Saturday, 5 November 2016

Trump campaign hit with restraining order over voter intimidation fears – as it happened

Here's where things stand

On the eve of the final friday before the presidential election, the candidates are focusing their attention on key swing states.

Clinton held a get-out-the-vote rally in Cleveland, Ohio, alongside Beyonce, Jay Z, and Chance the Rapper

Trump spoke to a packed crowd in a hockey arena in Hershey, Pennsylvania
At his rally, he said that Obama had screamed at a protester, when in fact Obama had told his crowd not to boo the man at a rally in North Carolina

The Wall Street Journal revealed that the National Enquirer paid $150,000 for a story about an affair between Trump and a Playboy model just to kill the story to protect his campaign
The Associated Press revealed that Melania Trump worked illegally as a model in the US before obtaining her work visa

Earlier, a judge in Ohio issued a temporary restraining order against members of the Trump campaign to prevent them from intimidating voters at polling-places
Earlier, Trump campaigned in Wilmington, Ohio and Clinton in Detroit, Michigan

“Let’s send an unmistakeable message that love. Trumps. Hate,” Clinton finishes.

“This is what America is, my friends,” Clinton says. “We have a woman who is an inspiration to so many others - I thank Beyonce for standing up and showing the world we are strongest when we look out for each other, and I thank Jay for addressing in his music some of the biggest challenges in this country.”

I want to be a president who helps everyone fulfil their potential, and I cannot do that until on tuesday we decide what kind of country we want to be

She is introduced by Jay Z, and stands between them on stage, holding hands with Beyonce. “Thank you,” she says, her voice hoarse. “Hello Cleveland. What an incredible show.”

That comment has some history. NPR reports:

Every presidential election cycle since 1992, the magazine has published a cookie recipe from the candidates’ wives. The latest recipes were released Thursday morning, of course with a twist this year: Since Hillary Clinton is the first female nominee of a major party, it was her husband, Bill, who was asked to furnish a cookie recipe, along with Melania Trump.

The Clintons don’t exactly win points for creativity this year. The campaign submitted the “Clinton Family’s Chocolate Chip Cookies” — a reprise of Hillary Clinton’s earlier oatmeal chocolate chip submissions. And Melania Trump’s submission: “Melania Trump’s Star Cookies.” Family Circle readers will vote on the recipes in a poll on the magazine’s website.

But this isn’t so much a story about cookies as it is a story about Hillary Clinton. Back in 1992, Hillary Clinton was something of an oddity, a political spouse with her own high-powered career, who hadn’t set it aside to stand by her husband when Bill Clinton became governor of Arkansas. Her career became an issue in the Democratic primary. There were questions about whether then-Gov. Bill Clinton had funneled state business into her law firm.

When asked about her career in a press gaggle, Clinton responded, “You know, I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession, which I entered before my husband was in public life. And I tried very, very hard to be as careful as possible, and that’s all that I can tell you.”

“There was a time a woman’s opinion did not matter,” Beyonce says. “Less than 100 years ago women did not have the right to vote. Look how far we’ve come from having no vote to being on the brink of making history by electing the first woman president.”

“I’m with her,” she concludes.

Beyonce takes the stage in Cleveland wearing an enormous hat. “This is history,” she says. “Thank you so much for being here tonight.”

Documents obtained by The Associated Press from 20 years ago show that Melania Trump was paid for 10 modeling jobs in the United States worth $20,056 before she had legal permission to work in the country, the Associated Press reports.

The documents provide the most detailed accounting yet of Mrs. Trump’s first months in the U.S. She has said she followed all immigration laws as she moved from Slovenia to New York in August 1996 and obtained a work visa about seven weeks later.

The documents show she was paid for 10 modeling assignments between Sept. 10 and Oct. 15, before she would have been legally allowed to be paid.

It is highly unlikely that the discovery will affect the citizenship status of Mrs. Trump. She has been a citizen since July 2006.

The Guardian’s Sabrina Siddiqui is on the scene in Cleveland.

A rapturous crowd packed into the Wolfstein Center for a star studded get out the vote concert headlined by Jay-Z, she reports.

The cheers of thousands of jubilant fans reverberated around the stadium as Jay-Z performed hits such as “Dirt off my Shoulder” and “Run This Town,” joined later onstage by Big Sean.

Chance the Rapper followed the act, declaring he was there “to celebrate our next and first woman president in the history of the United States of America.”

Beyoncé was expected to perform soon and was photographed along with her husband and Hillary Clinton backstage.

Hillary Clinton is bringing out the celebrity big guns this evening in Cleveland, in a big final push to win Ohio on Tuesday. Here she is with Beyonce and Jay Z:

She currently lags behind Trump in the state, according to the RCP polling average, which puts Trump 2.7 points ahead at 46.7 percent to Clinton’s 44 percent.

Chance the Rapper is playing now.

At Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio, Jay Z has just finished. Hillary Clinton is due to speak soon.

While he was on stage, the Clinton campaign released an announcement that she would be returning to Cleveland to campaign - this time with LeBron James.

The campaign pointed to an op-ed last month, in which James wrote: “Hillary has always been a champion for children and their futures. For over 40 years, she’s been working to improve public schools, expand access to health care, support children’s hospitals, and so much more.”


An interesting tweet from CNN’s Jake Tapper:

GQ magazine asked a bunch of pro-Trump trolls what they thought about Melania’s idea, announced in a speech yesterday, to fight cyberbullying if she became First Lady.

A representative response:

Once all the cucks flee back to whatever hole they crawled out from there’ll be nothing to cyber bully about.”

You can read the whole piece here.

Trump finishes speaking in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and leaves the stage to a campaign favorite, You Can’t Always Get What You Want by the Rolling Stones, a song that this campaign cycle has comprehensively ruined for all political journalists.

Meanwhile, in Cleveland, Jay Z is playing at a concert with Hillary Clinton:

You can watch the concert live here:
“We will cancel every illegal Obama executive order, protect religious liberty, rebuild our military and take care of our veterans,” Trump says, running through his campaign pledges.

Then he turns to the murder of two policemen in New York today. “And it goes on, and on, and on,” he says. “You’re the man!” someone shouts from the crowd. Trump pledges to protect the second amendment.



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