LUPICA: Donald Trump’s victory in Indiana is the final KO for Republican Party

What Donald Trump has done across the last 11 months is not just take out all the other candidates who started out on the stage with him, so many of whom eventually looked like they were piling out of a car at the circus. DONALD TRUMP CRUISES TO EASY VICTORY IN INDIANA PRIMARY Trump absolutely did more than take out Low-Energy Jeb and Little Marco and even Chris Christie, who ended up working as a bouncer in Trump’s campaign. What Donald Trump really did was take out the Republican Party. He rolled through Indiana on Tuesday night, Trump did, and rolled Ted Cruz like he was mugging him in broad daylight. Now the only one left is John Kasich, who for some reason stays in a race that has seen him win one primary, in his home state of Ohio, where Trump will become the nominee of a party that he fired as surely as if it were some loser B-lister on “Celebrity Apprentice.” On his television show, Trump sent the losers down in an elevator. Since last June, since he came down that escalator at Trump Tower and announced he was going to run for President, what he has done is closer to throwing an entire political party down an elevator shaft. So this wasn’t just the end of the Cruz campaign in Indiana. It was the end of what people are still calling the Republican establishment, whatever that still means. You know who the real low-energy losers have been in this whole thing? The ones who never saw Trump coming, then looked drunk when they finally tried to stop him. This isn’t about what will happen when it is him against Hillary Clinton on the stage in the fall — if she can ever put Bernie Sanders away — and if Trump will go at her as hard when he is facing her as he does now on Twitter and on the campaign trail; when he calls her loud and Crooked Hillary and says if she were a man, “I don’t think she’d get 5% of the vote.” TED CRUZ DROPS OUT Continue Reading

Chris Christie’s blank stare during Donald Trump’s victory speech sets off Twitter users

The ghost of Chris Christie’s failed presidential run appeared to be frozen on stage alongside Super Tuesday victor Donald Trump. The New Jersey governor introduced the Republican front-runner Tuesday night after Trump snagged Alabama, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee and Virginia, before stepping aside — and into the spotlight — with a thousand-yard stare. His blank face at the Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., was likened to Eli Manning's emotionless stare as his brother, Peyton Manning, led the Colorado Broncos to a Super Bowl win. In a surprise move Friday, Christie endorsed Trump’s run to the White House after dropping out of the race. He placed sixth in New Hampshire and returned to New Jersey to regroup. “He’s shown himself to be tough, strong and bold. He’s shown himself a fighter, a leader who speaks plainly to the American people,” said Christie, in a half-hearted speech mocked by the peanut gallery on Twitter as forced. He refused to leave Trump's side during the candidate's lengthy speech, similar to Trump's unwavering endurance during Sarah Palin's stump speech. Christie even stuck around for a round of questions from reporters. Read some of the best tweets: Continue Reading

Election 2016: Haslam encouraged by President-elect Trump’s victory speech

In his first public remarks since Donald Trump became the president-elect, Gov. Bill Haslam said he does not think there will be any political ramifications for not backing his party's nominee.When asked if he thought there might be any blowback from state legislators, the governor said, "I don't know. I would hope people would respect my decision like I respect theirs."Haslam said he had a "whole lot of friends" who said they disagreed with his decision to not support or vote for Trump but he still felt it was the right move.The governor pointed to his relationship with vice president-elect Mike Pence, who Haslam called a "good friend," to allay fears of any repercussions from a Trump administration, while also pointing to the billionaire's acceptance speech early Wednesday morning in New York."If you listen to president-elect Trump’s tone last night it was very different. Regardless of where you are on the political spectrum it was very gracious and very open and I think, I was encouraged by that, and I think all of us would hope that that is the tone that he would retain now that he is going to be the next president."In his victory speech, Trump pledged to be a president for all Americans."Now it's time for America to bind the wounds of division,"  Trump said.In addition to praising Trump's speech, Haslam said he was optimistic about more power coming back to the states in the next presidential administration.“From a governor’s standpoint, whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, you should say we think that’s a good think in terms of managing the size of this country. A lot of the decisions can be made much more effectively at the state level.”Haslam also said Trump doesn't have a "lot of hard-fast, ideological positions" which he said will allow the country to have a "fresh discussion" on a multitude of different issues.Overall Haslam said he was looking forward to building a relationship with Trump, who Continue Reading

WATCH: Donald Trump’s victory speech

Did Donald Trump do this victory speech after you had gone to bed -- or do you just want to rewatch it? Either way, here is the president-elect's early morning victory speech. Related: How did pollsters get Trump, Clinton election so wrong? Donald Trump stuns the world, elected USA's 45th president How anti-establishment outsider Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States Election 2016: Donald Trump wins big in Tennessee Total global disbelief as Trump is elected president Stocks, futures trim losses after Trump victory speech Knox County unofficial results Continue Reading

