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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump has been talking about his immigration plans for weeks and now he's teasing a "major speech" he'll be giving on the topic this week.

Not much is known about his plans for the immigration speech besides what he posted on Twitter Sunday night.

 

I will be making a major speech on ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION on Wednesday in the GREAT State of Arizona. Big crowds, looking for a larger venue.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2016

 

The speech comes after Trump and his campaign manager Kellyanne Conway gave differing statements about his plans during several appearances last week.

Conway stepped further back from Trump's earlier suggestions of a deportation force during a television appearance this weekend, saying that he "is not talking about a deportation force." That contrasts with what he said earlier in the campaign.

ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd said that given the back-and-forth of late, the main goal of Trump's address on Wednesday should be clarity.

"He's been all over the map and on every different place on this," Dowd said.

Trump should be trying to "convince people that it's his set policy and that's where he's going to stay," Dowd added.

Trump's recent waverings on immigration indicated that he may be softening on some of his harder stances, which could be an effort to try and win over more moderate Republicans, according to Georgetown University associate professor Hans Noel.

"These are the voters that [Jeb] Bush and [Marco] Rubio and others were appealing to during the nomination. Many of them seem uncomfortable voting for a candidate whose immigration policy is so aggressive. It’s not even so much Latino voters as white Republicans who don’t want to be hostile to Latinos," Noel told ABC News.

"Trump’s goal is to hold onto his core while not alienating the rest of his party. That’s hard. If it were easy, immigration policy wouldn’t be so complicated in the first place," he said.

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ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Less than a month ahead of the first presidential debate at Hofstra University in New York, Hillary Clinton spoke candidly about her preparations, saying, "I am not taking anything, anyone or any place for granted."

"I do not know which Donald Trump will show up," Hillary Clinton told donors at a private fundraiser in East Hampton, New York. Then, Clinton asked attendees for tips on how to face their fellow New Yorker.

“I want any of your thoughts or ideas about how I should debate Donald Trump, just to name one thing. Seventy-one days left in the campaign," said the former secretary of state.

The first of three debates is Sept. 26, and both campaigns are aware of how many people will be watching and how performances will influence the decisions of voters.

“Somebody said to me, 'Remember, there will be about 100 million people watching and 60 million will be paying attention to the campaign for the first time. So don’t assume they have followed anything. They may vaguely have some information about Trump said this or Clinton said that or whatever. But there will be a lot of new impressions to be made that night,'" Clinton told the high-dollar event.

In another sign the Clinton campaign is taking its preparations seriously, Press Secretary Brian Fallon tweeted this over the weekend:

For all his lack of substance, Trump's showmanship, as ex-TV star, makes him a formidable debate foe. He thrashed his rivals in GOP debates

— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) August 27, 2016

Clinton questioned in East Hampton today whether Trump will "try to convey a gravity that he hasn’t done before or will he come in and try to insult" -- admitting that she has to be prepared for anything.

"This is the most unpredictable electoral season that I certainly can remember," said Clinton.

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ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Hillary Clinton's plan to address Americans coping with mental illness claims that our criminal justice system "is increasingly becoming the 'front line' of engagement."

The comprehensive plan released Monday on her site seeks to "improve criminal justice outcomes by training law enforcement officers in crisis intervention."

Ron Honberg, a Senior Policy Advisor, Advocacy & Public Policy for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), a grassroots organization focused on building better lives for Americans affected by mental illness, categorized Clinton's plan as a "step in the right direction," and agreed with the candidate's assessment that there is a growing burden placed on law enforcement in tackling mental health issues.

"Typically, we're asking the police to do a job that they're not trained to do," he said, noting that police were compensating for what he categorized as a weaknesses in our social safety net in dealing with mentally ill people.

Honberg told ABC News that while increased training will help, it represents only a partial solution, and said that "early intervention" was also necessary to identify people suffering with mental illnesses before they come in contact with law enforcement.

Clinton's overall plan, he noted, deals with this issue to a degree as well. As a second peg to address police interactions with the mentally ill, the plan calls to "prioritize treatment over incarceration for low-level, non-violent offenders" and "strengthen mental health services for incarcerated individuals."

"As many as 1 in every 10 police encounters may be with individuals with some type of mental health problem," the agenda on mental health states.

Honberg noted that statistics on just how many police shooting involve mental health issues are not well-documented. The NAMI site estimates one in five police shootings may involve a victim who is mentally ill.

But, recent interactions between police and mentally ill people that ended in tragedy have become a frequent occurrence in the news, calling attention to the issue.

