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“What in the hell is he talking about?”
That was Joe Biden’s summary of Donald Trump’s performance at last night’s presidential debate. Biden spoke at Drexel University’s Grand Court this morning to stump for Hillary Clinton and encourage students to register to vote.
While Clinton attacked Trump for cheering on the housing crisis, Trump interjected by saying: “That’s called business, by the way.”
Biden had harsh words for Trump’s debate performance. “It was good business for him to see the housing market fail,” Biden said. “What in the hell is he talking about? No, no, no, no: I’ve been here for eight presidents … every president I have served with, including the Republicans, has had a moral center, about what it means to be an American. I mean it! Think about it. Can you imagine Ronald Reagan saying, ‘It’s good business to take advantage of people’s misery’? And rooting for that misery! I’m not kidding. What does it say about this man? And he wants to be president of the United States of America! He does not have the basic fundamental sensibilities and values that almost every American politician, left right and center, has.” Read more »
Elizabeth Banks takes a selfie with the crowd at Penn’s LGBT Center on Monday evening | Photo by Dan McQuade
Elizabeth Banks was done speaking to a packed-to-the-gills LGBT Center at Penn. As she finished up her brief speech, she knew what the kids were interested in: “I would like to be able to give you guys what you want,” she said, “which is pictures on your phone.” Dutifully, Banks then stood on a chair to take a table for her own selfie, then hung around for about 20 minutes as students lined up to take photos with her.
Banks, a 1996 graduate of Penn, was in Philadelphia to attend several events Monday in support of Hillary Clinton. She attended a private event at Ardmore, encouraged voter registration at the Penn LGBT Center, and went to the Liberty City Democratic Club Meeting in Center City.
“You need to vote for Hillary Clinton, and get 10 other people to vote for her too,” she said to the crowd at Penn. “You fucking millennials need to get out the fucking vote.” Read more »
Two big names will be in Philadelphia this week to stump for Hillary Clinton.
Tomorrow, Vice President Joe Biden will appear at Pennsylvania Democrats’ voter registration drive in the main court of Drexel’s main building at 3131 Chestnut Street. He’ll speak at 10:45 a.m. People interested in attending can RSVP here. Doors open at 9.
Biden’s appearance comes on National Voter Registration Day, and is part of a spate of registrations events on the day. In Pennsylvania, the last day to register to vote in November’s election is October 11th. Read more »
Arnold Palmer came into Philadelphia in 1963. After four days of tournament play, he walked out $26,000 richer.
Palmer, golf’s first superstar of the television era, died yesterday at the age of 87. Palmer won seven majors, and along with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player popularized the sport in the 1960s.
In 1963, he won his lone tournament in the Philadelphia area, The Whitemarsh Open. Palmer took home $26,000 for it — at the time, the largest sole prize of his career. The tournament, later renamed the Philadelphia Golf Classic, was in its first year. The tournament at Whitemarsh Valley Country Club was the richest on the PGA Tour that season, handing out $125,000 in prizes.
Palmer, a Latrobe native, led going into the final round but saw his large lead evaporate when he struck a shot on the 14th hole over a snow fence and out of play. Palmer was often followed on tour by a large group of fans dubbed “Arnie’s Army.” After that errant shot, he turned to them and said: “Well, that makes things interesting now, doesn’t it?” He later told reporters he fell “absolutely fast asleep” before the errant shot. Read more »
A Trump supporter wears a bootleg “Deplorable Me” Minions T-shirt at a rally in Chester Township on September 22nd. | Photo by Dan McQuade
Earlier this month, Hillary Clinton said that “to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables.” The phrase became an instant moment, and became the subject of columns and fact-checks and polls and Slack chat transcripts run as stories. The phrase stuck.
What’s interesting is how quickly Trump supporters co-opted and reclaimed the term like they’re a bunch of liberals. At last night’s Donald Trump rally in Delco, multiple speakers called themselves one of the deplorable ones. “Hello my fellow deplorables,” said Otto Voit, said the Republican candidate for state treasurer who claims he was the first candidate in the state to endorse Trump. “And I know out there, there are adorable deplorables,” he said later.
