Speaking to the American Legion national convention in Reno today, according to prepared remarks provided to Axios AM, President Trump will declare that it's "time to heal the wounds that have divided us."
But in Phoenix last night, consumed by grievance, he unleashed some of the most divisive and deceptive attacks against the media in presidential history. He accused the media of fanning the flames of racist protest, being anti-American, trying to erase our heritage, and then turning off cameras during his speech to hide his truth (it was all being carried live).
It was as if Trump, who was introduced by Vice President Pence, was taunting the rowdy crowd to turn on reporters.
Blaming "damned dishonest" reporters for the racial tension in America, he dramatically reread his past statements on Charlottesville — but omitted the "many sides" and "both sides" assertions that drew criticism even from top Republicans.
After the rally, police broke up protest crowds with tear gas, pepper spray, stun grenades and rubber bullets. (Video.)
The raucous crowd interrupted him with chants: "USA! USA! USA! ... CNN sucks! CNN sucks! CNN sucks! ... Build that wall! Build that wall! Build that wall!"
Trump said: "CNN does not want its falling viewership to watch what I'm saying tonight, I can tell you." But his remarks were being carried live on both CNN and CNN International (which we get on Fios here at the Axios AM Executive Residence).
Trump made lots of news:
More from Trump's 77-minute speech at a "Make America Great Again" campaign rally, ending at 11:25 p.m. ET:
This fire will keep burning. Sean Hannity said on Fox News at 11 p.m., as he passed the live coverage over to Bret Baier, that his opening monologue tonight "will be directed at the corrupt media."
Be smart: Trump was on Sen. John McCain's turf, and called him out (without mentioning his name) for voting against the health-care bill — but didn't wish the state's most famous politician a speedy recovery from cancer.
"Morning Joe" has a first look at Hillary Clinton's new memoir, "What Happened," out Sept. 12:
My "skin crawled" when Trump stood behind me at debate ...
"The relationship between President Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, has disintegrated to the point that they have not spoken to each other in weeks, and Mr. McConnell has privately expressed uncertainty that Mr. Trump will be able to salvage his administration after a series of summer crises," Alex Burns and Jonathan Martin write in the N.Y. Times' lead story:
N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, on the feud between President Trump and her husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: "I stand by my man — both of them."
At 2 p.m. ET, President Trump will speak to the American Legion's 99th national convention at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nev. At 2:45 p.m. ET, he'll sign the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act.
From his prepared remarks:
From a White House spokesman: "The American Legion was instrumental in passing the recently-signed Forever GI Bill ... [T]he Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act ... passed the Senate unanimously earlier this month. This legislation will streamline the lengthy process that veterans undergo when appealing their claims for disability benefits with the VA."
In Trump's new Afghanistan plan, AP's Josh Lederman sees "elements of a broader approach to America's most pressing national security concerns [beginning] to emerge, consistent with his efforts in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere," and drawing "on organizing principles that are also woven throughout his plans for defeating the Islamic State group and containing the threats posed by North Korea and Iran":
Critique ... I ran Josh's article by Vance Serchuk, adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, who wrote me back that "Trump as commander-in-chief thus far is a mix of big continuities with Obama and big discontinuities":
Three big continuities:
Three big discontinuities:
Go deeper ... Vance Serchuk's new Wall Street Journal op-ed, "Trump Learns From America's Failures in Afghanistan: By focusing on getting out of the country, Bush and Obama fostered conditions that forced us to stay."
From Variety, estimated salaries of some of TV's highest-paid reality, news and talk-show hosts:
Cover story by Cynthia Littleton, Managing Editor: Television (with charts for Drama, Comedy and Reality/News/Host) ... Salaries of TV's comedy stars (slide show) ... "The Fight for Equal Pay: Women, Minorities on TV Still Making Less Than White Men," by Senior TV Reporter Daniel Holloway.
"With alumni in the White House, Goldman sees an opening: Investment bank now targeting Volcker rule in DC lobbying after Obama-era battering," by the Financial Times (subscription):
"The idea of banning so-called proprietary trading — conceived by former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker — was a centrepiece of former president Barack Obama's efforts to build a bulwark against future crises requiring public bailouts. But the prohibition's final form, which stretched to 964 pages of regulation, has been criticised by banks as muddled and overly complex. They blame it for inhibiting market making activity that was meant to be permitted."
Four out of five shows watched on Netflix were found by subscribers thanks to recommendations offered them, AP's Frazier Moore reports:
#hbd ... The hashtag is 10 years old today, Axios' Sara Fischer reports: