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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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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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Trump’s Celebration of an Exclusionary Vision of Freedom

July 3, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

On Saturday night, roughly 12 hours after tweeting that Mika Brzezinski was “dumb as a rock” and 12 hours before tweeting a video of himself side-slamming CNN, Donald Trump spoke at a “Celebrate Freedom” Concert at Washington’s Kennedy Center. Journalists covering the event focused on Trump’s jabs at the media…. Read the Rest »

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Trump’s Grudges Are His Agenda

June 30, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The least convincing Republican defense of Donald Trump’s attack on Mika Brzezinski surely belongs to White House principal deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who declared that Americans “knew what they were getting” when they elected him. The implication is that because Americans understood that Trump was a vulgar misogynist… Read the Rest »

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The Logic of Trump’s Sexist Attacks

June 30, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

On Thursday, Donald Trump tweeted that MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski had been “bleeding badly from a face-lift” when she visited Mar-a-Lago last December. On Tuesday, in the Oval Office, he interrupted a phone call with the Irish prime minister to call over a female Irish journalist, Caitriona Perry, while referring to… Read the Rest »

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How the Democrats Lost Their Way on Immigration

June 26, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The myth, which liberals like myself find tempting, is that only the right has changed. In June 2015, we tell ourselves, Donald Trump rode down his golden escalator and pretty soon nativism, long a feature of conservative politics, had engulfed it. But that’s not the full story. If the right… Read the Rest »

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The Blurry Line Between Violent Talk and Violent Action

June 14, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Now it’s the GOP’s turn. “I can only hope that the Democrats do tone down the rhetoric,” said New York Republican Congressman Chris Collins after the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and five others at an Alexandria, Virginia baseball field. “The rhetoric has been outrageous—the finger-pointing, just the… Read the Rest »

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There’s No Such Thing as ‘Honest Loyalty’

June 8, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The way James Comey describes it in his statement to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, you can easily imagine the movie. On January 27, Donald Trump invites Comey over for dinner. Expecting there will be others, Comey is unnerved when he realizes that he and the new president are… Read the Rest »