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Vote For The President Online - 2016

PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 11:35 am
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Anyone can vote for the President online! This mock online presidential poll will give you an idea of who will win the 2016 vote for President of the United States. This is perfect for STUDENTS, those who aren’t registered to vote, minors under the age of 18, and anyone who wants to participate in the 2016 election. It’s FREE to vote, and will help you prepare for the voting results on Election Day 2016.

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With so many Presidential Candidates in 2016, it can be difficult to figure out who to vote for. Candidates campaign to help voters decide if they are the right person to vote for, while competitors do their best to slander and make voters question their credibility. Sifting through the Presidential Candidates positions on Issues can be difficult. While the voting system in the United States still relies on Electoral Votes, we believe that is the popular choice for President that should matter. We can’t tell you who to vote for, but we do our best to keep you informed with Election News and facts about the 2016 Candidates here!

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2016 5:38 am
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House Speaker Paul Ryan talks to reporters at the Republican National Committee headquarters on Capitol Hill on June 14, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., issued a stern warning Thursday about the rhetoric coming from Donald Trump about the way government should work.

“We will lose our freedoms in this country, including all of the Bill of Rights, if we don’t robustly defend the separation of powers,” Ryan said at his weekly press conference inside the U.S. Capitol.

Ryan was asked by reporters numerous times about Trump’s recent conduct. Just this week, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee questioned whether President Obama actually wants to stop terrorist attacks, accused many American Muslims of sheltering terrorists and said he could act unilaterally as president to prevent any type or class of people from entering the country. Trump made the last claim despite the fact that Article I, Section 8, clause 4 of the Constitution entrusts Congress with the power to “establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization.”

And on Wednesday night in Atlanta, Trump issued a rebuke to Republican leaders like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Ryan, who leads the lower chamber of Congress, and the many others who have criticized Trump over the past days and weeks for a merry-go-round of offensive, controversial and erroneous statements.

“Our leaders have to get a lot tougher, and be quiet. Just please be quiet,” Trump said. “Don’t talk. Please, be quiet. Just be quiet, to the leaders, because they have to get tougher, they have to get sharper, they have to get smarter, and we have to have our Republicans either stick together or let me just do it by myself.”

At Ryan’s Thursday press briefing, he was asked first if he would ever rescind his endorsement of Trump. Ryan noticeably did not rule out the possibility, saying only, “That’s not my plan. I don’t have a plan to do that.”

Ryan was then asked “how many more times” he would have to repudiate something said by Trump, as he did again Tuesday in rejecting Trump’s proposal to temporarily bar all Muslims from entering the U.S.

“I don’t know,” Ryan said.

“Does that bother you that you have to keep doing this?” a reporter asked.

Ryan chuckled. “He’s a different kind of candidate,” he said of Trump. “This is a different kind of year.”

He talked about defending conservative principles and then, almost as an afterthought, tried to remind himself of why he was doing all this in the first place. “I do, though, believe that the last thing we want is a Democrat in the White House, like Hillary Clinton,” Ryan said.

Ryan was then asked about Trump’s rescinding of the Washington Post’s access to his political rallies, which Trump announced this week after complaining about the paper’s coverage. “That’s a new one,” Ryan said. In an act of solidarity with the press, he gave the last question of the day to a Post reporter, who asked about Trump’s “be quiet” statement.

“How do you have any confidence that this is the guy that is going to have respect for separation of power?” the Post reporter asked.

Ryan laughed again. “You know you can’t make this up sometimes,” he said.

Ryan noted that he and the other Republican congressional leaders had just that morning introduced a new set of plans to reduce and restrict the power of the president. Republicans have complained for years that Obama has overreached the power of the executive branch through executive orders and agency rule-making that replaces laws made by Congress.

“I’ll just say we represent a separate, but equal, branch of government. We just spent the morning talking about how valuable the separation of powers is and how we’re trying to restore the entire principal of self-government of government-by-consent,” Ryan said.

