Donald Trump’s Feud With John Kasich May Haunt Him in Ohio
By TRIP GABRIELSEPT. 6, 2016
Donald J. Trump at a diner in Brook Park, Ohio, on Monday. Almost none of Gov. John R. Kasich’s seasoned political staff are helping Mr. Trump in his close battle here with Hillary Clinton. Credit Ty Wright for The New York Times
Elections in Ohio are trench warfare, fought by waves of volunteers swarming across hundreds of thousands of front porches to rap on doors.
Candidates open field offices by the dozen and send in hundreds of paid staff members, while a voter in a politically predictable state like New York or Alabama never receives so much as a robocall.
The presidential organizing model has trickled down to officeholders in Ohio, an essential swing state, where no one has built a better voter-mobilization team than the twice-elected governor, John R. Kasich.
But after a sulfurous feud between Mr. Kasich and Donald J. Trump, which boiled over in July at the Republican nominating convention in Cleveland, almost none of the governor’s seasoned political staff members are helping Mr. Trump in his close Ohio battle with Hillary Clinton.
A procession of senior political aides to Mr. Kasich spurned overtures to work for the Trump campaign.
The degree to which that will weaken Mr. Trump’s prospects in Ohio, where both candidates campaigned on Monday, is hard to precisely measure. But what is certain is that in Ohio, where Mrs. Clinton holds one of her narrowest polling leads in any battleground state, Mr. Trump cannot afford a ground game that underperforms, as it did in earlier primary contests.
“Kasich had the best ground game for the last eight years in Ohio,” said Michael Hartley, a Republican consultant in Columbus. “If you want to win Ohio, you need the Kasich team.”
A long list of senior political aides to Mr. Kasich, pictured here in April, have declined offers to work for the Trump campaign. Credit Mark Makela for The New York Times
Mr. Hartley opened Ohio field offices for Mr. Kasich ahead of his victory in the state’s presidential primary. But he did not want to work for Mr. Trump, citing loyalty as a member of Mr. Kasich’s team.
“You’re a family, and if somebody attacks your family and says awful things about your family, are you inclined to help that person?” he asked, alluding to Mr. Trump. “The answer is no. To be honest, the Trump people did this to themselves.”
Mr. Kasich, who is seen as already laying the groundwork for a 2020 presidential race, was in New Hampshire late last month to thank supporters, where he had finished second in the February primary.
Members of his close-knit team said the governor never commanded them not to work for Mr. Trump.
One Kasich ally, Matt Borges, the chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, who criticized Mr. Trump during the convention, is now supportive of the nominee. “You play the hand you’re dealt and go out and do the best you can,” Mr. Borges said.
“We will have an effort that’s parallel to any other presidential effort we’ve had in Ohio,” he added.
Mr. Trump’s small paid staff in the state is led by Bob Paduchik, a veteran of President George W. Bush’s 2004 re-election race. It is filled out by a handful of operatives from second-tier Ohio Republican officeholders.
The senior staff members, who declined multiple requests for comment, recently announced the opening of 15 Ohio field offices. The sites will be staffed by the workhorses of the ground game: about 70 organizers hired by the state and national Republican parties, some of whom have been in the field for over a year. Forty more organizers will be hired in the final stretch before Election Day, Mr. Borges said.
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By contrast, Mrs. Clinton had 180 organizers on the ground in Ohio as of August, also paid through the state and national Democratic parties, according to campaign filings. The Clinton campaign said it had opened more than 35 field offices.
For both the Republican and Democratic campaigns, it is the job of paid organizers to recruit and inspire volunteers to make phone calls and knock on doors — the nuts and bolts of turning out voters.
While Kasich loyalists said many seasoned volunteers were sitting on the sidelines this year, Mr. Trump’s unconventional candidacy has also inspired a wave of newcomers.
But the growing pains of the effort were suggested by an email from a regional coordinator for the combined campaign, published last month by the Cincinnati Enquirer. It showed the Trump team struggling to distinguish between supporters and opponents on the Republican central committee of Hamilton County, which includes Cincinnati. “If they are against us, we just need to know,” the coordinator wrote.
