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TheChat: Here’s a new description for Donald Trump

John Heilemann
John Heilemann

Good morning.

▪ “Blue-collar billionaire.” — journalist John Heilemann during a visit to Kansas City last week describing Donald Trump’s appeal.

Heilemann’s description was somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but also an accurate portrayal of how many voters view him. Trump has found a way to connect to the average Joe and Josephine out there even though he’s one rich guy.

▪ “The system, folks, is rigged.” — Trump this week to supporters in Albany, New York.

He added, “It’s a rigged, disgusting, dirty system.” Trump is seeking to come to grips with the reality that he could go into the GOP National Convention with the most delegates, but still lose the nomination.

▪ “It’s disloyal, and it’s terribly shocking, and I’m completely depressed about it.” — conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly speaking about a coup attempt to knock her out of her leadership post at the Eagle Forum, the group she founded 44 years ago.

One big issue: Schlafly’s backing of Trump.

▪ “This bill is about being smart on crime.” — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signing an overhaul of the state’s juvenile justice system.

The measure is hailed as the chief accomplishment of the 2016 session. One key: It reduces out-of-home placement for troubled youth and emphasizes community-based programs.