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The Projection President

July 14, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

In Paris on Thursday, Donald Trump said, “A lot of people don’t know” that “France is America’s first and oldest ally.” That may be true. But commentators noted that when Trump uses the “a lot of people don’t know” formulation, it’s usually a sign that he didn’t know himself.

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How Trump Has Driven Jewish Conservative Thinkers To Brink Of Extinction

July 13, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Over the coming years, environmental scientists will probably chronicle the many species that Donald Trump’s presidency has brought to extinction. Political scientists may add another: the conservative Jewish intellectual.

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Tucker Carlson Is Doing Something Extraordinary

July 13, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Over the last two nights, something fascinating has broken out on the Tucker Carlson show: A genuine, and exceedingly bitter, debate between conservatives on foreign policy. On Tuesday, Carlson told retired Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Peters he thought the U.S. should team up with Russia to defeat ISIS. Peters responded that,… Read the Rest »

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How to Know Who Will Let Trump Get Away With Anything

July 12, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

We now know, in part, how the Trump-Russia scandal ends. As McKay Coppins and Rosie Gray pointed out on Tuesday, the revelation that Donald Trump Jr. enthusiastically requested dirt on Hillary Clinton despite knowing it was coming from the Russian government has radically changed the argument being deployed by Trump’s… Read the Rest »

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Will Trump Start a Trade War?

July 11, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

On Monday, The New York Times uncovered the first clear evidence that top Trump campaign officials knowingly colluded with an agent of the Russian government to defeat Hillary Clinton. The Times reported that Donald Trump Jr., aware of the Russian effort to aid his father’s campaign, arranged a meeting in… Read the Rest »

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Defending Liberal Democracy Is Not the Same as Defending ‘the West’

July 11, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The most telling feature of Daniel Foster’s response to my article on Donald Trump’s Warsaw speech is that, while he dislikes my definition of “the West,” he never offers one of his own. I argued that, in the United States today, the best predictor of whether a country is considered… Read the Rest »

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Why Jews Should Worry About Trump’s Stoking Fears Of Muslims — Especially In Poland

July 9, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Last week in Poland, President Trump uttered this remarkable statement: “Americans, Poles and nations of Europe value freedom and sovereignty. We must work together to confront forces, whether they come inside or out, from the south or the east, that threaten over time to undermine these values and to erase… Read the Rest »

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The Racial and Religious Paranoia of Trump’s Warsaw Speech

July 6, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

In his speech in Poland on Thursday, Donald Trump referred 10 times to “the West” and five times to “our civilization.” His white nationalist supporters will understand exactly what he means. It’s important that other Americans do, too.

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Why Won’t the Democrats Challenge Trump on North Korea?

July 6, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

On domestic policy, the Democratic Party is moving left. On foreign policy, the Democratic Party barely exists. Yes, Democrats like climate change agreements and oppose banning refugees. But those are extensions of the party’s domestic commitments. Yes, Democrats support a hard line against Vladimir Putin. But that’s mostly because he… Read the Rest »

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What ‘If Not Now’ Got Wrong About The Dyke March

July 5, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

When people ask what gives me hope that the American Jewish community will one day defend freedom and justice for Israelis and Palestinians, rather than defending Benjamin Netanyahu, I answer: “If Not Now.” A Millennial-powered movement, speaking in an authentically Jewish idiom, which challenges American Jewish leaders to meet the… Read the Rest »