What’s going on inside #TeamTrump? Hell If Donald Trump knows! Clearly the presumptive Republican nominee won't back down from anything, including his own racist comments against a federal judge with Mexican ancestry who is overseeing cases against Trump University.
During what has been reported as a "chaotic" conference call Monday, Trump told surrogates to continue to question U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel's "inherent conflict of interest" as a Mexican American aware of Trump's relentlessly racist stance against Mexicans.
Trump also added that journalists who question his questioning of Curiel's "conflict" are the real racists.
"The people asking the questions—those are the racists," Trump said, according to Bloomberg Politics.
Trump was also shocked to learn that a memo went out from his camp urging his supporters not to talk about lawsuits against the now defunct for-profit Trump University.
"Take that order and throw it the hell out," Trump said, Bloomberg Politics reports. Trump was told that his staffer Erica Freeman, whom Trump admitted he does not know, sent out the memo.
"Are there any other stupid letters that were sent to you folks?" Trump asked during the call. "That's one of the reasons I want to have this call, because you guys are getting sometimes stupid information from people that aren't so smart."
Trump told the surrogates to stay the course, adding, "We will overcome. And I’ve always won and I’m going to continue to win. And that's the way it is."
Women of America, get in here.
Sure, Donald J. Trump doesn't have many women on his campaign staff, and sure, he reportedly pays those who are on his staff less than the men he has on staff. Still, he often points to the executive position he gave his first wife, Ivana, within his company during the 1980s as a reason women will vote for him.
But the true essence of Trump's allure with female voters will be the fact that he broke the glass ceiling for women in construction.
"I was the one that really broke the glass ceiling on behalf of women more than anybody in the construction industry, and my relationship, I think, is going to end up being very good with women," Trump told Fox host Bill O’Reilly during an interview Monday.
Hear that, women? You owe the Donald a thank-you and maybe a vote.
BuzzFeed may be known for its awesome coverage of all things cats, but on Monday, in a climate where news outfits find advertising money increasingly hard to come by, the website took a righteous stand, informing the Republican National Committee that it would be pulling out of an advertising deal worth $1.3 million because of the divisive stances of the party's presumptive nominee.
"We certainly don't like to turn away revenue that funds all the important work we do across the company," BuzzFeed founder and CEO Jonah Peretti wrote in an email to staff, Politico reports. "However, in some cases we must make business exceptions: We don't run cigarette ads because they are hazardous to our health, and we won't accept Trump ads for the exact same reason."
Damn right, BuzzFeed. Damn right.
Stephen A. Crockett Jr. is associate editor of news at The Root. Follow him on Twitter.