Play by play of Donald Trump’s Indiana rally 2016

UPDATE 6:15 PM WEDNESDAY: That's a wrap, folks.Read on to catch up on our updates from earlier in the day, or you can find our story on GOP front-runner Donald Trump's speech here.UPDATE 5:00 PM WEDNESDAY: Around two dozen Indiana State Police officers made a human barrier between a group of protesters and Donald Trump’s supporters as they left today's rally in Indianapolis.But aside from some spirited shouting – and more than a few profanities – clashes between the two sides were minimal Wednesday afternoon compared to some high profile physical confrontations around the country that have garnered national attention.Trump himself seemed to revel in the relative peace of the rally, mocking the protesters for a “disappointing” showing.But that’s not to say there wasn’t any drama.By the end of the rally, close to 400 protesters had gathered outside to denounce the GOP front-runner, chanting “Trump Must Go!” They carried signs that ranged from very serious criticisms of his bombastic rhetoric (“No tolerance of bigotry or fascism or hate,” declared one) to the occasional levity (“Donald Trump Hates Puppies”).Trump kicked a handful of protesters out, shouting at multiple points for security to “get ‘em out.”Alexis Martinelli, a 25-year-old black woman, was one of those removed after she and a friend booed. She said someone called her a racial slur as she was being led away.Another protester shouted “you’re a bigot,” before being removed.Amanda Derr, a grad student at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, took a different tactic. She stood outside with a sign offering free hugs.“So many people are protesting hate in such a hateful way,” Derr said.UPDATE 4:30 PM WEDNESDAY: Donald Trump thanks supporters and exits the stage after an hour-long speech."You're going to say that was the single and most Continue Reading

Draft text of Donald Trump’s acceptance speech for Republican nomination

Here is a transcript of Donald Trump’s remarks Thursday night as prepared for delivery according to a draft released by Correct The Record, a group backing Democrat Hillary Clinton. These remarks match the brief official excerpts released by the Trump campaign.Friends, delegates and fellow Americans: I humbly and gratefully accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States.Together, we will lead our party back to the White House, and we will lead our country back to safety, prosperity, and peace. We will be a country of generosity and warmth. But we will also be a country of law and order.Our Convention occurs at a moment of crisis for our nation. The attacks on our police, and the terrorism in our cities, threaten our very way of life. Any politician who does not grasp this danger is not fit to lead our country.Americans watching this address tonight have seen the recent images of violence in our streets and the chaos in our communities. Many have witnessed this violence personally, some have even been its victims.I have a message for all of you: the crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon come to an end. Beginning on January 20th 2017, safety will be restored.The most basic duty of government is to defend the lives of its own citizens. Any government that fails to do so is a government unworthy to lead.It is finally time for a straightforward assessment of the state of our nation.I will present the facts plainly and honestly. We cannot afford to be so politically correct anymore.So if you want to hear the corporate spin, the carefully-crafted lies, and the media myths the Democrats are holding their convention next week.But here, at our convention, there will be no lies. We will honor the American people with the truth, and nothing else.These are the facts:Decades of progress made in bringing down crime are now being reversed by this Administration’s rollback of criminal enforcement.Homicides last year increased by 17% Continue Reading

Tim Kaine visits Phoenix amid new Donald Trump furor over vulgar remarks

Sen. Tim Kaine, this year's Democratic vice-presidential nominee, fired up campaign workers Friday with a stop at his team's Phoenix headquarters.Kaine, D-Va., arrived at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Friday, three days after he clashed with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, the Republican vice-presidential nominee, in a vitriolic debate. He also arrived as GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign was rocked by an unearthed 2005 recording of Trump using vulgar and obscene terms about women.In Phoenix, Kaine denounced Trump for not only his 11-year-old conversation about women, but also for continuing to say that he believes the "Central Park 5" — suspects who were accused but eventually exonerated in a notorious 1989 New York City rape case — were guilty. MORE:  6 things to know about Tim Kaine"Now we got the news out about these sick-to-your-stomach kinds of things that he said about women, which is just more wood on that bonfire because this thing about women is just a very persistent theme with him," Kaine said. "He's clearly got a problem in that way. That he can't look at a woman and see a woman as an equal. That's just not in his DNA."In a written statement earlier in the day, Trump dismissed his lewd chatter as "locker-room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago.""(Former President) Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course — not even close," Trump said. "I apologize if anyone was offended.”At the time of the Central Park attack, Trump paid for full-page newspaper advertisements demanding that the death penalty be reinstated in New York. Kaine said Trump's continued claims about the wrongfully convicted Central Park 5 are "perpetuating a discredited myth," just like he did with the discredited theory that President Barack Obama was not really born in the United States."But it also says something else about him: Continue Reading