“We will lose our freedoms in this country, including all of the Bill of Rights, if we don’t robustly defend the separation of powers, and we’re going to fight for those rights on behalf of our citizens so that we remain a self-governing people,” he said.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2016 5:41 am
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Already fighting lawsuits against his defunct “university,” Donald Trump is facing a grilling Thursday in another case — one against celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian in which the candidate’s insulting remarks about Mexican immigrants will be a central issue.

A Washington, D.C., judge has ordered Trump to be deposed — over the strenuous objections of Trump’s lawyers — in a lawsuit brought by Trump last year against Zakarian after the chef pulled out of a deal to open a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C. Zakarian and another celebrity chef, José Andrés, withdrew from separate deals, claiming that Trump’s disparaging comments about Mexicans would hurt their own reputations and business brands.

Rebecca Woods, Trump’s lead lawyer in the case, did not respond to questions from Yahoo News Wednesday about whether she would file a last-minute motion seeking to block the deposition, which has been ordered for Thursday at 10 a.m. ET at the downtown Washington offices of Zakarian’s law firm, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. If it takes place as scheduled, it would be the latest example of how Trump’s multiple ongoing lawsuits — as both plaintiff and defendant — are intruding on his campaign for the presidency.

Since declaring his candidacy last June, Trump has already been secretly deposed twice in a lawsuit accusing him of fraud in his operations of Trump University. His lawyers in that case in San Diego are currently seeking to block the release of videotaped excerpts from those depositions. The motion is before U.S. Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who Trump has accused of bias against him because of the judge’s Mexican ancestry. (Curiel was born in the United States.)

Trump’s lawyers in the Zakarian dispute have also sought to block his deposition in that case, arguing in a motion that it is unnecessary because his son Donald Trump Jr. and daughter Ivanka Trump have handled most of the dealings relating to the Trump International Hotel. They also say that it would be an “inconvenient” and “burdensome” intrusion on the schedule of the presumptive Republican nominee.

But the judge in the case, Brian F. Holeman, rejected those arguments, ruling that Trump has “personal knowledge of events and information” relating to the case and noting pointedly that it was Trump — not Zakarian — who initiated the litigation. Moreover, he wrote in his ruling, there are no exceptions under court rules for “individuals that ‘may have a busy schedule’ as a result of seeking public office.” (Trump’s public schedule shows nothing for Thursday morning, but he is scheduled to be at a rally in Dallas that evening.)

Based on previous filings by Zakarian’s lawyers, the deposition appears to be likely to focus on the controversial comments about Mexican immigrants that Trump made in announcing his campaign on June 16, 2015. Trump said: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best …They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with [them]. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”

Those comments caused Zakarian and Andrés to pull out of their contracts with Trump, prompting the real estate tycoon to sue them in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for breach of contract. But Zakarian’s lawyers argue that Trump’s “inflammatory” comments were deal breakers. The two chefs signed their contracts with Trump because of his brand name and public reputation, the lawyers argued, and Trump’s own remarks undercut that name and reputation, making it impossible to do business with him.

“This lawsuit involves CZ-National’s [Zakarian’s company] contentions that it never bargained for — and certainly never imagined — that Mr. Trump would frustrate completely its legitimate expectations regarding the prospects of opening and operating The National restaurant in the new Trump International Hotel,” the lawyers stated in one motion last February. Trump needs to be deposed, they wrote, because “only Mr. Trump is able to explain what he meant by those statements and whether he considered the impact of those statements on CZ-National and its ability to … open and [operate] a restaurant in the new hotel.”

The deposition is only one front in Trump’s multiple legal wars this week. In a separate suit involving Andrés, Trump’s lawyers argued that the candidate had merely made “political statements about federal immigration” unrelated to the restaurant business and such statements are insufficient grounds for the chef to pull out of his contract. Besides, Woods told Washington, D.C., Judge Jennifer Di Toro, Trump has since “qualified his statements” about Mexican immigrants. “He has said many nice things about Hispanics,” she said.

But Andrés’ lawyer, Brigida Benitez, argued that Trump’s statements had directly affected the ability of her client, a native of Spain, to profitably operate a restaurant at Trump’s hotel. The planned restaurant, she said, would be run by a Spanish owner, serve Spanish food and employ Hispanic workers in the kitchen. And Trump’s comments were not about “federal immigration policy,” she said, they were about “Hispanic immigrants,” thereby directly cutting into the restaurant’s “customer base.”