Sylville Smith, the 23-year-old man whose shooting death helped trigger the unrest that occurred in Milwaukee earlier this month was said to have suffered from mental illness by members of his family. Dontre Hamilton, who was killed by Milwaukee police in 2014, also suffered from mental illness.

A video, as reported last week by ABC News, showed the last moments in the life of Vachel Howard, a 56-year-old black man who may have suffered from schizophrenia, and died while in the custody of the Los Angeles Police Department after appearing to receive a choke hold.

In June, the police shooting death of Willie D. James was reported by ABC News. The James' family said that he suffered from schizophrenia.

"This is not a partisan issue," Honberg said, adding that there is a "long way to go from proposal to treatment," referring to the arduous task of enacting new laws surrounding the criminal justice system's treatment of the mentally ill.

He credited Trump with addressing the issue of mental health, as well, but said his plan was "lacking in details right now."

Trump mentions mental health issues on his website under the category of Second Amendment Rights, and focuses the problem around incidents of mass shootings, which have haunted the country in recent years.

"Let’s be clear about this. Our mental health system is broken. It needs to be fixed," Trump declares on the subject. "Too many politicians have ignored this problem for too long."

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Kevin Mazur/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Huma Abedin announced Monday that she is separating from her husband Anthony Weiner.

The announcement comes in the wake of the latest allegations of the former congressman sending lewd messages to a woman online which were revealed by The New York Post Sunday night.

"After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband. Anthony and I remain devoted to doing what is best for our son, who is the light of our life. During this difficult time, I ask for respect for our privacy," Abedin said in a statement released Monday.

Abedin, who is one of Hillary Clinton's top aides, married Weiner in 2010 when he was a Democratic congressman representing a district in Queens, New York. Former President Bill Clinton officiated at their wedding.

In May 2011, Weiner resigned from Congress a month after the release of an explicit photo of him that he had inadvertently posted on his Twitter account. At the time, Abedin was pregnant with the couple's first child.

The couple's son Jordan was born in December 2011.

In spite of the scandal and his resignation from Congress, Weiner decided to run for mayor of New York City in 2013. Abedin campaigned with him at times — many of which were documented in detail by a film crew that followed Weiner's campaign.

After a similar sexting scandal unfolded during Weiner's mayoral race, the notoriously private Abedin spoke at a press conference defending her decision to stay in the marriage.

"Our marriage, like many others has had its ups and its downs. It took a lot of work and a whole lot of therapy to get to a place where I could forgive Anthony," she said at the July 2013 press conference.

"It was not an easy choice in any way, but I made the decision that it was worth staying in this marriage. That was a decision I made for me, for our son, and for our family," she said at the time.


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BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As Donald Trump arrived in Manchester, New Hampshire, for a rally a week ago, he stepped out of his motorcade and was greeted by a familiar face: Corey Lewandowski.

Lewandowski had been fired in late-June after serving as Trump’s first campaign manager. Given the internal fighting, Trump’s losing ground in the polls, and the candidate’s and his family’s alleged lack of confidence in Lewandowski, the campaign cut him loose June 20.

Lewandowski was escorted that day from Trump Tower in New York by the very security detail that had helped him check for hidden listening devices in the campaign office weeks earlier.

Now, a few weeks and a lucrative cable network contract later, Lewandowski is back in the fold, according to multiple campaign sources. They describe Lewandowski’s relationship with the candidate as “stronger than ever.”

Each day, Trump wakes up, usually in his Fifth Avenue penthouse, and has a routine round of calls, sources say, that includes his campaign leadership (which has changed in recent weeks), his children, some close allies and someone else quite frequently: Lewandowski.

“They talk almost every day,” one senior level campaign staffer said, requesting anonymity.

The billionaire’s children fired Lewandowski, an effort chiefly led by Donald Trump Jr., along with his sister Ivanka and her husband, real estate mogul Jared Kushner, according to sources.

The former campaign chief has not been in Trump Tower since the day security walked him out. His Secret Service pin, gone.

But his clearance is apparently restored for any Trump rally he attends. “It’s a direct order: If Corey is at a rally, you give him an ’S' pin,” one staffer said, referring to the pins distributed by the Secret Service recognizing a person who is cleared to enter restricted areas.

Lewandowski, 42, declined to comment for this article because of his contractual obligations to his new employer, CNN. In an email, the network said he has an exclusive contract with CNN and would not be available to comment. The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

At the Radisson Hotel in the heart of Manchester last week, Luciano Pavarotti was blasting and the lighting was tweaked to make the right mix of red and blue to create a purple hue. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, a colleague of Lewandowski’s, was waiting for an interview with the Republican nominee on Thursday.

