The Note: Bernie Won’t Back Down


--HAPPENING TODAY: Today, both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are off the trail, but Donald Trump remains in the bright red state of Texas for a rally tonight in Houston, ABC's SHUSHANNAH WALSHE notes. He’s spent most of the week -- not in battleground states he will need in November -- but states that will remain red like Texas and Georgia. That changes tomorrow, though, when he heads to Las Vegas in critical Nevada.


--REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK: A YEAR OF COVERING TRUMP. One year ago Thursday, Donald Trump began his race for the White House. At the same time, ABC News assigned me to cover the Trump campaign and I had just one thought, ABC’s JOHN SANTUCCI writes. Why me? I say that because no one thought Trump was really going to run, and if he did, that he would stay in the race for so long. Yet, 50 states later, Donald John Trump, hailing from the same Queens, New York, neighborhood as I, is the presumptive Republican nominee. I still remember that first day and, as the candidate has said, the “famous escalator ride.”

--ALL THE TIMES HE’S FLIP-FLOPPED. Trump has been quite vocal throughout his White House bid and, during that time, has changed his stance on several issues. Trump's shift in tone on his proposed temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States, for instance, was not the first time he significantly altered his approach to a major issue during the campaign. ABC’s MEGHAN KENEALLY reviews some of his most notable reversals.



PHOTOS OF CLINTON AND TRUMP TO BE MADE PUBLIC. Photos from more than a decade ago of former President Bill Clinton and presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump will be released this fall by the Clinton Presidential Library, the National Archives told ABC News. The National Archives says the photos will be released on Sept. 9 at 9 a.m. and will be made available to the public. Some 555 photos were processed in response to the FOIA request and 496 will be published. The photos suggest that Trump and Clinton maintained some sort of relationship over several years, according to ABC’s MATTHEW CLAIBORNE.

TRUMP SAYS LGBT VOTERS LIKE HIM ‘VERY, VERY MUCH.’ Donald Trump celebrated the one-year anniversary of his entry into the presidential race Thursday night with a rally in Dallas, continuing his recent courtship of the LGBT community in the context of the Orlando massacre. "The LGBT community -- these are people that had a place -- this was a place of safety," he told the crowd, calling the attack at Pulse, a gay nightclub, an example of "what one sleazebag can do," referring to gunman Omar Mateen. Trump said the "LGBT community is starting to like Donald Trump very, very much lately," and claimed that his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, accepts donations from Middle East countries, which oppress LGBT citizens and women, ABC’s DAVID CAPLAN reports.

TRUMP’S NEWFOUND LOVE FOR LGBT VOTERS. Donald Trump is now catering to a different group of voters in light of the deadly Orlando nightclub attack: LGBT voters. Even though he has repeatedly said throughout his campaign that he is against same-sex marriage, that hasn't stopped the presumptive Republican presidential nominee from saying he thinks he would be the better candidate for the gay community. ABC’s MEGHAN KENEALLY notes his argument is largely based around his efforts to curtail what he calls "radical Islam," which he blames for the Pulse nightclub shooting which left 49 people dead and 53 others injured.

MCCAIN SAYS OBAMA ‘DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE’ FOR ORLANDO ATTACK. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, said Thursday that President Obama was "directly responsible" for the Orlando attack, a comment he later clarified as a criticism of the president's national security policies. ABC’s BENJAMIN SIEGEL reports the Arizona Republican told reporters at the Capitol that Obama was responsible for the Orlando terror attack that left 50 people dead in a gay nightclub, including the shooter, according to the Associated Press, before his office sent out a statement adding to his comments.


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