“What is going to be damaging to the Donald Trump campaign,” said Betty Montgomery, a former Republican attorney general of Ohio, “is the equivocation on the part of regular Republicans, those die-hard Republicans who show up at conventions and work the polls.”
In July, when Republicans met in Cleveland to crown their nominee, Mr. Kasich withheld his endorsement and refused to formally welcome delegates to the convention. Mr. Trump’s campaign manager at the time seethed that the governor was “embarrassing his party in Ohio.”
Behind the scenes, fallout was swift. A Kasich loyalist in line to direct the combined campaign in the state, Tim Biggam, turned down the job.
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His decision, described by party insiders, followed similar choices by other senior Kasich aides before the convention. Jeff Polesovsky, Mr. Kasich’s deputy campaign manager, had rejected overtures to become Mr. Trump’s Ohio director. Fred Brown, communications director for the Republican National Committee in Ohio, resigned because he did not want to help elect Mr. Trump, according to people briefed on the matter. Mr. Hartley, who had helped Mr. Kasich during the presidential primary, said he refused to work for Mr. Trump because of his belittlement of Mexicans; Mr. Hartley’s wife was born in Mexico and is a naturalized citizen.
Several strategists said Mr. Trump’s fate in Ohio will turn less on the absence of Kasich operatives than on the fundamentals of the campaign. No candidate since 1964 has made it to the White House without winning Ohio. And while Mrs. Clinton could afford to lose there given her advantage in other battlegrounds like Virginia and Colorado, Ohio is a must-win for Mr. Trump.
He is doing well with white working-class voters in Democratic strongholds like Youngstown, where industrial jobs have vanished, and in rural counties along the Ohio River. President Obama won Youngstown’s Mahoning County in 2012, and Mr. Trump is expected to convert many voters to his cause.
But the populations in these counties are relatively small. Mr. Trump’s gains there would be outweighed by the significant losses he is expected to face in the suburbs of major cities, especially Columbus, strategists said.
Franklin County, which includes Columbus, has nearly overtaken Cuyahoga County as the state’s most populous, fueled by urban revitalization and the growth of jobs in insurance, banking and aviation. Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee, lost Franklin County by 130,000 votes. Mr. Trump is supported by only about 20 percent of the voters there, according to a Republican strategist briefed on private polling.
The Clinton campaign and outside allies have pounded Mr. Trump in the Columbus television market with ads portraying him as rash and lacking in decency toward women and disabled people.
As Mr. Borges sees it, Democrats are repeating their 2012 strategy of burying the Republican nominee in an avalanche of negative ads, which, he said, suppressed Republican turnout that year.
“What the Obama campaign did to Romney was they worked on the central Ohio counties and kept voters home,” he said. “It worked.”
Correction: September 6, 2016
An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified the job that Fred Brown, a Republican official, held in Ohio before resigning because he did not want to support Donald J. Trump. Mr. Brown was communications director for the Republican National Committee in Ohio, not the Ohio Republican Party.
Donald Trump Has Outlined A Detailed And Bold Plan To Stop Illegal Immigration!
On the border wall:
“On day one, we will begin working on an impenetrable physical wall on the southern border,” Trump said. “We will use the best technology, including above-and below-ground sensors, towers, aerial surveillance and manpower to supplement the wall, find and dislocate tunnels, and keep out the criminal cartels, and Mexico will pay for the wall.”
On “catch and release”:
“Under my Administration, anyone who illegally crosses the border will be detained until they are removed out of our country,” Trump said.
On his “zero tolerance policy”:
“According to federal data, there are at least 2 million criminal aliens now inside the country. We will begin moving them out day one, in joint operations with local, state and federal law enforcement. Beyond the 2 million, there are a vast number of additional criminal illegal immigrants who have fled or evaded justice. But their days on the run will soon be over. They go out, and they go out fast. Moving forward, we will issue detainers for all illegal immigrants who are arrested for any crime whatsoever, and they will be placed into immediate removal proceedings. We will terminate the Obama Administration’s deadly non-enforcement policies that allow thousands of criminal aliens to freely roam our streets.”
