Tag Archives: Donald Trump


Jon Schwarz at The Intercept: “Every now and then, in the midst of his unending eruption of prevarication, Trump will blurt out the truth about the United States in a way that no normal politician ever has.”

Cory Doctorow: “Yes, Trump is a pathological liar, but he’s also the first US president to call Ted Cruz a liar, the first to admit that the Saudis were likely behind 9/11, the first to admit that the Saudi royals can kill a lot of journalists but that the US will still do business with them because they buy a lot of American bombs, that Nancy Pelosi blew a chance to impeach Bush, that pharma and defense contractors rip off the American public, that politicians are for sale to their political donors, that Vladimir Putin doesn’t have a monopoly on political assassination (and that the US is hardly innocent on this score), and that going into Iraq was a ‘big, fat mistake.’”


Donald Trump’s apparent coziness with anti-Semites is difficult to reconcile with Jared and Ivanka Trump. Jared is the grandson of a Holocaust survivor, and Ivanka converted to Judaism to marry him. They’re not just Jews – they’re Orthodox Jews, who observe the Sabbath every Saturday. And they are also, seemingly, the only people Donald Trump fully and completely trusts, both in business and personally.

I don’t think Donald Trump is himself racist. He doesn’t believe in anything but Donald Trump. I’m reminded of John Goodman’s line in the Big Lebowski: Nazis were awful people, but at least they stood for something. Donald Trump stands for and believes in nothing but Donald Trump.

But Trump’s core, most loyal supporters are racists, and Trump knows it.


Taking Trump voters’ concerns seriously means listening to what they’re actually saying

Dylan Matthews, Vox: Trumpism isn’t about economic anxiety. It’s about racism. Contrary to popular belief among journalists — and political watchers like myself — Trump supporters are generally more affluent than the general population. The actual profile of Trump supporters: Racists, and people who always vote Republican (two separate, but overlapping groups).


Even if Trump loses big, the anger will remain. Here’s how the left can address it

E.J. Dionne Jr. at the Washington Post:

The urgent task of progressives in this election is to defeat Donald Trump. But even if we succeed, we have a long-term responsibility: to understand why Trump happened and to face up to how failures on the left and center-left have contributed to the flourishing of a new far right, not only in the United States but also across Europe.

The left, you might fairly protest, has enough problems without being blamed for the rise of a dangerous figure who is, first and foremost, a creation of the conservative movement’s radicalization and the Republican leadership’s pandering to extreme views over many years. When I watch GOP leaders bemoaning their party’s fate under Trump (or belatedly jumping off his ship), I am reminded of John F. Kennedy’s warning that “those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside.”

The left’s first instincts with regard to Trump is correct: Economic fears — realistic economic fears — are the engine driving his support. Bigotry is the fuel. But when economic times are good, bigotry is content to sit on the barstool and spout nonsense.

All sorts of good insights in this article about how the left has failed the white working class.


October 14, 2016

Why are the Donald Trump sexual assault allegations gaining traction now, after a year of Trump making statements that were far more deplorable than what he said about women in the tape released Friday?

One reason is that it’s not just talk. We’re seeing women coming forward saying Trump didn’t just say those things. He did them. Time and time again. It was habit with him.

But that’s only a small part of it.

Recall Karl Rove’s 2004 election strategy: Don’t hit your opponent where they’re weakest. Hit them where they’re strongest. If your candidate is a war shirker and the opponent served courageously, hit your opponent on his service record.

Fast-forward to 2016. Donald Trump is perceived as a strong man. An alpha male. He gets things done.

You know what alpha males don’t do? They don’t grope women. They don’t have to. Women THROW themselves at the alpha male. James Bond never has to grope.

These latest allegations make Trump look weak. He looks like a pathetic older rich man with a bad haircut and whose suits don’t fit, and who corners women and gets grabby with them.

And that is why these particular allegations are hurting Trump where previous incidents did not. The alpha male can be a racist, he can be a bully, he can be a misogynist, he can be rude. But the one thing he can’t be is pathetic.


October 14, 2016

Sure, there’s a lot of bigotry and hate among Donald Trump supporters.

But there are also a lot of people seeing their way of life dying out — the only way of life they’ve known — with no welcoming future ahead. These people are quite reasonably desperate. You would be too in their position. It is our responsibility to help these people find their way forward, because they are our fellow Americans and it is our duty of care.

That’s in the long run, over the next few years.

In the short run, I’m seeing it as increasingly likely we’re going to see rioting by Trump supporters after the election, which might involve some parts of the military and police. It might even rise to the level of insurrection. It won’t lead anywhere, but it’ll take bullets and blood to put down.

Trump himself has the power to stop all this by simply following the tradition of losing Presidential candidates: He gives a gracious concession speech, wishes President Clinton well, and then leaves the public eye for a few months to a year at least. I don’t see that as likely.


“How half of America lost its f**king mind.”

David Wong, on Cracked, explains Trump’s appeal.

It’s not about red and blue states — it’s about the country vs. the city.

Rural America has been left behind by the economic recovery. Its people struggle with poverty, drug addiction, and suicide. Its institutions, such as the church, are eroding. Urban and suburban America is apathetic about rural American problems and and treats rural Americans with contempt. Rural Americans are angry, and they have a right to be.

Donald Trump is a brick chucked through the window of the elites. “Are you assholes listening now?

Sure, Trump is an asshole. So is Tony “Iron Man” Stark. People love to root for an asshole if they think that asshole is powerful, gets results, and is their asshole.


October 9, 2016

Trump has just promised that when elected he will make a priority of prosecuting his political opposition. He’s running for generalissimo.


This iconic sailor-kissing-girl photo captures a sexual assault in progress

A person on Google+ takes issue with my description of Donald Trump’s behavior as sexual assault, pointing to this historical photo of a man who grabbed a woman and kissed her.

My first reaction: No, that’s not sexual assault because she gave permission. The permission was given after the fact, but that’s how it works. I remembered reading interviews with the couple in question, and she said she was into it, even though she didn’t expect it. So: Not sexual assault.

Then I went to this article. Turns out she wasn’t into it. She didn’t like it at all.

So, yup, that’s sexual assault all right.

(Maureen Callahan, The New York Post)