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As Donald Trump’s vice presidential candidate, it seems Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is tasked with cleaning up his running mate’s messes, TPM’s Caitlin MacNeal reported. After Trump repeatedly lashed out at the family of a deceased Muslim American soldier, Pence issued a statement Sunday night calling Captain Humayun Khan “an American hero.”
Agree or Disagree?
Josh Marshall: “For a narcissist like Trump, the rage and emotional disequilibrium of being dominated, humiliated is simply too much to bear. He must lash out. What he said in one of his tweets responding to the Khans is perhaps the most telling. ‘I was viciously attacked by Mr. Khan at the Democratic Convention. Am I not allowed to respond?’ The use of the adverb ‘viciously’ is a good tell that Trump is a narcissist. But setting that aside, most people would know that the answer is ‘No, you’re not.’ Certainly you’re not allowed to respond in the sense of attacking back. Their son died serving the country. You don’t get to attack them. Someone with a moral consciousness who is capable of empathy would understand this through a moral prism.”
BUZZING: Today in the Hive
From a TPM Prime member: “Even when Politifact breaks down their ratings for politicians, and Hillary and Obama are basically tied for most truthful, people still don’t believe it. The issue is that the kinds of things that leaders do are gendered as male, so we like Joe Biden or Barack Obama for doing them. But when Hillary does them, it’s seen as a violation of gender norms, and so we instinctively don’t like it. It also doesn’t help that their are separate rules the press has for covering Bill and Hillary than anyone else. She gets way more negative coverage, so of course the public will view her more negatively. I think her best bet is to emphasize competency, rather than likability. Trust can be emphasized by others, as it has been, but I don’t think that’s how you beat Donald Trump.”
Related: Conservatives took to Twitter to praise the DNC while bemoaning the state of affairs in their own party.
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What We’re Reading
Bill Clinton really liked the balloon drop at the DNC. (BuzzFeed)
Morning newscasters’ very early morning routines. (Bon Appétit)