No president in our lifetime has enjoyed a more mesmerizing, seemingly unbendable hold on his political base than Donald Trump. He shifts their views on big topics like the FBI or Vladimir Putin and retains their support regardless of what he says or does.
Breaking ... President Trump this morning retweeted (then deleted) a video of a man in a golf cart with a "TRUMP 2020" sign who yelled "white power!" at Trump critics.
When the tweet was still up, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), the only Black Republican senator, told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union":
The context: Advisers both inside and outside the White House have urged the president to tone down his violent rhetoric, which many worry could escalate racial tensions and hurt him politically, Jonathan Swan reported.
The big picture: Top Republicans have told us for five years that Trump’s base will ultimately cost the party power.
The polls suggest strongly this is unfolding in real time.
Between the lines ... N.Y. Times columnist Ross Douthat writes (subscription): "[W]hat was likely to be a slow-motion leftward shift, as the less-married, less-religious, more ethnically diverse younger generation gained more power, is being accelerated nationally by the catastrophes of the Trump administration, which is putting states in play for Democrats five or 10 years early."
The response ... Tim Murtaugh, the Trump campaign communications director, told me:
The big picture: As the virus has reached every country on earth, the eye of the storm has shifted from China, to Europe, to the developing world.
The bottom line: The harsh reality remains that poorer countries are fighting the same virus that stretched health care systems and crippled economies in the rich world with weaker infrastructure and far fewer resources.
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Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky told Axios in an interview that global travel may never fully recover, and that he sees a future where people travel much more within their own countries, possibly for longer stays.
Chesky, who said travel has changed more tectonically than during the Great Recession of 2008, said Airbnb data shows these trends:
When the National Women's Soccer League opened the Challenge Cup tournament in Utah yesterday, players for the Portland Thorns (left) and the North Carolina Courage knelt during the national anthem.
Experts tell the Dallas Morning News that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) may have to shut down even tighter to avoid a virus disaster during next weekend's Fourth of July celebrations:
Princeton announced that it'll strike the name of Woodrow Wilson, class of 1879, from its School of Public and International Affairs and a residential college because his "racist thinking and policies make him an inappropriate namesake."
"During his time as University President," writes the student newspaper, The Daily Princetonian, "Wilson actively prevented Black applicants from matriculating, writing, 'It is altogether inadvisable for a colored man to enter Princeton.'"
Both chambers of Mississippi's legislature passed the biggest hurdle toward removing the Confederate Stars and Bars from the state flag, The (Jackson) Clarion-Ledger reports.
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R), who had long refused to wade into the flag debate, tweeted yesterday:
The Rolling Stones are threatening to sue the Trump campaign after "You Can't Always Get What You Want" was played at the Tulsa rally:
Despite cease & desist directives to Donald Trump in the past, the Rolling Stones are taking further steps to exclude him using their songs at any of his future political campaigning. ...
BMI [which manages music rights] has notified the Trump campaign on behalf of the Stones that the unauthorized use of their songs will constitute a breach of its licensing agreement. If Donald Trump disregards the exclusion and persists, then he would face a lawsuit for ... playing music that has not been licensed.
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