The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump digs in ahead of House vote to condemn tweet

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump digs in ahead of House vote to condemn tweet
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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits back: 'I don't have a racist bone in my body' | Urges Republicans not to back Dem resolution criticizing him | Dems head to Tuesday evening vote to condemn 'racist' comments | How Trump's tweet sets the stage for a toxic 2020 | AOC's top aid becomes lightning rod | Second quarter fundraising winners | Five 2020 Dems pull away from the pack | Mark SanfordMark SanfordCheney clashes with Trump Sessions-Tuberville Senate runoff heats up in Alabama The Memo: Can the Never Trumpers succeed? MORE weighs Trump challenge | Pence unveils Neil Armstrong's spacesuit at Smithsonian | Day 2 of Prime Day deals

 

NEWS OF THE MORNING

'I don't have a racist bone in my body!':

This morning, President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrat calls on White House to withdraw ambassador to Belarus nominee TikTok collected data from mobile devices to track Android users: report Peterson wins Minnesota House primary in crucial swing district MORE insisted that his comments toward a group of progressive minority congresswomen were not racist. http://bit.ly/2lK9jsw

Trump tweeted: "Those Tweets were NOT Racist. I don't have a Racist bone in my body! The so-called vote to be taken is a Democrat con game. Republicans should not show 'weakness' and fall into their trap. This should be a vote on the filthy language, statements and lies told by the Democrat Congresswomen, who I truly believe, based on their actions, hate our Country. Get a list of the HORRIBLE things they have said. Omar is polling at 8%, Cortez at 21%. Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiKamala Harris makes history — as a Westerner On The Money: McConnell says it's time to restart coronavirus talks | New report finds majority of Americans support merger moratorium | Corporate bankruptcies on pace for 10-year high McConnell: Time to restart coronavirus talks MORE tried to push them away, but now they are forever wedded to the Democrat Party. See you in 2020!" http://bit.ly/2lK8rEg

 

THIS FIGHT SURE HAS ESCALATED: 

This morning, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOmar fends off primary challenge in Minnesota On The Money: McConnell says it's time to restart coronavirus talks | New report finds majority of Americans support merger moratorium | Corporate bankruptcies on pace for 10-year high Hillicon Valley: Facebook removed over 22 million posts for hate speech in second quarter | Republicans introduce bill to defend universities against hackers targeting COVID-19 research | Facebook's Sandberg backs Harris as VP pick MORE (D-N.Y.) slammed President Trump for having "bragged about sexually assaulting women." http://bit.ly/2lLas35

She tweeted: "Hey Mr. President, remember when you bragged about sexually assaulting women, talking about feeling their breasts and genitals, because 'when you're a star they let you do it?' And then you imposed DOE policies to make it harder for sexual assault survivors to report assault?" http://bit.ly/2lLas35

  

It's Tuesday. I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what's coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to cmartel@thehill.com -- and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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TALK OF THE MORNING

Sorry, I can't comment. I have to wash my hair today:

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton and Jordain Carney, Republicans have been put in an awkward spot after President Trump started a feud with four congresswomen who he told to "go back" to where they came from. http://bit.ly/2lJ5W58

How Republicans are handling the firestorm: "Most are seeking to steer clear of the firestorm, but a few GOP lawmakers came out against Trump's suggestion."

 

FOR EXAMPLE: 

A Republican from Texas: "One of the strongest denunciations came from Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdDemocrats go big on diversity with new House recruits Texas Democrats plan 7-figure ad buy to turn state blue Republicans face worsening outlook in battle for House MORE (Texas), the only African American House Republican, whose district has a large number of Hispanic residents. He blasted Trump's tweets as 'racist' and 'xenophobic' in a CNN interview."

Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottDavis: The Hall of Shame for GOP senators who remain silent on Donald Trump Lobbyists see wins, losses in GOP coronavirus bill Revered civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis lies in state in the Capitol MORE (S.C.), the only African American Republican in the Senate: Scott called Trump's language "unacceptable" and "racially offensive."

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsProgressive Jewish group endorses Biden Poll: Gideon leads Collins by 8 points in Maine Senate race The Hill's 12:30 Report - Speculation over Biden's running mate announcement MORE (R-Maine), who is up for reelection: "I disagree strongly with many of the views and comments of some of the far-left members of the House Democratic Caucus ... but the President's tweet that some Members of Congress should go back to the 'places from which they came' was way over the line, and he should take that down." 

From Trump's ally Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamHillicon Valley: Facebook removed over 22 million posts for hate speech in second quarter | Republicans introduce bill to defend universities against hackers targeting COVID-19 research | Facebook's Sandberg backs Harris as VP pick Republicans set sights on FBI chief as Russia probe investigations ramp up The Hill's 12:30 Report - Speculation over Biden's running mate announcement MORE (R-S.C.): "We don't need to know anything about them personally. Talk about their policies." 

