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The unhinged presidency

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The flood of bizarre pronouncements and behavior from President Trump is likely to get worse, I fear. He is now completely unfiltered -- and, apparently, increasingly untethered to reality.

Quick, can you name the White House press secretary? Do you have any idea what she looks or sounds like? Stephanie Grisham has held that job ...Read more

Trump is panicking that his reality show presidency won't be renewed

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Uh-oh. President Trump is in such a state of panic about his dimming reelection prospects that he's getting his lies mixed up and occasionally blurting out the truth.

"It's tough for Apple to pay tariffs if it's competing with a very good company [Samsung] that's not," the president told reporters Sunday -- flatly contradicting ...Read more

Trump's climate denial could hasten the demise of his own empire

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Someday, in the not-so-distant future, sea-level rise could claim Mar-a-Lago. Perhaps President Trump -- by then no doubt disgraced, shunned and all but forgotten -- would still be around to see his beloved Florida resort wiped out by a "Chinese hoax."

Of all the wrongheaded policies Trump and his Republican Party insist on ...Read more

Trump's message to the world: Keep your tired, your poor, your huddled masses

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The erratic Trump administration has had just one consistent policy principle, one guiding North Star: punitive and often sadistic treatment of nonwhite immigrants.

President Trump's claim that he supports legal immigration, as opposed to the undocumented "invasion" he rails against, turns out to be -- big surprise -- a lie. On ...Read more

Trump grotesquely made his visits to Dayton and El Paso all about him

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- It is not just his stoking of white supremacist sentiment that makes Donald Trump such a dangerously unfit president. It's also the corruption, the weakness, the ignorance, the incompetence and the stunning lack of empathy -- all of which we saw this week on grotesque display.

What kind of man visits two grieving communities, ...Read more

Sensible gun reform requires taking the Senate

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Republican Party may not have pulled the triggers, but they still bear some responsibility for the weekend's atrocities. The only way to keep military-style weapons of war out of the clutches of would-be mass killers is to take away McConnell's power -- which means electing a ...Read more

At the Democratic debate, much conflict but little clarity

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- After the second two-night Democratic candidates' "debate," Joe Biden remains a vulnerable front-runner. And it's definitely time to start winnowing the field.

I put the word debate in quotes because this week's encounter, hosted by CNN, was structured to maximize conflict and minimize clarity. In a typical exchange, one of the ...Read more

Trump's appeals to racism reveal his fear of losing the election

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump's decision to put away his racist dog whistle and bring out his racist bullhorn has just one plausible explanation: desperation.

Disregard, as usual, what Trump claims about his political standing and his prospects for winning a second term. He is acting as if he knows he is likely to lose the election, perhaps by ...Read more

After Mueller, Trump's wrecking ball keeps swinging

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Robert Mueller testified before Congress Wednesday. Meanwhile, out there in the real world:

-- A federal judge in California was issuing an injunction blocking a new Trump administration policy that would have flatly denied most Central American migrants the right to lawfully seek asylum at the southern border.

-- Attorney ...Read more

The 2020 election is a fight for the soul of our nation

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Bring it on.

If President Trump and the Republican Party want the 2020 election to be a referendum on unabashed white supremacy, then that's their choice. Voters who embrace the views of David Duke and other proud racists will have Trump to vote for. Voters who disagree will have a Democratic alternative. Simple as that.

At the ...Read more

America must reject Trump's racism at the ballot box

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- When the racist chant began Wednesday night -- "Send her back! Send her back!" -- President Trump paused to let the white-supremacist anger he had stoked wash over him. George Wallace would have been so proud.

That moment at a Trump campaign rally in North Carolina was the most chilling I've seen in American politics since the ...Read more

Republicans treat Trump's racism with staggering silence

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's presidency is melting down into a noxious stew of racism, failure and farce. With breathtaking cynicism, the Republican Party pretends not to notice.

Trump had to know there would be outrage and uproar over his Sunday tweet admonishing four progressive members of Congress, all of them women of color, that they ...Read more

Congress has the power, and the duty, to check a president run amok

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi believes opening an impeachment inquiry into President Trump's misdeeds would be risky. She needs to realize that not doing so is beginning to look riskier.

Next week, after special counsel Robert Mueller testifies before Congress, the impeachment question will demand an answer. Even if Mueller manages ...Read more

Trump tried to make Independence Day all about him. He ended up looking small.

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump chose the wrong backdrop for his attempt to make Independence Day all about himself. Standing beneath the majestic statue of Abraham Lincoln, occupying a space where great orators have stood, Trump looked and sounded quite small.

He gave a triumphalist speech, of course. "Our nation is stronger today than it ever ...Read more

Never Trumpers have a choice to make

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Never-Trump Republicans and independents may be shocked to hear this, but the Democratic Party is likely to nominate a Democrat for president. That means they're not going to nominate someone who thinks exactly like a Never-Trump Republican.

Break out the smelling salts. I think several refugees from the GOP, pontificating on ...Read more

Harris made Biden appear like a man of yesterday, not tomorrow

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The biggest impact of this week's two-night, 20-candidate Democratic extravaganza is that a new star has emerged: Sen. Kamala Harris of California turned in one of the best debate performances I've ever seen. She earned herself a place in the upper tier of the crowded field. Now we'll see if she has what it takes to climb all the ...Read more

Democrats can't assume Trump will defeat himself

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

EDITORS -- Eugene Robinson's regular column that would normally move today will instead move tomorrow, Friday, for immediate release.

WASHINGTON -- The failings and outrages of President Trump were curiously absent Wednesday from the first Democratic presidential debate. Beto O'Rourke had a bad night, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren had a ...Read more

A humanitarian crisis of Trump's making

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump's immigration policy has crossed the line from gratuitous cruelty to flat-out sadism. Perhaps he enjoys seeing innocent children warehoused in filth and squalor. Perhaps he thinks that's what America is all about. Is he right, Trump supporters? Is he right, Republicans in Congress? Is this what you want?

A team of ...Read more

Biden's history is both his Thor's hammer and his Achilles' heel

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- I get what Joe Biden was trying to say, but I'll never understand how he tried -- and utterly failed -- to say it.

Yes, there was a time when the Senate was a chummy men's club whose members, on some issues, put collegiality ahead of ideology. Yes, I see how the Democratic front-runner might want to hold out the hope, however slim...Read more

Trump is desecrating America's birthday

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The Fourth of July celebration in Washington has long been a grand pageant of democracy, a family-friendly event that transcends ideology and partisanship. President Trump intends to turn it into a cult-of-personality political rally in honor of himself.

No, I'm not surprised, but what Trump is doing makes me angry. And it makes ...Read more


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