Jun 24, 2019

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Situational awareness: The U.S. Women's National ⚽️team narrowly survived Spain today, advancing to play France later this week.

Today's PM is 559 words, a ~2 minute read.

1 big thing: Mayor Pete's crisis moment

Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

The anger and sadness that greeted Mayor Pete Buttigieg back home yesterday — during a town hall to address a white police officer shooting a 54-year-old black man, Eric Jack Logan — was a nightmare scenario, writes Axios' Alexi McCammond.

  • "'We don’t trust you!' yelled one audience member. 'Liar!' yelled another," WashPost noted.
  • “You gotta get back to South Carolina like you was yesterday?” another resident asked.

Why it matters: "It’s one of those crisis moments that pops up in a campaign that you can’t really anticipate," said Democratic strategist Doug Thornell.

  • "He’s running in many ways by touting his executive experience, so this will put it to a big test. ... But what matters now is what does he do over the next few days, over the next week?"

The big picture: South Bend's troubled record on race and policing started long before Buttigieg was elected, but he's been mayor for 7 years — and the police department is less diverse now than it was when he took over, according to CNN.

  • 40% of South Bend residents are African American or Hispanic, but the police department is nearly 90% white, according to IndyStar.
  • Buttigieg fired the city's first black police chief after being on the job for three months. That made some of South Bend’s minority residents question "whether an ambitious white mayor had sided with white police officers against a black chief," per the NYT.
  • Buttigieg has also been criticized for demolishing hundreds of vacant or abandoned homes in black and Latino neighborhoods while mayor.

The bottom line: Unlike his fellow 2020 Democrats in Congress, being mayor means Buttigieg can and will be held directly responsible for bad things that go down back home.

  • A Buttigieg adviser told me: “While the town hall was very raw and emotions ran high, it showed that Mayor Buttigieg is someone who is willing to confront problems head on."
  • "Mayors don't have the luxury of hiding from tough storylines or camping out in Washington, removed from everyday problems. It's incredibly rare to see elected officials from either party so publicly confront such a tense/tough situation so transparently.”

The bottom line: The adviser told Axios that despite the turmoil at home, the mayor still plans to attend his debate in Miami on Thursday.

Bonus: Pic du jour
Photo: Essa Ahmed/AFP/Getty Images

Displaced Yemenis fill jerrycans with water at a make-shift camp.

Go deeper: Why the U.S. got (and stayed) involved in Yemen's brutal war

2. What you missed
  1. Western Europe faces a record-shattering heat wave this week, with the possibility of all-time monthly temperature records in Spain, France, Belgium, Germany and Denmark. Go deeper.
  2. Migrant children detained at a Border Patrol facility in Texas have been relocated after reports exposed dangerous and unsanitary living conditions. Go deeper.
  3. The U.S. is targeting top Iranian officials with new sanctions. Details.
  4. Warner Bros. has named its first female CEO in company history, BBC Studios Americas president Ann Sarnoff.
  5. P.S. Remember the Trump vetting documents? We've published a full list of the documents. Go deeper.
3. 1 summer thing

"Summer means a parade of long, sunny days, and it’s actually the worst," writes the Washington Post's Elahe Izadi — part of "a series of stories calling into question the supposed joys of summer."

  • "While long-day lovers fill up their time with tasks, some of us just want to go to bed, or, better yet, remain there until a reasonable morning hour. The sun has no respect for such plans."
  • The season "even triggers seasonal affective disorder in a very small number of people, although unlike the better-known wintertime SAD, the biological reasons are unclear and statistics are hard to come by."
Mike Allen