From the Left



Trump has hurled us into a constitutional crisis

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Stop waiting for the constitutional crisis that President Trump is sure to provoke. It's here.

On Sunday, via Twitter, Trump demanded that the Justice Department concoct a transparently political investigation, with the aim of smearing veteran professionals at Justice and the FBI and also throwing mud at the previous ...Read more

Democrats must keep their eyes on the November prizes

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- If political power were won by hand-wringing and anguished introspection, the Democratic Party would rule the galaxy.

The hum of obsessive and counterproductive worry is rising: President Trump's approval has crept up from abysmal to merely awful! Candidates from the party's progressive wing have won some House primaries! ...Read more

I, too, am a real American

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The most offensive and corrosive idea in our politics today is that some Americans are more "real" than others. Don't you dare buy it.

Republicans are cynically peddling this un-American conceit. "Real Americans" elected and continue to support President Trump, they claim, in defiance of snooty "coastal elites" who are hopelessly ...Read more

Giuliani makes it harder for us to know the truth about Trump

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- There is madness in Rudy Giuliani's incoherence on behalf of President Trump, but there is also method. He's following the Trump playbook: Confuse, distract, provoke and flood the zone with factoids and truthiness until nobody can be sure what's real and what's not.

"We all feel pretty good that we've got everything kind of ...Read more

Trump saga enters even more acrimonious phase

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- That unpleasant odor wafting from the direction of the White House is the sour smell of panic, as the president's lies threaten to unravel -- and the law closes in.

The new public face of President Trump's legal defense, Rudy Giuliani, looked and sounded like a man in need of an intervention Wednesday night as he went on Sean ...Read more

Denying asylum seekers would be a stain on America's conscience

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The "caravan" of asylum-seeking migrants that has finally arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border is a test of American character and purpose -- a test that President Trump wants us to fail.

I put caravan in quotation marks because the group that reached Tijuana hardly qualifies for the term. Just a few dozen would-be entrants presented...Read more

Cohen needs to ask himself: Does Trump have my back?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Michael Cohen reportedly said he'd rather jump out of a building than turn on President Trump. I wonder what he's thinking as the floors whiz by.

Cohen has been Trump's lawyer, finder of deals and devoted "Ray Donovan"-style fixer of problems for a decade. At least that's what Cohen thought he was. In a phone interview ...Read more

Picturing Trump's absence

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Sometimes a picture is worth a zillion words. The viral group photograph from former first lady Barbara Bush's funeral speaks volumes about the state of our democracy, poignantly illustrating what we have lost and must at all costs regain.

George H.W. Bush is front and center in his wheelchair. Behind him, left to right, we see ...Read more

Trump's foreign policy is more like international lurching

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration is succeeding wildly at one thing: sowing utter confusion about its foreign policy.

Perhaps "foreign policy" is the wrong term. "International lurchings" might be more apt. Allies and adversaries alike are having to learn which pronouncements to take seriously, which to ignore and which are likely to be ...Read more

Only you and I can stop Trump

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Keep calm and raise hell. The forces of truth and justice may be closing in on President Trump, but there is no reason to believe they can triumph without massive displays of outrage in the streets and at the polls.

Potentially the most serious threat Trump has ever faced came last week when FBI agents raided the office, home and ...Read more

Vote Democratic if you want to know results of Mueller investigation

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- If you want to make sure you learn whether President Trump's campaign colluded with the Russians and whether Trump himself committed obstruction of justice, there's one thing you must do: Vote in November to take control of Congress away from the Republican Party.

Spoiler alert: We already have evidence that Trump at least tried ...Read more

Trump hopes you're too stupid to notice there's no wall

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- You can tell what President Trump is afraid of by what he chooses to lie about. That means he must be petrified of losing support over his failure to build a single mile of the "big, beautiful" border wall he promised.

Trump is scared of a lot of things -- Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, honest reporting by the ...Read more

Surprise: Trump's newest cabinet nominee has no relevant experience

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- You can't make this stuff up: President Trump has announced he will nominate a medical doctor who has no discernible management experience to run the second-largest agency in the federal government.

Can presidents be sued for malpractice?

The man Trump has named to become secretary of veterans affairs, Dr. Ronny Jackson, happens ...Read more

Trump has played his supporters for suckers

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump's most urgent political problem doesn't involve Robert Mueller, Stormy Daniels, Vladimir Putin or the hundreds of thousands of voters who marched for gun control. Rather, it's that his diehard supporters might be starting to realize how thoroughly he has played them for suckers.

On immigration, the issue that most ...Read more

We should not reward the authors of torture

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump vowed during his campaign to bring back torture as a weapon against terrorism. Now the Senate must stop him from installing as CIA director a woman whose resume includes overseeing a disgraceful episode of torture -- and then joining in a cowardly effort to cover it up.

This should not be a close call. In other ...Read more

Trump's getting worse -- and it's our job to stop him

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- It's not your imagination. Donald Trump's occupancy of the White House is every bit as insane, corrupt and dangerous as you might fear. Witness this jaw-dropping message to the sitting president of the United States from the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency:

"When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude...Read more

Trump's craven surrender to the NRA

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Once again, President Trump has made a cowardly, cynical and monumentally stupid retreat on the issue of guns. No one should have expected otherwise.

Forget everything he said in the wake of the Parkland shooting about the urgent need for meaningful action. Trump now takes a position that will almost surely guarantee more gun ...Read more

Stormy Daniels beat Trump at his own game

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The president who boasted of treating women like sex objects is being outplayed at his own tabloid-warfare game by a porn star. Maybe there's justice in the world after all.

You might have missed it in the ceaseless fusillade of news, but on Wednesday the White House all but confirmed the story that actress and director Stormy ...Read more

What Trump is breaking will take long to repair

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- As the saying goes, you don't miss the water until the well runs dry: This deeply aberrant presidency threatens to cost the nation much more than even some of Donald Trump's harshest critics may realize.

From 1988-1992, I was The Washington Post's correspondent in Buenos Aires, covering all of South America. It was a time when ...Read more

Trump's presidency is not normal -- and it's not acceptable

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The ceaseless barrage of news -- both real and fake -- from the Trump administration can be numbing, so it's important to step back every once in a while and look at the big picture: Never have we seen such utter chaos and blatant corruption.

None of what's happening is normal and none of it should be acceptable. Life is imitating...Read more


Social Connections


Nick Anderson Lisa Benson Clay Bennett Mike Luckovich Chip Bok Gary Varvel