During a tour of the Smithsonian's new African American museum this morning, Trump gave a statement denouncing the threats targeting the Jewish community. He described the attacks as "horrible and painful," as well as a "sad reminder of the work that still needs to be done to root out hate, and prejudice, and evil."

His comments come after a series of anti-Semitic incidents over the weekend. Vandals destroyed about 100 headstones at a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis, and Jewish Community Centers in several U.S. cities received a number of bomb threats that were later determined to be hoaxes.

Though the White House released a statement on Monday condemning the bomb threats — stating that "hatred and hate-motivated violence of any kind have no place in a country founded on the promise of individual freedom" — many people, including Hillary Clinton, pressured Trump to personally speak out against the attacks.

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Right-wing media defanged by dissolving anti-Biden storylines

Data: NewsWhip; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

The three biggest anti-Joe Biden storylines in right-wing media over the last year have either fizzled or are getting less online traction than they used to, according to data from NewsWhip provided exclusively to Axios.

Why it matters: This dynamic has rendered a formidable media ecosystem less effective in boosting President Trump as we move into the heart of the 2020 campaign.

A coronavirus alarm bell is going off in the Midwest

Data: The COVID Tracking Project; Note: Positive rate shown is the 7-day average from June 1 to Aug. 6, 2020; Cartogram: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

A cluster of states in the Midwest are seeing more of their coronavirus tests coming back positive — potentially an early indicator of a growing outbreak.

The state of play: A high positive rate means that a higher share of those getting tested are sick. That could be because there are more sick people, or because a state isn't doing enough testing.

Biden clarifies comments on African American and Latino communities

Joe Biden delivering a speech in Delaware in July. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

Joe Biden explained on Twitter Thursday night what he "meant" by earlier comments suggesting that "the African American community is a monolith."

What they're saying: "Unlike the African-American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes about different things," Biden remarked in an interview hosted by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the National Association for Black Journalists, Politico reports.