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Dr. Jesse J. Lewis, Sr.
  Dr. Jesse J. Lewis, Sr.
Dr. Jesse J. Lewis, Sr.

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Jesse J. Lewis, Sr.

Just in Case You Missed What the People Said!

The 2016 Election cycle has been filled with jaw-dropping, head-scratching moments.

And, although the presidential election has been surreal from the start, there is the possibility of another Bush-Clinton match-up which has already provided a few standout assertions, attacks and missteps.

HERE ARE A FEW MOMENTS on the 2016 Election trail:
Donald Trump said Megyn Kelly has “blood coming out of her – wherever.”  And then he insists that “only a sick person” would think it was about menstruation.
Trump wasn’t pleased with the questions FOX News host Megyn Kelly asked about his history of attacks on women during the first GOP presidential debate.  So he attacked – first on Twitter, and then in a Friday night interview on CNN during which he said that Kelly had “Blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her – wherever.”  Most of Trump‘s Republican opponents thought that it was reference to menstruation, and hit him for it.  But Trump, standing firm in an extraordinary interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, said that “Only a sick person“ would make that assumption.  “Do you think I’d make a stupid statement like that?” he said.

Hillary Clinton says she and Bill Clinton were “Dead broke in 2001.”
Hillary raised eyebrows during a book tour by declaring that her family left the White House “not only dead broke but in debt.”  The debt was the result of the legal expenses the Clinton had racked up, and the former secretary of state was attempting to explain the exorbitant speaking fees she’s commanded since then.  But she ignored another reality: The Clintons had the capacity then to quickly earn money in a way most Americans can only dream of.  As she campaigns on a platform of middle class economics, the remark could return in anti-Clinton ads.

Mike Huckabee says President Barack Obama is marching Israelis “to the door of the oven.”
In an interview with Breitart News, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee put his opposition to the Iran deal in the starkest terms possible, saying that President Barack Obama is on the verge of causing holocaust.  “It is naïve that he would trust the Iranians.  By doing so he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven,” Huckabee said.  In a race where his presence was low-key, the remarks made Huckabee the center of attention for a few days, leading some opponents of Obama’s Iran nuclear pitch to say the presidential candidate went too far.

Ted Cruz calls Mitch McConnell a liar on the Senate floor.
Since his 2012 election, Sen. Ted Cruz has taken pride in the willingness to fight longer and harder than other conservatives – even when that means the government shuts down.  So Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to allow a vote on an amendment that would extend the Export-Import Bank’s charter was too much for Cruz, who said McConnell broke a promise not to do that and the senators shouldn’t “lie to each other.”  “We now know that when the majority leader looks us in the eyes and makes an explicit commitment, that he is willing to say things that he knows are false,” Cruz said – potentially violating a Senate vote against attacking other members’ motives and earning a scolding from a handful of senior Republicans over it.

Trump Attacks John McCain’s war-hero status follows “Who’s doing the raping?”
Donald Trump had already set off controversy by claiming that many of the undocumented immigrants who crossed into the United States from Mexico were rapists and killers.  He managed to kick the controversy up a notch and earn stronger rebukes from other Republican presidential contenders – by attacking Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who spent five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

Donald Trump gives out Lindsey Graham’s cell phone number and then Graham finds a bunch of ways to destroy it.
The attack on McCain did not sit well with one of his best friends in the Senate, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who is running for president, also.  After Graham hit back at Trump, the real estate mogul held up a card on which he’d previously written Graham’s cell phone number and in the middle of a campaign event reads the number to the world.

Chris Christie yells at a gun rights supporter to “name one thing” he’s done to oppose the Second Amendment.
New Jersey’s Gov. Chris Christie does not like to be challenged on his Second Amendment record.  He displays his confrontational style in an Iowa town hall shouting down a pro-gun activist who asked about his state’s restrictions.

Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders confront “Black Lives Matter” protesters at Netroots Nation and then had to back track.
What normally is a friendly liberal crowd for Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and former Gov. Martin O’Malley was a different situation for both of them when “Black Lives Matter” protesters interrupted their appearance.  O’Malley declared that “Black Lives Matter, but added: “White Lives Matter.  All Lives Matter.”  Sanders shouted down the protestors, complaining that they had interrupted him. Both later apologized.

Jeb Bush stumbles over question of entire campaign:  Would he have gone to war in Iraq?
Former Gov. Jeb Bush, facing his brother’s legacy of going to war in Iraq had to know that he would be asked whether he would have invaded Iraq, knowing what he knows now.  He stumbled but said he would have gone – noting that Hillary Clinton voted in favor of the war at the time. What he didn’t address was whether he’d have done that knowing everything that’s known now.  Days later Bush said that he would not have.

Rand Paul shushes CNBC’s Kelly Evans
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky was questioned about his treatment of women when an interview with CNBC’s host Kelly Evans went awry.  There were several awkward moments, but what stood out was when he held his finger to his lips and said, “Shhhh.”

Lincoln Chafee announces his metric platform.
Republican turned Democrat Lincoln Chafee announced the least expected campaign when he declared:  “Let’s be bold.  Let’s join the rest of the world and go metric.”  The former Rhode Island governor and senator explained that the metric system worked well in Canada where he once lived and it could save money and help avoid mistakes in measurements and international trade.  It is the most attention that Chafee has received.

Ben Carson says that some men enter prison straight – “and when they come out, they are gay.”
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson was forced to backtrack after an interview on CNN where he declared that being gay is “absolutely” a choice.  He apologized, saying he doesn’t “pretend to know how every individual came to their sexual orientation.” Carson’s comments also triggered questions for other Republican presidential contenders about whether they believe homosexuality is a choice.

Hillary Clinton hits the road in the “Scooby van.”
Clinton is determined to prove that she’s willing to earn the Democratic nomination in 2016 by tripping to her first campaign stops in Iowa and New Hampshire. What got the most attention of all was the van that she took to get there named “Scooby” like the green Mystery Machine from the Scooby –Doo cartoons.