* Jon Favreau has some advice for Republicans. And no, he’s not just concern trolling.
I have a lot of respect for the Republicans who’ve publicly refused to endorse Donald Trump — particularly the elected Republicans, like senators Ben Sasse and Lindsey Graham, and governors Larry Hogan and Charlie Baker. I’ve had plenty of disagreements with their policy positions in the past, and I expect to in the future. But they’ve decided at this crucial moment that there are things more important in life than winning an election. Or, as Senator Graham put it, “There’ll come a time when the love of country will trump hatred of Hillary.”
I can’t say I feel the same way about the other 271 Republican governors, senators, and representatives who’ve refused to walk away from Trump. If you truly think he’d be a great president — or at least one who’s temperamentally fit for high office — then fine. I don’t understand you, but at least you’re not full of shit. What I understand even less is how someone like Paul Ryan can say that Trump’s attack on a federal judge is “racist,” and then support his bid to lead and represent America to the rest of the world. How can Marco Rubio say that Trump can’t be trusted with the nuclear codes, but in the very next breath announce that he’ll be voting to elect him commander-in-chief? How do Republicans keep making these tortured, laughably political comments with no hint of shame or realization that they are proving Trump’s entire point about Washington politicians?…
There will always be other Trumps until Republicans decide to make defeating Trumpism a cause, even if that means short-term losses.
* On Monday, the Senate is scheduled to vote on the two gun control measures that were highlighted by Sen. Chris Murphy’s filibuster. Steve Benen has a great rundown on the various amendments that will be considered. Sen. Murphy is optimistic about one of them.
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), who led a nearly 15-hour filibuster on gun control this week, said on Thursday that there might be enough votes in the Senate to pass a measure barring people on terror watch lists from purchasing a firearm.
“We may have 60 votes to pass the measure that makes sure that people who are on the terror watch list cannot buy guns,” he said on CNN. ”That is a non-controversial issue in the American public.”
The problem is that without universal background checks, adding suspected terrorists to the list of people who are banned from buying guns will suffer from the same loopholes that currently exist.
* The Economic Policy Institute published a report with a different take on income inequality. It is titled: Income inequality in the U.S. by state, metropolitan area, and county. Some of the findings might surprise you, for example:
Nine states had gaps wider than the national gap. In the most unequal states—New York, Connecticut, and Wyoming—the top 1 percent earned average incomes more than 40 times those of the bottom 99 percent.
Fifty-four of 916 metropolitan areas had gaps wider than the national gap…Most unequal was the Jackson metropolitan area, which spans Wyoming and Idaho; there the top 1 percent in 2013 earned on average 213 times the average income of the bottom 99 percent of families. The next 11 metropolitan areas with the largest top-to-bottom ratios were Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut (73.7); Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, Florida (73.2); Sebastian-Vero Beach, Florida (63.5); Key West, Florida (58.5); Gardnerville Ranchos, Nevada (46.1); Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, Florida (45.0); Midland, Texas (44.3); Glenwood Springs, Colorado (42.4); San Angelo, Texas (40.9); Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada (40.7); and Summit Park, Utah (40.3).
What’s up with Wyoming?
* This is worth noting right about now:
For the record, this is from Hillary Clinton’s concession speech in 2008. pic.twitter.com/ClIAwVUpME
— Kaili Joy Gray (@KailiJoy) June 17, 2016
* Two of President Obama’s legacies will be his work on combating climate change and his expansion of national parks/monuments. Both will be highlighted this weekend.
U.S. President Barack Obama is taking his family to two national parks this weekend on a working vacation where he will spend some time with his teenaged daughters while making the case for more spending on conservation and curbing climate change.
The Obamas will venture into the ancient labyrinth of caverns beneath the desert at Carlsbad, New Mexico, on Friday before flying west to the Sierra Nevada mountains and Yosemite, the country’s oldest national park and one of its most popular landmarks.
The president will help celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service, and he is also expected to talk about his plan to reduce climate-changing carbon emissions.
* I have to admit, this one got to me.
— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) June 17, 2016
* Finally, today is the one-year anniversary of the shooting at Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina. In honor of those we lost that day, I can think of no better tribute that to listen to President Obama sing “Amazing Grace” at the memorial and read their names.