Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Last week, Donald Trump’s campaign scheduled an event for today in which the Republican candidate would receive an endorsement from 100 or so African-American pastors. Yesterday, Team Trump canceled the event after some of the pastors involved said they are not, in fact, supporting the GOP presidential hopeful.
* Ben Carson toured a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan over the weekend, and told reporters soon after that he didn’t “detect any great desire” among the refugees “to come to the United States.” Note, it’s hard to say with certainty what Carson saw – journalists were prohibited from joining the Republican on his tour.
* After picking up an endorsement from Boston Mayor Marty Walsh (D) yesterday, Hillary Clinton unveiled a $275 billion infrastructure plan, including a $25 billion investment to support a national Strategic Infrastructure Bank. The campaign said the package would be paid for through business tax reform, though Clinton aides were vague about the specific details.
* Donald Trump last week drew fire for apparently mocking New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski, who was born with deformities in his hands and lower arms. Trump later claimed he doesn’t remember meeting Kovaleski or knowing anything about the journalist’s disability.
* On a related note, Trump reiterated yesterday that he will not back off his discredited claim about American Muslims cheering on 9/11 when the Twin Towers fell. He insisted on “Meet the Press” yesterday that his bogus claims are true, all evidence to the contrary notwithstanding.
* Reports out of New Jersey last week noted that in 1993, Chris Christie said he was first “energized” to get into state politics because of his support for an assault-weapons ban. In a Fox News interview, the governor said about the quote, “I don’t remember. I could’ve … it doesn’t sound like me.”