Thursday, June 16, 2016

June 7 – The Political Reset Button Hit

June 7 will be one of the pivotal days in the 2016 contest for the White House. Hillary Clinton decisively won the California primary, effectively ending Bernie Sanders’s campaign. And, House Speaker Paul Ryan rebuking Donald Trump’s judge comments as racist played repeatedly during the cable news the entire day.

At 7:00 pm, the early California returns had Clinton winning two-to-one, and by 9:00 pm, it was clearly a huge win, completely crushing Sanders’s two-week effort to win California. “Thanks to you, we’ve reached a milestone – the first time in our nation’s history that a woman will be a major party’s nominee for President of the United States.” (Hillary Clinton, June 7, 2016)

Meanwhile, Ryan was admonishing the GOP presumptive nominee, Donald Trump, for his comments on the judge in his private civil suit related to Trump University. “Claiming a person can’t do a job because of their race is sort of like the textbook definition of a racist comment. I think that should be absolutely disavowed. It’s absolutely unacceptable.” (House Speaker Paul Ryan, June 7, 2016)

Trump began his tirade against the judge in the Wall Street Journal on June 2, and then took the charge of bias due to the judge’s Latino heritage national on June 5 on CBS Face the Nation and CNN’s State of the Union.

There is still a lot of election ahead, but June 7 will be an important day. The next round of polls may confirm Clinton is done with Sanders and Trump is finally paying a price for his rants.

I was able to share this day’s historical significance with a presentation to a room full of county commissioners at the CCI Annual Conference in Steamboat Springs on June 7. It was a lively session.

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