May 6, 2016
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan is not ready to support Donald Trump , but Trump says he’s not ready to support Ryan’s agenda. But the two are set to meet in Washington next week.
A federal judge in San Diego determined Friday that Donald Trump would testify after the presidential election in a class-action lawsuit that accuses the presumptive GOP nominee and his now-defunct Trump University of defrauding students.
The judge set a Nov. 28 trial date, and Trump lawyer Daniel Petrocelli said the billionaire businessman planned to attend most, if not all, of the trial and would take the witness stand.
The lawsuit is one of three that accuse Trump University of fleecing students with unfulfilled promises to teach secrets of success in real estate.
A handful of students sued the real estate mogul in 2010, alleging his Trump University was a sham full of misleading promises. The students said in a class-action lawsuit that they had paid as much as $35,000 to learn Trump’s secrets to real estate success.
Make that three members of the Bush dynasty who want nothing to do with their party’s presumptive presidential nominee.
Jeb Bush, taking to a favorite medium, laced into GOP rival Donald Trump on Friday in a Facebook post, calling him unfit for the White House.
Bush, the son of one president and brother of another, said the office requires “great fortitude and humility and the temperament and strong character” to deal with the challenges the country will face over the next four years.
“Donald Trump has not demonstrated that temperament or strength of character,” wrote Bush, who was savaged by the Manhattan real estate mogul during his own unsuccessful bid for the Republican nomination. “He has not displayed a respect for the Constitution. And he is not a consistent conservative.”
Bush, a former Florida governor, said he would not vote for the likely Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, calling her “an untrustworthy liberal politician” who would extend the “disastrous” agenda of President Obama.
“I will support principled conservatives at the state and federal level,” Bush wrote.
His manifesto came two days after his father, President George H.W. Bush, and brother, President George W. Bush, revealed their intentions to sit out the campaign and withhold their endorsement from Trump. Both also plan to skip the Republican National Convention in July.
Jeb Bush had earlier stated his intention to stay away from the convention in Cleveland. Of the GOP’s five living previous presidential nominees, only former Sen. Bob Dole plans to attend the convention, and he says he has not decided whether to support Trump.
8:27 A.M. Christine Rushton
Donald Trump won’t put any Democrats on his list of potential vice presidential running mates, he said Friday.
He clarified a day after Ben Carson, the former candidate who now backs Trump, told the Wall Street Journal that Trump plans to consider independent and even Democratic options for a running mate. But Trump swiftly vetoed those ideas, promising to pick “a great Republican.”
“I want to have a great ticket,” Trump said on “Fox and Friends.” “The Democrats have been in there a long time; the economy is terrible.”
He’s in a deep, deep hole in the Electoral College. The things he’s said — and the things he’s likely to say, based on past experience — are going to make it incredibly challenging for him to climb out of that hole.
Whit Ayres, a GOP pollster, sizing up Donald Trump’s state-by-state general election prospects
8:10 A.M. Christine Rushton
Reince Priebus has taken on a new role — refereeing the relationship between Donald Trump and Paul Ryan.
Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman, has been working to bring around party holdouts to accepting Trump as the GOP’s presumptive nominee. He assured Politico in an interview Friday that it’s “highly, highly doubtful” that Trump would fail to be nominated at the GOP convention this summer or that any rule changes would be implemented to block him.
Priebus added that any splintering to a third-party run “is a guarantee to elect Hillary Clinton.”
Priebus insisted that Ryan’s acknowledgment that he’s “not ready” to support Trump showed the speaker’s honesty but not a split from the party.
“I’m comfortable that it’s going to take some time in some cases,” Priebus said of Ryan, the House speaker.
On Friday morning, though, Trump doubled down on his disagreement with Ryan:
Priebus predicted that Trump will subdue his bombastic comments ahead of the general election, saying that the real estate magnate takes on a far more “gracious” and “personable” tone behind closed doors than he does at his rallies.
Priebus admitted that the last time Republicans won the presidency with “relative ease” was in 1988 but that he believes the party will survive its current fracture.
“The party is, was and will remain the Republican Party of the open door,” Priebus said.