Donald Trump's poll numbers have been dropping since late May, when he took the lead against Hillary Clinton for the first time, and could drop even more following his response to last weekend's shootings in Orlando, GOP strategist Karl Rove said Friday.
Nor let it be said that Clinton passed up an opportunity to use pre-planned talking points.
Lawyers for a top Clinton aide used similar arguments to persuade another judge to keep video depositions sealed in a lawsuit about the likely Democratic presidential nominee's use of a private email server.
In a hypothetical Clinton vs. Trump general election, Donald Trump does fare better than Clinton when it comes to battling terrorist threats both on US soil and overseas.
House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said on Tuesday he did not think a ban on Muslim immigrants was in US interests.
Moreover, a recent Washington Post/ABC news poll found that 70 percent of Americans has an unfavourable view of Mr Trump, including a 56 percent majority who feel this way "strongly". "He doesn't get it or, or he gets it better than anybody understands", he said on Fox News Channel.
Marco Rubio finished only 5 percent behind Gingrich - which the poll notes as falling within the margin of error (+/- 5.4 percent) - yet he has explicility stated he has no desire to be on a Trump ticket. Mateen actually was born in NY.
"As has been pointed out, the terrorist in Orlando was not born in Afghanistan, as Trump claims, he was born in Queens, New York, only miles away from where Donald Trump himself was born", she said.
"Clinton has a number of advantages in this poll, in addition to her lead", according to pollster J. Ann Selzer, who oversaw the survey for Bloomberg.
"You know what those places are", Trump said.
Trump also cited LGBT support when he decried the idea of allowing Syrian refugees to enter the United States on the basis that Muslims practice Sharia law, which he said institutes "execution for things that you would say are, like, standard parts of life".
Trump repeated his call for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration to the United States after a U.S.-born Muslim man with Afghan immigrant parents fatally shot 49 people at an Orlando gay nightclub early on Sunday.