“We are going to triple the number of ICE deportation officers. Within ICE, I am going to create a new special Deportation Task Force, focused on identifying and removing quickly the most dangerous criminal illegal immigrants in America who have evaded justice. The local police know who every one of these criminals are. There’s no great mystery to it, they’ve put up with it for years. And now, finally, we will turn the tables and law enforcement will be allowed to clear up this dangerous and threatening mess.”
“We will immediately terminate President Obama’s two illegal executive amnesties, in which he defied federal law and the constitution to give amnesty to approximately 5 million illegal immigrants. Hillary Clinton has pledged to keep both of these illegal amnesty programs – including the 2014 amnesty which has been blocked by the Supreme Court. Clinton has also pledged to add a third executive amnesty. Clinton’s plan would trigger a Constitutional Crisis unlike almost anything we have ever seen before. In effect, she would be abolishing the lawmaking powers of Congress in order to write her own laws from the Oval Office. In a Trump Administration, all immigration laws will be enforced. As with any law enforcement activity, we will set priorities. But, unlike this Administration, no one will be immune or exempt from enforcement – and ICE and Border Patrol officers will be allowed to do their jobs. Anyone who has entered the United States illegally is subject to deportation – that is what it means to have laws and to have a country. Our enforcement priorities will include removing criminals, gang members, security threats, visa overstays, public charges – that is, those relying on public welfare or straining the safety net, along with millions of recent illegal arrivals and overstays who’ve come here under the current Administration.”
“According to data provided to the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, between 9/11 and the end of 2014, at least 380 foreign-born individuals were convicted in terror cases inside the United States. The number is likely higher, but the Administration refuses to provide this information to Congress. As soon as I enter office, I am going to ask the Department of State, Homeland Security and the Department of Justice to begin a comprehensive review of these cases in order to develop a list of regions and countries from which immigration must be suspended until proven and effective vetting mechanisms can be put into place. Countries from which immigration will be suspended would include places like Syria and Libya. For the price of resettling 1 refugee in the United States, 12 could be resettled in a safe zone in their home region. Another reform involves new screening tests for all applicants that include an ideological certification to make sure that those we are admitting to our country share our values and love our people. For instance, in the last five years, we’ve admitted nearly 100,000 immigrants from Iraq and Afghanistan – in these two countries, according to Pew research, a majority of residents say that the barbaric practice of honor killings against women are often or sometimes justified. Applicants will be asked for their views about honor killings, about respect for women and gays and minorities, attitudes on Radical Islam, and many other topics as part of the vetting procedure.”
