President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, stands during the national anthem July 3 with a flyover by the U.S. Navy Blue Angles at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. | Alex Brandon/AP Photo
GOOD SATURDAY MORNING, and Happy July 4. THE PRESIDENT arrived back at the White House this morning at 4:14 a.m. after Air Force One touched down at 3:35 a.m from South Dakota, per the pool.
AT 6:40 p.m., the president and first lady will participate in White House July 4th festivities.
THE NEW YORK TIMES lead photo on A1 from yesterday’s fireworks demonstration at Mount Rushmore was an AL DRAGO shot of the crowd, with no social distancing and no masks. A1 PDF … THE ARGUS LEADER in S.D. had a photo of an empty stage, with the subhed: “Protestors aim to disrupt Trump’s Mount Rushmore visit” … THE WASHINGTON POST had nothing on its front about President DONALD TRUMP’S visit to Rushmore. N.Y. DAILY NEWS ran an illustration of the presidents on Mount Rushmore with worried eyes, with the headline “HAPPY FOURTH?”
THE STAR TRIBUNE ran a photo of TRUMP in front of Rushmore. … MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL: “Biden’s voter enthusiasm is limited: But there’s strong will to vote against Trump”
WHAT THE PRESIDENT WILL SEE … N.Y. POST ran a big photo of MICHAEL COHEN smiling while dining out at the pricey Le Bilboquet in Manhattan with this headline: “YOU CALL THIS HARD TIME?”
AP/MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D., by Stephen Groves, Darlene Superville and Aamer Madhani: “At Mount Rushmore, Trump digs deeper into nation’s divisions”: “At the foot of Mount Rushmore and on the eve of Independence Day, President Donald Trump dug deeper into America’s divisions by accusing protesters who have pushed for racial justice of engaging in a ‘merciless campaign to wipe out our history.’
“The president, in remarks Friday night at the South Dakota landmark, offered a discordant tone to an electorate battered by a pandemic and seared by the recent high-profile killings of Black people. He zeroed in on the desecration by some demonstrators of monuments and statues across the country that honor those who have benefited from slavery, including some past presidents.
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“Four months from Election Day, his comments amounted to a direct appeal to the political base, including many disaffected white votes, that carried him to the White House in 2016.
“‘This movement is openly attacking the legacies of every person on Mount Rushmore,’ Trump said. He lamented ‘cancel culture’ and charged that some on the political left hope to ‘defame our heroes, erase our values and indoctrinate our children.’ He said Americans should speak proudly of their heritage and shouldn’t have to apologize for its history.”
WAPO’S ROBIN GIVHAN: “Trump got his crowd and his fireworks, and peddled his fiction”: “The setting for President Trump’s early Fourth of July celebration was magnificent, as the Black Hills of South Dakota tend to be. The scene was also full of painful history, willful ignorance and deliberate fearmongering.
“Friday night, in an amphitheater in the shadow of Mount Rushmore, a military band played smooth jazz on snare drums and trumpets as the country sank under the rising number of covid-19 infections. Thousands of unmasked guests, awaiting the arrival of the president, sat shoulder to shoulder in black folding chairs tethered together in a kind of coronavirus chain of denial. The VIPs would, of course, be seated separately onstage — not six feet apart, but not amid the storm of exhalations, coughs, vociferous cheers and sneezes. And just to add to the upside-down, inside-out madness of the mass gathering, Ivanka Trump, presidential adviser and daughter, tweeted a reminder to be safe over the holiday weekend by social distancing and wearing a mask. Her nearest and dearest did not listen to plea.”
NEW … MCCARTHY’S MONEY TEAR … House Minority Leader KEVIN MCCARTHY raised $12.5 million in the second quarter, which brings his yearly haul to $33.5 million and $82 million for the cycle. THIS IS THE MOST any GOP leader has brought in, his team says. MCCARTHY has sent more than $27 million to the NRCC.
NEW … COVID REACHES INTO TRUMP’S INNER CIRCLE … NYT’S MAGGIE HABERMAN SCOOPS: “Kimberly Guilfoyle, Top Fund-Raising Official for Trump Campaign, Tests Positive for Coronavirus”: “Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of President Trump’s eldest son and a top fund-raising official for the Trump re-election campaign, tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday before a Fourth of July event at Mount Rushmore, a person familiar with her condition said.
