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In a Friday morning joint press conference with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, President Barack Obama refuted the “vision of violence and chaos” that Donald Trump offered in his speech at the Republican National Convention, TPM’s Esme Cribb reported. “When it comes to crime, the violent crime rate in America has been lowered during my presidency and any time in the last three, four decades,” Obama went on. “The fact of the matter is that the murder rate today, the violence rate today, is far lower than it was when Ronald Reagan was president, and lower than when I took office.”
Agree or Disagree?
Josh Marshall: “I’ve wanted to focus on unimpeachable, undisputed and publicly known facts. These alone paint a stark and highly troubling picture. To put this all into perspective, if Vladimir Putin were simply the CEO of a major American corporation and there was this much money flowing in Trump’s direction, combined with this much solicitousness of Putin’s policy agenda, it would set off alarm bells galore. That is not hyperbole or exaggeration. And yet Putin is not the CEO of an American corporation. He’s the autocrat who rules a foreign state, with an increasingly hostile posture towards the United States and a substantial stockpile of nuclear weapons. The stakes involved in finding out ‘what’s going on’ as Trump might put it are quite a bit higher.”
“She just totally makes my mind want to pop out of my ears.”
– A Republican Ohio official grudgingly apologized for saying that Hillary Clinton “should be hanging from a tree.”
BUZZING: Today in the Hive
From a TPM Prime member: “I’ve heard it said that delegates usually take the energy for the convention home and then spend the weeks before the election working their butts off making phone calls, registering GOP voters and the like. Pundits are forecasting that this group of delegates is unlikely to put forth much effort on Trump’s behalf, that it’s just a different campaign style. The first few weeks of August will be interesting as post-convention polls are released ahead of the September debate. I’m cautiously comfortable that Clinton will remain ahead, especially with Trump’s continual blundering of policy matters as he has just done with NATO.”
Related: Some conservatives saw Donald Trump’s official nomination as the Republican Party’s death knell.
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What We’re Reading
What Donald Trump’s hotels are really like. (GQ)
Finding Jeb Bush’s delegates at the GOP convention. (Slate)