It all appeared normal. Lewandowski escorted the candidate to meet with a group of VIPs, and the candidate then met with his leadership team in the Granite state. And as the nominee of the Republican Party spoke, Lewandowski was right there just off the stage.

Seven months ago, it would have been a typical day in the Trump campaign. But Lewandowski was running the show last Thursday in New Hampshire. With an “S” pin affixed to his green shirt as he barked at staff with commands, he was back to, as one staffer put it, his “glory days.”

New Hampshire holds a special place in the Republican nominee’s heart because it was his first win during the primary election process.

“Corey and Mr. Trump are very good friends,” a campaign adviser with the state operation said.

Lewandowski, who lives in the state, was on the ground for the entire week leading up to the New Hampshire primary back in February. Now in the race to the finish line, sources say, the former campaign manager is spotted at rallies and relied upon by aides on the ground because “one phone call to Corey and it’s done.”

“He’s not directly involved but he’s tight with this man [Trump]. They went through hell together to get to this spot,” the adviser said, referring to Lewandowski’s relationship with the nominee.

"Now that he’s out of the campaign, when Mr. Trump gets elected we will see Corey Lewandowski in some way shape or form once again.”

On the floor of the Republican convention earlier this summer, Lewandowski nominated his former boss on behalf of the New Hampshire delegation. "I represent the people of the great state of New Hampshire,” Lewandowski said during his brief floor remarks.

"And a state that was the first to recognize Donald J. Trump, and deliver the first victory on his behalf on a path to 38 victories that he achieved.”

In closing remarks, Lewandowski read through all the votes for other candidates, ending with Trump: "And 11 votes for my friend, and the next president of the United States, Donald J. Trump."

One senior level campaign official said: “He’s more involved that anyone realizes.”

Another senior level aide said, "The days that Corey’s influence were widely seen were the days that Trump wanted to go back to the old days. How he ran it in the primaries,” the person said, adding that Lewandowski “keeps telling him [Trump] to do what he wants and for that they’ll go down together."

Former Trump political adviser Roger Stone has his own view of Lewandowski. "He¹s a great advance man,” he told ABC News. “On strategy, not so much.”

Stone also still speaks with the Trump and has made his distaste for Lewandowski known. "He came close to losing the nomination for Trump,” he said.

As Trump was growing frustrated with the direction of his campaign, the New York Times reported on Aug. 15 that his campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, had allegedly pocketed $12.7 million in cash for business dealings he had with the Ukrainian government. Manafort has denied it. He also declined to be interviewed for this article.

The Times tweeted its story in the normal course of getting the news to readers. What was odd is who retweeted the damaging story to Manafort: Corey Lewandowski.

Days later, when Manafort resigned from the campaign, Lewandowski retweeted a post from someone who had written, “Lewandowski is winning so much even he may get tired of winning.”

Lewandowski said later that morning during an interview with his employer, CNN: “I didn’t win but I thought it was funny because, you know, what it is people think I won. I had nothing to do with this.”

“This was about Donald Trump. He’s running for president. This is about what is best for Donald Trump, what is best for the American people, and what is best to lay out his case that Hillary Clinton is not prepared to be the president of the United States.”

For his part, Lewandowski earned $20,000 from the Trump campaign in early-July via Lewandowski’s consulting firm Green Monster Consulting LLC, according to Federal Election Commission reports.

The Trump campaign has described the monthly payments as severance to close out its contract with Lewandowski. Yet in his role now as an on-air analyst for CNN, he has said he is a Trump supporter, but impartial.

Appearing last week on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” CNN Anchor Anderson Cooper was asked that very question. “So he works for you guys,” Colbert said, meaning CNN. “Does he still get any money from the Trump people at the same time? “

Cooper said, “I believe – I read he gets a continuing severance payment from the Trump campaign,” Cooper responded.

“So y’all are paying him and Trump is paying him, but he’s on your show doing analysis for a man he still gets cash from?” Colbert followed up.

“Pretty much,” Cooper said. “Yeah, I guess that’s one way to look at it.”

Back at Trump’s Manchester even a week ago, as he departed, Trump was escorted all the way to his armed vehicle by Lewandowski. Trump told Lewandowski to hop in for the ride to the airport, according to several sources. Lewandowski declined, waving goodbye.

They’d talk again, apparently soon enough.

