POLITICO Playbook: Mass shootings shake the presidential race

POLITICO Playbook: Mass shootings shake the presidential race


POLITICO Playbook: Mass shootings shake the presidential race Presented by DRIVING THE DAY  GOODNESS GRACIOUS … NYT’S JONATHAN MARTIN: “A Fourth Texas Republican Congressman Plans to Retire in 2020”: “Representative Kenny Marchant of Texas is planning to announce his retirement on Monday, according to two Republican officials, becoming the fourth Republican House member from Texas in recent weeks to head for the exits rather than face re-election in 2020 in a state that is rapidly becoming more competitive  “Mr. Marchant, who was first elected in 2004, won his suburban Dallas district by comfortable margins for over a decade, but last year he prevailed by only three points against a Democratic opponent who had relatively modest financial resources Mr. Marchant, a low-key member and reliably conservative vote, sits on the influential Ways and Means Committee  “With Mr. Marchant, a total of 11 House Republicans plan to retire or seek another office in 2020; just three House Democrats have announced they won’t run again The Democrats hold a 37-seat majority in the House with two vacancies at the moment ” NYT A DEMOCRATIC SOURCE told us Sunday that Gina Ortiz Jones — Rep. Will Hurd’s Democratic opponent in 2016 — raised $100,000 in the 24 hours after Hurd’s retirement announcement  THE LATEST ON THE SHOOTINGS …  THE FRONT PAGES … NYT: “ONE SHOOTING MASSACRE FOLLOWS ANOTHER, SHAKING A BEWILDERED NATION TO ITS CORE” … WAPO: “2 cities, 13 hours, 29 deaths” DAYTON DAILY NEWS: “NEW DETAILS: Dayton shooter obsessed with killing, Bellbrook classmates say,” by Will Garbe, Jeremy Kelley and Jennifer Brett: “The man who killed nine people Sunday morning in Dayton’s Oregon District was once kicked out of Bellbrook High School for making a list of girls he wanted to kill, the Dayton Daily News learned in interviews with former classmates and school administrators  “Connor Betts, 24, was shot and killed by Dayton police, ending a brief yet deadly rampage in which he killed his sister, eight others and injured 27  “Police said they haven’t yet established a motive for Sunday’s massacre. But acquaintances say the warning signs — signs of the shooter’s unusual obsession with killing and death — cropped up long ago ” Dayton Daily News THE VICTIMS — “Shooting victims include a mom who died protecting her baby,” by AP’s Morgan Lee and Amy Guthrie A message from Softbank:  America is where the world’s innovation happens, and SoftBank is helping that innovation come to life Here in the U.S., we’re investing in people, companies and transformational technology that is reshaping the future and improving people’s lives Learn more about SoftBank’s investment in the U.S. and watch our new video at politico com/sponsor-content/softbank.  FROM 30,000 FEET — WAPO’S PHIL RUCKER: “‘How do you stop these people?’: Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric looms over El Paso massacre”: “President Trump has relentlessly used his bully pulpit to decry Latino migration as ‘an invasion of our country ’ He has demonized undocumented immigrants as ‘thugs’ and ‘animals.’ He has defended the detention of migrant children, hundreds of whom have been held in squalor And he has warned that without a wall to prevent people from crossing the border from Mexico, America would no longer be America  “‘How do you stop these people? You can’t,” Trump lamented at a May rally in Panama City Beach, Fla Someone in the crowd yelled back one idea: ‘Shoot them.’ The audience of thousands cheered and Trump smiled Shrugging off the suggestion, he quipped, ‘Only in the Panhandle can you get away with that statement ’ . “After yet another mass slaying, the question surrounding the president is no longer whether he will respond as other presidents once did, but whether his words contributed to the carnage  “Since the moment Trump rode down his gold-plated escalator four years ago to start his renegade run for the White House, us-against-them language about immigrants has been a consistent and defining feature of his campaign and now of his presidency Absent from his repertoire has been a forceful repudiation of the white nationalism taking rise on his watch ” WaPo — NYT’S PETER BAKER and MIKE SHEAR on A1: “El Paso Shooting Suspect’s Manifesto Echoes Trump’s Language”: “At campaign rallies before last year’s midterm elections, President Trump repeatedly warned that America was under attack by immigrants heading for the border ‘You look at what is marching up, that is an invasion!’ he declared at one rally ‘That is an invasion!’ “Nine months later, a 21-year-old white man is accused of opening fire in a Walmart in El Paso, killing 20 people and injuring dozens more after writing a manifesto railing against immigration and announcing that “this attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas ” “The suspect wrote that his views ‘predate Trump,’ as if anticipating the political debate that would follow the blood bath But if Mr. Trump did not originally inspire the gunman, he has brought into the mainstream polarizing ideas and people once consigned to the fringes of American society ” NYT — “Trump tweets, stays out of sight for hours after shootings,” by AP’s Jonathan Lemire — THE PRESIDENT dropped by a wedding at his golf club after the El Paso shooting Daily Mail CNN’S @ericbradner: “Beto O’Rourke on his way to his car was asked if there’s anything Trump can do now to make this better ‘What do you think? You know the shit he’s been saying. He’s been calling Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals I don’t know, like, members of the press, what the fuck?’” The tweet thread, which includes audio Good Monday morning Playbook PM Sign up for our must-read newsletter on what’s driving the afternoon in Washington By signing up you agree to receive email newsletters or alerts from POLITICO. You can unsubscribe at any time  MARC CAPUTO and DAVID SIDERS: “String of gun deaths reshapes Democratic primary”: “The back-to-back mass-shootings in Texas and Ohio over the weekend shook up the Democratic presidential primary, elevating the profile of lower-tier candidates, reorienting the focus of the contest and fusing the divisive issues of immigration, racism and gun control for the first time on the campaign trail  “The tragedies have the potential to change the dynamics in the broader campaign for the White House, as President Donald Trump and his supporters reeled from comparisons of their rhetoric about immigrants with that of a manifesto suspected of being from the shooter in El Paso, a border city with a mostly Latino population  “The immediate aftershocks of the shootings were felt by the three candidates whose home states were affected: Tim Ryan in Ohio, and Beto O’Rourke and Julián Castro in Texas Struggling in the polls and unable to command significant coverage, all found themselves over the weekend the subject of intense media interest as they abandoned the campaign trail, canceled events and headed home amid a crush of national and local interest  “The shootings also heightened the stakes for an upcoming gun violence forum for the Democratic candidates, all of whom blanketed television, radio and social media over the weekend to highlight their gun control plans, to call on the Republican-led Senate to come back from summer break to pass gun safety legislation, and to attack President Trump’s rhetoric on immigration ” POLITICO — WAPO’S FELICIA SONMEZ and PAUL KANE: “Republicans struggle to respond in wake of El Paso, Dayton shootings”: “The Republican Party, which controls power in Washington and both states where America’s most recent mass shootings occurred, struggled on Sunday to provide a response or offer a solution to what has become a public safety epidemic  “There were thoughts and prayers, an appeal to donate blood, accolades for law enforcement and a presidential proclamation to lower flags to half-staff to honor the victims — 29 killed in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, and dozens more wounded over 13 hours  “Some Republicans, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) and Texas Lt Gov. Dan Patrick, cited the influence of social media and video games or mentioned mental health problems But on the question of how to stem the rising tide of gun violence, the overwhelming response from the party was silence or generalities ” WaPo WAPO EDITORIAL: “President Trump makes it all worse. Here’s how it could be different” … N Y. POST (!) EDITORIAL: “The Post says: Ban assault weapons now” JOE BIDEN in San Diego, per the pool report: “Biden almost immediately spoke of the two recent mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, at first referring to them as ‘the tragic events in Houston today and also in Michigan the day before’ but later correcting himself ” A message from Softbank:   We’re on track to invest $50 billion in U.S. companies by the end of 2020 Learn more about SoftBank’s investment in the U.S. at politico.com/sponsor-content/softbank  MCCONNELL ON THE MEND — “Mitch McConnell fractures his shoulder,” by Marianne LeVine: “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky ) fractured