The Lid: Donald Trump Promises Winning in Washington

Image: Donald Trump And Ted Cruz Join Capitol Hill Rally Against Iran Deal
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 09: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (2nd L) talks with journalists during a rally against the Iran nuclear deal on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol September 9, 2015 in Washington, DC. Thousands of people gathered for the rally, organized by the Tea Party Patriots, which featured conservative pundits and politicians. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

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By Andrew Rafferty and Carrie Dann

Welcome to The Lid, your afternoon dose of the 2016 ethos…. Donald Trump promised Wednesday that he will create “so much winning … that you may get bored with winning,” which immediately caught the eye of the Washington Nationals pitching staff, who figured it couldn’t hurt to ask if he could throw a few innings tonight against the Mets before returning to the campaign trail.

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Two days after the Labor Day break, we're getting a heck of a series of split screens between Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. And, yep, the latter is still mostly dominating media coverage and defiantly avoiding policy specifics. Jeb Bush’s post-Labor Day week so far has been comprised of launching a television ad highlighting his executive experience, then meeting behind closed doors with top supply-siders before rolling out a mostly-traditional tax plan with a dash of populist loophole-closing. (And he did Stephen Colbert’s new show, although he largely stuck to his campaign script). Hillary Clinton’s week featured yet more struggles with her email nonapology/apology, capped with a substantive and stern conversation about the Iran deal. Donald Trump’s week has included trolling Jeb Bush for putting a supporter to sleep, demanding that CNN give its profits to charity and declaring in front of the United States Capitol that “We will have so much winning if I get elected, that you may get bored with winning.”


  • One of us(!) reports on the Ted Cruz/Donald Trump appearances at today’s rally against the Iran deal.
  • Trump met with Alabama senator and immigration hard-liner Jeff Sessions at the Capitol after the rally -- and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin joined then, NBC’s Frank Thorp and Kelly O’Donnell report.
  • NBC’s Monica Alba reports on Hillary Clinton’s “distrust and verify” approach towards the Iran deal.
  • Donald Trump wants CNN to give all profits from the September 16 debate to charities for veterans, reports NBC’s Ali Vitali.
  • Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush called for overhauling the nation's tax system — in an attempt to achieve 4 percent economic growth — when he debuted a tax plan as part of a larger economic policy speech Wednesday in North Carolina, NBC’s Jordan Frasier writes.
  • And Frasier reported last night on Jeb Bush’s appearance on Stephen Colbert’s new late night show.


New York Magazine does a deep dive into Sheldon Adelson’s assessments so far of the 2016 GOP field.

CLINTON: The State Department says it did now know that the person recently appointed to oversee transparency at the agency gave the maximum donation to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, reports POLITICO.

JINDAL: His campaign is getting in on the Trump pile on with a web ad that cuts between Donald Trump quotes and Charlie Sheen’s various proclamations that he was “winning” back in 2011. Tomorrow Jindal will hold a press conference where he will “call on on conservatives to get serious and reject a Trump candidacy.”

CRUZ: He has gotten both Trumped and Huckebee-d this week, the Washington Post notes.

TRUMP: His New Hampshire backers include some, er, colorful folks, the Wall Street Journal writes.

HUCKABEE: He said he was “kind of surprised” that Cruz showed up at the Kim Davis rally yesterday.


“They want me to stomp and bang my fists, but that’s not who I am. I’m a calm and rational person. You have to be that way as a neurosurgeon.”

  • Ben Carson, to The Hill


Vice President Joe Biden holds an event with Loretta Lynch in New York City before an appearance on Stephen Colbert’s show.

Hillary Clinton holds “women for Hillary” events in Columbus and Milwaukee.

Scott Walker appears at Eureka College, Ronald Reagan’s alma mater.