Readers sound off on Trump vs. Clinton, Zymere Perkins and the Mets

Confession of an old white man Barnegat, N.J.: In last week’s presidential debate, I saw a Republican candidate who made more grotesque facial expressions than an actor practicing for antiacid commercials. He snorted more than a dozen times and sounded like Miss Piggy with allergies. While he ran roughshod over the moderator rambling on and on with his usual gibberish and sound bites, his own lack of stamina came into view as he went for the water six times in an hour and a half. Was he high on something? Certainly not facts, for sure. Imagine him negotiating with Putin or the Chinese. His braggadocio would not impress them any more than it did me. Undoubtedly his supporters will continue to support him no matter what he does good or bad. But really . . . is this a man who looks presidential to you? Are you kidding me? Time for old white men like myself to fess up to the reality that a woman can do a better job of leading this country forward, not backwards to the imagined “good old days.” Ron Vanadia Sneaky move Manhattan: Re: “Donald Trump sniffles through first debate with Hillary Clinton” (Sept. 27): In pro wrestling, one of the biggest crowd pops comes when an opponent uses a wrestler’s own signature move against him. Trump made Hillary Clinton’s health an issue, and now his sniffles are suplexing him. Adam Silbert Holt off Brooklyn: At the end of the debate, moderator Lester Holt asked the two candidates for the presidency if they “would accept the result” of the election. What alternative is there, in a democracy, to accepting the will of the people? Surely the absurd “selection” of 2000 is a stain on our history and no one would tolerate a repeat of the Supreme Court picking the President. Holt made it clear that he was not an impartial moderator, and I think he expected Trump to answer this question in a way that would hurt Trump’s prospects. But no candidate should contest Continue Reading

Exit Polls: 4/10 GOP Voters Would Consider Going 3rd Party If It’s Trump vs. Clinton

Hannity: 'The Establishment Is Lost, and They Have Been Beaten Badly' Huckabee: 'Hillary Is In for the Ride of Her Life' When She Takes On Trump Fox News conducted exit polls yesterday in the Super Tuesday 2 primary states, interviewing approximately 1,600 voters in each state.The polls gave a fascinating snapshot of what voters were thinking as they cast their ballots.Watch more above. 'We Need Protection': Trump Speaks on the Meaning of His Campaign Cain: 'Pathetic & Destructive' for GOP Establishment to Resist Trump Continue Reading

Trump vs. Clinton: Can Halloween Mask Sales Predict the Election?

Charlie Hurt: Until FBI Letter, Clinton Camp Thought 'They Had It in the Bag' Issa: Comey Reopening FBI Clinton Email Probe 'Matter of His Integrity' Judge Nap: FBI Must Have Found Something Substantial in Clinton-Related Emails Donald Trump will win the presidential election, according to a poll that tracks and compares the sales of presidential candidate Halloween masks.Leading costume retail chain Spirit Halloween released their 2016 presidential "mask index" over the weekend, and it Trump was ahead of Hillary Clinton 55 to 45 percent.Over the past 20 years, the poll has reportedly correctly predicted every presidential election winner based on the top-selling mask.For the "mask index," Spirit Halloween teamed up with Harris Poll to survey more than 2,000 U.S. adults, asking why they would dress up as either candidate this Halloween.According to Spirit Halloween, key finding included the following:The top reason Americans chose Donald Trump is to be funny (39%), whereas the top reason Americans choose Hillary Clinton is because they like her (31%).About 1 out of 4 Republicans (23%) and Democrats (27%) who indicated that they would dress up as the opposite party’s candidate would do so to frighten America.Twice as many Americans who would choose to dress up as Donald Trump say they would do so to mock him, compared to Americans who would choose to dress as Hillary Clinton to mock her (32% vs 16%).So, what do you think of the poll? Is it a trick or a treat? Let us know in the comments! Liberals Bash FBI Director Comey Over Clinton Probe After Praising Him in July Mother of Jailed Sailor: 'Hold Hillary to Same Standards' as My Son on Classified Info Three Arrested for Voter Fraud in Key Swing States Continue Reading

