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Congressional Republicans Are Quietly Shifting on Trump

May 17, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Over the last 24 hours, journalists have hunted down Republican members of Congress in search of quotes that include words like “Watergate,” “impeachment,” and “obstruction of justice?” And they’ve elicited a few.

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American Institutions Strike Back

May 16, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The bad news is that Donald Trump is the most incompetent president in modern American history. The good news is that Donald Trump is the most incompetent president in modern American history. He was too incompetent to understand his own health care bill, or accurately describe the direction in which… Read the Rest »

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Braggart in Chief

May 15, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Why did Donald Trump last week reveal highly classified, potentially life-endangering, intelligence to Russia’s foreign minister? Because he wanted to impress him. “In his conversations with the Russian officials,” reports Reuters, “Trump appeared to be boasting about his knowledge of the looming threats, telling them he was briefed on ‘great… Read the Rest »

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L’Etat, C’est Trump

May 12, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Thank you, Kellyanne Conway. On Thursday on Fox News, the President’s most polished defender told America the truth about why Donald Trump fired James Comey: Trump “expects people who are serving in his administration to be loyal to the country and to be loyal to the administration.” And he sees… Read the Rest »

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Enough With the Charges of Democratic Hypocrisy

May 11, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Everything I’m about to write is obvious. But contesting things formerly considered obvious is part of what Donald Trump and his supporters do. It’s how they undermine pre-existing liberal democratic norms. So here goes. When Trump (in three separate tweets), Fox News and National Review call Democrats hypocrites for condemning… Read the Rest »

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How the Firing of the FBI Director Tests Conservatives

May 10, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Since Donald Trump won the Republican nomination close to a year ago, conservative responses to him have fallen into three broad categories: pro-Trump, anti-Trump and anti-anti-Trump. The firing of James Comey is no exception.

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Trump’s Meeting With Abbas: Should We Laugh Or Cry?

May 4, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

“Mr. President, with you, we have hope.” So said Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during his joint press conference at the White House on Wednesday. As with so much in the Donald Trump era, it’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry.

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What Trump Still Doesn’t Understand About the Holocaust

April 26, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Given his administration’s bizarre rhetorical struggles when it comes to anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, the bar for Donald Trump’s speech on Tuesday at the Holocaust Memorial Museum was low. All he really had to do was show he understands that anti-Semitism is bad, and that the Holocaust happened mostly to… Read the Rest »

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How Trump Desecrates Memory Of Holocaust Survivors — Despite Fine Words

April 26, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Donald Trump ended his speech yesterday at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum by talking about Gerda Weissmann Klein. For good reason; hers is an amazing story. While being liberated by the United States Army in May 1945, Weissmann — then 21 years old, white-haired and weighing 68 pounds —… Read the Rest »

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How Trump Could Get China’s Help on North Korea

April 25, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

So far, the Trump administration’s North Korea policy consists of declaring that America’s patience has run out, refusing to negotiate, hinting at preventive war, and hoping that China bails it out. In January, Trump—who is perpetually learning things that most other people know and then congratulating himself for having discovered… Read the Rest »