted. She's a reporter.”
While in The Daily News, Cameron Joseph reports that Donald Trump may have lied about donating to 9/11 charities. Where’s a nail-biting gif when you need one.
At Bloomberg, Kevin Cirilli wrote Trump Said to Block Campaign’s Requests to Do Self-Opposition Research. Megan Murphy tweeted: “SCOOP - guess who blocked his campaign from digging into his past?” While Jeff Muskus went full schadenfreude: “This is just too good.”
At the Washington Post, you can read It’s not the ‘locker room’ talk. It’s the ‘lock her up’ talk from Charles Krauthammer.
If you haven’t seen it yet (it’s right here btw), the New York Times’ Julie Davis details Michelle Obama Excoriating Trump Over ‘Intolerable’ Comments on Women. While John Seabrook quotes from the piece: “‘This is not normal,’ Mrs. Obama said. ‘It is disgraceful, it is intolerable, doesn’t matter what party you belong to.’”
Two speeches in two hours crystallized the state of Campaign 2016 writes Dan Balz at the Washington Post.
And the hits just keep coming, as Gideon Resnick and Asawin Suebsaeng at the Daily Beast posted Donald Trump Called Deaf ‘Apprentice’ Marlee Matlin ‘Retarded’. Gideon adds, “Some witnessed exchanges while Matlin was out of the room and at least one to her face.” Yeesh.
Journalists vs. Donald Trump
In what I will take the editorial liberty today to consider a Must Read, here’s Graydon Carter’s editor’s letter in Vanity Fair. It’s all about Donald Trump and it is delicious.
Related, do yourself a favor and read The New York Times’s Response to Donald Trump’s Retraction Letter. It’s gold. It’s on fire. It’s molten gold right before they make beautiful, beautiful jewelry out of it. Gerry Smith tweeted but just one nugget of it, “NYT legal counsel on Trump: ‘We welcome the opportunity to have a court set him a straight.’” Farah Stockman especially liked this piece: “Times lawyer to Trump: Nothing in our article ruined a reputation that you, by words and actions, created yourself.” And Steven Lee Myers added, “I wish every journalist in the world could have the law -- and a lawyer like this -- on his or her side.”
In other Trump news, the CPJ chairman says Trump is threat to press freedom. @pressfreedom wrote: “A Donald Trump presidency would represent an unprecedented threat to the rights of journalists.”
Here’s this from NYTimes reporters Jonathan Martin, Alexander Burns, and Maggie Haberman: Cut Ties to Donald Trump, Big Donors Urge R.N.C. Blake Hounshell wrote, “Reince Priebus ‘told one longtime associate that he was having sleepless nights.’” While Clara Jeffery added, quite brilliantly, “GOP Civil War is going full end game Roman Empire.”
While over in Texas, Jason Whitely with WFAA reports on a new poll that say Trump lead shrinks in Texas, within margin of error. Patrick Svitek tweeted: “JUST IN: Trump leads Clinton by only 4 points in TEXAS, per a new poll.”
Remember Ken Bone?
Proving once again that we really can’t have any nice things, Tom Sykes at the Daily Beast writes Ken Bone’s Disturbing Reddit History Shows He’s Not Nearly as Adorable as We Thought. But before you give up forever, here’s James Manning tweeting, “Ken Bone's alleged Reddit history is... interesting.” While Sam Bowman straight up says, “None of these seem bad or ‘disturbing,’ at all. Poor guy.”
Meanwhile, Gizmodo’s William Turton found out even more about Ken Bone - he apparently Forgot To Delete His Porn Comments. Joe Brown pointed out, “Ken Bone is about to regret stepping into the light.” Taylor Wofford picked out: “Ken Bone's vasectomy went well.” While Timothy Burke shared: “Ken Bone copped to felony insurance fraud!” Wow, what even.
And to continue this dumpster fire of an election season, Hadas Gold at Politico had to write that Lou Dobbs tweets Trump accuser's address and phone number. Dylan Byers pointed out, “This is a problem…” While Joel Pavelski said, “I wonder why a woman would be afraid to speak out about sexual assault.”
Other news that’s definitely not about Election 2016, promise
Ok but there is some good news today: Obama lifts all restrictions on Cuban rum, cigars writes Alan Gomez at USA Today. Tonya Francisco got right to the point: “Cigar aficionados are rejoicing!”
To help you feel less bad about how awful things are going in America, let’s turn to Britain’s problems: In Bloomberg, Timothy Ross says U.K.’s May Loads Team for EU Talks With Pro-Brexit Ministers. And explained, “May picks her "hard Brexit" cabinet committee - the 12 people who will decide what Brexit means.”
From the New York Times, Eric Lichtblau reports that the Justice Department will start to Track Killings by Police Across U.S. Josh Petri tweeted what we were probably all thinking, “About time.”
Lest we not forget there is devastation elsewhere in the world, not just on America’s campaign trail, Michael Kimmelman filed In Aleppo, Picturing Faces and Communities Amid the Devastation in the NYTimes. @SlaughterAM tweeted, “Read this and bear witness. It is powerful and heartbreaking. Berlin, 1945; Grozny, 2000; Aleppo, 2016.”