Aug 21, 2019

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 425 words, a 2 minute read.

1 big thing: Trump and "dual loyalty"

Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump has doubled down on his comments about American Jews, even as he insists anti-Semitic tropes aren't anti-Semitic when coming from him.

  • Trump yesterday: "I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty."
  • Trump today: "If you want to vote Democrat you are being very disloyal to Jewish people and Israel."

Why it matters: The “dual loyalty” trope has long been used by anti-Semites to question the patriotism of American Jews, and dates back to centuries of global anti-Semitism.

  • Trump denied that his comments were anti-Semitic, telling a reporter: "It's only anti-Semitic in your head."
  • The Anti-Defamation League disagreed: "He should apologize immediately," ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt tweeted this morning.

The big picture: Pew reports Jewish Americans voted overwhelmingly for Democrats in the 2018 midterms, with an estimated 79% compared to 17% for Republicans.

Flashback: Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) earned her own rebuke this spring with comments about "the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country."

  • "The problem isn’t that Omar criticized Israeli policies,” Greenblatt wrote at the time. “The problem is her comments were anti-Semitic.”

The bottom line: Israeli President Reuven Rivlin "was the lone senior Israeli official to address [Trump’s] assertion," the Times of Israel reports, telling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that U.S.-Israel ties “are not dependent on the relationship with one particular party.”

Bonus pic: The future is now
Photo: VCG/VCG/Getty Images

Aerial view of a solar power generation project in China.

  • China's power generation rose 3% year-on-year to 4 trillion kilowatt hours in the first seven months of the year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.
2. What you missed
  1. Around 4 million people in India have until August 31 to prove a pre-1971 claim to residence or they will be deemed illegal. It could quickly become the largest crisis of stateless people on the planet. Go deeper.
  2. The Trump administration will allow long-term detention of migrant families who crossed the border illegally. Go deeper.
  3. The U.S. budget deficit is now expected to breach $1 trillion by 2020, two years earlier than previously projected. Go deeper.
  4. The self-driving car industry is starting to release secret data in an attempt to speed up progress. Go deeper.
  5. Bernie Sanders has released a plan that would overhaul labor laws in the U.S. to increase union membership and rights. Go deeper.
3. 1 🎥 thing

The 25th James Bond movie, coming in April of 2020, will be called "No Time to Die."

  • Casting: Daniel Craig as Bond and Rami Malek as the villain.

A few setbacks have marked the production, the AP notes.

  • An explosion during shooting at Pinewood Studios in June injured a crew member and damaged the sound stage. Craig hurt his foot in May while performing a stunt in Jamaica that required minor ankle surgery.
Mike Allen