President Trump retweeted a controversial British columnist Katie Hopkins on Saturday as she promoted the "send her back" chants that erupted during his Wednesday evening rally in North Carolina.

Why it matters: After a week of attacking 4 U.S. congresswomen of color, calling for them to "go back," and a similar racist chant at his campaign rally, the president shared the comments of a woman who has long-spewed hateful, Islamophobic speech with his 62 million followers.

  • This is not the first time Trump circulated Hopkins' words on Twitter. He retweeted her mid-June attack on London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Context: One day after saying he was "not happy" about his rally supporters' "Send her back!" chant, Trump said in the Oval Office:

"Those people in North Carolina — that stadium was packed. It was a record crowd. And I could’ve filled it 10 times, as you know. Those are incredible people. Those are incredible patriots."
  • From WashPost: "Trump’s shift ... was reminiscent of how he responded to the deadly clash between white nationalists and protesters in Charlottesville ... He initially denounced the bigotry."

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7 a.m. ET: 11,288,094 — Total deaths: 531,244 — Total recoveries — 6,075,489Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 7 a.m. ET: 2,839,917 — Total deaths: 129,676 — Total recoveries: 894,325 — Total tested: 34,858,427Map.
  3. States: Photos of America's pandemic July 4 ICU beds in Arizona hot spot near capacity.
  4. Public health: U.S. coronavirus infections hit record highs for 3 straight days.
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President Trump built his political brand by stoking the nation's culture wars, but search data is showing us how much harder it's been for him to replicate that success while running against another white man in his 70s — and while there's a coronavirus pandemic.

The big picture: Google Trends data shows Trump's "Sleepy Joe" name-calling isn't generating nearly the buzz "Crooked Hillary" (or "Little Marco") did in 2016. Base voters who relished doubting President Obama's birth certificate aren't questioning Biden's.

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At least 15 states broke their single-day novel coronavirus infection records this week, according to state health department data reviewed by Axios.

The big picture: The number of coronavirus cases increased in the vast majority of states over the last week, and decreased in only two states plus the District of Columbia, Axios' Andrew Withershoop and Caitlin Owens report.