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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday that President Trump's low-turnout rally in Tulsa on Saturday was "an embarrassment," denouncing the president for failing to address the racial tensions that have gripped the country over the last few weeks.

Why it matters: Bottoms, one of the candidates to be Joe Biden's running mate, is dealing firsthand with the fallout from the killing of a black man by police in her city of Atlanta. She accused Trump of using the rally to continue "to try and divide us" and employing rhetoric that "really inflames the worst in people."

What she's saying: "My first response was that I hope that this is a preview for November. That finally, people are recognizing that this man is a danger to our country, a danger to our democracy and he should not be the president of the United States of America," Bottoms said.

  • "The fact that he was even in Oklahoma during the Juneteenth celebration, the site of the worst racial massacre in this country's history, I mean, it speaks to who he his."
  • "No recognition and concern that where we are with COVID-19, and no concern about what it would mean for people who are gathering in these large numbers. He doesn't get it."

Addressing claims that Trump was joking when he said that he asked officials to slow down coronavirus testing, Bottoms responded: "This is no time to joke. Even if it were a joke, which it was not, it was an inappropriate joke. Do you think the people — the 120,000 families out there who are missing their loved ones — thought it was funny?"

The big picture: Saturday's rally was Trump's first in months after in-person campaigning was put on hold during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • He had predicted massive crowds and promised a "wild evening," but the event saw rows of empty seats and failed to fill its overflow spaces, causing Trump and Vice President Mike Pence to cancel their outdoor programming.
  • Trump has also drawn backlash for hosting the rally without social distancing requirements. The campaign did require temperature checks and provided masks, but did not require attendees to wear them.

Go deeper: Trump advisers brace for recriminations over lackluster crowd at Tulsa rally

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The top Republicans who aren't voting for Trump in 2020

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said last week that he cannot support President Trump's re-election.

Why it matters: Hogan, a moderate governor in a blue state, joins other prominent Republicans who have publicly said they will either not vote for Trump's re-election this November or will back Biden.

DOJ pressed to enforce Al Jazeera foreign agent ruling

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The Justice Department is being pressed to enforce its own demand that the U.S. arm of Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera register as a foreign agent.

Why it matters: The launch of Al Jazeera's new right-of-center U.S. media venture, Rightly, has refocused attention on the media company's alleged links to Doha, and DOJ's efforts to crack down on media outlets viewed as foreign interest mouthpieces.

Poll: Immigration is America's most-polarizing issue

Data: The American Aspirations Index/Populace; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

Immigration was found to be the most polarizing issue in America based on new polling from Populace.

Why it matters: Americans have surprisingly similar priorities for the U.S., but immigration stands out as one of the few issues with clear partisan differences. It underscores the challenge for advocates and lawmakers hoping to pass immigration reform in the coming weeks amid narrow margins in Congress.