Senate Brief: Trump’s Trade War is Damaging Republicans’ Senate Chances

Week of Monday, July 23

IN BRIEF: In battleground states across the country, Trump’s reckless trade war is slamming key midterm voters — and throwing a wrench into Republican Senate candidates’ chances.

In North Dakota, Rep. Kevin Cramer is increasingly choosing his political allies over his thousands of suffering constituents. Trump’s reckless tariffs “threaten the livelihoods of local farmers and the state’s small manufacturing sector.” A 25% price drop in soybeans — North Dakota’s #1 export — has spurred a fully fledged crisis.
In Indiana, Rep. Mike Braun has hewn closely to Trump’s reckless line on trade. But dozens of brutal headlines about the consequences of the trade war won’t go unnoticed as voters look for candidates who will stand up for their interests.
And in Missouri, Attorney General Josh Hawley has  Read more after the jump.

NEW: NJ-Sen Candidate Bob Hugin Called Admitting Women to His All-Male Princeton Eating Club “Politically Correct Fascism”

“Women got the right to vote in 1920 —  in 1991, Bob Hugin was still fighting to turn back the clock,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman “Hugin can laud women’s equality on the campaign trail all he wants, but in light of these comments and the months-long legal battle he waged in defense of sex discrimination, it comes off as little more than a ham-handed attempt to over-correct for his sexist beliefs.”

NJ.com: Republican U.S. Senate candidate Hugin fought to stop women from joining Princeton eating clubs
By Jonathan D. Salant | July 20, 2018

“Bob Hugin, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, fought efforts to open Princeton University’s famed all-male eating clubs to women, going so far as to call the ultimately successful attempt ‘politically correct fascism.’”
“Hugin opposed the efforts as president of one of the all-male eating clubs, theTiger Inn, a position he assumed after graduating from the university.”
“Undergraduate student Sally Frank, who had been denied membership, sued to open them in 1979 in a case […]

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Bob Hugin in College: If I Met a Gay Student, “He Wouldn’t Last Long”

As a student at Princeton in the 1970s, wealthy pharma executive Bob Hugin told the local Home News newspaper that “if a member of Tiger” — his all-male private student club — “was found to be gay, ‘he wouldn’t last long.’”

These shocking anti-LGBT remarks show Hugin and his friends are prepared to intimidate or commit violence against LGBT students. The Home News story makes clear that Hugin’s comment is even more appalling in context: earlier in the school year, eight students broke into a pro-LGBT rights’ student’s room “and smashed chairs and tipped over the dressers.”

This new revelation comes hours after NJ.com uncovered Hugin’s months-long legal battle to keep women out of Tiger, the all-male student club, when he was in his late 30’s.

“Bob Hugin can try to hide, but he can’t run from his bigoted, gay-bashing past. At a time when Princeton was taking steps to embrace LGBT rights, Hugin tried to marginalize gay students and […]

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