In the crowd, T-shirts were the game. Loads of Trump supporters wore T-shirts proudly declaring themselves one of the deplorables. Michael Goodart, of Springfield, Missouri, is a two-time candidate for state House there. He’s also a T-shirt vendor with his own screenprinting company. He was outside the rally last night selling “Deplorable Votes Matter” T-shirts and a “Deplorables” Teamsters parody logo shirts, as well as other gear. Read more »
Scenes from the Donald Trump rally in Chester Township. | Photos: Dan McQuade
A voice boomed as if from the heavens. “Please welcome, legendary coach Bobby Knight!”
Even though it was sweltering outside, the former Indiana University basketball coach walked on stage in his trademark red sweater. “When I was coaching, I don’t think we ever lost a game in Pennsylvania,” Knight said. “It’s just a possibility that may not be true, too. I’ve always been a big fan of the state of Pennsylvania. One of the people that I admired most in college athletics was Joe Paterno.” The crowd cheered.
Donald Trump, Knight and a few thousand supporters gathered in Studio 2 at Sun Center Studios in Chester Township last night to rally in support of Trump’s bid for the presidency. The final fight in Creed was filmed on the same stage, and so there was a Rocky statue wearing a Trump shirt in the room. Trump came on stage to “Gonna Fly Now” when Knight introduced him. “He won 900 games!” Trump said as Knight walked off the stage. “That’s a winner. We like winners.”
Donald Trump came to Delco last night, and it was weird. Read more »
Carson Wentzmania got even bigger this week, as the Eagles went into Chicago and beat up on the Bears, 29-14. Carson Wentz has played two games and, so far, he can do no wrong.
Wentz went 21-for-34 for 190 yards and a touchdown in Monday night’s win. Coach Doug Pederson says Wentz is playing like a 10-year vet. The Eagles had the best point differential in the league after Week 2. They are 2-0 for the first time since 2014. They are going to the Super Bowl, baby!
Okay, they’re not Super Bowl-bound. But people are excited about the Eagles rookie QB. Wentz’s hot start has the bootleggers going wild: Hustlers were selling bootleg Wentz T-shirts on two different Center City corners this morning, and online there are a ton of Wentz bootleg jerseys of various styles and colors.
Which brings us to a website I came across earlier this week: NFLJerseyOutlet.com. Designed to look like the NFL’s official website, this bootleg site has some of the worst NFL jerseys I’ve ever seen. Let’s take a look. Read more »
Comcast will buy out Ed Snider‘s 24 percent stake in Comcast Spectacor next month, gaining full ownership of the Philadelphia Flyers, the Wells Fargo Center and the hospitality and entertainment division, Spectra.
Ed Snider created Spectacor in 1974 to combine the two related things he owned, the Flyers and the Spectrum, into one umbrella company. Comcast bought 63 percent of Spectacor in 1996; Snider remained as chairman with a minority ownership stake.
“Ed was a visionary in the sports and entertainment industry and is deeply missed,” Comcast Chairman/CEO Brian Roberts said in a release. “He planned for this transition and, thanks to his thoughtful approach on succession, Comcast Spectacor is in a strong position. I’m very excited we are able to carry his spirit with us by bringing the company, its leadership, and its thousands of employees fully into the Comcast family.” Read more »
The front window of the Trump campaign office on South Street. | Photo: Dan McQuade
South Street is a legendary Philadelphia street. It’s home of everything from high schoolers exploring downtown for the first time to young men blasting tunes and yelling at women. It’s the home of a solid cheesesteak rivalry (Jim’s vs. Ishkabibbles) and a concert venue that’s hosted everything from rap and rock shows to little person wrestling. It’s home to Fat Tuesday and a 24-hour diner and actually is kind of upscale now on the other side of Broad Street. It’s also now home to a Donald Trump campaign office.
The office, which is between 8th and 9th streets, sprouted up sometime in the last week or so. A worker inside, who did not give his name, said it was Trump’s second office — the first is in Northeast Philadelphia. It’s full of Trump lawn signs and other campaign paraphernalia. The worker told me no one from the campaign was yet ready to talk about the field office. Messages sent to the Trump campaign were not returned. Read more »
Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight, the website that correctly predicted Barack Obama’s wins in 2008 and 2012, has released its 2016 Senate forecasts, and all three of the site’s models currently have Katie McGinty favored to beat Pat Toomey. Read more »