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Trump says he’s fine by himself; Clinton hangs with Beyoncé

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    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally.

CLEVELAND >> Donald Trump boasts that he doesn’t need stars to fill his venues in the closing days of the presidential campaign. Maybe so, but the very people Hillary Clinton needs to shore up her campaign — millennials and minorities — appear all too happy to see her with singer Beyoncé and rapper husband Jay Z.

Standing on stage with the superstars at a free concert at Cleveland’s Wolstein Center, Clinton lavished praise on the celebrity couple and asked the thousands of cheering fans for their votes.

“Please take this energy out with you,” Clinton said. “Help us win Ohio.”

Clinton’s campaign has hosted a series of free concerts designed to drum up enthusiasm for her bid. Rocker Bon Jovi and R&B singer Ne-Yo rallied voters in North Carolina, while singer/actress Jennifer Lopez took the stage in Miami and singer Steve Wonder was performing in Philadelphia.

On Saturday night, Clinton will host a concert with pop star Katy Perry in Philadelphia, then return to the city on Monday for a joint rally with President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton. Pennsylvania is a state where Clinton has long had a solid lead; it has not voted for a Republican in six presidential elections.

The celebrity firepower only adds to what’s an already deep bench of political surrogates eager to campaign for Clinton. On Friday, Vice President Joe Biden campaigned in Wisconsin, Sen. Bernie Sanders in Iowa, and Obama in North Carolina.

Trump, whose controversial campaign has divided the Republican Party, has appeared with a ragtag group of supporters including former Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight. An event with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie scheduled for Saturday was canceled after two of his top aides were found guilty Friday on all counts for their roles in the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal.

“I didn’t have to bring J-Lo or Jay Z,” Trump told a crowded rally Friday night in Hershey, Pennsylvania. “I am here all by myself. Just me. No guitar, no piano, no nothing.”

In a new ad, Trump tells voters that they are “the only force strong enough to save our country” from a “corrupt political machine.”

The New York billionaire spent Friday on a tour of rural areas, hoping to boost turnout among the voters drawn to his promise to bring back a lost America. He started his day in Atkinson, New Hampshire, population 6,800 and almost 98 percent white, according to the Census Bureau. From there, he was bound for Wilmington, Ohio, another overwhelmingly white town where just 13 percent of its 12,500 residents have a college degree.

Speaking more than 2,000 miles from the Mexican border, Trump drew loud cheers in Atkinson when he vowed to build a massive wall between the U.S. and Mexico. The crowd booed when he contended that Clinton supports open borders.

“Her plans would mean generations of terrorism, extremism and radicalism spreading into your schools and through your communities,” he said.

Trump and Clinton will be campaigning in Florida on Saturday, last-ditch efforts to win support in a state where early voting has already exceeded 2012 levels. Clinton’s team was encouraged by strong Latino turnout, particularly around Miami. But the Democrats have seen their chances decline in Ohio, a key battleground state that’s been leaning toward Trump, and New Hampshire, where Clinton’s numbers are weakening.

In spite of a close race in national polling, Trump’s path to victory remains narrow. His campaign is increasingly looking to make up for losses among suburban voters, particularly college-educated women, by attracting new voters in out-of-the-way places.

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Associated Press writers Steve Peoples and Kathleen Hennessey in Washington and Josh Lederman in Fayetteville, North Carolina, contributed to this report.

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  • It’s not a surprise that he’s alone – any politician with a brain is going to avoid Trump like he’s radioactive. Trump is successfully causing enough Republican Senators to lose their elections that Democratic control of the Senate is virtually guaranteed, so at least something good is coming of having a psychotic run for President.

    Thanks, Trump supporters!

  • If not for the undereducated, racists, misogynists, the NRA, the wealthy who don’t want to pay any taxes, and a few tin hat wearers, Trump would have no fan base. The Republicans who endorse and make appearances on his behalf must feel like a bunch of ldiots telling audiences what a “good man” and “great leader” he is.

    They just wish he’d go away.

    • If not for the undereducated, racists, misogynists, the NRA, the wealthy who don’t want to pay any taxes, and a few tin hat wearers, Trump would have no fan base.

      Then how on earth, with so thin a fan base, did he prevail in the primaries, eh? How could he have possibly gotten the nomination? And how is that he is closing in on Shrillary who is clearly coming unraveled with each new day’s revelation about her treasonous – – certainly criminal pay to play – – activities at State?

      On balance it looks like you are on the cusp of panic. And no wonder.

  • “…started his day in Atkinson, New Hampshire, population 6,800 and almost 98 percent white….From there, he was bound for Wilmington, Ohio, another overwhelmingly white town where just 13 percent of its 12,500 residents have a college degree.”