President Donald Trump pardons former Sheriff Joe Arpaio

President Donald Trump has pardoned former Sheriff Joe Arpaio for his criminal contempt conviction, removing the only legal consequences the lawman faced stemming from a long-running racial-profiling suit.The White House announced the pardon Friday evening in a news release that recounted Arpaio's lengthy career of "admirable service" in federal and local law enforcement and called him "a worthy candidate for a Presidential pardon."Reached moments after the announcement, Arpaio said he had not spoken toArpaio told The Arizona Republic he learned of the president's action from his lawyer, who visited him Friday at about 4 p.m. at Arpaio's Fountain Hills home. The lawyer delivered Arpaio's wife, Ava, a birthday gift, and "the other gift was the pardon," said Arpaio, who added that he and his wife planned to celebrate over a dinner of spaghetti with calamari and red wine at a favorite Italian restaurant.Arpaio, who lost a 2016 re-election bid ending 24 years in office, hinted the pardon could set up a political comeback: "I told my wife that I was through with politics. But now I've decided I'm not through with politics because of what's happening. I didn't ask for a pardon. It has nothing to do with a pardon. I've been saying this for the last couple of months. I've got a lot to offer."He said he would hold a news conference early next week to discuss the "abuse" of the justice system.Arpaio, 85, was convicted of criminal contempt on July 31, and was scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 5. He faced up to six months in jail. But Trump hinted that a pardon would be forthcoming.Trump and Arpaio have enjoyed a warm relationship since the early days of Trump’s presidential campaign. They share a hard-line stance on immigration, and Arpaio was one of the earliest public figures to offer Trump his full-throated endorsement.Arpaio, who was convicted of criminal contempt on July 31, broached the topic of a presidential pardon himself two Continue Reading

Donald Trump enters 2016 presidential race with bizarre speech insulting Mexican immigrants, lambasting Obama

The carload of Republicans running for President now has a clown. Billionaire Donald Trump threw his red rubber nose into the ring Tuesday with a jaw-dropping ad-libbed speech in which he insulted Mexican immigrants, derided foreign countries and lambasted President Obama and other American leaders as “losers.” “Our country is in serious trouble. We don’t have victories anymore,” Trump told the crowd in his glitzy Fifth Ave. skyscraper, Trump Tower. “I am officially running for President of the United States and we are going to make our country great again.” The real estate magnate made a less-than-imperial entrance, emerging on the main floor of the building and then descending an escalator with his wife, Melania, who wore a strapless white dress. He kicked off his speech with a series of disparaging comments about Mexican immigrants, charging many of them are carrying drugs or are “rapists.” 10 MOST OUTRAGEOUS QUOTES FROM TRUMP'S ANNOUNCEMENT “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” he said. “They’re sending people that have lots of problems. And they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” Later, he vowed to build a “great wall” along the southern border to keep out immigrants — and to make Mexico pay for it. A crowd that appeared to number in the hundreds — though Trump described it as “thousands” — gathered wearing “TRUMP: Make America Great Again!” shirts to hear the blunt-spoken billionaire. In a 45-minute speech that was a stream-of-consciousness riff on his shorter, more sedate, prepared remarks, the man known for the catchphrase “You’re fired!” promised to center his platform on bringing American jobs back from overseas. Continue Reading

Full transcript of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential announcement

Billionaire mogul Donald Trump announced his 2016 presidential run Tuesday. Below is the text of his speech: Last quarter, it was just announced, our gross domestic product - a sign of strength, right? But not for us. It was below zero. Who ever heard of this? It’s never below zero. Our labor participation rate was the worst since 1978. But think of it, GDP below zero, horrible labor participation rate, and our real unemployment is anywhere from 18-20%. Don’t believe the 5.6. Don’t believe it. That’s right - a lot of people up there can’t get jobs. They can’t get jobs because there are no jobs because China has our jobs and Mexico has our jobs. They all have our jobs. But the real number, the real number, is anywhere from 18-19 and maybe even 21% and nobody talks about it because it’s a statistic that’s full of nonsense. DONALD TRUMP IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT Our enemies are getting stronger and stronger by the day and we as a country are getting weaker. Even our nuclear arsenal doesn’t work. It came out recently. They have equipment that’s 30 years old and they don’t even know if it works. And I thought it was horrible when it was broadcast on television because boy does that send signals to Putin and all of the other people that look at us and they say ‘OK, that is a group of people and that is a nation that truly has no clue. They don’t know what they’re doing. They don’t know what they’re doing.’ We have a disaster called the big lie - Obamacare, Obamacare. Yesterday it came out that costs are going, for people, up 39, 39, 49 and even 55%. And deductibles are through the roof. You have to get hit by a tractor, literally a tractor, to use it because the deductibles are so high it’s virtually useless. It’s a disaster.N NEW YORKERS WITH MEXICO ROOTS SLAM DONALD TRUMP And remember the $5 billion website, 5 billion Continue Reading