Ross Gianfortune

Engagement Editor Prior to joining Government Executive’s staff, Ross Gianfortune worked at The Washington Post, The Gazette Newspapers, WXRT Radio and The Columbia Missourian. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from University of Missouri and a master's in communications from the American University.
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Play of the Day: Donald Trump Tries to Appeal to Minority Voters

August 23, 2016 Nude statues of Donald Trump popped up in five cities this month, depicting the GOP nominee as pinkish-hued and overweight. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked Monday night that the statues should stand at the border instead of a wall. Trump made his pitch to African-American voters last week in...

Play of the Day: Another Eventful Week in the 2016 Presidential Campaign

August 22, 2016 Hillary Clinton has mostly laid low during the summer as Donald Trump grabs headlines, but Fox News Greg Gutfeld noted a mistake the former State Department chief made this week when talking about Trump's foreign policy. Why didn't Clinton know that we have troops fighting the Islamic State? Is that...

Play of the Day: Trump and 'Sarcasm'

August 16, 2016 GOP nominee Donald Trump has made news recently by saying that Barack Obama is the "founder of ISIS." According to late-night TV, the people that have it worst are his surrogates because they have to defend his comments. The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore joked about "goblin" and Trump spokesperson Katrina...

Play of the Day: It's Getting Harder to Defend Trump

August 15, 2016 Donald Trump has taken to printing out chart memes from the Internet and holding them at rallies, fulfilling his destiny of being a Twitter egg made human. Last Week Tonight's John Oliver joked about Trump, joking about his hands and his love of charts. Trump supporter and Fox News host...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Stays in the Conversation

August 12, 2016 Donald Trump help a Florida rally this week days after the father of the Orlando shooter was spotted at a Hillary Clinton rally in the state. Unfortunately, as Trump was pointing this out, disgraced former congressman Mark Foley was at his rally. As The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore noted, Foley...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump is 'The Dress'

August 11, 2016 This week, Donald Trump suggested "second amendment people" should "do something" about Hillary Clinton. Many thought it sounded like Trump was inciting violence, though the trump campaign put out a statement suggesting that gun rights activists are well-organized and would vote against her. The Daily Show's Trevor Noah joked about...

Play of the Day: Fact-checking Trump's Big Economic Speech

August 10, 2016 The father of Orlando shooter Omar Mateen attended a Hillary Clinton rally this week in Florida. While the Clinton campaign disavowed Seddique Mateen's support, The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore noted that these are bad optics for Clinton. Wilmore showed a doctored Lyndon Johnson photo to prove his point. Donald Trump...

Play of the Day: Rigging an Election

August 9, 2016 Donald Trump has had an eventful few weeks in the news, as The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore noted Monday night. In addition to starting a fight with a Gold Star family and throwing a baby out of a rally, Trump seemed to fail the "foreign policy" segment of the presidential...

Play of the Day: Trump and Children

August 8, 2016 Donald Trump unveiled his economic advisors last week and many in the press noticed that there are no women on the 13-person team, yet there are six with some form of the name "Steve." The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that Trump couldn't find any women with that name. Last...

Play of the Day: A Look Inside Donald Trump's Campaign… And Brain

August 5, 2016 To celebrate Barack Obama's 55th birthday Thursday, Joe Biden posted a photo on Twitter of friendship bracelets with the duo's names on them. Jimmy Kimmel joked that it looked like Biden was having a good time at summer camp, while Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about Donald Trump posting a...

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