Will Trump be able to shake off the judge remarks?

Reaction from the 'Special Report' All-Star panel


This is a rush transcript from "Special Report," June 10, 2016. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.


DONALD TRUMP, PRESUMPTIVE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: Here is what Hillary Clinton would do to our country. She'll appoint radical judges who will legislate from the bench, overriding Congress.

Hillary Clinton's Wall Street agenda will crush working families.

She wants to raise your taxes big-league folks, big-league.

She wants to abolish the Second Amendment.

HILLARY CLINTON, PRESUMPTIVE DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: Donald Trump would take us in the wrong direction on so many issues we care about -- economic justice, workers' rights, civil rights, human rights, the environment. All of that is on the line in this election.


BRET BAIER, ANCHOR: Well, get ready. We're going to hear more of that. The general election in full bloom, if you will. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton today.

Meantime, Donald Trump dealing with some, some people in his own party, including the Senate majority leader, who said this in an interview.


SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL, R-KY: It's pretty obvious he doesn't know a lot about the issues. I think he'd have a much better chance of winning if he would quit making so many unfortunate public utterances and stick to the script.


BAIER: He also said to pick a lawmaker who knows stuff. This was Trump's response in a quote to TIME magazine, "My voters don't care and the public doesn't care. They know you're going to do a good job once you are there."

With that, let's bring in our panel, expanded panel today: Steve Hayes, senior writer for The Weekly Standard; Amy Walter, national editor for The Cook Political Report; Tucker Carlson, host of "Fox & Friends Weekend," and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer.

OK, how is this shaping up, Amy? Has Trump gone over the tough week, or is he back to getting his stride? Or do you think he's kind of wobbly still?

AMY WALTER, NATIONAL EDITOR, "COOK POLITICAL REPORT": The best quote I saw about this was, it's in a construction site when it says x number of days since we've had an accident. I think we went four days now with sticking to script. I don't know that it's going to be maybe a whole week. But I think we're going to see this pattern continue where he is not a scripted candidate. That is the appeal of Donald Trump. That is his brand is to be somebody who is not going to be a typical politician. So I think he will for the short-term stay on script. But I think what you're going to see once the barrage of attacks come from Democrats, the super PACs, et cetera, seeing him stick to script then is going to be very interesting.

BAIER: He was on script today here about Hillary Clinton's emails.


TRUMP: Hillary Clinton has jeopardized, totally jeopardized national security by putting her emails on a private server, all to hide her corrupt dealings.

Bill and Hillary made $153 million giving speeches to special interest groups since 2001. These donors own Hillary Clinton. They own her.


BAIER: Tucker, he's getting ready we're told to give a big speech with this focus specifically on Monday.

TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS HOST: Any time he's not talking about himself, it's a good day. The question is, does the campaign see his attacks on the judge as an existential threat to the presidential campaign? Those words hang in the air, they can't be taken back. But they can be learned from.
And do they see this as the moment where he might have blown it? And are they going to make the necessary changes?

It's possible that they do. Look, the more he talks about Hillary, the better. At the very moment he was speaking, she was speaking to Planned Parenthood. It's kind of hard to believe in the wake of those videos anybody would get in front of a Planned Parenthood sign and give a speech in public, and yet she did. So the more attention on that the better change he has. I think discipline befits his campaign.

BAIER: Charles, you know we saw the FOX News poll where he trails three but within the margin of error on registered voters. But you ask likely, are you interested in this election, likely to vote. And he's up four over Hillary Clinton. This is after the judge's comments. So is it sticking?
It's only one poll, but you wonder what the impact is.

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER, SYNDICATED COLUMNIST: The real third rail of American politics is race and racism. And if you're accused of it by people in your own party, then it becomes something that you can't really shake off.
Whether -- I don't think it's going to have any effect on people who supported him up until now. He's sort of skirted around it for a long time. But when you get the majority leader, what it's done is it's opened him up to attacks from the inside in a way that hadn't existed before. And that I think could have a corrosive effect.

In other words, after Indiana people were flocking to him and saying all these nice things, and it was all going rather smoothly. That flocking and uniting and lining up for the train I think is now at least on hiatus, and it makes some of those who got on the train thinking twice. That I think is the lurking danger, because unless he can unite the rest of the party and can get at least a kind of neutrality out of other leading Republicans, it's going to be hard.

BAIER: This meeting in park city, Utah said to not be a never-Trump organized event. They don't have anything, and essentially all parties are conceding there is no effort, there is no white knight. It's over. The party is going to have to deal with it.

STEVE HAYES, THE WEEKLY STANDARD: It's awfully late. I don't think there ever really was much of an organized never-Trump movement for all the coverage that I got. I think it was mostly a bunch of people saying I don't want to vote for Donald Trump.