Di Toro said she would rule in the next two weeks on whether to permit the case to go forward.

Re: Vote For The President Online - 2016

PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2016 5:43 am
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With Hillary Clinton now the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, some of Bernie Sanders’ top endorsers are calling for the Vermont senator to end his primary campaign.

Sanders was defeated Tuesday night in the California primary, as well as others, and cannot mathematically overtake Clinton in delegates. Sanders had hoped that a Golden State win would boost his flagging campaign.

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley, Sanders’ only Senate colleague to endorse him, said on CNN Tuesday that his party must begin uniting against Republican Donald Trump.

“We have to be unified to take on Trump,” Merkley said the morning after the Associated Press reported that Clinton had gained enough delegates to clinch the nomination. “And that unity is going to begin today as soon as the polls close.”

Merkley clarified his stance on Wednesday in an interview with the Washington Post, saying that Clinton is now clearly the nominee.

“Once a candidate has won a majority of the pledged delegates and a majority of the popular vote, which Secretary Clinton has now done, we have our nominee,” Merkley said.

Sanders has remained defiant in taking his populist campaign to next month’s Democratic convention in Philadelphia. His campaign sent out a fundraising email to supporters Wednesday saying that the effort would continue to try to flip superdelegates. Sanders also scheduled a rally in Washington, D.C., ahead of the district’s primary next week.

Another key Sanders endorser, Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva, also told the Post that he expects Sanders will “do the right thing” and drop out sooner rather than later.

“The reality is unattainable at some point. You deal with that. Bernie is going to deal with this much more rapidly than you think,” Grijalva said. “At some point, when we’re trying to flip 400 superdelegates, and it’s not gaining traction, I think you have to come to the conclusion that it’s not going to happen. You just move into a different direction. And that different direction is that we begin to try to integrate the party.”

Grijalva was Sanders’ first congressional backer and was actively calling on Sanders to remain in the race as recently as Tuesday.

“Sanders needs to keep doing what he’s doing,” Grijalva wrote in a USA Today editorial Tuesday. “He needs to keep bringing a progressive vision for the future to communities that have never heard it before, and that respond favorably every time.”

Meanwhile, progressive group Moveon is supporting Sanders’ decision to stay in the race but also said the group would adhere to the notion that the candidate with the most pledged delegates is the nominee.”

“MoveOn members believe, as we have long advocated, that the nomination should go to the winner of the majority of pledged delegates, and that undemocratic superdelegates should not overturn the will of the voters,” the organization said in a Wednesday statement.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2016 8:07 am
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Sen. Bernie Sanders told his supporters in a video address Thursday night that he would work with Hillary Clinton to “transform” the Democratic Party and to pass the “most progressive platform in its history” at the Democratic convention in July.

Sanders did not concede nor endorse Clinton, as many Democrats have urged him to do now that she is the presumptive presidential nominee. But the senator from Vermont made no mention of trying to win the nomination, and clearly shifted his message to changing the party at the Democratic National Convention in July and defeating Donald Trump.

“I also look forward to working with Secretary Clinton to transform the Democratic Party so that it becomes a party of working people and young people, and not just wealthy campaign contributors: a party that has the courage to take on Wall Street, the pharmaceutical industry, the fossil fuel industry and the other powerful special interests that dominate our political and economic life,” Sanders said.

Sanders and Clinton met for nearly two hours Tuesday night to discuss the end of the Democratic primary. By this point in 2008, Clinton had already thrown her support behind her rival, Barack Obama. But Sanders has vowed to his supporters to fight until the convention and appears to be staying that course.

Sanders wants to win key concessions at the convention before endorsing Clinton and formally suspending his campaign. He did not, however, bring up some of his earlier demands in Thursday’s speech, such as making all Democratic primaries open to independents and replacing Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz as head of the Democratic National Committee. Sanders’ campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, said on MSNBC earlier Thursday that it was a “positive step” that Clinton had installed her own pick to run the day-to-day operations of the DNC, a move that shifts responsibility for the general-election campaign away from Wasserman Schultz and allows the party and the Clinton campaign to begin their coordinated efforts for the fall.

