America has the world's worst gun problem. And now it's being forced to confront its hate problem.
As soon as I heard that the suspect in this weekend's El Paso massacre had apparently ranted online about a "Hispanic invasion," I knew the country faced dark days.
Saturday's attack — which killed 20 shoppers, in a Hispanic community within sight of the Mexican border — is being handled as a domestic terrorism case.
The front pages of today's New York Times and Washington Post both explore the degree to which President Trump has exacerbated the country's hate problem, and the echoes of his language in the El Paso suspect's manifesto.
Trump addresses the nation on the shootings at 10 a.m., and we'll see if he gets beyond the passivity of his remarks as he left New Jersey yesterday, following a weekend at his golf resort.
One Trump political ally texted that the president should "melt the Internet with an epic anti-white supremacy rant" — then admitted he won't.
Shoes left behind at the Dayton shooting.
Serenity Lara cries during a vigil in El Paso.
Police mark evidence in Dayton.
A vigil in Juarez, Mexico — five miles from the El Paso Walmart.
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios
The apparent posting of a racist manifesto by the El Paso suspect has raised a new outcry over the role of 8chan, an anonymous chat site, in fomenting violent hate crimes, Axios' Ina Fried and Scott Rosenberg write.
Why it matters: The internet was built by free-speech true believers and has flourished by "assuming good intentions." But the combination of anonymous hate-mongering and abundant guns in the U.S. has weaponized the online world.
At one point yesterday morning, three different 2020 Democrats were being interviewed about the shootings on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News.
The candidates called for more gun restrictions but directed much of their criticism at President Trump, AP reports:
Between the lines ... ABC News political director Rick Klein told Jonathan Karl on "This Week":
P.S. Beto gets hot .... Beto O’Rourke, after an emotional vigil in El Paso, asked if there’s anything Trump can do now to make this better (as reported by CNN's Eric Bradner):
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Axios' Jonathan Swan yesterday that he’d advised President Trump it would be a huge mistake, substantively and politically, to withdraw all U.S. military members from Afghanistan by the 2020 election.
Why this matters: Of all the foreign-policy hawks in the Republican Party, Graham is among a tiny group that has maintained close relations with Trump.
Behind the scenes: Trump tells advisers that withdrawing from Afghanistan is one of the most important promises he made to voters.
The bottom line: It’s unclear whether any of these pitches have moved the president.
Last week's Democratic debates generated 18% more tweets than the first round in June, even though the TV audience was much smaller, Neal Rothschild writes from data provided to Axios by Sprout Social.
By the numbers: 15 of the 19 candidates had more Twitter mentions during the second debate than the first. (Eric Swalwell dropped out of the race after the first debate, while Steve Bullock joined the stage for the second round.)
Bernie Sanders was mentioned more than any other candidate during last week's debates.
Between the lines: Andrew Yang got a higher percentage of his mentions from voters 18-24 (31%) than any other candidate, while Amy Klobuchar had the highest proportion from tweeters who are 55+ (36%).
After another weekend of police confrontations, Hong Kong came to an unprecedented standstill today as a strike led to more than 200 flight cancellations, Reuters reports:
SmartNews, the Japanese news discovery app that has amassed 20 million subscribers in the U.S., has raised $28 million in its latest funding round, bringing the company's valuation to $1.1 billion, executives tell Axios' Sara Fischer.
Between the lines: The company is currently the largest news aggregation service in Japan, but has been rapidly growing its U.S. footprint.
Tom Brady, who turned 42 on Saturday, agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Patriots, running through the 2021 season, per the Boston Globe:
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