Our Weekly Snapshot on #USElections 2016

As a new week is at hand on the Campaign Trail, we have decided to launch a weekly retrospective which will run through the last week-end of #USElections2016

It was a week of very challenging headlines for Hillary Clinton as the House Republicans came out accusing Mrs. Clinton of Perjury and this on a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch:

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This was as Bill Clinton decided on a massive restructuring of the Clinton Foundation which will include not accepting foreign donations and turning operations to a third party for the work to continue onward.

Donald Trump, though, was quite busy this week as he changed his Campaign Leadership structure and was busy working away as underscored by this speech:

Mr. Trump decided to interrupt his campaign to visit Louisiana which prompted this from the Washington Examiner:

As Donald Trump was personally touring the victims of the historic Louisiana floodFriday, Hillary Clinton did what she could remotely to call attention to the disaster, via Twitter and a Facebook post.

The Democratic candidate announced on Facebook that she called Gov. John Bel Edwards to discuss the deadly flooding, and suggested she wouldn’t survey the damage personally so as not to distract from relief efforts.

Read the full story here.

Mr. Trump heaped criticism on Mrs. Clinton even though Mrs Clinton sent out a “call to action” to her supporters as underscored by this:

Mike —

I just got off the phone with Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana.

The flooding there is more extensive than anyone expected — more than 40,000 homes have been damaged and more than 100,000 people have been affected.

My heart breaks for Louisiana, and right now, the relief effort can’t afford any distractions. The very best way this team can help is to make sure Louisianans have the resources they need.

There are two organizations the governor asked that we help. Chip in right now to the Red Cross, which is doing critical work to provide medical assistance and supplies to the victims of this natural disaster. You can also donate right now to the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, a local organization that’s directing money to community non-profits that need it.

These are our friends, our family members, our community — and they’re counting on us to reach out with open arms right now. This team has done so much for me. Now I’m asking you to show that same support to the victims in Louisiana, so that we can begin to rebuild together:

Thanks so much,

Hillary

The Governor of Lousiana had asked that Mr. Trump not turn the visit into a Photo Op–and our review of his Twitter Feed reflected otherwise. It must also be noted that the Governor of Louisiana had asked President Obama not to visit the flood-stricken area due to the on-going security concerns. Shortly thereafter, this came through on the Washington Examiner:

President Obama will visit flood-ravaged portions of Louisiana next Tuesday, a few days after Donald Trump’s visit, the White House announced Friday.

Gov. John Bel Edwards said this week that he would prefer that Obama visit next week, to give the state more time to deal with flooding that killed 13 people and left thousands of people homeless.

Read the full story here.

Mr. Trump had also begun a “pivot” by appealing to African American and Hispanic American Voters as epitomized by comments by Senator Jeff Sessions and His Campaign Manager about revisiting the notion of mass deportations that has been at the heart of Mr. Trump’s campaign. Mr. Trump’s campaign, in the meantime, aired his first campaign commercials as reproted by Matthew Yglesias of Vox:

Trump’s first ad: pic.twitter.com/GuKp2J887L
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) August 19, 2016

The “extreme vetting” of Mr. Trump has also been continuing by what was reported by the Washington Post this week on Mr. Trump’s Charity Support Committments:

Mr. Trump’s Campaign has also been busy with fundraising as his fundraising and ground game has lagged as epitomized by what was sent out below through the major Super PAC supporting Mr. Trump:

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We end this weekly retrospective with our weekly look at what Five Thirty Eight notes on the “Chances”–and Hillary has lost about 4 Percent since our last review-and as we just saw this interesting retrospective on OZY on how Mrs. Clinton may well lose her lead:

Hillary Clinton

84.8%

Donald Trump

15.1%

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Originally published at dailyoutsider.news on August 21, 2016.