“Ms. Guilfoyle traveled to South Dakota with Mr. Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr., in anticipation of attending a huge fireworks display where the president was set to speak. They did not travel aboard Air Force One, according to the person familiar with her condition, and she was the only person in the group who tested positive.”
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GRIM … WAPO: “The United States tallied its largest single-day total of coronavirus infections Friday since the start of the pandemic, 57,497 confirmed cases, as President Trump attended a fireworks display at Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota, where the crowds were not required to wear masks or practice social distancing.”
FT: “US sends aircraft carriers into South China Sea,” by Kathrin Hille: “The US Navy has sent two aircraft carrier groups into the South China Sea for the first time since 2014 as China conducts exercises the contested waters. The USS Nimitz and the USS Ronald Reagan were conducting dual carrier operations and exercises in the South China Sea to support a free and open Indo-Pacific, the US Navy said on Saturday. “
DAVID SIDERS: “Yes, Biden is thrashing Trump. But he could still blow it.”: “Biden might say the wrong thing at a debate, or have an awkward moment in an interview or at a press conference. Trump’s massive advertising campaign might begin to resonate, hurting Biden’s favorability ratings. Biden’s campaign might make poor decisions about spending allocations in the battleground states, or the coverage of his campaign may sour if he loses even a percentage point or two in polls. Presidential candidates with large leads have all suffered from less.”
NYT’S ANNIE KARNI, REBECCA RUIZ and KEN VOGEL: “How the Republican Convention Created Money Woes in Two Cities”: “‘I don’t want to encourage people getting sick,’ said Stanley S. Hubbard, a Minnesota billionaire who has donated more than $2 million to help Republicans, including President Trump, since the beginning of the 2016 election.
Mr. Hubbard, who donated $25,000 to the R.N.C.’s convention account in 2018, is hesitant to give to the Jacksonville host committee because he thinks it is ill advised to hold the convention in the midst of a pandemic. ‘Unless this thing goes away, I think it’s a bad choice,’ he said.”
ZACH MONTELLARO: “Coronavirus threatened to make a mess of Kentucky’s primary. It could be a model instead.”: “[A]fter the votes came in, Kentucky earned measured praise from voting rights advocates for how it largely sidestepped the missing ballots, long lines and other problems faced by many states amid coronavirus. The Democratic governor and Republican secretary of state reached bipartisan agreement on a massive expansion of absentee voting, leading to the highest primary turnout in Kentucky since the hard-fought 2008 presidential primary.”
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PHOTO DU JOUR: Fireworks light up the sky above Mount Rushmore National Monument July 3 near Keystone, South Dakota. President Donald Trump spoke before the start of the fireworks display, the first at the monument in about a decade. | Scott Olson/Getty Images
WHAT EVERY PARENT WANTS TO KNOW: “’How the hell are we going to do this?’ The panic over reopening schools,” by Nicole Gaudiano and Juan Perez Jr.