By not conceding, Sanders may be counting on buying some time to continue to negotiate for what he wants. “I think he’s calculating that once he concedes, his influence proceeds to drop precipitously,” said Matthew Dickinson, a political science professor at Middlebury College in Vermont. “That doesn’t mean he thinks he’s going to win the nomination.”

Clinton has been careful not to say Sanders should concede, but many of her surrogates and even some Sanders supporters have said it’s time for him back her and focus the party on defeating Trump. Sanders, however, made clear in his speech that he will begin to focus on Trump, even though he is not formally conceding. “The major political task that we face in the next five months is to make certain that Donald Trump is defeated and defeated badly,” Sanders said. “And I personally intend to begin my role in that process in a very short period of time.”

In his address, Sanders blamed “current Democratic Party leadership” for statehouse and local losses to Republicans in many states. “Here is a cold, hard fact that must be addressed. Since 2009, some 900 legislative seats have been lost to Republicans in state after state throughout this country,” he said.

He encouraged his supporters to run for local office in their cities and states. “I hope very much that many of you listening tonight are prepared to engage at that level,” he said, directing them to his website to find out more.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2016 8:08 am
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Hillary Clinton praised a former president to a crowd of cheering liberal supporters earlier this month as “absolutely committed” and unwavering in his support of one of her causes.

The man she spoke of was not her husband, Bill Clinton, or Barack Obama, whom she hopes to succeed. It was George W. Bush — long one of the left’s most potent villains.

In an unusual election year, when a quarter of Republicans say they do not have a favorable opinion of their presumptive nominee, Clinton is making striking overtures to conservatives even as she works to shore up support on the left flank of her party by winning over Sen. Bernie Sanders’ liberal backers.

That’s included surprisingly warm talk about both former Presidents Bush, as well as GOP icon Ronald Reagan. At a campaign stop in Westminster, Calif., earlier this month, Clinton said she was fortunate enough to have known “a lot of presidents.”

“I knew President George H.W. Bush, and he was always willing to talk about issues and ask what was on your mind,” she said. Of his son, she offered more specific praise, saying he was “absolutely committed” after 9/11 to his promise to get New York City the billions of dollars it needed to rebuild. “He never wavered and I’ll never forget that,” she said of Bush, as a few supporters clapped tepidly. (At Nancy Reagan’s funeral in March, a CNN journalist posted a photo of the two hugging.)

Earlier this week, Clinton cited Bush again in her first remarks addressing the terrorist attack in Orlando, praising him for speaking at a Muslim community center just six days after the 9/11 attacks to send a message that the American Muslim community should not be blamed for them.

The next day, in another campaign speech, Clinton mentioned the letter Bush Sr. left for her husband after Bill Clinton defeated him in the bruising 1992 election. Bush wrote that he was “rooting” for Clinton to succeed, since his success was now the country’s success. “It moved me to tears, just like it did all those years ago,” she said. “That’s the America we love. That is what we cherish and expect.”

Clinton uses the Bushes to draw a contrast with Trump, who she argues does not have the “temperament” to put country first as previous presidents, conservative and liberal, have. (In April, her campaign made this point via Snapchat, using the “face swap” feature to mash Trump’s face with those of Reagan, the Bushes and Abraham Lincoln while playing Trump’s comments about abortion, Mexican immigrants and the Ku Klux Klan.) She also frequently criticizes Bush on the stump, saying he left an economic “mess” for Obama to clean up with his policies. But the praise is still striking, especially given that it started while Clinton was battling a primary opponent who ran to her left. She runs the risk of alienating Sanders supporters, who are already suspicious of Clinton as insufficiently progressive.

Waxing nostalgic about past Republican presidents is not usually a great Democratic primary strategy. In 2008, when Clinton was fighting Obama for the nomination, she criticized him during a debate for previously calling Reagan a “transformational president.” “You talked about admiring Ronald Reagan … and you talked about the ideas of the Republicans. … I didn’t talk about Ronald Reagan,” Clinton said. Obama shot back by digging up and citing Clinton’s paean to Reagan in a then-newly published book by Tom Brokaw.

