By BRIAN A. HOWEY, in Indianapolis

1. Teleprompter Trump/Twitter Trump

Here are your Tuesday power lunch talking points: President Trump denounced "bigotry" and "white supremacy" during a short address to the nation Monday morning in the wake of two massacres in Dayton and El Paso. New York Times  reporter Nicholas Confessore observes that there is "Teleprompter Trump" and "Twitter Trump." The former is the president scripted, the latter is often the true POTUS, signaling his real thoughts. Trump hit most of the notes a commander-in-chief should communicate in such a tragedy. But he made no mention of expanded background checks, even though he tweeted about it earlier.

Following Charlottesville on Aug. 14, 2017, Trump said via teleprompter: “Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, White supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.” But during a Q&A the next day, he said, "You had some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides. You had people in that group … that were there to protest the taking down of, to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name…"

And after the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre he said via teleprompter on Oct. 27, 2018: “This evil, anti-Semitic attack is an assault on all of us. It's an assault on humanity. It will require all of us working together to extract the hateful poison of anti-Semitism from our world.” But later that day, he said, “If they had some kind of a protection inside the temple maybe it could have been a very much different situation. They didn't. And [the shooter] was able to do things that, unfortunately, he shouldn't have been able to do.” 

So all eyes are on Twitter Trump today. On Wednesday he reportedly will travel to El Paso and Dayton.

2. Sens. Braun, Young react
 
The Senate is under pressure to pass background check legislation. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Republicans "are prepared to do our part" and added, "Only serious, bipartisan, bicameral efforts will enable us to continue this important work and produce further legislation that can pass the Senate, pass the House, and earn the president's signature." Both Sen. Todd Young and Mike Braun issued post-atrocity statements on Monday. Braun: "Any bipartisan legislation needs to include: stronger background checks, red flag laws known as extreme risk protection orders that address mental illness, commonsense solutions that complement the Trump administration’s ban on bump stocks." Young: “Clearly we have multiple problems in this country – problems of hate, social alienation, and the devaluing of human life – and we’re going to have to work together as a nation to address these challenges. I think Indiana has done a good job with respect to our red flag law and that’s something that needs to be part of the conversation moving forward across the country." Young said that in the last Congress, he cosponsored and voted to enact the Fix NICS Act to improve criminal background checks.

3. Holcomb dodges questions

Indiana Public Media reported that Gov. Eric Holcomb "dodged" questions on whether President Trump's rhetoric played a role in the massacres. IPM's Brandon Smith reported: The El Paso shooting suspect’s racist screed, posted online before the shooting, used language similar to that regularly espoused by President Trump. But Holcomb sidestepped questions about whether Trump is part of the problem. “Anyone that claims to have a simple solution to a very complex behavioral problem is simply misleading you,” Holcomb says.

4. Trump campaign pushed 'invasion' notion

The New York Times reports that President Trump's reelection campaign "has harnessed Facebook advertising to push the idea of an 'invasion' at the southern border, amplifying the fear-inducing language about immigrants that he has also voiced at campaign rallies and on Twitter." The Texas shooter's manifesto declared “this attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.” The Prosper Group based in Indianapolis handles part of the Trump campaign social media.

5. Not an 'easy' trade war

President Trump said in March 2018 that winning trade wars are "easy." But this trade war is becoming a slog that has ratcheted up tariffs, weakened China's currency, and sent global markets into a decline. Wall Street Journal: "These difficulties are landing just when President Xi is ordering a smooth and celebratory run-up to the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic in October. That event, according to Communist Party watchers and media, is supposed to showcase him as a strong leader of a powerful nation. As a result, these analysts said, Mr. Xi can ill afford to make concessions. “The best retaliation is letting U.S. tariffs on China hurt the U.S.’s own economy,” said Yu Yongding, an economist and adviser to Chinese policy makers.

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