The Note: Trump leaves Democrats less divided but more disgusted

Trump is leaning in on attacks that most presidents would never consider.

The TAKE with Rick Klein

It's ugly, vile and divisive. It's also going to get worse.

The president's half step-back of disavowing chants that broke out at his rally on Wednesday night doesn't change the fact that the crowd adapted to a climate Trump is working to shape. Trump and his campaign are still leaning in on attacks that most candidates or presidents would never consider.

None of that changes the fact that the most diverse field of presidential candidates in history recognizes the pattern but doesn't quite know how to break it.

"He obviously is working out of the playbook that he's used to get elected," Sen. Kamala Harris said on CNN.

"It's vile, it's offensive and it's not new in our country," Sen. Cory Booker said at a Washington Post forum.

The words that carried so much power and meaning this week when Trump tweeted them were simple enough: "go back."

But the problem for Democrats is that looking back shows that fresh outrage doesn't dictate outcomes.

The RUNDOWN with MaryAlice Parks

Campaigns have been won or lost on debate stages, and, in that way, the random drawing Thursday night to decide which candidates would face off on which night at the end of the month for the second debate left a huge part of the Democratic presidential primary to chance.

Here are five quick takeaways from the lineups for Detroit:

Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders will be side-by-side the first night. The two progressive powerhouses are arguably the most natural competitors in the race, fighting in very similar lanes when it comes to policy proposals and rhetoric. It may be too early for them to attack each other -- in fact, they often compliment one another -- but you can imagine the moderates will want them to draw contrasts.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, who did not qualify for the first debates in Miami, will get his chance on night one. He probably benefits from a Biden-free stage and should be able to position himself as a moderate alternative to Sanders and Warren.

In that same way, the proximity of Sen. Amy Klobuchar to Warren and Sanders could be good for her. Like Bullock, she has tried to distinguish herself as someone who can win in red counties and opposes some of the more progressive ideas floating in the party's ranks.

Sen. Kamala Harris is back on stage with former Vice President Joe Biden. We could see a repeat of her offensive against him from the first debate. Sen. Cory Booker, though, will be on the same stage too. He has had tough words for Biden on race-related issues in the last few weeks as well.

In fact, all the nonwhite candidates will be together on the second night.

The TIP with Lissette Rodriguez

As Democrats condemn chants of "send her back" at a Trump rally in North Carolina on Wednesday, referring to Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, 2020 presidential candidates are working to secure her second term.

One of the candidates, fellow progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders, released a photo of the two at dinner Wednesday night, as they happened to be together when the rally was underway, according to a campaign fundraising email to supporters.

Omar joins Sanders as one of the leading faces in the progressive movement. The two have worked on a number of congressional bills together, their most recent proposal to cancel all student debt. Sanders, in the fundraising email, went on to say he would "work with her and other progressives" in the White House.


ABC News' "Start Here" podcast. Friday morning's episode features ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz, who explains why the U.S. destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz. Then ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl discusses his back-and-forth with the president over chants of "send her back" at his rally Wednesday night.


  • President Donald Trump travels to his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey, at 3 p.m. where he will participate in a roundtable with supporters and deliver remarks at a fundraising dinner.
  • Democratic presidential candidate, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, appears on ABC's "The View."
  • Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro meets with faith and immigration leaders in Manchester, New Hampshire, at 10 a.m. He holds meet and greets in Concord, at 1:30 p.m., and Cornish, at 6:30 p.m. He also is scheduled to stop by a protest against migrant detention centers in front of the New Hampshire State House at 4:05 p.m.
  • Montana Gov. Steve Bullock hosts meet and greets in Iowa, stopping in Ottumwa, at 9 a.m. CT, Oskaloosa, at 11 a.m. CT, and Winterset, at 6 p.m. CT.
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., holds a community conversation in Orange City, Iowa, at 10:15 a.m. CT.
  • Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, holds a Beers with Beto event in Sioux City, Iowa, at 5:30 p.m. CT.
  • Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., hosts a house party in Salem, New Hampshire, at 6 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday, Bennet holds a meet and greet and health care conversation at 11 a.m. in Tamworth, New Hampshire. Then, he holds a health care conversation with seniors in Manchester at 4 p.m. He ends the night with a house party in Laconia at 7:30 p.m.
  • The AARP, Des Moines Register presidential forum continues in Iowa. Warren, Marianne Williamson, O'Rourke and Andrew Yang attend on Friday in Sioux City. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Bullock attend on Saturday in Council Bluffs.
  • On Saturday, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., holds a roundtable on her priorities for seniors at 9 a.m. in Manchester, New Hampshire. Later, she hosts house parties in Concord, at 11 a.m., and Cornish, at 2 p.m.
  • Sanders attends his Council Bluffs campaign office opening in Iowa at 10:30 a.m. CT Saturday. He then holds a roundtable on senior issues at 11:45 a.m. CT. Later, he attends the Union County Fair in Afton at 4:30 p.m. CT. At 7:30 p.m. CT, he attends the Iowa Farmers Union Summer Picnic in Nevada. On Sunday, Sanders attends a Union Workers and Retirees Coffee event at 9:30 a.m. CT, he then attends his Ottumwa campaign office opening in Iowa at 10:30 a.m. CT. Later, he holds a rally with State Rep. Jeff Kurtz at 1 p.m. CT in Fort Madison.
  • Bullock hosts a meet and greet in Creston, Iowa, at 10:30 a.m. CT Saturday.
  • Biden attends his campaign's nationwide Day of Action Phone Bank Kickoff at 11:30 a.m. PT in Las Vegas Saturday. Later, he attends the NV Dems' Local Brews and National Views lecture series at 2:15 p.m. PT.
  • Castro participates in a town hall in Greenville, South Carolina, at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. He then participates in a tour of Soteria Transitional Home at Travelers Rest at 1:30 p.m.
  • Buttigieg attends the NAACP Convention in Detroit at 5:30 p.m. CT Sunday.
  • O'Rourke and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., attend the second day of the fourth annual OZY Fest in New York Sunday.
  • Sunday on "This Week": The Powerhouse Roundtable debates all the week's politics, with ABC News Senior Congressional Correspondent Mary Bruce, Republican strategist and ABC News contributor Sara Fagen, New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman and #RolandMartinUnfiltered host Roland Martin.
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