But it seems like in this election, for Clinton at least, praising past Republican leaders is no longer taboo. That’s due in part to the opportunity the Clinton campaign sees in wooing disenchanted conservative and independent voters.

Last week, in a speech announcing her historic status as the first woman to lead a major party in the U.S., Clinton explicitly called upon Republicans to vote for her. “This election is not, however, about the same old fights between Democrats and Republicans,” she said. “This election is different. It really is about who we are as a nation.” She added: “And if you agree — whether you’re a Democrat, Republican or independent — I hope you’ll join us.”

Some already have. Former Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson announced his support in an op-ed this week, as have GOP donor Meg Whitman and political operatives who worked for Sen. John McCain and Gov. Mitt Romney.

Republican consultant Liz Mair, who runs an anti-Trump super-PAC, said she believes Clinton’s strategy of praising the Bushes could help her “lock down” conservative national security hawks who have concerns about Trump as commander in chief and are leaning toward Clinton.

But will it alienate liberals, especially those who wanted the political “revolution” Sanders promised? “There are certainly liberals who won’t like this, but they’re the same people who don’t like Hillary Clinton’s votes on the Iraq War, or surveillance policy or her general hawkishness anyway — and those people have already shown, by and large, that they’ll fall in line and back her,” Mair said.

Clinton is also buoyed by the fact that liberals strongly dislike Trump and are motivated to vote against him and thus, for her. The Clinton campaign points to poll numbers that show 20 percent of Sanders voters say they would choose Trump over Clinton, lower than the 26 percent of Clinton voters who said they would support McCain over Obama at the same time in 2008.

Clinton’s remarks on the Bushes are also not just political strategy — they reflect a genuine mutual regard between her family and the Bushes, politics aside. George W. Bush wrote in his memoir, “Decision Points,” that his father and Bill Clinton enjoyed one of the “more unlikely friendships in American political history.” They worked together on relief efforts after the 2004 tsunami and in fundraising for Hurricane Katrina, and Clinton and both Bushes flew together to attend Pope John Paul II’s funeral. He wrote in his memoir that his mother jokingly referred to Clinton as his stepbrother, given the father-son-like relationship Clinton had developed with Bush Sr. Bush has called Clinton his “brother from another mother,” and he joked in an interview with CNN that Hillary Clinton is like his sister-in-law.

The friendship between these two American dynasties does not erase their political differences, however, and neither of the Presidents Bush seem likely to join the conservatives who have backed Clinton. But they also won’t back Trump, who has arguably criticized George W. Bush more harshly than Clinton has this election. (Trump said Bush didn’t keep the country “safe” and lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but has since backed off those critiques.) After former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush lost his primary bid, both Bushes said they would sit out this election entirely.

Re: Vote For The President Online - 2016

PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2016 8:09 am
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Donald Trump suggested that the death toll in Sunday’s deadly shooting in an Orlando, Fla., nightclub might have been lower if more clubgoers had been carrying guns.

“If the bullets were going in the other direction, aimed at the guy who was just in open target practice, you would have had a situation folks, which would have been horrible, but nothing like the carnage that we as all people suffered this weekend,” Trump said during a raucous Wednesday rally in downtown Atlanta that was frequently interrupted by protests.

He made similar remarks after last year’s terror attacks in San Bernardino, Calif., and Paris.

The presumptive GOP presidential nominee’s comment on Wednesday came just hours after he tweeted that he planned to meet with the National Rifle Association to talk about the issue of whether people on terrorist watch lists or the federal no-fly list should be able to buy guns.

Echoing remarks he has made on the campaign trail since Sunday’s shooting, which killed 49 people and injured more than 50, Trump sounded a dire note Wednesday about the country’s ability to prevent similar attacks in the future. He trashed President Obama and likely Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for their “weak” leadership, insisting that they had not kept the country safe.

“It’s not a pretty picture, what’s happening, folks,” Trump said, speaking of the “unthinkable” tragedy in Orlando. “How could this possibly be happening in the United States of America? … I hate to say it, but it’s going to happen again and again and again. We are not doing what we are supposed to be doing.”

He also warned about the eventual demise of the U.S. unless the country changes course.