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- Donald Trump’s immigration plan is set to be announced later this week. And if previous comments are any indication, the Republican presidential contender said he plans to focus on deporting criminals, similar to the current strategy of the Obama administration.

"On Day One, I am going to begin swiftly removing criminal illegal immigrants from this country," he said at Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst's Roast and Ride event Saturday in Des Moines, saying he would not focus on the 11 million undocumented residents who have lived in the U.S. for a long time without incident.

Trump has not given specific details about his immigration policy plans, but is expected to explain more Wednesday.

Based on statements so far, Trump's plan to remove the undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes is similar to what President Obama declared in 2014. Here's a look at some of the numbers:

How many people have been deported under Obama?

President Barack Obama has often been referred to by immigration groups as the "Deporter in Chief."

Between 2009 and 2015 his administration has removed more than 2.5 million people through immigration orders, which doesn’t include the number of people who "self-deported" or were turned away and/or returned to their home country at the border by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

How does he compare to other presidents?

According to governmental data, the Obama administration has deported more people than any other president's administration in history.

In fact, they have deported more than the sum of all the presidents of the 20th century.

President George W. Bush's administration deported just over two million during his time in office; and Obama’s numbers don’t reflect his last year in office, for which data is not yet available.

Who is being deported?

President Obama directed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to focus on criminals, not families, during his November 2014 executive action on immigration.

According to their website, "ICE has continued to increase its focus on identifying, arresting, and removing convicted criminals in prisons and jails, and also at-large arrests in the interior."

In fiscal year 2015, 91 percent of people removed from inside the U.S. were previously convicted of a crime.

The administration made the first priority "threats to national security, border security, and public safety." That includes gang members, convicted felons or charged with "aggravated felony" and anyone apprehended at the border trying to enter the country illegally.

In 2015, 81 percent, or 113,385, of the removals were the priority one removals.

Priority two includes "misdemeanants and new immigration violators."

That includes "aliens convicted of three or more misdemeanor offenses, other than minor traffic" violations, as well as those convicted of domestic violence, sexual abuse, burglary, DUIs or drug trafficking.

Who is not being deported?

With the focus on criminals and not families, the administration has moved away from those living and working in the U.S. without a criminal history.

"Felons, not families. Criminals, not children. Gang members, not a mom who’s working hard to provide for her kids. We’ll prioritize, just like law enforcement does every day," Obama said in November 2014 when announcing his executive action on immigration.

And while he tried to provide relief and a way "out of the shadows" for those without criminal histories with his immigration action, that was eventually stricken down by the Supreme Court not issuing a decision on the case, thereby upholding the lower courts action.

But by refocusing on criminals most families who are living and following the law are not targets for deportations.

What about raids against mothers and children?

Priority three for the administration is focused on those who have arrived after January 1, 2014. The administration has focused on preventing families from sending their children unaccompanied on a dangerous trek by emphasizing they will be returned.

Many of these unaccompanied children and mothers with children are fleeing violence in central America—coming from the northern triangle of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, some of the most dangerous countries in the world.

Many of the people migrating from that area to the U.S. claim refugee status and, if they can prove real harm will result in their being returned, they are allowed to remain until their case is heard.

There are critics, however, who state that many are not getting a fair shot at claiming refugee status and are being returned too hastily.

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ABC News(WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J.) — Hillary Clinton’s wide lead over Donald Trump in the race for the White House has been cut in half, according to a new national Monmouth University poll released Monday.

The Democratic nominee held a wide 50 percent to 37 percent lead in the wake of her party’s convention in a Monmouth poll in early August, but now that lead appears to have tightened to 7 percentage points -- 46 percent to 39 percent among likely voters.

But Trump still faces a statistically significant deficit with just 70 days remaining until Election Day. The race was tighter -- 45 percent to 43 percent -- in July.

The change shows some signs of a post-convention bump wearing off among likely voters: She’s lost 10 percentage points among nonwhites, 9 points among college grads, 7 points among women and voters under 35 years old, and a slight 6 points among liberals and Democrats.

The poll also shows that a majority of voters have negative views of both candidates. A majority believes that Trump is not releasing his tax returns because there’s something in them that he doesn’t want the public to know, and a majority believes that Clinton gave special treatment to big donors of the Clinton Foundation.
 
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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The FBI is warning all states to tighten security measures related to their online election systems after hackers successfully infiltrated one state board of election and targeted another, ABC News has confirmed.

