Aug 16, 2019

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 498 words, a 2 minute read.

1 big thing: Fear in America

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Xiara Mercado stands at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Photo: Xiara Mercado via AP

America in 2019: 13 days after El Paso, Latinos are increasingly vocalizing their fear of attacks motivated by their race, ethnicity and culture.

  • “It’s really hard to be alive as an immigrant right now and to not be sick and exhausted,” Karla Cornejo Villavicencio told the N.Y. Times.
  • “It feels like being hunted.”

Why it matters: This political climate is egged on by President Trump's rhetoric against Mexicans and others.

  • Trump tweeted in January: "More troops being sent to the Southern Border to stop the attempted Invasion of Illegals, through large Caravans, into our Country."
  • And last June: "We cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country."
  • Trump in 2015: "The Mexican Government is forcing their most unwanted people into the United States. They are, in many cases, criminals, drug dealers, rapists, etc.”

The El Paso shooter wrote in his manifesto: "This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas."

The result: Latinos, most of whom are U.S.-born, are afraid, as a powerful USA Today story shows.

  • “As we saw, it didn’t really matter if you were a citizen or not when people were getting shot up... It was primarily that hatred against Latinos, specifically Mexican Americans, and that was very clear in the manifesto written by the shooter.”— Angélica Cesar, Arizona
  • "Parents, even kids, get scared because they don't know how it's going to be when they go back to school." — Luis Espinoza, Mississippi
  • “I’m definitely angry. I’m angry … because this is the manifestation of the hate speech that was unleashed in our political arena and has just been poisoning our community from the top down." — La Lisa Hernandez, Texas

The bottom line: “I don’t think you could ever imagine something like this happening,” Mario Carrillo of Austin told the Washington Post. “But I feel like you’d be hard-pressed to say it’s surprising, given the rhetoric.”

Bonus: Pic du jour
Photo: Burak Kara/Getty Images

People enjoy the beach in Oludeniz, Turkey.

  • Turkey’s resort towns saw a 100% occupancy rate with the Eid al-Adha holiday, including the southern province of Antalya and Aegean province of Muğla, the top two favorite destinations of both domestic and foreign tourists.
2. What you missed
  1. Rep. Rashida Tlaib says she will not enter Israel due to the "oppressive conditions" placed upon her visit, despite permission to enter Israel on humanitarian grounds to visit her family in the occupied West Bank. Go deeper.
  2. A U.S. appeals court ruling will effectively block — at least for now — most Central Americans who cross into the U.S., legally or illegally, in New Mexico or Texas from asylum. Go deeper.
  3. Greenland to Trump: “Of course, Greenland is not for sale.” Go deeper.
  4. New MIT working paper: Even "modest" carbon taxes would cut emissions as much as the Obama-era vehicle and power plant rules that Trump is abandoning. Go deeper.
3. 1 fun thing

Netflix has ordered an adult animated action comedy series about Elvis Presley, Variety reports.

  • The show: "Agent King," by Priscilla Presley and John Eddie.
  • Per Netflix: “Elvis Presley trades in his white jumpsuit for a jet pack when he is covertly inducted into a secret government spy program to help battle the dark forces that threaten the country he loves — all while holding down his day job as the King Of Rock And Roll."
Mike Allen