his shoulder on Sunday and is recovering at his home in Kentucky, according to his spokesman  “In a statement, David Popp, McConnell’s communications director, said the majority leader tripped on his patio at home He plans to work from home and has been in touch with Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), whose states were affected by the mass shootings this weekend ” POLITICO TRUMP’S MONDAY — The president will deliver remarks on the shootings in the Diplomatic Reception room at 10 a m. He will have lunch at 12:30 p.m. with VP Mike Pence in the private dining room POLITICO AT #TRIBFEST19— We are excited to partner with The Texas Tribune Festival to bring some of the top journalists from our newsroom to downtown Austin on September 28 for the premier gathering of policymakers and citizens engaged in the most pressing issues of our time From fixing America’s broken politics to understanding how immigration and border policies are shaping the 2020 landscape, join us for big-thinking conversations with top leaders and experts in the field Learn more about the festival HERE. Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Email Us PLAYBOOK READS  INVESTIGATION — “Real estate mogul Trump sold condos to regime-connected Venezuelans,” by Anita Kumar WHAT THEY’RE READING IN BEIJING — “As Japan and South Korea Feud Intensifies, U S. Seems Unwilling, or Unable, to Help,” by NYT’s Motoko Rich in Tokyo, Edward Wong in Washington and Choe Sang-Hun in Seoul: “[A]s tensions escalated in recent days, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attempted on Friday to orchestrate a reconciliation at an Asian security conference attended by regional foreign ministers A photo from the conference showed Mr. Pompeo flinging his arms wide open to the foreign ministers of the two countries, appearing to invite them to come together  “The two ministers stayed far apart, however, with Taro Kono, Japan’s foreign minister, grimacing, and South Korea’s, Kang Kyung-wha, turning away, stone-faced  “It was a telling sign not just of the worsening relationship between the two allies, but perhaps more significantly, of America’s diminished leadership role in a region where the United States has often played the part of peacemaker among its allies ” NYT TRADE WARS — “China lets yuan slide through key 7 level for first time in decade as trade war worsens,” by Reuters’ Andrew Galbraith and Winni Zhou in Shanghai: “China let the yuan breach the key 7-per-dollar level on Monday for the first time in more than a decade, in a sign Beijing might be willing to tolerate more currency weakness that could further inflame a trade conflict with the United States  “The sharp 1.4% drop in the yuan comes days after U.S. President Donald Trump stunned financial markets by vowing to impose 10% tariffs on the remaining $300 billion of Chinese imports from Sept 1, abruptly breaking a brief month-long ceasefire in the bruising trade war. Some analysts said the yuan move could unleash a dangerous new front in the trade hostilities – a currency war ” Reuters A message from Softbank:   Learn more about SoftBank’s investment in the U S. and watch our new video at politico.com/sponsor-content/softbank.  NYT’S KEVIN ROOSE: “8chan Is a Megaphone for Gunmen ‘Shut the Site Down,’ Says Its Creator”: “Moments before the El Paso shooting on Saturday, a four-page message whose author identified himself as the gunman appeared on 8chan The person who posted the message encouraged his “brothers” on the site to spread the contents far and wide  “In recent months, 8chan has become a go-to resource for violent extremists. At least three mass shootings this year — including the mosque killings in Christchurch, New Zealand, and the synagogue shooting in Poway, Calif — have been announced in advance on the site, often accompanied by racist writings that seem engineered to go viral on the internet  “[Frederick] Brennan started the online message board as a free speech utopia. But now, 8chan is known as something else: a megaphone for mass shooters, and a recruiting platform for violent white nationalists ” NYT — CNN: “8chan goes offline after Cloudflare pulls support for website used by El Paso suspect”  — Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince, in a note explaining the decision: “We reluctantly tolerate content that we find reprehensible, but we draw the line at platforms that have demonstrated they directly inspire tragic events and are lawless by design 8chan has crossed that line. It will therefore no longer be allowed to use our services ” POLITICO Playbook newsletter Sign up today to receive the #1-rated newsletter in politics By signing up you agree to receive email newsletters or alerts from POLITICO You can unsubscribe at any time.  