“The FBI is requesting that states contact their Board of Elections and determine if any similar activity ... has been detected,” the agency’s Cyber Division said in a bulletin recently sent to private-industry partners across the country.

In late June, an “unknown actor scanned a state's Board of Election website for vulnerabilities” and, after identifying a security gap, exploited the vulnerability to conduct a “data exfiltration,” the FBI said in its Aug. 18 “flash” bulletin.

Earlier this month, hackers used the same vulnerability in an “attempted intrusion activities into another state’s Board of Election system,” the FBI said.

The bulletin did not say who may be behind the cyberattacks, or where they may be located.

The bulletin, first reported by Yahoo News, notes that the FBI “routinely advises private industry of various cyber threat indicators observed during the course of our investigations.”

“This data is provided in order to help cyber security professionals and system administrators to guard against the persistent malicious actions of cyber criminals,” the bulletin added.

An FBI spokeswoman declined to comment further.

Lawmakers and even top U.S. officials have recently raised concerns over potential Election Day cyber vulnerabilities.

Three weeks ago, the ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee called on the federal government to examine its efforts to protect election systems and voting machines in the United States against similar attacks.

“Election security is critical, and a cyberattack by foreign actors on our election systems could compromise the integrity of our voting process,” wrote Sen. Tom Carper, D-Delaware, in a letter to the Department of Homeland Security.

For months, the FBI has been investigating what appear to be coordinated cyberattacks on Democratic organizations, with the hacking of the Democratic National Committee being the most damaging so far.

Not only did the hack apparently allow cyber operatives to steal opposition research on Republican nominee Donald Trump, but many suspect it led to the theft of internal messages that showed efforts by DNC officials to undermine Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders during the primary season.

After those damaging emails were publicly released by WikiLeaks, Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz stepped down as DNC chairwoman.

Many suspect Russian hackers are to blame for the cyberassault on Democratic organizations.

Nevertheless, Clapper said he's "taken aback a bit by ... the hyperventilation over" the hack of the DNC, adding in a sarcastic tone, "I'm shocked somebody did some hacking. That’s never happened before."

The American people "just need to accept" that cyber threats and computer-based attacks are a major long-term challenge facing the United States, and he said Americans should "not be quite so excitable when we have yet another instance of it."

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump tweeted Sunday night that he will be making a speech on illegal immigration on Wednesday in Arizona.

The announcement comes after a week in which his language has sometimes shifted on illegal immigration, leading members of Trump's campaign to come out trying to explain his stand, and Trump himself blaming the media for suggesting he's softening his hardline approach on the subject.

At Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst's Roast and Ride event Saturday in Des Moines, Trump said his focus will be on deporting criminals, not the 11 million people who are in the United States illegally.

"On Day One, I am going to begin swiftly removing criminal illegal immigrants from this country," he said.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie insisted during an interview on This Week that there has been no flip-flop in Trump's stance on illegal immigration.

"This is a guy who's been very consistent on no amnesty, no legalization, for folks who have been coming to the country illegally," he said.

Trump pledged during the GOP primary to deport millions of undocumented immigrants with a "deportation force," but last week on Fox News signaled an openness to a pathway to legal status for some undocumented immigrants.

But then Thursday night in an interview with CNN, he seemed to reverse that by ruling out legal status for undocumented immigrants who remain in the country.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Democratic National Committee Interim Chair Donna Brazile called on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to distance himself from the so-called alt-right movement and the racist language of some of his supporters.

"This sort of alt-right movement is very disturbing, it's almost like a renaissance of racism," Brazile told ABC’s Martha Raddatz on This Week Sunday.

“There’s no question Donald Trump has had ample opportunity to distance himself from the kind of racist language that comes from some of his supporters,” she said. “I know you can’t choose your supporters out there … but he should distance himself.”

Brazile also addressed newly released emails that show Clinton Foundation donors looking for invitations to State Department events and requesting to sit next to Vice President Joe Biden.

The emails were released as part of a public records lawsuit by conservative group Citizens United and were shared exclusively with ABC News.

Brazile dismissed the revelations in the emails, saying that it is "normal" for supporters or donors to request access to government officials.

“I've been a government official. So, you know, this notion that, somehow or another, someone who is a supporter, someone who is a donor, somebody who's an activist, saying 'I want access, I want to come into a room and I want to meet people' -- we often criminalize behavior that is normal,” Brazile said. “I don’t see what the smoke is.”

She also addressed the recent hack of the Democratic National Committee and responded to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s promise to release “significant” new DNC emails before Election Day.

“The DNC and other institutions are victims of a cybercrime led by thugs,” Brazile said.