^How Trump reacted to Graham's rebuke: "Trump appeared not to take such pushback as much of a rebuke. In a Rose Garden ceremony Monday afternoon, he argued that Graham was in some ways harsher on the minority Democratic lawmakers criticized by the president because Graham called them 'a bunch of communists.'"

Other reactions: http://bit.ly/2lJ5W58

 

HOW AOC'S CHIEF OF STAFF HAS BECOME A LIGHTNING ROD IN THIS FEUD: 

http://bit.ly/2lcyRhE

 

The takeaway here? Go back to bed and I'll wake you up in 2021:

Via The Hill's Niall Stanage, "The 2020 election will likely be the most toxic in living memory. That's the unavoidable conclusion after President Trump on Monday defended his tweets the previous day in which he urged four non-white congresswomen to 'go back' to where they came from." 

What to expect in the 2020 presidential election -- it doesn't look pretty: http://bit.ly/2lJRkm0

  

HAPPENING TODAY

Making their disagreement official:

The House is voting on a resolution to condemn President Trump's remarks about four progressive congresswomen whom he told to "go back" to other countries as "racist."

From the resolution: The House "believes that immigrants and their descendants have made America stronger, and that those who take the oath of citizenship are every bit as American as those whose families have lived in the United States for many generations" and "is committed to keeping America open to those lawfully seeking refuge and asylum from violence and oppression, and those who are willing to work hard to live the American Dream, no matter their race, ethnicity, faith, or country of origin."

Read the resolution obtained by The Hill: http://bit.ly/2lLvU85

The bill's sponsor: Freshman Rep. Tom MalinowskiThomas (Tom) MalinowskiNew Jersey incumbents steamroll progressive challengers in primaries Thomas Kean wins GOP primary to take on Rep. Tom Malinowski House fires back at Trump by passing ObamaCare expansion MORE (D-N.J.) was born in Poland. 

 

SOME DEMOCRATS WANTED TO GO A STEP FURTHER -- CENSURE > CONDEMN:

During a closed-door Democratic meeting this morning, Rep. Steve CohenStephen (Steve) Ira CohenTennessee Rep. Steve Cohen wins Democratic primary Democrats exit briefing saying they fear elections under foreign threat Texas Democrat proposes legislation requiring masks in federal facilities MORE (D-Tenn.) pushed to censure President Trump for his remarks, a step past condemning the comment. Yeah, but: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) argued that the bill to condemn the remarks may receive some Republican support. Malinowski's resolution is expected to get unanimous support from Democrats later today. http://bit.ly/2lMd3d5

 

JUST NOW

Trump defends the migrant detention centers:

Speaking to reporters during a Cabinet meeting, President Trump just hit back at Democrats who compared migrant detention centers to “concentration camps.” Trump's full comments: http://bit.ly/2lKOr4q

In Trump’s words: “They’re not concentration camps. They’re really well run.”

 

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Five candidates are pulling away from the pack: 
Democratic presidential hopefuls released their second quarter fundraising totals, giving a glimpse into which candidates are beginning to pull away as front-runners. http://bit.ly/2lJFF6K

The top five candidates: Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenNAACP seeks to boost Black voter turnout in six states Biden touts Trump saying Harris would be 'fine choice' for VP pick Kamala Harris: The conventional (and predictable) pick all along MORE, Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden wins Connecticut in final presidential primary of year Vermont Rep. Peter Welch easily wins primary Three pros and three cons to Biden picking Harris MORE (I-Vt.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenKamala Harris: The conventional (and predictable) pick all along On The Money: McConnell says it's time to restart coronavirus talks | New report finds majority of Americans support merger moratorium | Corporate bankruptcies on pace for 10-year high Hillicon Valley: Facebook removed over 22 million posts for hate speech in second quarter | Republicans introduce bill to defend universities against hackers targeting COVID-19 research | Facebook's Sandberg backs Harris as VP pick MORE (D-Mass.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisNAACP seeks to boost Black voter turnout in six states Biden touts Trump saying Harris would be 'fine choice' for VP pick Kamala Harris: The conventional (and predictable) pick all along MORE (D-Calif.), and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegCalifornia Dems back Yang after he expresses disappointment over initial DNC lineup Obamas, Clintons to headline Biden's nominating convention CNN's Ana Navarro to host Biden roundtable on making 'Trump a one-term president' MORE

 

The top five fundraising totals for Q2:

Buttigieg: $24.9 million

Biden: $21.5 million

Warren: $19.1 million

Sanders: $18 million

Harris: $12 million

 

Compared to: 

