Midday Roundup: David French won't run for president

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 6/06/16, 12:33 pm

Respectfully declined. Conservative lawyer and writer David French announced Sunday he decided not to run for president as an independent candidate. Over Memorial Day weekend, Bill Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, boasted that the National Review writer could become a serious contender with the backing of many conservatives in the “Never Trump” movement. A week later, French said he was not the right person for the job, but he encouraged someone else to consider taking on the role. “Given the timing, the best chance for success goes to a person who either is extraordinarily wealthy (or has immediate access to extraordinary wealth) or is a transformational political talent,” French wrote.

Bias and blame. Top Republicans criticized Donald Trump over the weekend for a remark about the judge hearing the Trump University lawsuit. Trump has said Judge Gonzalo Curiel is biased against him because Curiel is Hispanic and Trump has proposed building a wall on the United States’ southern border. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said, “This is one of the worst mistakes Trump has made, and I think it’s inexcusable.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., also took issue with Trump’s remarks, noting that while the judge is of Mexican descent, he is an American. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., also denounced Trump’s criticism:“It’s reasoning I don’t relate to, I completely disagree with the thinking behind that.”

Nearing the finish line. Hillary Clinton lacks only about 25 delegates before clinching the Democratic nomination for president after winning primaries in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands over the weekend. Tuesday’s primaries in California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, and South Dakota could give her the final bump she needs. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., expects a big victory in California and says he can sway some of the Democratic superdelegates, who are not bound to vote for a particular candidate, to abandon the pledges they’ve made to Clinton. “I have heard reports that Secretary Clinton has said it’s all going to be over on Tuesday night,” Sanders said Saturday at a news conference. “I have reports that the media, after the New Jersey results come in, are going to declare that it is all over. That simply is not accurate.”

Blockbuster season. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows took the top spot at the box office last weekend. The latest ninja turtles movie took in $35 million over the weekend, beating out X-Men: Apocalypse, which earned $22 million in its second weekend of release. The romance Me Before You came in third with $18 million, and Alice Through the Looking Glass came in at a disappointing fourth place. The sequel to Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland earned just $11 million.

Remembering D-Day. Today marks the 72nd anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France, that turned the tide of World War II against Germany and the Nazis. President Franklin D. Roosevelt began the day with this radio address and prayer:

WORLD Radio’s Kent Covington contributed to this report.

Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  •  Brendan Bossard's picture
    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Wed, 06/08/2016 11:32 pm

    @hrh:  as the husband of a Puerto Rican, I find Mr. Trump's remarks very offensive, because he is dog-whistling.  (My wife is afraid for her safety.)  If he has a concern about Judge Curiel's affiliations, he should petition the court for a re-assignment.  His behavior is truly over the line.

  • Lizzy's picture
    Posted: Wed, 06/08/2016 11:32 pm

    hrh,Why would they report a libel that Trump and his supporters are spreading?   Judge Curiel is a member of a lawyers organization  with La Raza in its name, but it is not the same organization as the radical La Raza organization that Trump's supporters are trying to smear him with.If you read the article you linked to, the last two paragraphs make it clear that the two organizations are not related.

  • hrh
    Posted: Wed, 06/08/2016 11:32 pm

    Do you not think it pertinent to report that not only is Judge Gonzalo Curiel Hispanic, but he is a member of the radical, racist group, La Raza, a group that calls itself "The Race"? http://dailycaller.com/2016/06/01/judge-presiding-over-trump-university-case-is-member-of-la-raza-la...

  • hrh
    Posted: Wed, 06/08/2016 11:32 pm

    Isn't David French a #NeverTrumper who works for National Review? Does he also work for Weekly Standard? Or are you conflating the fact that Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard is the one who recruited David French?