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Why Trump Might Fire Robert Mueller

July 25, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Why do Donald Trump and his advisors keep floating the possibility of firing Robert Mueller, an act that would spark the greatest constitutional crisis since Watergate, perhaps the greatest in modern American history?

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Donald Trump’s Defenders on the Left

July 23, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

When it comes to possible collusion with Russia, Donald Trump’s most interesting defenders don’t reside on the political right. They reside on the political left. Sean Hannity and Newt Gingrich aren’t defending a principle. They’re defending a patron. Until recently they were ultra-hawks. Now, to downplay Russia’s meddling in the… Read the Rest »

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Anything They Can Do, Trump Can Do Better

July 20, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The transcript of Donald Trump’s interview yesterday with the New York Times runs over 7,000 words. But you can boil down its essence to two words: I’m better. No matter what the subject, Trump finds someone to compare himself to. And in every comparison, he comes out the winner.

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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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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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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 »