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerCalifornia Dems back Yang after he expresses disappointment over initial DNC lineup Obamas, Clintons to headline Biden's nominating convention Senators ask for removal of tariffs on EU food, wine, spirits: report MORE (D-N.J.): $4.5 million

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharCalifornia Dems back Yang after he expresses disappointment over initial DNC lineup Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Senate Democrats push to include free phone calls for incarcerated people in next relief package MORE (D-Minn.): $4 million

Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeBeto O'Rourke calls Texas GOP 'a death cult' over coronavirus response Hegar, West to face off in bitter Texas Senate runoff Bellwether counties show trouble for Trump MORE (D-Texas): $3.6 million

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandExpanding our health force can save lives and create jobs simultaneously Sanders offers bill to tax billionaires' wealth gains during pandemic Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic MORE (D-N.Y.): $2.3 million

Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetKamala Harris makes history — as a Westerner Expanding our health force can save lives and create jobs simultaneously How Congress is preventing a Medicare bankruptcy during COVID-19 MORE (D-Colo.): $2.8 million

Former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperKamala Harris makes history — as a Westerner Coronavirus deal key to Republicans protecting Senate majority Republicans uncomfortably playing defense MORE (D): $1.1 million

Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockLincoln Project expands GOP target list, winning Trump ire Republicans uncomfortably playing defense 300 green groups say Senate has 'moral duty' to reject Trump's public lands nominee MORE (D): $2 million

Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Watchdog report raises new questions for top Interior lawyer | Senate Democrats ask Trump to withdraw controversial public lands nominee | Border wall water use threatens endangered species, environmentalists say Why a rising star is leaving Congress Inslee, GOP's Culp advance in Washington governor's race MORE (D): $3 million

  

Trump may get a new challenger:

Via The Post and Courier's Caitlin Byrd, former South Carolina governor and congressman Mark Sanford is considering running for president in the Republican primary. http://bit.ly/2lKZ0EB

Keep in mind: The only Republican challenging President Trump so far is former Massachusetts Gov. William WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldVermont governor, running for reelection, won't campaign or raise money The Hill's Campaign Report: Amash moves toward Libertarian presidential bid Libertarians view Amash as potential 2020 game changer for party MORE.

  

IN CONGRESS

It's grilling day:

Via The Hill's Rebecca Kheel and Ellen Mitchell, "Defense secretary nominee Mark Esper will face senators Tuesday in a confirmation hearing that comes as lawmakers are eager to fill a leadership vacuum at the Pentagon that has languished for months." http://bit.ly/2lJzPCj

 

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH:

1. How big of a concern is his lobbying?

2. Will he be asked to stand up to Trump?

3. What's the plan for Iran?

4. What will he do to combat military sexual assault?

5. Can he maintain a balancing act on the border?

Context and details for each: http://bit.ly/2lJzPCj

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

Trending -- this is why we can't have nice things!: 

 

Hahahha, this is incredible: 

 

ON TAP

The House and Senate are in. President Trump and Vice President Pence are both in Washington, D.C.

11:30 a.m. EDT: President Trump has a Cabinet meeting.

12:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate breaks for weekly caucus luncheons. The Senate's full schedule todayhttp://bit.ly/2lKlbuD

12:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoEngel: IG report shows Pompeo's 'sham' use of emergency declaration in arms sales Overnight Defense: Trump pushed to restore full National Guard funding | Watchdog faults Pompeo on civilian risk of Saudi arms sales Pelosi on 'disturbing situation' in Hong Kong: 'The world is watching' MORE.

1:30 p.m. EDT: First votes in the House. The House's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2lJHAIs

3 p.m. EDT: The Senate has two roll call votes.

3:15 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America.

3:45 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters.

4 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with Republican Congressional leadership. Oh to be a fly on that wall... 

7 p.m. EDT: Last votes in the House. 

July 20: The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. 

July 24: The Hill is hosting the third annual "Latino Leaders Summit." Details and how to RSVP: http://bit.ly/2lKv6jR

  

WHAT TO WATCH

This morning: The unveiling of Neil Armstrong's spacesuit. Vice President Pence and NASA Administrator Jim BridenstineJames (Jim) Frederick Bridenstine2020 Democratic Party platform endorses Trump's NASA moon program Russia rejects joining NASA's Artemis moon program in favor of China House appropriators cut NASA's moon landing funds; will Senate do better? MORE deliver remarks. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2lcNWjc

2 p.m. EDT: Senate Republican leaders hold a press conference. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2lL36MZ

2:30 p.m. EDT: Senate Democratic leaders hold a press conference. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2lL36MZ

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Corn Fritters Day.

  

It's still Prime Day!:

Here's a list of the best deals on the last day of Amazon's Prime Day: http://bit.ly/2lKV4Uk

 

And because this made me laugh, here's an incredible dog voiceover: http://bit.ly/2lcDo3E