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More Bigotry From the Trump Brigade

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump supporters may be passionate, but they're a bit irony-challenged.

In the days since I wrote that Hillary Clinton wasn't necessarily wrong to say that half of Trump's supporters are racists and other "deplorables," the response has been, well, deplorable. A sampling of the thousands of emails and social media replies: ...Read more

Republicans' Kangaroo Court

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Impeachment is among the most severe and solemn powers Congress has, right up there with declaring war. Not since 1876 has an executive-branch appointee been impeached, and not in the history of the republic has Congress impeached an executive-branch official below the Cabinet level.

Now, Republicans in Congress would change that....Read more

Wells Fargo: Too Big to Fail, Too Arrogant to Admit It

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- The 2008 financial collapse was eight years ago this month -- and the big banks are back to their old shenanigans.

Venerable Wells Fargo has engaged in behavior that would have made a robber baron blush: It pressured low-wage workers with unrealistic sales targets, so these workers created 2 million bogus accounts over five years,...Read more

How Trump Winks at Political Violence

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- So, Donald Trump thought he'd have a little fun this weekend with the idea of Hillary Clinton being assassinated.

The Republican presidential nominee suggested that, because Clinton favors restrictions on guns, her security detail should be disarmed. "Take their guns away," he proposed. "Let's see what happens to her."

There was ...Read more

Trump's New Hotel Offers Everything He Claims to Hate

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- A bit after 4 p.m. Thursday, the doorbell rang in my hotel room, Room 446 at the new Trump International Hotel in Washington. It was my Koran. I had ordered it from housekeeping.

I had checked in to experience the just-opened Trump International Hotel in Washington, spending $856 of Jeff Bezos's money, not including taxes and the ...Read more

Harry Reid's Bountiful Bile

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- NASA scientists may have noticed a wobble in Earth's axis Tuesday morning. Harry Reid, the irascible top Democrat in the Senate, had shown contrition.

The day before, Reid had attacked the integrity of Republicans, including the majority whip, John Cornyn, suggesting they were doing the bidding of the billionaire Koch brothers.

...Read more

The Trumpification of Mike Pence

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Why does Mike Pence keep getting himself into such deplorable situations?

Donald Trump's vice-presidential nominee went on CNN on Monday evening, trying to make hay from Hillary Clinton's calling half of Trump's backers racists and other "deplorables." But the appearance backfired when Pence declined to label former Ku Klux ...Read more

Yes, Half of Trump Supporters Are Racist

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

BALTIMORE -- Hillary Clinton may have been unwise to say half of Donald Trump's supporters are racists and other "deplorables." But she wasn't wrong.

If anything, when it comes to Trump's racist support, she might have low-balled the number.

Trump, speaking to the National Guard Association of the United States' annual conference here Monday ...Read more

Donald Trump's War With the U.S. Military

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump, who had five draft deferments, never had to fight in the jungles of Vietnam.

But he had a different sort of war record, as he told radio host Howard Stern years ago: He slept with many women without getting STDs. "It is my personal Vietnam," he said. "I feel like a great and very brave soldier." What's more, Trump ...Read more

The Capitol Restoration Left Congress Just as Useless

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- The smell of fresh paint greeted lawmakers reacquainting themselves with their workplace after their seven-week break.

The scaffolding was coming down, revealing a gleaming dome and, underneath it, restored friezes, oil paintings and statues. The Capitol has been returned to its former glory.

If only they could do the same to ...Read more

Trump Wants You to Trust Him -- Blindly

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump just renewed his vow of opacity.

Asked by ABC News's David Muir on Monday afternoon whether he'd be releasing his income-tax returns, as every other major-party presidential nominee has done for 40?years, Trump brushed off the inquiry.

"I think people don't care," the GOP nominee declared.

No? A Quinnipiac ...Read more

Reality Interrupts the Trump Show

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- It looks more and more as if Donald Trump's reality show isn't going to be renewed for another season.

I'm not talking about "Celebrity Apprentice," the NBC show Trump turned into a classic of the reality genre; that show is now in the strong hands of Arnold Schwarzenegger. The show that's in trouble is the horrifying yet ...Read more

Trump Reverts to His Xenophobic Self

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump has warned us about those Mexican rapists. Apparently the country also has body snatchers.

The Republican presidential nominee immigrated briefly to Mexico on Wednesday for a hastily arranged visit with the leader of the country he has made his No. 1 scapegoat. He spent all of an hour with President Enrique Pena Nieto...Read more

Donald Trump's Surrogate Circus

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Mark Burns has done well for himself as a Donald Trump surrogate.

The African American pastor, in his Twitter bio, says he "can be seen on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC & Fox Business Network" and provides a link to a Time profile titled "Meet Donald Trump's Top Pastor." He got a speaking slot at the Republican convention, and the ...Read more

Will Putin Spring an October Surprise?

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- The Russians have just given us an August glimpse of a potential October surprise.

We learned earlier this summer that cyber-hackers widely believed to be tied to the Kremlin have broken into the email of the Democratic National Committee and others. The Washington Post's Ellen Nakashima reported Monday night that Russian hackers ...Read more

The Singular Danger of Trump

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- My recent columns on Donald Trump have generated a consistent response from his supporters:

"If ... that lying psycho b---- wins, there will be nothing left of this country. You better stock up on bullets to protect your house!"

"Keep preaching to the Hillary choir."

"Please notify me when you are going to write your column on ...Read more

Donald Trump's New Loose Cannon

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- In choosing Stephen Bannon to be the CEO of his campaign, Donald Trump has accomplished the extraordinary: He has found somebody as outrageous as he is.

Bannon, who had been publisher of the far-right website Breitbart, has called the pope a "commie" and said Catholics are trying to boost Hispanic immigration because their "church...Read more

Is Jill Stein the Ralph Nader of 2016?

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Jill Stein, the Green Party presidential nominee, favors alternative energy -- and she leads by example. On Tuesday, she burned one of her own supporters.

Stein, making an appearance at the National Press Club in Washington, took her campaign on an unexpected detour when she accused the famed leftist Noam Chomsky of being cowardly...Read more

Sean Hannity, Trump's 'Spin Doctor'

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

"I'm a journalist who interviews people who I disagree with all the time."

-- Sean Hannity, 2008

"I never claimed to be a journalist."

-- Sean Hannity, 2016

WASHINGTON -- Not since lawmakers diagnosed Terri Schiavo's condition from the Senate floor has there been such medical quackery in the political realm.

Last week, Newsweek's Kurt ...Read more

Why a Trump Loss in November Could Still Be Destructive

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

EDITORS: Dana Milbank is taking a two-week vacation. We expect his next column to move Tuesday, Aug. 23, for immediate release.

WASHINGTON -- All Americans should be alarmed by Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone's suggestion that Trump claim Hillary Clinton is trying to steal the election.

Asserting that there is already "widespread voter ...Read more


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