“The notion that we're going let some person, you know, put out personal sensitive information across the world, jeopardizing people's privacy, and we're interviewing him as if he's going to have a smoking gun for October. The smoking gun is that we're interviewing somebody who is involved in a cybercrime and not calling him a criminal,” she said.

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ABCNews.com(NEW YORK) -- Despite GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump's recent pitches for African-American and Hispanic support, nearly two-thirds of Americans believe Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton would do more to help minority communities if elected president.

ABC News together with our partners at SSRS survey research firm asked our online opinion panel about Trump's recent appeals to minority voters.

Sixty-four percent said Clinton would do more for minority communities as president while 36 percent chose Trump.

Asked to give a one-word response to a video of one of Trump's recent appeals to African-American and Hispanic voters, 56 percent reacted with a negative word, such as "liar," "lies," "disgusted," or "stupid."

Thirty-seven percent responded positively, using words such as "hope," "hopeful," "truth," and "awesome."

The video shows Trump speaking at a campaign rally in Tampa, Florida, on Wednesday, saying: "To the African American voter, great people, to the Hispanic voter who have been absolutely treated terribly, I say what do you have to lose? What do you have to lose? What -- I will fix it. I'll be able to make sure that when you walk down the street in your inner city or wherever you are, you're not going to be shot. Your child isn't going to be shot.”

The blunt appeal has become a regular theme of the Republican candidate's stump speech in the past week.

See full results here.

The ABC News/SSRS Poll was conducted using the SSRS Probability Panel. Interviews were conducted online overnight from August 24 – August 25, 2016 among a nationally representative sample of 257 respondents age 18 and older. The margin of error for total respondents is /-8.0% at the 95% confidence level. Design effect is 1.7282. The SSRS Probability Panel is a probability-based, online panel of adults recruited from random digit dialed landline and cell phone numbers. For more information, visit http://ssrs.com/research/ssrs-probability-panel/.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who chairs Donald Trump’s transition team, deflected questions on whether the Republican nominee is softening his stance on immigration, insisting that the candidate has been "completely consistent" on the issue.

"This is a guy who’s been very consistent on no amnesty, no legalization, for folks who have come into the country illegally, and that’s always been the underpinning of his policy, along with the building of the wall on the United States Mexican border," the New Jersey governor told Martha Raddatz on ABC's This Week.

At issue is one of Trump’s main campaign promises, to deport every immigrant who is here illegally and require them to reapply for citizenship from their home countries, through legal channels.

Trump has repeated this pledge throughout the campaign. But last week, Trump suggested that undocumented immigrants who had spent their time in the U.S. productively might be able to stay if they pay back taxes.

Christie insisted Trump remains committed to deportations, the core of his proposed immigration policy.

“I think he’s been very clear on this, we’re not going to have amnesty,” Christie told Raddatz.

“What we’re going to do is to get those who are breaking the law out of the country as quickly as possible to make sure that then you deal with people in a humane way,” Christie added. “I think that’s what he’s been saying. He’s been saying that for as long as I’ve been listening to him of late, and that’s what he’s going to do.”

Christie also addressed comments this week by another Trump adviser, Rudy Giuliani, who told NJ Advance Media that Christie was among the GOP candidate's inner circle who urged him to take a more moderate stance on immigration.

When Giuliani was asked if Christie was responsible for Trump’s more nuanced policy proposals regarding the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants, he said, "The answer to that question is yes." He added that Christie is "not the only one" advising Trump on immigration but said "he is great value" to the Republican nominee.

Christie declined on ABC’s This Week to discuss the advice he gives Trump.

“Rudy can talk about whatever he wants to talk about. He’s my friend, I like him a lot and respect him, but I don’t talk about the advice I give to Donald Trump,” Christie said.

The New Jersey governor was also asked about Trump's calling Clinton a "bigot." He said Clinton started the name-calling.

"I’ll tell you this, this type of discourse in the campaign is just unwarranted, but it was started by Mrs. Clinton," he said.

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By Barbara Kinney for Hillary for America.(NEW YORK) -- A series of newly released State Department emails obtained by ABC News offers fresh insight on direct contact between the Clinton Foundation and Hillary Clinton's inner circle while she was Secretary of State.

The emails -– released as part of a public records lawsuit by conservative group Citizens United and shared exclusively with ABC -- reveal what the group claims is new evidence Foundation allies received special treatment. [Read the emails here.]

