Sharon Kyle: So today, it is particularly ironic that several reports are surfacing questioning whether Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, might have a spotty immigration history herself.
Dick Price: Feelings among Bernie’s supporters are certainly raw coming out of a convention that was so thoroughly orchestrated to marginalize Sanders and his supporters in the coronation of a candidate who party insiders and many media mavens had long ago selected.
Sharon Kyle: But now that it’s all said and done and the two major parties have had their conventions and selected their nominees—what’s next in this, the most unusual presidential campaign in recent history.
Sharon Kyle: With such a large contingent of Bernie voters still up for grabs, it’s puzzling that Hillary’s VP pick wouldn’t be one that appealed more to the progressive vote that could put her back in the White House.
Sharon Kyle: The townhall was part of a series of events the President has participated in this week in the wake of the Dallas rampage that left five police officers dead and eleven others wounded, following the two police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota earlier in the week.
Dick Price: Yes, we need better police officer training—the outrages this week, like other prominent ones in the past, displayed deplorable police tactics for dealing with the public.
Dick Price & Sharon Kyle: Tell us what you think America can do about the all too frequent police murders of black and brown men, about America’s rampant gun violence, about the maddening times we live in.
Dick Price: Sentiments were mixed, with 55 percent of you saying there would be no indictment and 45 percent saying there would. But a look at the many comments reveals several shades to that response, not just a black-or-white yes or no.
Sharon Kyle: Do you believe the Bill Clinton/Loretta Lynch meeting was serendipitous or was it in some way calculated and by whom? We want to hear from you and let us know if you believe that Lynch and Clinton only had a social conversation.
Dick Price: The Orlando massacre was utterly horrific, the worst mass shooting in recent American history. But it was also just another mass shooting in a numbingly long list—San Bernardino, Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, and then a great many with fewer victims and less lasting notoriety.
Sharon Kyle: Given that the gun murder rates in all other similarly situated countries including Canada are significantly lower than that of the United States, there is clearly a pathway to more sensible gun laws. So what stops the U.S. from enacting them?
Dick Price: For most it seems that voting for Hillary is the “grow up and eat your peas” course the Democratic Party’s superstructure and Clinton’s many fans in the mainstream media want Bernie Sanders supporters to follow.
Given that we’ve landed in our current state of affairs, with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as the presumptive presidential nominees for their party, what are you likely to do this election season?