Summer Trumpism is all the rage, beginning with Speaker Paul Ryan.  Art by Paul Szep

The summer of Trumpism begins beginning with Speaker Paul Ryan.
Art by Paul Szep

“We’re led by a man that either is not tough, not smart, or he’s got something else in mind,” the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said during a phone interview on “Fox and Friends.” [The Hill]

SPEAKER PAUL RYAN has led the way on the summer Trumpism that is tearing through the political universe. His New York Daily News cover, “I’m with racist”, solidified to the larger world that ideology beats taking on racist statements and bigotry that is anathema to “American values.”

The problem for Ryan and other Republicans is that only 22% of Republicans in a YouGov poll assess Trump’s comments on Judge Curiel as “racist.”

Never mind that having a nominee of the Republican Party working to intimidate a federal judge is a harrowing overstep for any politician. Putting a private civil matter into the public arena and making it a presidential topic of discussion in the hopes of squeezing justice out of a judge who’s already showed impartiality.

To accentuate this insanity, Donald Trump is now so pissed off at the Washington Post that he’s revoking their press credentials. They’ll now have to make news the hard way. From the Washington Post

“Well,” Trump said on the “Today Show” Monday morning, “there are a lot of people that think maybe he doesn’t want to get it. A lot of people think maybe he doesn’t want to know about it. I happen to think that he just doesn’t know what he’s doing, but there are many people that think maybe he doesn’t want to get it. He doesn’t want to see what’s really happening. And that could be.”

In other words, Trump was not directly saying that he believes the president sympathizes with the terrorist who killed at least 49 people in an Orlando nightclub. He was implying that a lot of people are saying that.

While this was unfolding, Hillary Clinton’s speech in Ohio stirred up a lot of angst on the progressive side. Gawker has a sampling of an old theme today. If there’s one thing that riles the left about Clinton it’s her willingness to easily adopt right-wing talking points to match her opponents. It’s a tactical decision that makes a lot of sense to the campaign but progressives want purity in speech and tone when it comes to terrorism. Invoking George W. Bush, talking about the “spirit of 9/12” while utilizing “radical jihadists” language takes many progressives to a dark place where Hillary is concerned.

This is why many progressives wanted Bernie Sanders.

It’s also why Hillary Clinton won.

The majority of Democrats don’t care what words Hillary use as long as she’s taking it to Donald Trump.

The four-way horserace question — in addition to asking about Clinton and Trump — also listed Gary Johnson (the Libertarian candidate) and Jill Stein (the Green Party candidate) as additional third party options. The results from this question also show Clinton gaining on Trump. She now enjoys 42 percent support; Trump has 38 percent, Johnson has 9 percent support and Stein has 5 percent. Support for Johnson and Stein remained consistent from last week’s results — but Clinton now leads Trump by 4 points. In last week’s four-way horserace results, Clinton trailed Trump by a single point — 39 percent to 40 percent. [NBC News]