MEDIAWATCH — “Press association challenges suspension of White House reporter,” by Bianca Quilantan: “The White House Correspondents‘ Association on Sunday said it is ‘closely monitoring’ the White House press secretary’s decision to suspend the pass of reporter Brian Karem for 30 days  “‘We sincerely hope this White House does not again make the mistake of revoking a reporter’s hard pass,’ Jonathan Karl, president of the association, said in a statement ‘The WHCA has stood up to violations of due process rights before and we stand ready to safeguard those rights for all reporters who work to hold our government accountable ’ “Karem, Playboy’s senior White House reporter, wrote on Twitter that he received an email Friday from the White House saying his pass would be suspended as of Monday afternoon ” POLITICO — L.A. TIMES: “Quibi is a built-for-millennials streaming service. But will they pay $5 a month?” by Wendy Lee Artificial intelligence Facial recognition. Lightning fast networks. Rapid technological change is transforming the consumer experience, upending entire industries, and challenging the way lawmakers craft policy How are some of the world’s leading companies innovating to avoid extinction? Tune into POLITICO’s “Global Translations” podcast to hear from Stephen Bird, the CEO of Citi’s Global Consumer Bank and Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud, in a special branded episode by Citi Subscribe and listen now: Apple Podcasts – Spotify – Stitcher PLAYBOOKERS  Send tips to Eli Okun and Garrett Ross at [email protected] com. TRANSITION — John Perrino will be a senior associate at Glen Echo Group. He previously was communications director at the George Washington University School of Media & Public Affairs  WELCOME TO THE WORLD — Drew McConville, senior managing director for government relations at the Wilderness Society, and Megan McConville, an urban planning consultant and former Obama official at USDA, welcomed Samuel Rangeley McConville early Friday morning  — Tripp DeMoss, associate counsel at the Alabama Association of Realtors and a Department of Labor/Capitol Hill alum, and Kate DeMoss, adjunct professor of political science at Samford University, welcomed Harriet H “Hattie” DeMoss on July 29. Pic ENGAGED — Christina James, a Foreign Service officer at the State Department, got engaged to Mike Fox, manager of strategic initiatives at InterAction and an Obama alum, on the rooftop of the Kennedy Center on Saturday night They met in graduate school studying foreign policy at Georgetown. Pic  BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Rufus Gifford is 45 A fun fact about him: “I was terrified to ask anyone for money before I was 29, I can’t get enough reality TV and a quarter pounder with cheese with a large fry is the perfect meal ” Playbook Plus Q&A BIRTHDAYS: Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) is 66 … Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón (R-Puerto Rico) … Ryan Wrasse, comms director for Sen John Thune (R-S.D.) … Taylor Griffin … Matt Anderson, SVP for global public affairs at Blackstone Sharon Weber, deputy national finance director for the Joe Biden campaign . Jeremy Flantzer … Matt Mandel Heidi Nel, principal and head of Impact Entertainment at the Raben Group … Bloomberg’s Jim Rowley Kristofer Eisenla . Nicolas Boullet . former Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is 56 . Lila Cohn Alicia Amling, COS for Temerity Capital Partners . Cary Gibson, VP at Farragut Square Group Molly Donlin of TargetPoint Consulting … Melissa Canu . Pete Snyder is 46 (hat tip: Tim Burger) Cicely Simpson …  … Jim Puzzanghera, Boston Globe D.C. bureau chief … Howard Leib is 61 Edelman’s Aaron Walker … Kassandra Meholick … Michael Chandler, managing editor at MemoryWell Lisa Geller is 26 … Hun Sen, prime minister of Cambodia … Katie Vlietstra Wonnenberg, VP of government relations and public affairs at the National Association for the Self-Employed Colleen Fisher … Donte Donald . James Franklin Blue III . Christine Forester … Ashley Pitts Monique Dorsainvil of Facebook’s public policy team . Monica Thompson . Dana Ferreira Nicholas Rodman . Scott Vance . Kristy Huxhold . Jeff Kupfer . Marla Ratner … Corey Johnson of the Tampa Bay Times Abby Milberg … ABC’s Luis Martinez … Julie Hughes … Jason Pollock . Ron Bouchard Topf Wells . Dennis Lonergan . Tom Healy (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) . 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