The Trump Train is going off the rails, taking the Republican Party with it, as the list of women accusing the nominee of sexual assault grows. Meanwhile, we consider taking an alternate route to avoid Highway 99, and tip our hats to singer and songwriter Bob Dylan for winning the Nobel Prize in Literature. Plus: #TrumpDrSeuss.
The sick, sad saga of Donald Trump continues. The Republican nominee, lashing out Thursday at anybody and everybody, embraced his inner conspiracy theorist during a campaign rallies in Florida and Ohio. Not only did he blame “corporate media” for publishing “outright lies” about women who have accused him of sexual assault, he also declared that “Hillary Clinton meets in secret with international banks to plot the destruction of U.S. sovereignty.”
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Trump knows he’s about to lose. It’s his tendency to be a sore loser that has The Bee’s editorial board worried.
Meanwhile, in a curious request, Trump’s wife, Melania Trump, has demanded a retraction from People magazine. It’s not the accusation of sexual assault leveled by one of the magazine’s writers that bothers her. It’s that the writer, Natasha Soynoff, said that she bumped into Melania on the street one day and that the two had a conversation.
“The two are not friends and were never friends or even friendly,” according to a letter from Trump’s attorney. Curiouser and curiouser.
Take a detour
Of all the highways in the country, the Central Valley’s very own Highway 99 is the most dangerous, according new research from ValuePenguin. The 400-mile stretch of roadway that spans Sacramento, Stockton and Modesto was the scene of 264 fatal accidents from 2011 to 2015, writes The Bee’s Tony Bizjak.
The good news is California highway officials have been working on safety and efficiency improvements on Highway 99, using money approved under Proposition 1B. Obviously, there’s a lot more work to be done.
Take a number: 1,000
That’s the number of workers affected by the decision of Verizon to close its customer service and call center in Rancho Cordova, just in time for the holidays. As we said last week, it’s great that the Greater Sacramento Economic Council is on the hunt for snazzy firms out of Silicon Valley. But officials can’t forget the importance of keeping jobs and companies that are already here.
Bill Whalen is dismayed by all his presidential choices and is looking for write-in suggestions.
Hospital association chief C. Duane Dauner makes the case for Proposition 52.
San Diego Union-Tribune: For sensible gun rules, vote yes on Proposition 63.
Lexington Herald Leader: Make ape photos GOP’s last racist foray.
Kansas City Star: Don’t worry: Russia and China aren’t taking over the internet.
Reno Gazette-Journal: Assembly should sack risky Vegas Raiders stadium deal.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Texas leaders aren’t leading on child welfare.
Michael Gerson: As their house gets demolished, GOP leaders stay inside.
Charles Krauthammer: “Lock her up” talk is worse than “locker room” talk.
Eugene Robinson: Trump may be worse than just a pig.
Trudy Rubin: Trump’s comments show he’s a threat to rule of law.
Nicholas Kristof: What Trump is right about.
Gail Collins: A defense for being boring.
Tweet of the day
HuffPost Comedy won the internet Thursday with its invitation to tweet #TrumpDrSeuss. It fielded gems, such as, “Oh! The Places You’ll Grope,” and many more. Our favorite:
“I do not like this small-hand man.
I do not like his orange tan.
I do not want him in my blouse.
I do not want him in the House!”
In the last week, we have witnessed millions of people in caravans of cars traveling out of southeastern cities. In evacuation centers they will wait to find out if their home has survived flooding. Many will not receive good news. – Harold Ferber, Elk Grove