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Trump Blames Clinton for Weiner Sexting

If you were a presidential candidate who polled low among women, who was on your third wife, who had a reputation for womanizing and a professional relationship with a man who’d recently been axed from his job for sexual harassment, would you respond to the latest Anthony Weiner scandal by A. Staying out of it; B. Changing the subject; or C. Attacking your opponent by making a dubious connection between Weiner’s behavior and her own? If you chose C, congratulations: This election has officially warped your sense of good judgment.

— Olivia Nuzzi, The Daily Beast.

David Duke Aligns with Trump in Robocall

We’re losing our country. Look at the Super Bowl salute to the Black Panther cop killers. It’s time to stand up and vote for Donald Trump for president and vote for me, David Duke for the U.S. Senate.”

— A new robocall from former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.

But Mostly Taxidermy

It’s a very complicated subject…It’s some mysterious triumph of lacquering and weaving and taxidermy that really cannot be understood.

— Comic strip artist Garry Trudeau, describing Donald Trump’s hair, and his depiction thereof in his cartoon, “Doonesbury.”

A Weiner Too Far

After long and careful consideration and work on my marriage, I’ve made the decision to separate from my husband.

— Huma Abedin, quoted by ABC News, after husband and ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) was caught in yet another sexting scandal.

Plouffe Labels Trump a ‘Psychopath’

I think the assessment was that Donald Trump would try and do some things to appeal to the middle of the electorate, to appeal to suburban college-educated women. He’s not. I mean, basically, we have a psychopath running for President. I mean, he meets the clinical definition, okay?

— Former Obama campaign chief David Plouffe, citing Trump’s “grandiose notion of self-worth, pathological lying, lack of empathy and remorse,” in an interview on NBC News.

Apologizing for LePage

Dear America: Maine here. Please forgive us – we made a terrible mistake. We managed to elect and re-elect a governor who is unfit for high office. He has a gruff exterior and blunt way of talking that some of us find refreshing, but he has shown again and again that he governs by grudge, and uses his power to beat up on people who cannot fight back.

Portland Press Herald, in an editorial.

Wolfowitz: Trump Foreign Policy ‘Uncomfortable’

The only way you can be comfortable about Trump’s foreign policy, is to think he doesn’t really mean anything he says. That’s a pretty uncomfortable place to be in.

— Former Bush adviser Paul Wolfowitz, in an interview with Der Spiegel, while suggesting he might vote for Hillary Clinton.

Coulter ‘Worships’ Trump, But Wants to Shoot Him

My worship for him is like the people of North Korea worship Dear Leader — blind loyalty. Once he gave that Mexican rapist speech, I’ll walk across glass for him. That’s basically it. Unlike the crazy Cruz supporters, I’ll criticize him, and I have, but it’s all minor stylistic stuff. We all want to shoot him at various times.

— Ann Coulter, quoted by Bloomberg’s Josh Green. on her support of Donald Trump.

Conway: Trump Is Actually Winning the Campaign

Donald Trump performs consistently better in online polling where a human being is not talking to another human being about what he or she may do in the election. It’s because it’s become socially desirable, if you’re a college educated person in the United States of America, to say that you’re against Donald Trump.

— Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway telling the UK’s Channel 4 that Donald Trump is actually winning the election, but every poll is wrong because Trump voters are undercover.

Major Flaw in Trump’s Plan to Court Minority Votes

The main difficulty Trump faces in dispelling the impression that he is a racist is that Trump is, in fact, a gigantic racist.

Jonathan Chait