James Comey’s Testimony Proves Trump is a Thuggish Fixer

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These are dark times in America and will grow darker still. James Comey’s chilling testimony to the Senate Committee Thursday paint a portrait of the president who operates not as a canny manipulator in the style of Richard Nixon, nor as a shifty, street-wise hustler, but as a thuggish fixer. The former FBI director’s believably detailed account also made it clear that the administration and the country now confront months of multiple investigations of targets—the president, his aides, and family members—who will defend themselves without restraint, decency or consideration of the damage they have done and are doing to the national ...

Here’s Why Trump’s Supporters Always Seem to Give Him a Political Pass

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Here’s a fact to which there is no alternative: The President of the United States, commander-in-chief of the world’s most powerful military, is either a pathological liar or a serial fabulist unable to distinguish fantasy from reality—or, perhaps, a chillingly sociopathic combination of both. In the aftermath of his amateurish and incompetent attempt to ram through an abominable Republican health care bill whose substance he never bothered to understand even though it would have deprived 26 million working and middle-class Americans of their insurance while giving the rich a massive tax cut, Trump lied about who was responsible: Not him, nor ...

Trump’s Neo-Nationalism and Nativism are the Source of the Anti-Semitic Wave

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Nationalism was 19th Century Europe’s dominant ideology when Oscar Wilde famously sneered that “patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.” The post-war progress of liberal democracy made possible a benevolent national loyalty, but if Donald Trump, Steve Bannon and their West Wing henchman with their twisted version of “love” for country have their way, patriotism will once again become a disreputable affection. There already is a clear line linking the economic and ethno-nationalist fantasies now infesting the White House with disgraceful events like the desecration of Jewish cemeteries in St. Louis and Philadelphia, the firing of a shot into an Indiana ...