“It’s amazing that our country can continue to survive. But, you know, eventually, it’s not going to survive, just so you understand. Eventually, it’s not,” he said. “It’s amazing that our country can be abused so badly … — it’s just amazing! — and continue to survive. But it’s not going to continue to survive like this. It can’t. It’s impossible. It’s impossible,” he added.

Trump also repeated his claim that Clinton is a hypocrite for saying that she is a supporter of the LGBT community. He said that contrasted with her support for immigration from countries hostile to women and gays. Trump also talked up his own inclusiveness of the LGBT community, saying that his Mar-a-Lago club admitted gays before other beach clubs in Palm Beach, Fla., did.

“I will tell you the LGBT community, the gay community, the lesbian community, they are so much in favor over what I’ve been saying over the last few days,” he said.

In response, a woman stood up and loudly cursed the GOP candidate, setting off a series of protests that repeatedly interrupted Trump’s remarks, which lasted about an hour.

Trump was preceded onstage by 2012 Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain, a prominent black Republican who assailed Mitt Romney and other members of the Republican Party for questioning the real estate mogul’s values. Romney, the GOP’s 2012 nominee, warned earlier this month that Trump could inspire “trickle-down racism.”

“Donald Trump is not a racist,” Cain declared to wild applause from the crowd. “I grew up in Atlanta, Ga. I know what a racist looks like when I see one, and Donald Trump is not a racist.”

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2016 8:10 am
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It was the nicest compliment Donald Trump had ever heard.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee was in the middle of speaking at a boisterous rally here Thursday night when a woman interrupted the candidate, shouting from the crowd near the side of the stage that she loved his famous coif.

Trump, who had been mocking the Obama administration for its handling of nuclear weapons negotiations with Iran, stopped dead in his tracks. “She said I love your hair. That’s the nicest thing anybody is going to say about me,” the New York real estate mogul declared. “It is my hair,” he quickly added.

Again thanking the women, Trump seemed surprised and repeated her compliment. “I love your hair,” he said with a degree of marvel. And then Trump looked back toward the assembled press corps, whom he had mocked earlier as “totally biased” and“dishonest.” “Did you get that on tape?” Trump said. “I hope you got that on tape because I want it for my children.”

It was moment of levity in a rally full of them as Trump gleefully marked his one-year anniversary of entering the presidential race and his unlikely rise to become the GOP nominee.

Like most Trump events, the rally was repeatedly interrupted by protesters, but the candidate, apparently in a good mood, largely brushed them off—at one point even thanking a man in a cowboy hat who flipped the candidate the bird as he was escorted out by security.

“I love cowboy hats. But I like ‘Make America Great Again’ hats better,’ Trump said, referring to his campaign swag. Then suddenly, Trump was struck was inspiration: He told the crowd he would start making cowboy hats emblazoned with his campaign slogan, an idea that sparked wild cheers from the
several-thousand-person strong audience.

“THANK YOU PROTESTER!” Trump called out.

Trump spoke at a smaller-than-usual venue on Thursday: a ballroom at Gilley’s, a Dallas offshoot of the country nightclub made famous by the film “Urban Cowboy.” It was a last-minute location after the campaign had trouble booking a venue elsewhere in the Dallas area. Two neighboring cities–Grand Prairie and Irving—reportedly declined to host rallies by the GOP candidate, citing logistical concerns.

Trump apologized to supporters for the small venue, but he made light of the Gilley’s history—at one point randomly calling out that he wanted to “ride that horse,” an apparent reference to the club’s legendary mechanical bull.

“Where’s that horse? I want to go on the horse,” Trump declared. “Hey, you want to hit the papers tomorrow, let’s get that horse. I’ll ride that horse. The problem is even if I make it they will say I fell off the horse.”

At one point, Trump reminded voters that he had entered the race a year ago Thursday and — as he does at nearly every stop — talked up his litany of primary wins and all the Republican rivals he had vanquished, including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. But Trump did not name-check Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a
bitter rival who has yet to endorse him in the race.

“This is the one-year anniversary,” Trump told supporters. “Hopefully we’re going to make it a worthwhile year.”