I think Charles is right in one respect and I disagree with him in another. I think it may be the case that having these Republicans criticizing Trump does have some lasting effect. On the other hand, if you're a Trump voter or a Republican sitting at home, you've heard Democrats make these arguments about Republicans, about any number of Republicans, that they're sexist, they're racist, that they're misogynistic over the years, ad nauseam. And I think at a certain point people tune that stuff out. The difference with what Trump said this time I think is it was bigoted. It was a bigoted comment. He said it, made bigoted remarks first in February, then in a speech, then to "The Wall Street Journal."

BAIER: Then a semi-apology today.

HAYES: Repeatedly, repeatedly, in a CNN interview. I think he didn't recognize that what he said was bigoted.

CARLSON: Well, I don't think there's any defending with a Trump said. On the other hand, it might have been worse. He might have come out for racial discrimination in hiring and in promotions and in contracting and in college admissions, and that would have put him on the same side as Hillary Clinton who explicitly favors that. Entire federal agencies are devoted to that. So it's not to defend Trump, but to put it in some perspective.
This is the currency of the left. This is identity politics. That's just true. I'm sorry.

BAIER: All right, we've got not a lot of time. We want to go, it's Friday, and you know what happens on Friday, we go to a place called Candidate Casino. But we've changed it to Vice President Candidate Casino. And today Elizabeth Warren huddled with Hillary Clinton. So let's start on the democratic side. Amy, $100 in chips, Democrats.

WALTER: I want to start off by saying I've never picked a VP right, never. All my years -- I'm placing my bets. I'm terrible about this.

I don't think it's going to be Elizabeth Warren, so I just put $5 on that. I think she's much better as an attack dog for Hillary Clinton than being on the ticket with her. I'm putting at the top Tim Kaine who is a safer choice but I think would be the kind of person Hillary needs. Her whole message is about stability and reaching out beyond that base. Tom Perez who is the labor secretary, Sherrod Brown, the senator from Ohio rounding it out.

BAIER: Steve, Democratic side first?

HAYES: I'm hedging here. That's basically what I'm doing. I put $15 on Julian Castro, $15 on Tim Kaine as a safe pick for somebody --


HAYES: Wait until we get to Republicans. It's even worse.

BAIER: David Petraeus, that's an interesting call.

HAYES: That was the last sort of crazy thought. I think she wants to run a safe campaign. I think she wants to provide a contrast with Donald Trump by being safe. I think most of these that I've listed are safe picks.

BAIER: Tucker?

CARLSON: I don't think she's wholly in charge of this decision. I think she wants to play it safe. I don't think she's allowed to. I think Elizabeth Warren is the favorite. I put $60 on her, and thepn Castro, $40.

BAIER: Charles?

KRAUTHAMMER: She puts Petraeus on there and that means we can abolish the classification system entirely if that's on the ticket.


KRAUTHAMMER: Sorry, I couldn't help that.

I've narrowed it down. Really she has two choices. You're going to go center or go left. You go center, you go Kaine. You go left, you do either Sherrod Brown or Elizabeth Warren.

BAIER: Republicans, Steve?

HAYES: Again, hedging my bets, the only person I've got more than $10 on is Bob Corker. Then I've get $10 on Newt, on Sessions, Tim Scott, John Thune, Tom Cotton and Dennis Rodman. Sort of an out of the box pick, but Trump, he's famous. He is reality TV star. He's an experienced diplomat.

BAIER: This is why you lose in Vegas. This is actually why you lose.


BAIER: All right, Amy?

WALTER: I'm not much different from yours. I split it up too, with Bob Corker getting most of my votes. But I also put Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin in there. I think a woman would be a good pick for him. And then of course leaving the rest of it in the player to be determined later. I think it's going to be somebody who is not on this list.

BAIER: Tucker.

CARLSON: I believe it will be Chris Christie, so I put $80 on Chris Christie.

BAIER: Eighty bucks?

CARLSON: Eighty bucks.

BAIER: That's decisive.

CARLSON: I think it's true, I would actually bet $80 on it. I think Herman Cain and Ben Carson are a distant second.

BAIER: Charles?

KRAUTHAMMER: I've got Gingrich still up there despite his criticizing Trump. Christie, yes up there, then Scott Brown, John Thune, Jeff Sessions.

BAIER: OK. Steve, you want five on Omarosa?

HAYES: No. I'll take your $80 bet on Chris Christie.


HAYES: I've got the field, you got Christie.


BAIER: We do this pretend. This is pretend.

WALTER: This is going to get us FDIC problems.

BAIER: We'll take chips.

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