In one December 2010 email chain with Clinton's closest aide Huma Abedin, then-top Clinton Foundation official Doug Band offers names for a State Department lunch with Chinese President Hu Jintao scheduled for January 2011.

On the list were three executives from organizations that have donated millions to the Clinton Foundation: Bob McCann, the then-president of wealth management at UBS; Dr. Judith Rodin, the president of the Rockefeller Foundation; and Hikmet Ersek, the CEO of Western Union.

According to the Foundation website, the UBS Wealth Management USA has contributed between $500,001 and $1 million to the Foundation; the Rockefeller Foundation has given between $10 million and $25 million, while Western Union and its foundation has contributed between $1 million and $5 million.

Nearly two weeks later, Band followed up on email, specifically requesting Rodin be seated at Vice President Joe Biden’s table. "I'll ask," Abedin replied.

In a separate exchange, Abedin forwarded to Band -- outside the State Department -- an attachment entitled "Updated China RSVP Guest List 1-5-11." The attachment was not included in the documents received by ABC, but suggests sharing of information ahead of a state visit by President Hu Jintao in late January 2011.

Band declined comment to ABC News. Clinton Foundation spokesman Craig Minassian said the emails "aren't related to the Clinton Foundation's work improving lives around the world."

A representative for McCann told ABC News he did not attend the lunch, while a representative for Ersek said he doesn't have a "record" of the event. Rodin's office did not immediately return a request for comment. The State Department said it could not provide a list of attendees.

In addition to State Department functions, Band also corresponded with Abedin about personal requests of some Clinton Foundation supporters.

In January 2011, Band forwarded an email to Abedin on behalf of Gerardo Werthein, a South American businessman who has donated more than $1 million to the Foundation, according to its website.

Calling Werthein a "great friend" and "big supporter," Band asked Abedin to deliver a message to the U.S. ambassador to Malta on behalf of Werthein. The ambassador was scheduled to meet with the Admor, a religious leader in Malta and associate of Werthein.

Abedin passed on Band's message to another State Department official asking for delivery to the ambassador's assistant, writing, "Just want to pass along for info. No need for action."

A June 2009 email from Band passed on thanks from a Tim Collins to Abedin for bringing him to "some event." Abedin says, "We invited him into speech in Cairo." ABC News could not confirm the identity of the Collins who attended the speech. The Clinton Foundation website lists a Timothy Collins, founder of the investment firm Ripplewood Advisors, as a major donor.

"After more than two years of Freedom of Information Act requests and lengthy litigation, the truth is finally coming out," said David Bossie, president of Citizens United, in a statement. "Hillary Clinton's senior staff at the State Department routinely worked with the Clinton Foundation to reward big donors with special access and favors for four years."

The State Department and Clinton campaign both told ABC News that Foundation donors held no special influence or received favors.

When asked about the apparent involvement of a top Clinton Foundation official in requesting invitations for guests for State Department functions, spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau told ABC News: "The State Department does not believe it is inappropriate for the administration to consider individuals suggested by outside organizations when deciding who to invite to an official function."

Clinton campaign spokesman Josh Schwerin said the emails released are a political attack on the Clintons.

"Citizens United is a right-wing group that's been attacking the Clintons since the 1990s and, once again, is trying to make something out of nothing," Schwerin told ABC News.



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ABCNews.com(MIAMI LAKES, Fla.) -- Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine reacted to Donald Trump tweeting about NBA star Dwyane Wade's cousin being the victim of gun violence, saying the only appropriate reaction is sympathy.

Kaine also criticized Trump for calling his running mate, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, a bigot.

"My reaction is we just ought to be extending our sympathy to the family. That's the only reaction that is appropriate right now and maybe a sadness about this gun violence issue, which we know it's complicated but that is, you see something like this and it's just, we should redouble our efforts to really adopt and promote smart strategies on that. But the sympathy issue is the one that ought to be our strong first reaction," Kaine said of Trump's tweet.

Dwyane Wade's cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2016

Wade's cousin, Nykea Aldridge, was killed Friday in Chicago's Parkway Gardens neighborhood when two men exchanged gunfire nearby, according to police.

Kaine made the remarks about Trump's tweet following a tour of the small business, Design South Florida, in Miami Lakes, Florida.

"The tweet isn't important. What's important is this horrible crime, you know a woman and her child on her way to a store getting shot. I mean it's really, really tragic and of course you need good leadership to focus on these issues," Kaine said.

ABC News asked Kaine about remarks he made Friday in Tallahassee connecting Trump to "Ku Klux Klan values."

