- CNN: “Trump drives his few political friends away.”
- L.A. Times: “Trump puts shrinking base before healing.”
- N.Y. Times: “Volume Rising In Nativist Talk From President.”
- The Economist :”Trump has no grasp of what it means to be president: U-turns, self-regard and equivocation are not what it takes”: “This is a dangerous moment. America is cleft in two. After threatening nuclear war with North Korea, musing about invading Venezuela and equivocating over Charlottesville, Mr Trump still has the support of four-fifths of Republican voters. Such popularity makes it all the harder for the country to unite.”
The stock market had its worst day since May (Dow off 274 points, or 1.2%), CNBC and Bloomberg TV speculated all day about whether economic adviser Gary Cohn might resign because of Trump’s Charlottesville remarks.
“I’m not going to defend the indefensible…[Trump’s] comments on Monday were strong. His comments on Tuesday started erasing the comments that were strong. What we want to see from our president is clarity and moral authority. And that moral authority is compromised when Tuesday happened. There’s no question about that.”
“The President has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful … He also recently has not demonstrated that he understand the character of this nation. He has not demonstrated that he understands what has made this nation great and what it is today, and he’s got to demonstrate the characteristics of a president who understands that.”
Rupert Murdoch’s son and 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch, writes:
‘These events remind us all why vigilance against hate and bigotry is an eternal obligation — a necessary discipline for the preservation of our way of life and our ideals. The presence of hate in our society was appallingly laid bare as we watched swastikas brandished on the streets of Charlottesville and acts of brutal terrorism and violence perpetrated by a racist mob. I can’t even believe I have to write this: standing up to Nazis is essential; there are no good Nazis. Or Klansmen, or terrorists. Democrats, Republicans, and others must all agree on this, and it compromises nothing for them to do so.
Murdoch concludes his letter saying that he and his wife Kathryn would donate $1 million to the ADL. He encouraged his friends to also make a donation.
Let’s see, what else? Oh, yeah! Axios morning email thingie tells us another advisory counsel was kaput before it even began:
After folding its other two business groups, the White House on Day 210 threw in the towel on forming a President’s Advisory Council on Infrastructure — giving up a key tool for building outside support for the legislative priority with the most prayer of drawing some Democratic support.
And remember candidate Amy McGrath? Listen to her new ad and see if you can spot why this is in our round-up:
Says Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) in the morning email thingie:
THIS LINE OF ATTACK could be fruitful for Democrats who are looking to tie Trump to Republican lawmakers. So far, GOP operatives believe that Trump is his own brand apart from the Republican Party. If that changes, it could be a major drag on GOP incumbents in the 2018 midterms.