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The issue is not mental health. It's guns.

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Don't tell me the issue is mental health. Save the nonsense about "good guys" with weapons somehow being the answer. The truth is this: There would have been no tragic shooting Wednesday in Parkland, Florida, if a troubled young man had not gotten his hands on a military-style assault rifle and as much ammunition as he wanted.

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Trump deceived those who believed his populist promises

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration is an aberration, an outrage, a threat to the nation's very soul. But most of all it's a great big fraud.

Voters who thought President Trump would at least try to fulfill his populist, America-first campaign promises were cynically and cruelly deceived. Trump placates these supporters with rhetoric, ...Read more

Trump wants the pomp without the usual circumstance

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Well, of course the president who claimed bone spurs to dodge the Vietnam War wants the biggest, bestest military parade ever, with lots of tanks and rockets and flags -- zillions of flags -- and fighter jets screaming overhead. Why is anyone surprised?

We should have seen it coming. And be careful, parade-watchers: As far as Dear...Read more

Memo proves how far GOP has plunged into madness

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- For the sake of argument, let's take President Trump and his Fox News cheerleaders at their word that they really believe that the memo Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., released Friday reveals a serious assault on our freedoms by the FBI and the Justice Department.

Nah. Just kidding.

It's simply not possible, on any level, to take ...Read more

Trump and his minions can't out-leak the FBI

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Presidents don't win fights with the FBI. Donald Trump apparently wants to learn this lesson the hard way.

Most presidents have had the sense not to bully the FBI by defaming its leaders and -- ridiculously -- painting its agents as leftist political hacks. Most members of Congress have also understood how unwise it would be to ...Read more

Trump is trying to Make America White Again

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump's immigration proposal reveals what he has been after all along: an end to family-based immigration and the "lottery visa," which would mean fewer Latino, African and Muslim newcomers. And perhaps more Norwegians, if any want to come.

Yes, Trump is trying to Make America White Again. You're probably not surprised. ...Read more

The president and the porn star

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Wait, back up a minute. We just zoomed past a story that would have been a five-alarm scandal for any other administration, with weeks of screaming front-page headlines: "The President and the Porn Star."

The Wall Street Journal had the scoop on Jan. 12: "A lawyer for President Donald Trump arranged a $130,000 payment to a former ...Read more

Is Trump so dense he doesn't know he's being used?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Everybody seems to know what President Trump wants except President Trump.

He was foolish enough to believe he wanted a deal that would allow 700,000 undocumented immigrants brought here as children to stay. An arrogant 32-year-old White House aide, Stephen Miller, had to set the president straight: No, Trump learned, apparently ...Read more

An administration with no credibility cannot lead

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The rude, petulant man-child in the Oval Office is reeling ever more wildly out of control, and those who cynically or slavishly pretend otherwise are doing a grave disservice to the nation -- and to themselves.

How do you like him now, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell? President Trump convened a made-for-television summit ...Read more

Trump rejects American ideals of diversity

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump's intent could not be more explicit: He wants immigration policies that admit white people and shut the door to black and brown people. That is pure racism -- and the Republican Party, which traces its heritage to Abraham Lincoln, must decide whether to go along.

Silly me. The GOP seems to have made its choice, ...Read more

If ignorance is bliss, Trump must be very happy

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- If you want to know President Trump's position on any given policy issue, the last person you should ask is President Trump. He has no idea what he thinks.

Seriously, no clue. In office nearly a full year, evidently he has only the most tenuous grasp of the issues that come before him -- including the issues that were central to ...Read more

Don't underestimate the possibility of "Oprah 2020"

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Wow, it looks like "a new day is on the horizon!" If Democrats decide to fight fire with fire, that is.

When Oprah Winfrey delivered that line at the climax of her thunderous Golden Globes speech, my reaction was the same as everyone else's: Is it my imagination, or does that sound like a well-crafted slogan for a presidential ...Read more

Dear Very Stable Genius: The ingrates don't deserve you. So quit.

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- From one very stable genius to another, I have some advice for President Trump: Resign immediately.

I feel you. Those small, petty, non-billionaire losers who attack you are not worthy of your brilliance. They don't deserve the benefit of your intellect, your strength, your devastating good looks. Take your dazzling brain and your...Read more

New book on Trump reveals an administration built on a desperate delusion

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The White House is being used to stage some kind of dark, dystopian comedy in which all the humor is of the gallows variety. Somebody tell me how we survive another three years of this oppressive, exhausting show.

The revelations about the Trump administration from journalist Michael Wolff are, if true, stunning, jaw-dropping, gob...Read more

Something is wrong when Washington's rhetoric matches North Korea's

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- My hope for the new year is that the United States doesn't bluster and blunder its way into a tragic, needless war.

My fear is that the Trump administration is capable of doing just that.

I confess to having paid less attention than I should to the increasingly apocalyptic rhetoric from the administration about the nuclear threat...Read more

Voters should use ballot box to control Trump in 2018

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Grit your teeth. Persevere. Just a few more days and this awful, rotten, no-good, ridiculous, rancorous, sordid, disgraceful year in the civic life of our nation will be over. Here's hoping that we all -- particularly special counsel Robert Mueller -- have a better 2018.

Many of us began 2017 with the consoling thought that the ...Read more

The Trump family swamp, Part 2

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- One of the biggest beneficiaries of the massive, slapdash tax bill that President Trump and Republican lawmakers celebrated at the White House on Wednesday will be, wait for it, President Trump. What a coincidence!

The rest of Trump's wealthy family will benefit lavishly as well, including his son-in-law and all-purpose adviser ...Read more

Welcome to The Trump Family Swamp

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The presidency was never meant to be a profit center for a nepotistic, money-grubbing family. But that was before the Trumps moved in.

This scandal is lying in plain sight, overlooked because of the constant stream of missteps, outrages and distractions that come and go at an exhausting pace. While everyone watches his Twitter ...Read more

Moore's loss proves America has a bigger following than Trump

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Who's afraid of Trumpism-Bannonism? The noxious stew of nativism, xenophobia, misogyny, manufactured grievance and barely disguised white supremacy that put Donald Trump in the White House now appears less an all-conquering juggernaut than a paper tiger -- one that Alabamians, bless their hearts, balled up and threw in the trash.

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Simeon Booker, a courageous and persistent advocate of truth

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The great Simeon Booker, one of the bravest journalists of our time, faced dangers far worse than a petulant president's social media feed. Booker refused to be cowed -- and ultimately helped change the nation. His life's work should be a lesson to us all about the power of truth to vanquish evil.

Booker died Sunday at 99. At the ...Read more

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