🦃 Good Thursday morning, and welcome to November.
President Trump, in an interview with Axios that will premiere Sunday on HBO, says railing against his enemies in the media helped him win — and that his supporters like him more when he cranks up the "enemy of the people" rhetoric.
Two exchanges during the interview with Jonathan Swan and Jim VandeHei provide a window into why Trump feels no responsibility for how Americans respond to his words or actions: He both feels wronged by the media, and knows he can whip his supporters into a frenzy by pounding the press:
"Axios on HBO": "You are the most powerful man in the world. And if you say that word — 'enemy,' 'enemy,' 'enemy' — think about what enemy means."
"Axios on HBO": "Tens of thousands of people go into a stadium to listen to you, and then people go on social media and they get themselves so jazzed up. There’s got to be a part of you that's like: 'Dammit, I'm scared that someone is gonna take it too far.'"
When asked if people, including his kids, advise him to calm his rhetoric, the president replied: "Not too much. Hey, I'm here! It got me here."
Trump, in the interview for “Axios on HBO," which debuts Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT, said Republican election momentum was stopped by "two plots" — the Pittsburgh shooting and the box bombs.
The context ... Both attacks last week were carried out by politically charged individuals:
In one of the most blatant and misleading attempts ever to scare American voters days before an election, President Trump is warning in speeches, tweets, interviews and ads that scary, deadly migrants are about to storm our southern border.
Trump surprised the Pentagon yesterday by saying the number of troops deployed to the border could reach 15,000. That's ...
What’s next: Watch for the caravan warnings to fade the day after the election —
and the attacks on the GOP establishment, the media and Robert Mueller to escalate big time, sources close to Trump tell us.
Illustration: Axios Visuals
A boom in new tech — digital TV ads, peer-to-peer texting, digital billboards and more — has made it easier for political campaigns to reach voters anywhere, at any time, Axios' Sara Fischer reports.
The new toolbox:
Be smart: The barrage of new ad products and messaging tools means it's harder than ever to truly capture a voter's attention. So campaigns are still using traditional television ads, email and regular mail to reach voters.
Above, U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) holds a Texas flag as he poses for a group photo with supporters during a campaign rally in Mueller Lake Park in Austin yesterday.
Below, supporters come eye to eye with Trump at Hertz Arena in Estero, Fla., as he begins a schedule of six days, eight states, 11 rallies.
Democratic socialist Julia Salazar, 27, a candidate for New York state Senate (Scott Heins/Getty)
About 700 millennial candidates — most of them Democrats — are running in the approximately 6,000 state legislative races, Axios Khorri Atkinson reports:
The big picture: Millennials are most likely to identify as liberal, numerous studies say. But Stephen Olikara, founder of the Millennial Action Project, a national political group, tells Axios that millennials are also more likely to be bipartisan than their older counterparts.
By the numbers:
"Airlines and food makers [are] among industries passing along higher costs, raising inflation fears," The Wall Street Journal's Austen Hufford and Annie Gasparro report (subscription).
"Saudi Arabia thought a bombing campaign would quickly crush its enemies in Yemen. But three years later, the Houthis refuse to give up, even as 14 million people face starvation," Robert F. Worth writes in The New York Times Magazine:
"I flew into Aden, the southern port city that was once Yemen’s most cosmopolitan place, the center of Britain’s former colony."
N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, issuing a statement stepping up pressure for a cease-fire in the Yemen war, the world’s worst man-made humanitarian disaster:
Workplace, Facebook's counterpart to Slack, "is moving onto a website domain separate from Facebook.com in an effort to build trust with customers," CNBC's Salvador Rodriguez reports:
The cover of the new TIME is an original illustration by Edel Rodriguez, inspired by the mystical Jewish image of the Tree of Life.
Jon Meacham writes: "We now know as surely as anything is knowable in human affairs that Trump is determined to be a force for division, not for unity."
"Yes, America is the nation that produced Harriet Tubman and Martin Luther King Jr.," Meacham continues.
Comedy Central's first voter engagement campaign mocks all the celebrity get-out-the-vote PSAs, and encourages fans to tag their favorite celebrities with #ShouldWeVote.