Fox News Hosts & Contributors Weigh In on Trump vs. Clinton: Round 2

Trump on 'Hot Mic' Comments: 'Nobody Has More Respect for Women Than I Do' Clinton on Trump Tape: I Question His 'Fitness to Serve' Trump Vows to Have Special Prosecutor Investigate Clinton Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton faced off last night in the second presidential debate of the 2016 campaign. So who came out on top?Fox News hosts, contributors and political experts are weighing in on Trump and Clinton's performances.Charles Krauthammer: "His task was to save his campaign by stopping the hemorrhaging in the GOP. We might see that over the next few days, where instead of a mass flight for the exits, that might be reduced as a result of the fact that he had good moments and essentially in the second half of the debate, had a more dominant presence." (Watch his analysis above)Bill O'Reilly: "[Trump] didn't falter. He took what came at him and turned it into at least a stalemate. So he wasn't blown off, he wasn't humiliated. That's a huge win for him."Frank Luntz: "I have to change my mind. I think tonight was so significant that he is back in this race."Chris Stirewalt: "If the hot mic thing hadn't happened, we would be telling a whole different story about Donald Trump today. We'd be saying he was more disciplined, he was better prepared."Julie Roginsky: "I think mothers - women, but especially mothers - this ['locker room talk'] is not the lesson they want the leader of the free world to impart to their sons. And I don't think anything he said last night is going to change our opinion on that."Newt Gingrich: "Trump came in prepared to go as hard as he needed to. I think he stayed nose to nose with her all evening. And I think that she steadily."Bill Hemmer: "Here's how I scored it. She got under his skin early in debate number one. He did the same to her last night."Laura Ingraham: "I think they actually got a pretty good conversation, and both sides actually, in the end, came across pretty well."Rudy Giuliani: "This could be one of Continue Reading

Buchanan, Bronxville readers on Trump vs. Clinton

The problems in America are: corporate control over labor rights; the endless war machine; and the coming environmental crisis.Both parties are wedded to big money and elite special interests. Lesser-of-two-evil voting: What is it good for? Corporate ascendancy and the right-wing drift that we've been on for the past 45-plus years.The corporations win with a neo-fascist (Donald Trump) or a Wall Street lapdog (Hillary Clinton) in office. Workers lose. ELECTION 2016: Hartsdale, Harrison, Tappan readers weigh in REISMAN: Millennials raised on false hopes We have witnessed Wall Street banks get bailed out after wrecking the economy; we have seen veterans go homeless and commit suicide after being lied into war; we have seen a new generation of hatred being bred in the Middle East due to our drone bombing of seven different Muslim countries — helping ISIS recruitment.There seems to be no end in sight to this country's recklessness. And with these two candidates, it's only bound to get worse. Trump's obvious racism, xenophobia and sexism is throwing the election to Clinton. She'll most likely become the first female president, an accomplishment. However, that will soon give way to her enacting the Republican platform while giving all the plunder and blunder it will cause a "liberal sheen.”The only way America can heal itself: enact some form of democratic socialism based on human need and not private profit. Eric Gebert BuchananTake it from a Information Technology professional with over 30 years of computer security experience concerning Hillary’s email non-scandal. Hillary Clinton was “exceedingly careless” of email communications as the CEO of Apple or any major corporate or government agency is “careless.” The IT department is responsible for server and email security, not the user of the email system. That goes for everyone who has an email account including you and me.When the CEO of Continue Reading

Cable news loses its election momentum after Trump vs. Clinton drove records

Cable-news networks basked in a record-setting year for viewership spurred on by a tumultuous election, but the momentum has begun to subside.With Fox News Channel leading the way, primetime ratings jumped sharply for all networks between January 2016 to the run-up to President Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20. However, when compared with ratings from the months of September to November, each network saw declines.Fox News Channel attracted an average of 2.844 million viewers in January during primetime (8-11 p.m. ET) — a increase of 35% over Jan. 2016, but a 2% decline from Sept.-Nov. 2016, according to Nielsen.CNN had 1.164 million primetime viewers in January — up 38% over last year, but down 22% compared to Sept-Nov. 2016. MSNBC's primetime January viewership of 1.160 million was up 53% over last year but down 18% from Sept.-Nov. 2016.Among the three networks, Fox News has retained the most of its pre-election viewership growth. When looking at full-day viewership, which reflects regular news coverage beyond opinion or talk, Fox’s ratings rose 12% in January compared to election coverage in Sept.-Nov. 2016. CNN and MSNBC's full-day declines were less than in primetime (13% and 16%, respectively).Subsiding viewer ratings is natural after a presidential election, even one that wasn't "just any other presidential cycle," says Billie Gold of ad firm Dentsu Aegis' Amplifi. But the flurry of activity out of the White House should keep cable news viewership high, she said. "Ratings will continue to stay above normal levels as political pundits battle it out on cable news channels, creating a ratings windfall"... in the coming months if not the coming year.  "Like him or not, Trump equals ratings and dollars for cable news providers," Gold said.Fox News Channel also dominated the top overall program chart with 14 of the top 15 shows, including The O'Reilly Factor as No. 1 (4 million Continue Reading

Trump vs. Clinton: how the rivals rank on Twitter, Facebook, more

LOS ANGELES — In the presidential campaign waged on social media, Donald Trump already has the most votes.That's probably of little surprise to people following Trump's frequent, off-the-cuff Tweets from @therealdonaldtrump. But Democratic rival Hillary Clinton has her own pockets of strength — notably YouTube, which showcases highly produced campaign videos. And she's got a presence where Trump is nearly absent, including Snapchat and LinkedIn.Social media has made a bigger impact in this election cycle than any other in history, both for breaking news and as a way for citizens to directly connect to candidates. The nominees respond to each other on Twitter, pump up followers on Facebook, and use YouTube to replay stump speeches and showcase campaign ads. It all serves to amplify traditional campaign-trail rallies and produce a huge source of material for the news cycle.“Conflict sells,” says Michael Cornfield, an associate professor at George Washington University, about why Trump’s tweet rants have been so covered by the media.Take Trump's recent spat with the parents of a soldier who died in combat. It escalated on Twitter after the father, Khizr Khan, criticized Trump at the Democratic National Convention.The styles couldn't be more different. Trump has a brasher style and clearly crafts most of his tweets. Clinton's posts tend to be soundbites from her campaign, and many appear created by a social media team. He often uses the platform to settle scores and blast people, while hers are less personalized and more aspirational (though sometimes she takes a dig at Trump.)“The media loves tweets,” says Jayson DeMers, founder of AudienceBloom, a firm that helps companies with their social media strategies. “They are short, easy to talk about, and and simple to put up on a TV screen.”In terms of shear numbers, Trump has 22.7 million likes and followers on Facebook, Continue Reading

Is Trump vs. Clinton election making some Phoenix homebuyers jittery?

Metro Phoenix’s housing market hummed along during August and September. Sales picked up and prices hit a new post-crash high, despite the heat.But then a few weeks ago, homebuyers seemed to get a little scarce. Owners of houses for sale started seeing fewer visitors. Some open houses began attracting a smaller number of buyers.It could be election jitters, say some real estate agents. The housing market often slows around big elections as people turn their attention to political battles.It could be that more potential homebuyers were traveling or spending time with kids who were out on fall break.Or it could be that homebuyers can choose from many more Valley houses priced above $500,000.I polled about two dozen Valley real estate agents, housing analysts and homebuilders about the apparent slowdown in buyer traffic at houses for sale."Things do slow down for the election," Joseph Callaway of the Valley real estate team Those Callaways told me. "The fact that this election is so polarizing, people may be more apprehensive than usual."He said its their experience that the apprehension goes away a week after elections are over.Ken Peterson, vice president of sales and marketing for Shea Homes'  Arizona division, said model-home traffic was up in September and then dipped during the past few weeks.“This could be due in part to trepidation about the election," he said. "It could also be due to many schools being on fall break, or the fact that the weather is cooling off.”Diane Watson of Realty Executives of Scottsdale told me she’s been seeing less rush from buyers during the past several months.“I would absolutely say that in the current market unless people are in a 'need to buy' situation due to say a relocation, they are taking their time,” she said.  “I think the overall uncertainly of the election leads people to want to cool their heels a bit.”Valley real estate agent Continue Reading

