Aug 14, 2017

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen
Trump denounces "evil" racism

The Trump wait is over.

Almost 48 hours after Heather Heyer was killed, the president denounced white supremacy in a brief, prepared, statement delivered from the White House. He confirmed his Sunday suggestion — delivered by retweeting an Axios story on the topic — that the Department of Justice is opening a civil rights investigation into the case.

Key quotes:

  • "To anyone who acted criminally in this weekend's racist violence, you will be held accountable."
  • "Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans."
  • "No matter the color of our skin, we all live under the same laws. We all salute the same great flag. We are all made by the same almighty God."

How it played:

  • HuffPost banner: "TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE"
  • Drudge red subhed: "PRESIDENT CONDEMNS KKK, NEO-NAZI 'THUGS'..."
  • NYT homepage: "Trump, Bowing to Pressure, Rebukes White Supremacists"

Go deeper: Trump was challenged by CNN's Jim Acosta this afternoon on his delay in condemning the white supremacy in Charlottesville. Video here.

What you missed
  1. Trump tells Fox: He's "seriously considering" a pardon for Joe Arpaio. Details.
  2. Merck CEO quits Trump council: The president replied to him within the hour on Twitter. Quotes.
  3. That's a trend: More and more CEOs have exited Trump's councils, with others weighing the move. List.
  4. Travis fights back: The ex-CEO of Uber wants arbitration. Read the voting agreement.
  5. Silicon Valley big picture: Kim Hart says the left-coast is at war with the alt-right. Her case.
1 horrifying thing

Cholera has infected more than half a million people in Yemen since February, according to a new report.

Mike Allen