Scot Faulkner commentary: Trumping The Establishment
Millions of Americans support Donald Trump for President, and many have multiple reasons for doing so: immigration, jobs, affordable energy, fixing our inner cities, manmade climate change skepticism, and just plain “making America great again.” Millions of other Americans support Trump for the reason spelled out by Scot Faulkner in this perceptive article: They despise The Washington Establishment for what it is doing to them and their country – and The Washington Establishment has a visceral hatred for Donald Trump, because he promises to put that system out of business. Scot provides the history and details. His article will likely stir up spirited discussion … and may help many voters crystallize just why they want him as their next president. Thank you for posting his article, quoting from it, and forwarding it to your friends and colleagues. Best regards,Paul Trumping The Establishment The Washington Establishment hates Trump, because he promises to put them out of business By Scot Faulkner.Why does The Washington Establishment hate Donald Trump? It is not because of his positions on immigration or trade. Pat Buchanan and Ross Perot advocated similar stands in 1992, and they did not generate the obsessive hatred being displayed in 2016.Trump has declared war on The Establishment itself. In his June 16, 2015 Presidential announcement he asserted:“So I’ve watched the politicians. I’ve dealt with them all my life…. They will never make America great again. They don’t even have a chance. They’re controlled fully by the lobbyists, by the donors, and by the special interests…. It’s destroying our country. We have to stop them, and it has to stop now.”So in a nutshell, The Washington Establishment has a visceral hatred for Donald Trump, because he promises to put their system out of business.The Washington Establishment sees Trump as serious about them being the primary impediment to making America “great again.” He sees The Establishment as lining their pockets, and their friends’ pockets – as beneficiaries of the status quo. As long as nothing changes, The Establishment will have their mansions, limousines, VIP tables and ego trips. There is much at stake.Think of Washington, DC as a mass of “cookie jars,” each containing delicious treats. There are those who control the cookie jars, those who want the cookie jars, and those who can get the cookie jars. Officially, these treats are distributed based on legislative mandates, open competition, and documented needs. In fact, the treats are almost always handed out to friends, and friends of friends. Friends can be purchased. Friends help friends get reelected, and gain power, and get treats. It is Washington, DC’s “golden rule” – those with the gold rule.Welcome to “crony capitalism”. Someone knowing someone who can hand out favors has been around since the first tribes shared the first harvest. The term “lobbyist” came from favor seekers hanging out in the lobby of Washington, DC’s Willard Hotel during the Grant Administration in the 1870s. In 1905, George Washington Plunkett, a ward boss in the Tammany Hall political machine, coined what could be the motto of Washington, DC: “What is the Constitution among friends?”Today, things have gotten way out of hand. Spending for Washington lobbyists has tripled since 1998 to over $3.22 billion a year. Favor seekers spend $24 million on lobbyists each day Congress is in session. Campaign fundraising is another dimension of how The Establishment stays in power. Over $750 million has been raised for House races and $520 million for Senate races this election cycle. Leaders of Political Action Committees (PACs), and individual bundlers who raise funds, dominate this ultimate game of “pay for play.”Those brokering power become gatekeepers for funding and favors throughout the Federal Government. This power comes from a truism overlooked by everyone in the media: all discretionary federal money is earmarked. The popular myth is that earmarks vanished once the Republicans banned them when they returned to power in 2011. In fact, they only banned legislative earmarks, and there are still ways to work around that system. The President, and his appointees, earmark funds as standard operating procedure. Even career bureaucrats play favorites. Favorites can be based on institutional, Administration and ideological biases. Favoritism can also go to the highest bidder. This is federal money flowing out the door as grants, programs, contracts, buildings, leases and employment. Other “treats” to be dispensed include regulatory relief, tax waivers and subsidies. Favoritism is rarely purchased with money directly changing hands; that kind of corruption occurs more in state and local government. Washington level corruption is true “quid pro quo.”The Washington Establishment swaps favors more insidiously. How many times does a military officer get a major position with a defense contractor years after he favored them with a multi-million dollar contract? A Reagan aide granted a building height waiver near the White House and quadrupled his salary when hired by the developer. Grant and contract officers obtain slots at prestigious colleges and prep schools for their children for making the “right” choices or being a little lax on oversight. Bush era National Park officials refused to prosecute the destruction of park land in exchange for Redskins tickets. Obama era Fish & Wildlife Service officials give wind turbine companies 5- and 30- year exemptions from endangered species and eagle protection, so they can slaughter eagles, hawks, falcons, other birds and bats by the hundreds of thousands year after year – while “commoners” get fined or jailed merely for “possessing” a bald eagle feather. Hillary Clinton gets exonerated from a host of transgressions, in exchange for who knows what. Everyone has their price, save for “true public servants.” Trump promises to smash the cookie jars and end the reign of The Establishment. Normal Americans are rallying around Trump. They are enraged at the lies and duplicity of those in power. Many see a reason to vote for the first time since Reagan. They want November 8, 2016 to be America’s “Bastille Day,” marking the end of Washington, DC’s arrogant and unaccountable ruling class. Billions of dollars are at stake. Perks, prestige and power are at stake. The future of representative government is at stake. Is it any wonder that The Establishment is doing everything and anything to stop Trump? Scot Faulkner served as the first Chief Administrative Officer of the U.S. House of Representatives and on Reagan’s White House Staff. He advises global corporations and governments on strategic change and leadership.