Here’s a blow-by-blow account of the Donald Trump vs. John McCain feud

After more than a year of escalating and de-escalating tensions, John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, and Donald Trump, this year's GOP nominee, are through with each other.McCain, R-Ariz., ended it Oct. 8 by withdrawing his support for Trump the day after news broke of a 2005 recording of Trump talking about women in crude and vulgar ways, and even seeming to trivialize sexually groping them."When Mr. Trump attacks women and demeans the women in our nation and in our society, that is a point where I just have to part company," McCain explained Monday during the only debate of his U.S. Senate race against U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz. "It's not pleasant for me to renounce the nominee of my party; he won the nomination fair and square. But I have daughters. I have friends. I have so many wonderful people on my staff. They cannot be degraded and demeaned in that fashion." RELATED:  5 key moments from the John McCain-Ann Kirkpatrick debateTrump, who has apologized for the offensive sex talk while also downplaying it as "locker room banter," in response has attacked McCain again, claiming that "foul-mouthed" McCain begged him for an endorsement in his Aug. 30 GOP primary fight against former state Sen. Kelli Ward of Lake Havasu City — and then double-crossed him.How McCain and Trump's irreconcilable differences will affect McCain's bid for a sixth term remains to be seen. Prior to the latest dustup, McCain was leading by double digits. But Kirkpatrick's campaign manager, Max Croes, issued a memorandum claiming McCain's "crass political decision(s) on Trump will cost him the US Senate race" because "by trying to please everyone, he now pleases no one" and particularly has alienated "Trump’s substantial and hyper-motivated bloc of Republican voters."McCain's campaign declined to comment on Trump's claim that McCain begged for an endorsement, but did respond to Croes. McCain's team countered that Continue Reading

Gerth | Trump vs. Clinton tests local clergy

Ever since Jerry Falwell and his Moral Majority-backed Ronald Reagan in his 1980 election, American religious conservatives have increasingly supported Republican candidates for president, even going so far as to back Mitt Romney, a Mormon, despite the fact that a Pew Research Center survey four years ago found that evangelicals were evenly split on whether he was even a Christian.But those traditional roles are breaking down now with the GOP candidacy of Donald Trump, as evangelicals struggle with a candidate who seems to go against many of their religious tenets.That's true in Kentucky, where some of the biggest Christian leaders disagree over the election and whether any candidate in the race stands for what they stand for and whether their followers should back them.Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has been outspoken on the matter, writing pieces for the Courier-Journal and the Washington Post and going on CNN to explain why he cannot, will not, cast a ballot for the twice-divorced, thrice-married Trump. ►READ MORE:  For Christians, credibility at stake in election ►READ MORE:  Election season looking for a 'savior,' priests say "The 2016 presidential election presents conservative Christians with an excruciating decision that is testing our character. This predicament is also causing both debate and division within our own churches, denominations and organizations – and even in some extended families," he wrote in the Courier-Journal."How can 'family values voters' support a man who has, among other things, stated openly that no man’s wife was safe with him in the room? A casino titan who posed for the cover of Playboy magazine? A man who boasted that he did not repent of his (well-documented) sins and would not?" Mohler asked.He also said he can't support Democrat Hillary Clinton.Instead, he said he'd write in a name on his ballot.Meanwhile, the Rev. Bob Continue Reading