Philip Rucker

Philip Rucker


White House Bureau Chief at The Washington Post | Political Analyst for MSNBC & NBC News | philip.rucker@washpost.com

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“Under Trump, who has used racist messaging continually as president and before, Republicans are ill-positioned...captive to his rhetoric and actions, which exacerbate rather than reduce tensions” — @danbalz  on the politics of race in the summer of 2020

McEnany defends Trump’s view on Confederate flag by claiming he doesn’t have one, @ToluseO  reports

John Kasich, assessing Trump's amplification of racism, likens the Republican Party of 2020 to Vichy France: "They coddled this guy the whole time and now it’s like some rats are jumping off of the sinking ship. It’s just a little late."

With Trump's newfound determination to preserve and celebrate history, I can't help but recall his 2017 visit to the USS Arizona Memorial. The president had to ask John Kelly what happened at Pearl Harbor and its significance, as @CarolLeonnig  and I report in #AVeryStableGenius .

Duckworth emerging as a contender to be Biden’s running mate, via @WaPoSean 

Austin Mayor Steve Adler@MayorAdler  tells @AymanM  on MSNBC that the biggest challenge his city faces in surviving the pandemic is Trump’s messaging.

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Trump’s campaign still owes the city of El Paso more than $500,000 in fees associated with his February rally. County commissioner calls the debt “ridiculous and unconscionable.”

Trump and advisers calculated that he shouldn’t speak to the nation because he had nothing to say, no tangible policy or action to announce, nor did he feel an urgent motivation to try to bring people together. So he let his tweets speak for themselves.

The National Park Service is diverting $2.5 million, which is collected by entrance fees to pay for improvements at parks nationwide, to fund Trump's July 4 spectacle -- to which his political donors get VIP tickets, via @eilperin  @jdawsey1  & @DanLamothe 

“He’s our president and I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group and in his, shall we say, weight group — morbidly obese, they say” — Speaker Pelosi to @andersoncooper  on CNN.

Just in from @JoeBiden : “We are a nation in pain, but we must not allow this pain to destroy us. We are a nation enraged, but we cannot allow our rage to consume us. We are a nation exhausted, but we will not allow our exhaustion to defeat us.”

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