    Truly a man of the people. A man of undereducated white people. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But being undereducated leaves one prone to the flimsy lies this con artist throws out without thought. And unfortunately, race is still an issue 50 years after we put a man on the moon.

    Playing to these small, isolated audiences shows the inept strategy of the Trump campaign. He loves hearing these enthusiastic crowds at these local pep rallies to stroke his ego, but that will not gain him any more votes. His ego is more important than anything else. He doesn’t care about you.

    • A man of undereducated white people.

      By all means heap your scorn and contumely on white people as prognathous, knuckle dragging, mouth breathers.

      In that case, one surmises that it must really bug the [redacted] out of you to have to begrudgingly admit that ALL our genius forefathers – – who brought forth here in The New World the brand new concept of a national government that derives its authority, not from conquest or a divine rule of kings, but from the consent of the governed and is checked and balanced to prevent government tyranny – – were /GASP!/ WHITE MALES . . .

      every

      single

      last

      one

      of

      them.

      And who was it that liberated the slaves in this country four score and seven years later, hmmmm?

      While blacks fought courageously on both sides of the War Between The States, it was overwhelmingly WHITE soldiers who won the freedom for slaves, saved the Union, and settle for all time the question of succession.

      It’s called TRUTH.

      Choke on it, Sportin’ Blood.

  • I really question those national polls showing the Donald close. Why would anyone support this clown? I mean, he is an idi*t to the max. He has no ideas except welfare for the rich. His only idea appears to build a 50 foot wall along the southern border. Why would anyone vote for him? Do you really want to see the Dow fall to below 7000 again? May I ask why?

    • He certainly won’t be the “Education President.” In order to get votes and if elected (hopefully not), to maintain control, he needs people to be as ignorant and gullible as possible.

    • I think it’s partly a combination of whites afraid of becoming irrelevant, those seeking to overturn roe vs wade and the far right trying to get a more conservative supreme court. The rest of his support seems to come from the racists, sexists and misogynists attracted by his inflammatory rhetoric. Not exactly an attractive group.

      • I think it’s partly a combination of whites afraid of becoming yada yada yada

        You have amusingly – – albeit inadvertently – – provided convincing evidence that your first two words are untrue. You don’t “think”, you FEEL and there is a universe worth of difference.

        No wonder Donald Trump is so pumped as the clock ticks down.

        • No, I “think” there are whites who are afraid they are becoming irrelevant because of the influx of minorities, based on anecdotal evidence. Clearly, there are those who take it a step further into the realm of racism, which is why I separated those from the whites merely feeling insecure.
          It’s really pretty arrogant and presumptuous to presume you understand my thought process.

        • skinut says: It’s really pretty arrogant and presumptuous to presume you understand my thought process.

          Difficult to understand something that does not exist.

        • So when you have nothing else to say, you resort to meaningless insults, just like trump. So telling and so sad.

  • President Trump is Correct again! Guys a “Rock Star” and “The Energizer Bunny” all rolled in One!Where does he get all his energy from? One day he’s in one part of the country,a few hours later he’s on the other side of the country!Braaaaah!

    Did you see how much of a crowd he attract at his Rally’s…It’s Massive and Mind Boggling!

    On the other end……..The Democratic Presidential nominee.
    Out of desperation the Clinton Campaign are trying ever so hard to attract as many, or few people as they can! Begging or should I say “Enticing” People with Free tickets to attend her Rally!
    Hence the performance of Jay-Z and Beyonce,who by the way has dropped so many “F” & “N”Bombs at Hillary’s Rally! And when Hillary came to speak? “Many of them Exited before Hillary could speak” . Hey ,But thanks for the FREE Tickets! I’m outta here! Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!
    :see the Daily Mail.com for the story,you’ll get a laugh out of this one,I did!
    Indeed,without Star Power or Hollywood celebrities Hillary’s rally’s are?
    One Word? Dismal!

    ” A laughable moment” Is when the MSM doesn’t even want to pan their cameras towards her audience…..Yes ,they do the same for Donald Trump,however for different reasons. lol.
    MSM are more afraid to show the HUGE the number of people that are actually attending Donald Trumps Rally!

    In summary the number of people attending Donald Trump’s Rally’s are the Same or Exceed the number of people attending Hillary’s recent Rally/concert performance…….even with Jay-Z and Beyonce !
    Yes,Donald Trump does Fine all be himself! He is, in my mind a…….. Rock Star. IMUA President Trump, let’s Drain the Swamp first so that we all can come together and “Make America Great Again”!

    Off Grid: Last day to register for “Early voting”. Get out there!

  • Trump’s pal, the owner of the National Enquirer paid a Playboy centerfold $150,000 for exclusive rights to her story about having an affair with Trump in 2006. And then, in order to protect Trump from the truth, his pal did not print the story, a practice known as “catch and kill.”

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