"He has supporters like David Duke connected with the Ku Klux Klan who are going around and saying Donald Trump is their candidate because Donald Trump is pushing their values. Ku Klux Klan values, David Duke values, Donald Trump values are not American values," Kaine said Friday at Florida A&M University.

On Saturday, Kaine said he was not saying Trump had "Ku Klux Klan values."

"What I said yesterday was he's got guys connected with the Ku Klux Klan who are out, they are claiming him. And his record of, you know, sometimes he doesn't disabuse that and sometimes he seems to want to take advantage of that, and that I find that very troubling," Kaine said.

When asked earlier this year about what he thought about white supremacists, Trump told CBS News, "I don't like any group of hate. Hate groups are not for me.”

When reporters asked Kaine what was behind his intensifying attacks against Trump, he said that Trump's calling Clinton a "bigot" really bothered him.

"I mean I was pretty stunned by that," Kaine said.

He contrasted Clinton's career battling "for families and kids to get a fair shot in tough places" with Trump's remark about her.

.@TimKaine says he was "pretty stunned" when Trump called @HillaryClinton a "bigot." https://t.co/erLbksROfAhttps://t.co/P1IVqeVTsL

— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) August 27, 2016

"So that he is just going to casually say you're a bigot. Well then, OK. Well, it's important to call out what he's been saying, who he has been drawing support from. It was really important to do that," Kaine said.

The vice presidential nominee also criticized Trump's controversial overtures to the African American community over the past few days. Kaine said that Trump's past helping facilitate the "birther" controversy about President Obama makes it impossible for him to be serious about reaching out to the African American community.

"I don't see it as that serious because if you have been out pushing, promoting the notion that President Obama wasn't born in this country then you can say OK, well now I want to do outreach. I just don't see it as that serious," Kaine said.

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(PEMBROKE PINES, Fla.) -- Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine met with Florida mayors and elected officials on Saturday, encouraging them to deliver the state for his running mate Hillary Clinton by contrasting the Clinton-Kaine ticket from what he called a "Social Darwinism me first" Donald Trump.

Kaine made the remarks in Pembroke Pines, Florida. In attendance were Sen. Bill Nelson and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the former chair of the Democratic National Committee.

"We are running against a guy who is kind of a social Darwinism, me first everybody else move aside guy and that's a sharp distinction," Kaine said.

Kaine did not repeat remarks he made Friday that linked Trump to "Ku Klux Klan values." Instead, he attacked Trump for questioning the NATO alliance and discussed America’s fight against ISIS.

"We are battling ISIL, we are beating them on the battlefield. They are shrinking, shrinking, shrinking but they are trying to do one-off attacks here, there and everywhere. How do you stop those? You stop those attacks by sharing intelligence. Who do you share intelligence with? Your allies," Kaine said.

He added, "If you tear up NATO and say now we don't need alliances anymore, who are you going to share intelligence with? So there is a sharp distinction between a Hillary Clinton, who understand the value of alliances and making us stronger, and a Donald Trump, who seems to think building walls and tearing up alliances is a path to strength. It's a path to Isolation and it's a path to weakness."

Kaine described the importance of Florida to the mayors and elected officials as crucial to a Clinton-Kaine victory.

"If we win Florida, it's over. Help us do that," Kaine said.

A NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist Poll released this month showed the Clinton campaign with a slight lead in the Sunshine State. Kaine said that good poll numbers in other battleground states means that they can devote more energy to Florida. Kaine said that Virginia and Colorado have moved into "safer territory," while Florida is "so close."

"What that means is the states that are real close, now we can really spend a lot of time here, and Florida is one of those states. Not only massive on the electoral vote side but also because it is so close. It's a place where we are going to spend a lot of time. And there is nobody, nobody who can be more of a guarantor of our success here in Florida winning the electoral votes and by producing a margin for Hillary winning House seats, winning a Senate seat, winning seats in local legislature elections, there is nobody who can do that better than you," Kaine told the elected officials.

To stress the importance of Florida, Kaine brought up the 2000 election between George W. Bush and John Kerry, when the state's votes were recounted.

"Of course in Florida, it's an easier sell to tell people that their vote matters because you were so pivotal to one of the most amazing and even still kind of surreal elections in the history of this country in 2000 where every vote did matter in a way that frankly changed the history of this country in terms of things that happened that might not have happened and things that didn't happen," Kaine said.

Kaine's appearance in Pembroke Pines was part of a two-day swing through the state where he attended public events as well as private fundraisers. Kaine will head back to the state next week.

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