The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump responds to Obama over mass shootings

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump responds to Obama over mass shootings | Why Dems aren't buying Trump's condemnation of white supremacy | Polls show Sanders, Warren gaining in NH | Gravel endorses Sanders | Texas Republicans face tough time | Why '30 to 50 feral hogs' went viral | DCA getting $1B renovation | Electric mopeds coming to DC | National Root Beer Float Day

 

TALK OF THE MORNING

Obama and Trump are subtweeting each other: 

Yesterday, former President Obama issued a statement on the weekend's mass shootings where he condemned racism. "We should soundly reject language coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders that feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist sentiments," Obama said. He did not mention President TrumpDonald John TrumpFacebook releases audit on conservative bias claims Harry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Recessions happen when presidents overlook key problems MORE, but his remarks were seen as a rebuke to the president.

 

Read Obama's full statement: http://bit.ly/2OI48Ya

 

THEN THIS MORNING -- TRUMP RESPONDED:

President Trump tweeted a quote from "Fox & Friends" co-anchor Brian Kilmeade, who criticized Obama. http://bit.ly/2OJqOHB

The Kilmeade quote: "I'm just wondering did [George W. Bush] ever condemn President Obama after Sandy Hook? [Obama] had 32 mass shootings of four or more during his reign. Not many people said, 'Wow, President Obama is out of control.' 17 so far for President Trump. It's way too high. But I have news for you. Mass shootings were happening before the president thought about even running for president of the United States." http://bit.ly/2OJqOHB

 

Remember how Trump condemned white supremacy yesterday? Well, critics aren't accepting it:

Via The Hill's Niall StanagePresident Trump made his strongest condemnation of white supremacy yet in remarks after the weekend's mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, but critics aren't buying it. http://bit.ly/2OCVHx1 

Why Democrats don't buy it: "But Democratic presidential candidates, among others, argued that his comments did not absolve him of a prior record." Including:

  • verbal attacks on Mexican immigrants
  • equivocations over racial violence in Charlottesville, Va.
  • a smear of "shithole countries" 
  • a recent suggestion that four non-white Democratic congresswomen -- all American citizens -- should "go back" to where they came from." 

What each presidential candidate has said: http://bit.ly/2OCVHx1

 

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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ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

The Mike Gravel vote is feeling the bern:

Former Sen. Mike Gravel (D-Alaska) endorsed Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHarry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' The exhaustion of Democrats' anti-Trump delusions Warren offers plan to repeal 1994 crime law authored by Biden MORE's (I-Vt.) presidential campaign just a few days after dropping out of the race. 

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From Gravel's announcement: "He will be a great president for all Americans," Gravel added. "We have a simple choice: We can have a democratic socialism of Bernie Sanders to benefit all Americans, or we can have Republican socialism, which benefits the 1 percent and leads us to a constant state of war." Watch his endorsement video: http://bit.ly/2yIUk5b

  

New poll -- Sanders and Warren are picking up steam in New Hampshire:

Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenHarry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Warren offers plan to repeal 1994 crime law authored by Biden Panel: Jill Biden's campaign message MORE (D-Mass.) are gaining on former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHarry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Warren offers plan to repeal 1994 crime law authored by Biden Panel: Jill Biden's campaign message MORE's lead in New Hampshire, according to a new Suffolk University-Boston Globe poll.

The numbers: Biden has 21 percent support, Sanders has 17 percent and Warren has 14 percent. 

For context: Sanders picked up 5 points since the same poll in April, and Warren has picked up 6 points.

 

Texas is the new purple:

Via The Hill's Reid Wilson, "For a quarter century, Texas Republicans have run a ruby-red state, building a conservative bastion where government is limited. Now, the mounting tensions of racially motivated rhetoric, a polarizing president and Republican infighting have rocked Texas's political leadership to its core. And the state may soon face a tipping point brought on by shifting coalitions of voters who want change, in Austin and Washington." http://bit.ly/2OGuzNT

 

IN CONGRESS

August vibes:

 

IN LOCAL NEWS

DCA is getting a new look:

Via WJLA-TV, Reagan National Airport is getting a $1 billion renovation project that will add 28 new security lanes, restaurants and a glass frame with views of the city. http://bit.ly/2yHEHeq

Wait for it, wait for it: The new setup will eliminate Gate 35X!

  

THE TALK OF TWITTER

Why you keep seeing references to '30-50 feral hogs':

Singer-songwriter Jason Isbell tweeted about assault weapons as a reaction to the shootings over the weekend. 

He tweeted: "If you're on here arguing the definition of 'assault weapon' today you are part of the problem. You know what an assault weapon is, and you know you don't need one." http://bit.ly/2OE2qH8

Then Twitter user William McNabb responded to the tweet: "Legit question for rural Americans -- How do I kill the 30-50 feral hogs that run into my yard within 3-5 mins while my small kids play?" http://bit.ly/2OY9sH9

Wait, what?

There were lots of questions about the tweet: GQ explained it well. "The prospect of 30-50 feral pigs is enough to stop someone in their tracks. But 30-50 feral pigs congregating in somebody's backyard? What exactly are they doing there? Also, that's kind of an inconvenient numerical range--planning a party for 30 is way different from trying to entertain 50. Could more of the pigs RSVP? Wait, okay, and they're going to be there in a matter of just three to five minutes? And are you really suggesting you shoot your assault rifles at the pigs while your small kids, but not your large adult children, are running amongst them?" 

All valid questions. Anyway, the tweet went viral and lots of people are making jokes about 30-50 feral hogs. 

My favorite: "my milkshake brings 30-50 feral hogs to the yard" http://bit.ly/2OIMq6W

Capitol Hill Books tweeted: "Special offer: feral hogs get 20% off this week. Must come in groups of 30-50." Photo of the store's book choice: http://bit.ly/2OG2aaE

Lol: "I got 99 problems and feral hogs are 30-50 of them" http://bit.ly/2OHnDA8

If you're having a slow day, try searching "feral hogs" on Twitter for some entertainment. 

 

NOTABLE TWEETS:

If only!!:

  

ON TAP

The House and Senate are out.

President Trump is in Washington, D.C., with no public events on his schedule. 

Vice President Pence is in Washington, D.C.

2:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence swears in Ronald Johnson as U.S. ambassador to the Republic of El Salvador.

4:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with the foreign secretary of the United Kingdom.

  

WHAT TO WATCH

11:25 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gave a speech to Alliance Defending Freedom in Arlington, Va. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2OCW2zN

12:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate Cybersecurity Caucus is holding an event on cybersecurity risks in health care. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2yGQc5R

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Root Beer Float Day.

  

Greaaaat, this should be fun addition to rush hour:

Via DCist, rentable electric mopeds are coming to Washington, D.C. Details: http://bit.ly/2yILUuB

 

And because you made it to the end, here's a dog who absolutely cannot be bothered: http://bit.ly/2yINJaV