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Archive for 'Trump'

Back where he started

After dutifully reading off a teleprompter on Monday, President Trump on Tuesday said what he really thinks about the awful events in Charlottesville– assigning moral equivalence to the white nationalists and the counter-protesters, with somewhat more blame placed on the latter.
His latest comments have drawn a number of reactions.
From Republican Senator Marco Rubio:
The organizers of [...]

Trump’s mysterious silence on Putin

The mystery remains.
Given his willingness to trash and humiliate virtually every other person on the planet who publicly opposes him, why does Donald Trump remain silent when it comes to criticizing one our nation’s leading adversaries, Vladimir Putin?
Trump has expressed more concerns about Congress's Russia sanctions bill than about Putin's expulsion of US diplomats.
— Ryan [...]

Trump the cartoon tough guy

The smartest and most incisive writing about Donald Trump is being produced by conservatives who have the sense to be horrified by him and his sycophants.
And so I recommend this article by Kevin Williamson of The National Review in which he explains how Trump’s tough-guy persona is an utter sham. He suggests that Trump is [...]

Trump bans transgender soldiers

This morning Donald Trump tweeted:
After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow……
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017

….Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming…..
— Donald J. Trump [...]

Trump surrenders to Putin on Syria

After the regime of Bashar al-Assad began its brutal and murderous repression of the largely peaceful Syrian uprising, I was very critical of then-president Barack Obama’s half-hearted and mismanaged efforts to aid non-extremist rebels in their struggle against the regime. But it was symbolically important that the US was doing something to help the more [...]

Two years ago

A seminal moment.
2 years ago today: Trump declared that John McCain, who spent 5 ½ years as a POW, is “not a war hero … I like people that weren’t captured” pic.twitter.com/Y189mVPsGh
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) July 18, 2017

I was absolutely sure this would kill Trump’s chances of winning the Republican nomination in 2016, not to [...]

“Lie after lie after lie”

What George Orwell was to the Stalinoid Left of his day, Shepard Smith is to the Fox News Right.
Shep Smith: "The deception, Chris, is mind-boggling…why are we getting told all these lies?"
Chris Wallace: "I don't know what to say" pic.twitter.com/DQKOAC8a2o
— Leanne Naramore (@LeanneNaramore) July 14, 2017

And not for the first time.

The great unspooling

If this wasn’t collusion with a hostile autocratic foreign power in an effort to affect the outcome of a democratic election, it wasn’t for lack of trying.
What to know what the emails said? Read our story. https://t.co/ZddcS31cR2
— Adam Goldman (@adamgoldmanNYT) July 11, 2017

And why is that?

Trump tells Putin: “It’s an honor to be with you.” pic.twitter.com/p3aVypnxei
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) July 7, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Trump “pressed” Putin on Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election– even though Trump still isn’t persuaded it actually happened.
So I have to wonder how convincing Trump’s efforts really were, and how [...]

Anti-anti-Trumpism

Among the New Left of the 1960s, there was a phenomenon called anti-anti-Communism.
That is, many leftists of the era has no particular illusions about the “progressive” nature of the Soviet Union or the eastern European satellite nations (although some still romanticized Mao’s China and Castro’s Cuba). But they were more critical of those on the [...]