Donald J. Trump met in Mexico on Wednesday with President Enrique Peña Nieto, who is being criticized by many Mexicans for holding the meeting. In a subdued joint appearance before the press in Mexico City, the two men described the meeting as warm, despite significant disagreements on issues of trade and immigration.
Then in Phoenix, Mr. Trump delivered his immigration policies in a speech. Here are the highlights of that speech, which was startlingly at odds with what he articulated in Mexico (and how Mr. Trump’s views on immigration have changed over time):
• Mr. Trump explained his supporters to those voters who are wary of them and their perceived anti-immigrant views, in a sense speaking directly to those who fear him as much as the the audience right in front of him. “These are valid concerns expressed by decent and patriotic citizens,” he said.
• Trump ticked through the names of three Americans who were killed by undocumented immigrants. These are staples of his speeches and familiar to his audiences at this stage of the campaign. He has held them up as examples of an immigration system run amok with tragic consequences.
• Trump made the case that elites in Washington and in the media have put the wrong focus on the immigration debate – by emphasizing the plight of an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country, not the Americans impacted by their presence. “Anyone who tells you that the core issues is the needs of those living here illegally has simply spent too much time in Washington. Only the out of touch media elites think the biggest problems facing American society today is that there are 11 illegal immigrants who don’t have legal status.”
• Here’s Trump’s plan for combating illegal immigration, boiled down to its simplest elements:
1. Build the wall
2. End catch and release policy for undocumented immigrants and instead return them to their country of origin
3. Have zero tolerance for undocumented immigrants who have committed a crime. He will deport them.
4. Triple number of deportation officers at the department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
5. Repeal President Obama’s executive orders that temporarily protected undocumented immigrants from deportation and authorized them to receive work permit
6. Stop issuing visas to any country where “adequate screening cannot occur” that might endanger national security;.
7. Ensure foreign countries take back deported immigrants from the United States: Mr. Trump said 23 countries refuse to do so
8. Complete a biometric entry and exit visa tracking system under development. “It will be on land, it will be on sea, it will be in the air,” he said.
• Comparing himself to Hillary Clinton, who he maligned throughout the speech, Mr. Trump asked: “What do you have to lose? Chose me.” It was an echo of a much mocked question he asked black voters recently.
• “Maybe they’ll be able to deport her.” Mr. Trump provocatively wondered whether its possible to send Mrs. Clinton out of the country.
• A memorable passage from this speech: “Our message to the world will be this: You cannot obtain legal status or become a citizen of the United States by illegally entering our country. Can’t do it. This declaration alone will stop the crisis of illegal crossing. You can’t just smuggle in, hunker down and wait to be legalized. Those days are over.”
• Mr. Trump invited onto the stage the mothers and fathers of Americans whose children were killed by undocumented immigrants. He asked each to describe their children and how they died. He then kissed many of them on the cheek. It was the most emotional moment of the speech. “If you don’t vote Trump, we won’t have a country,” one of the mother told the audience.
And here are the highlights from Mr. Trump’s trip to Mexico: He reached out to the Mexican president and people.
Mr. Trump, first reading slowly from a statement and then speaking more freely in response to a question, said he now considered Mr. Peña Nieto a friend and heaped praise on Americans of Mexican descent. Mexican-Americans, Mr. Trump said, were “beyond reproach” and “spectacular, hard-working people.”
But Mr. Trump said he also told Mr. Peña Nieto directly that he felt Mexico had benefited disproportionately from its trade agreements with the United States, and that he had described illegal immigration as a problem for both countries.
He raised his plan to build a wall, but there’s a dispute over whether he and Mr. Peña Nieto discussed who would pay for it.
