The Note: Trump’s Most Enthusiastic Supporters Less Likely to Stand by Their Man

A look at the day's top political stories.


MORE FROM GINGRICH: 'IT’S STUPID' FOR TRUMP TO ATTACK HIS ACCUSERS’ LOOKS: In reference to the claims of sexual assault against Trump, Gingrich said he thinks it's “stupid” for Trump to attack the looks of his accusers. Gingrich said, “I’ve said this publicly, there’s a big Trump and there’s a little Trump. The big Trump is a historic figure. The big Trump beat 16 other people for the nomination. The big Trump is creating issues that make the establishment very uncomfortable,” the former House speaker said. “The little Trump frankly gets out -- is stupid. I mean, that comment just then is dumb. And I don’t defend him when he wanders off, I’ve told him over and over.”

--WHAT WE’RE READING: NEARLY 40 PERCENT OF AMERICANS REPORT TENSION WITH FAMILY OR FRIENDS OVER ELECTION: Nearly 40 percent of Americans have experienced tension with friends or family over the 2016 presidential election. Together with SSRS, a survey research firm, ABC News asked voters how often they discuss the presidential election with relatives or friends and whether the subject causes any friction. Ninety percent of Americans talk about the presidential race often with friends or family, the survey shows, ABC’s RACHEL TILLMAN writes. Of those, 58 percent discuss the election very often, and 32 percent somewhat often. Only 4 percent never talk about the presidential election.Thirty-seven percent of respondents said the 2016 race has caused tension with relatives or friends.

--IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: ‘SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE’ POKES FUN AT TRUMP, CLINTON BEHAVIOR DURING SECOND DEBATE: Once again, the presidential election has provided "Saturday Night Live" with plenty of fodder. Last night's episode poked fun at last week's presidential debate, including the lack of a handshake between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton at the start of the debate, Trump's proclivity to hover behind Clinton as she spoke, and the emergence of undecided voter Ken Bone as an internet superstar, ABC’s DAVID CAPLAN writes. Alec Baldwin and "SNL" cast member Kate McKinnon reprised their roles as Trump and Clinton.


@KThomasDC: .@timkaine on Trump: “He is swinging at every phantom of his own imagination because he knows he’s losing.” @ThisWeekABC

@eliseviebeck: CNN and NBC have security guards protecting their reporters at Trump rallies

@JohnJHarwood: behind Clinton’s 11-pt lead over Trump in new NBC/WSJ poll: she’s +6 with college-educated white women, tied with college-educaed white men

@Reddy: I can’t remember a time when TV anchors looked so distraught and exhausted discussing political news of the day. Capturing a nation’s mood.

@mateagold: Interactive graphic: Clinton and Trump’s demographic tug of war, with new Post-ABC poll data

@emily_cohn: Only 12 of an estimated 22,450 people employed at Trump’s companies have donated more than $200 to his campaign.