Jul 6, 2020

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 465 words, a 2-minute read.

Situational awareness: The PPP loan disclosures are now public.

  • There are more than 600,000 names on the list, and many companies are publicly saying they never even applied for the loans, let alone got them.
1 big thing: Trump's attacks spread

Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

President Trump's attacks are spreading to sports that are cornerstones of rural, conservative white American life.

Why it matters: The culture war that engulfed the NBA and NFL is reaching other major leagues, with teams that stonewalled activists for years suddenly showing a willingness to listen.

Among Trump's targets today:

  1. Bubba Wallace, NASCAR's only Black driver at its top level, who Trump tweeted should apologize after a "hoax" noose was found in his garage. Wallace neither found the noose nor reported it to NASCAR — and while the noose had been hanging prior to Wallace's team using the garage, NASCAR took it seriously and called it "real."
  2. NASCAR itself, who Trump said shouldn't have banned the "Flag," a reference to the organization forbidding the display of the Confederate battle flag that was flown by men who killed U.S. Army soldiers.
  3. The Washington Redskins and Cleveland Indians, who Trump said would be weak and "politically correct" to change their name. He tossed in a dig at Sen. Elizabeth Warren for good measure.

Between the lines: Sen. Lindsey Graham disagreed with Trump.

  • "I don’t think Bubba Wallace has anything to apologize for," Graham said on Fox News host Brian Kilmeade's radio show, per Mediaite.
  • "I’ve lived in South Carolina all my life and if you’re in business, the Confederate flag is not a good way to grow your business," he told CNN.

The bottom line: Trump is "pitting himself against the Black Lives Matter racial justice movement. It's really that simple. He is going to say that he is for law and order. That he is for defending the streets," Axios' Jonathan Swan said on this morning's Axios Today podcast.

  • The "ugly reality of this election is that in some instances it's going to look like a race war."

Go deeper: Trump's Tucker Carlson mind-meld

2. Pic du jour

A 1967 Ford Bronco T67-515. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co. via AP

Ford is reviving the Bronco brand to take on Jeep, AP reports. Two new off-road vehicles unveiling this month:

  • A Ranger pickup-sized Bronco that will come in two- and four-door versions.
  • The smaller Escape-sized Bronco Sport.
3. Catch up quick
  1. Sign of the times: Harvard will allow up to 40% of students on campus this fall, prioritizing freshman. Everyone will learn remotely and pay full tuition. Go deeper.
  2. The Supreme Court will let states penalize faithless electors, the members of the Electoral College who do not support the winner of their state's popular vote in a presidential election. Go deeper.
  3. ESPN Films will produce an exclusive docuseries on political activist and former NFL player Colin Kaepernick. Go deeper.
  4. Mary Trump's tell-all will release two weeks earlier than previously planned due to "high demand and extraordinary interest." Go deeper.
4. 1 buzzy thing

A boxed-wine tasting at Pier 94 in Manhattan last year. Photo: John Lamparski/Getty Images

"Some consumers are even daring to admit they buy" boxed wine, USA Today reports, citing Nielsen.

  • "Box wine sales jumped 36% for the 15-week period ending June 13 compared with the same period last year, outpacing the 29% increase in overall retail wine sales during the same period."

The big picture: "Instead of being a badge of poor taste, boxed wine even has become a popular quarantine prop for Instagram photos, a symbol of stocking up and having fun despite the restraints of social distancing and the widespread loss of income."

Mike Allen