Mr. Trump said the two did not discuss the issue of forcing Mexico to pay for a border wall — one of the signature promises of his campaign. Mr. Peña Nieto did not challenge the idea during the news conference but later posted on Twitter that, during his meeting with Mr. Trump, he had made it clear that Mexico wouldn’t pay for the wall.
Mr. Peña Nieto pressed Mr. Trump on his contentious comments and pushed back against his assertions on trade.
Mr. Peña Nieto pushed back in the gentlest of terms on several of Mr. Trump’s claims on Nafta, citing U.S. Chamber of Commerce statistics to argue that free trade had been beneficial for both countries and stressing the economic importance of easy movement across the border.
Without mentioning specific remarks by Mr. Trump, Mexico’s president said that hurtful comments had been made. “Mexican nationals in the United States are honest people, working people,” he said, adding, “Mexicans deserve everybody’s respect.”
But Mr. Peña Nieto stopped well short of scolding Mr. Trump on the international stage. On the contrary, he expressed optimism that they could work together if Mr. Trump was elected president, “even though we do not agree on everything.”
Despite a call on social media for anti-Trump protesters, the turnout at one rally was underwhelming.
The showing was something of a surprise, considering the sense of betrayal among many Mexicans, who feel that their president sold them out to the worst possible person.
By the start time of 11 a.m., there were dozens of journalist but only a few protesters. A half-hour later, the number of protesters — at least those being vocal and carrying anti-Trump signs — seemed stuck at four, including a guy wearing a Mexican wrestling mask, while the number of journalists topped 50. By 12:30 p.m., there were no more than 10 demonstrators, while the journalist pack continued to balloon.
Still, the protesters did their best to represent the anger and disappointment that many Mexicans have expressed toward Mr. Trump as well as toward Mr. Peña Nieto, who is struggling with low approval ratings and a string of scandals. He has spoken out sharply against Mr. Trump in the past, saying in a television interview last month that there was “no way” Mexico would pay for a border wall, and earlier comparing Mr. Trump’s campaign to the rise of Hitler.
“The president didn’t represent the Mexican people, he didn’t consult with us,” said the demonstrator in the wrestling mask, who called himself “Maldito Perro” — Damned Dog — though later said his real name was Diego Garcia.
He admitted to being disappointed by the anemic turnout. Social media activity, he lamented, seemed to be replacing the time-honored tradition of the street protest.
“These days people protest by clicking ‘like’ or ‘dislike,’ ” he said.
According to a report, Hillary Clinton emailed classified information using her private email address months after leaving the State Department. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
Hillary Clinton emailed classified information using her private email address months after leaving the State Department, according to a published report.
The Democratic nominee discussed with a group of diplomats and former staff members a deal between the U.S. and the United Arab Emirates in a May 2013 email that was obtained by the Republican National Committee through the Freedom of Information Act.
However, the contents of the email were redacted and are not slated for declassification until 2033.
The news comes as Clinton faces fresh questions about her email server as the State Department prepares to release dozens of deleted records related to Benghazi.
Clinton has repeatedly argued she never sent or received any classified material on her personal network. While she later amended her statements to specify that none of the information was “marked” classified, the FBI announced last month that at least three emails had indeed been marked classified.
The New York Post first reported the email regarding the deal with the UAE.
That agreement centered on the Middle Eastern nation’s nuclear energy production. It allowed the U.S. to share technology and materials for nuclear energy production but barred UAE from enriching uranium, a step in the creation of atomic weapons.
UAE representatives reportedly questioned the merits of the 2009 agreement, known as the “123 Deal,” in the wake of the nuclear accord struck between the U.S. and Iran.
“Hillary Clinton didn’t go to Louisiana, and now she didn’t go to Mexico,” tweeted Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Donald Trump lambasted Hillary Clinton late Wednesday for not following his lead in handling domestic and international matters.
“Hillary Clinton didn’t go to Louisiana, and now she didn’t go to Mexico. She doesn’t have the drive or stamina to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” Trump tweeted shortly before taking the stage in Phoenix, Ariz.