Inside the Beltway: Jill Biden Greeting Nancy Reagan

A round of applause, please, for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute and the US Postal Service, which Monday will unveil a new stamp in honor of Nancy Reagan on the 100th anniversary of her birth.

The celebration will take place at the White House.

Among those present for the occasion: first lady Jill Biden† Nancy Reagan’s niece Anne Petersen† President of the Reagan Foundation Frederick Ryan Jr.† and postmaster general Louis DeJoy

“Her own stamp. I’m sure she never expected to receive such an honor. She also didn’t expect to fly across the country, glued to the front of envelopes,” said Son Ron Reagan Jr.

“Of course she would have reacted modestly to this beautiful commemoration. But secretly she would be very happy,” Reagan said in a statement shared with Inside the Beltway.

Mr Ryan noted in a statement that “Nancy Reagan has made history as a leader, advocate, confidant and partner. Now she is making history as the sixth first lady to leave her own mark.”

“She would be proud to join only five first ladies to be honored in this way – Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, Dolly Madison, Eleanor Roosevelt and Lady Bird Johnson,” he said.

And one more Reagan-focused moment: The event will be live-streamed at 11 a.m. EDT; find it on the Reagan Foundation’s website, ReaganFoundation.org.

‘IN MY CASE’

House Republican Whip Steve Scalise has some advice on determining the cause of gun crimes and how to reduce the number of these crimes.

“We need to be more focused on stopping things before they happen. This isn’t something we’re having a conversation about right now, and it should be. It’s about Democrats wanting to take guns right away,” Scalise told Fox News Sunday.

“Look at the hearing they had in Congress last week. I mean, you had Democrats cursing the Second Amendment. You had members who said, “Well, if we can’t get this, we’re going to blow up the filibuster and pack the Supreme Court to get around the Second Amendment.” The Second Amendment is not a guideline. It’s part of the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and it’s there for a reason,” the Louisiana Republican continued.

Mr. Scalise also recalled that he and four others were shot by a lone gunman on June 14, 2017, during a practice session for the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity in Alexandria, Virginia.

“There are a lot of Democrat colleagues of mine who want to take covert carry licenses. And again, President Biden he himself talked about going after pistols. There is a case where a gun was used to take down the shooter. In my case, it was a cop with a gun that shot the shooter,” Mr. Scalise said.

INQUIRING GHOSTS WANT TO KNOW

The Republican Party continues to use strategic voter polls to engage GOP fans and inspire them to go to the polls when the time comes — a technique also used by the Democratic Party.

The GOP is the last to share such a voter engagement poll with Inside the Beltway on Sunday — and it consists of 24 questions. Here’s a small example:

Are you against allowing non-citizens to vote?

Are you concerned about the effect of the radical left on this country?

Do you think parents have a right to have a say in what their children learn in public school?

Do you believe Joe Biden and his government are responsible for the rise in inflation?

Miss you President Trump

Do you support the construction of President Trump’s border wall?

Want to see a Republican Red Wave in November?

THAT IS HOW IT WORKS

In the social media arena, the Twitter hashtag #UnderTrump was very popular on Sunday, encouraging critics of the former president Donald Trump to recall all the policies, activities and events they hated when Mr Trump was in office.

The call to action resulted in many thousands of anti-Trump tweets in the past 24 hours. But things can work both ways.

“Lefties’ cute little trend ‘Under Trump’ meant to destroy ’45 was hijacked by the right and it’s a glorious thing,’ advised Twitchy.com, a news organization pointing out that the effort was quickly diverted to criticism of President Biden and praise for Mr Trump.

“As far as we can tell, the ‘Under Trump’ trend was sort of an attempt to make Trump look worse than Biden. Or something. Who knows?” asks Twitch.

The resulting pro-Trump tweets were numerous, including this example of a syndicated radio talk show host Joe “Pags” Leadership“Under Trump we had fewer rules, gasoline was $2 a gallon less, we weren’t required to shoot or wear a mask, Putin/Iran/China were afraid to get out of line. Shall I go on?” he asked.

IMILY COVERED HALLS

Some notable numbers: According to a Campus Reform, a student-written news organization that based their analysis on US News & World Report’s “top university rankings” from 2019 to 2022.

“Vanderbilt University increased its tuition the most during that period. At the start of COVID-19, Vanderbilt charged $52,070. As of the 2022-2023 academic year, tuition at the University of Tennessee has increased by approximately 11.64% from 2019-2020 to $58,130,” the analysis said.

Check out the full rundown of notable tuition hikes at Campusreform.org.

POLL OF THE DAY

• 43% of American adults believe that things are “very bad” in America today; 70% of Republicans, 42% of Independents and 23% of Democrats agree.

• 33% generally think that things are “somewhat bad”; 21% of Republicans, 36% of Independents and 39% of Democrats agree.

• 18% generally think that things are going ‘somewhat well’; 6% of Republicans, 19% of Independents and 28% of Democrats agree.

• Overall, 5% say business is “very good”: 3% of Republicans, 3% of Independents and 10% of Democrats agree.

SOURCE: A CBS News survey of 2,021 American adults, conducted June 1-3.

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