HOW THE OTHER HALF LIVES … WSJ: “New York City Restaurants Open Outposts in the Hamptons This Summer”
CLICKER — “The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics,” edited by Matt Wuerker — 18 keepers
— “The True Cost of Dollar Stores,” by Alec MacGillis in The New Yorker: “Discount chains are thriving. But what do they do to poor communities?” New Yorker
— “America’s Enduring Caste System,” by Isabel Wilkerson in The New York Times Magazine, adapted from her forthcoming book, “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents”: “Our founding ideals promise liberty and equality for all. Our reality is an enduring racial hierarchy that has persisted for centuries.” NYT
— “Why the Descendants of Confederate Generals Are Happy to See Their Names Go,” by Bryan Bender, Daniel Lippman and Sarah Cammarata in POLITICO Magazine: “As the Senate prepares to debate renaming military bases, we called living family members of the generals. Here’s what they said.” POLITICO
— “The Master Thief,” by Zeke Faux in Bloomberg Businessweek’s heist issue: “Sean Murphy was an epic weed smoker, a devoted Tom Brady fan, and the best cat burglar that Lynn, Mass., had ever seen.” Businessweek … The cover
— “Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Master Auctioneer?” by Katy Vine in Texas Monthly’s July issue: “Eight days inside America’s Auction Academy, learning the secrets of ‘the dynamo from Dallas.’” Texas Monthly
— “Cheating Spouses, Secret Addictions and Identities—Marriages Are Buckling Under Covid Quarantine,” by Marisa M. Kashino in Washingtonian’s June/July issue: “Spouses … have been hiding out in their cars (and backyards and bathrooms) all over Washington, sending distress calls from their miserable marriages.” Washingtonian
— “‘Love and Free Food,’” by Hadley Freeman in The Guardian, from February: “Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner share the secrets of their 70-year friendship.” Guardian … Read The Los Angeles Times’ obituary of Reiner, who died this week
DO NOT MISS! POLITICO Magazine Justice Reform: The Prison Conditions Issue, presented by Verizon: The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the difference between « inside » and the rest of society. With overcrowding, inadequate funding, and substandard medical care, prisons have become hotbeds of the outbreak – with substantial costs on the outside. POLITICO Magazine’s latest Justice Reform package looks at efforts to improve prisons and how the epidemic has affected them. READ THE FULL ISSUE.
BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY: The United States of America is 244 … Malia Obama is 22 … Geraldo Rivera is 77 … Kevin McLaughlin, executive director of the NRSC … Ryan Williams, EVP at Targeted Victory … Lanhee Chen, research fellow at the Hoover Institution, is 42 … Will Ritter, founder of Poolhouse digital ad agency (h/ts Matt Gorman) … WSJ’s Natalie Andrews and Viveca Novak … WNYC’s Matt Katz and Julianne Welby … Frank Donatelli … Uber’s Travis Considine and Susan Hendrick … Sunshine Sachs’ Taylor Friedman is 32 … Chris Ring … Ed Matricardi … Darren Stevenson … Noah Reichblum of SAIS … Rich Neimand … Manuel Bonder, press secretary for Washington congressional candidate Carolyn Long (h/t Marisol Samayoa) …
… Evan Breslow, director at BlackRock, is 43 … Amazon’s Dustin Todd … Ann Conant … Charles Herndon … Martha Joynt Kumar … Sierra Club’s Matthew Gravatt … Kathleen Kennedy Townsend … Albanian PM Edi Rama is 56 … Bennett Packer … Tyler Cheney … Sasha Graffagna … former Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.) is 79 … former Rep. Dan Maffei (D-N.Y.) is 52 … Lauren Ashburn, anchor and managing editor of EWTN News Nightly … Brandon English … Jessica Unger … Gavan Gideon … Catlin O’Neill … Andres Peña … Luke Tomanelli … Missy Farren … Maria Thomas … Nora Tejada … Novelda Sommers … Jim Natoli … Terry Wade … Ryan Corsaro … Dal LaMagna is 74 … Arthur Serota … Brian Sikma … Julia LeDoux … Al Madrigal is 49
“Meet the Press” (Andrea Mitchell guest hosts): New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) … Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) … Susan Rice … Nahid Bhadelia. Panel: Peter Alexander, Jeh Johnson and Danielle Pletka.
“This Week”: Stephen Hahn … Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego … Miami Mayor Francis Suarez … Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo … Tom Bossert and Patrice Harris. Panel: Matthew Dowd, Terry Moran, Julice Pace and Rachel Scott.
“Face the Nation”: Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (D) … Miami Dade Mayor Carlos Giménez (R) … Scott Gottlieb … John Bolton … Mark Zandi … Stephen Kaufer.
“America this Week with Eric Bolling”: President Donald Trump … Sen Mike Lee (R-Utah) … Roger Stone … Raz Simone. Panel: Ameshia Cross and Sebastian Gorka.
“Fox News Sunday” (Mike Emanuel guest hosts): Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia … Ashish Jha. Panel: Jason Chaffetz, Charles Hurt and Susan Page. Power Player: Rerun of The U.S. Army Old Guard’s Presidential Salute Battery
“State of the Union”: Stephen Hahn … Austin Mayor Steve Adler … Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) … Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa).
“Full Court Press with Greta Van Susteren”: Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.)…Sen Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.)…Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.)
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