As you know, the point of this blog is to give you a speed-summary of important news.
And I’ve been summarizing less about Trump’s policy positions lately, since they can change or reverse so quickly.
But it needs to be noted that, after the Orlando attack, Trump’s attraction to conspiracy theories appears to have gotten the better of him.
He “waded into the fever swamps on Monday, suggesting in two interviews that President Obama may have a secret agenda that prevents him from combating Islamic terrorists,” says NBC News.
“He doesn’t get it or he gets it better than anybody understands,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News. “It's one or the other, and neither one is acceptable."
Later in the day, Trump’s anti-terrorism speech “flouted the typical post-tragedy script” and left Republican insiders fretting that he’s unprepared to play the crucial presidential role of national healer, says Politico.
The speed with which Trump moved throughout the day, as well as the immediate reaction by Democrats and the media, forced Republicans to develop a response in Trump’s wake, says Politico.
“While this disconnect often happens between a presidential nominee and the party leadership in Congress, it’s far worse with Trump than in previous cycles,” says Politico. “Trump’s media-driven campaign helps him get his message out, but it leaves every other Republican scrambling to figure out how to live in a Trump-centric world."
“[Trump] just blows up everything we want to do,” a senior GOP lawmaker told Politico, speaking on the condition of anonymity. "Every time you turn around, he's said something new. It's impossible for us to keep up."
Or, as Mike Murphy, a former top adviser to Jeb Bush, describes Trump's lack of interest in a presidential demeanor: “Everybody says, ‘Look, he’s so civilized, he eats with a knife and fork. And then an hour later, he takes the fork and stabs somebody in the eye with it.”
Republicans continue to be strongly supportive of Trump’s approach to handling terrorism, says Reuters. This month, two-thirds of Republicans said they agreed with Trump’s proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the country.
Overall, 42 percent of Americans said they agreed with a Muslim ban and 50 percent said they disagreed, with another 8 percent not sure, according to another Reuters/Ipsos poll from May 17 to June 6.