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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

The party of Lincoln has devolved into the party of Trump

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- We need to prepare for the eventuality that the Mueller probe catches President Trump, family members and associates red-handed -- and Republicans in Congress refuse to do anything about it.

This is beginning to look like a possible or even probable outcome. With its cravenness matched only by its arrogance, the GOP is Trump's ...Read more

What is Trump so desperately trying to cover up?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- We know that President Trump and his campaign either colluded with the Russian effort to undermine U.S. democracy or tried mightily to do so. We know that Trump has apparently obstructed justice to try to halt investigation into what happened. What we don't know is whether Congress, in the end, will do its sworn duty to protect the...Read more

Trump's problem is serious - and getting worse

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- How long are we going to pretend that President Trump is fully rational? How long are we going to ignore the signs that he is dangerously out of control?

Trump's supporters comfort themselves with the idea that he's being crazy like a fox -- that all the outrageous lies, abrupt reversals, bizarre pronouncements and vicious ...Read more

Future presidents must restore what Trump has destroyed

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration's approach to governance is that of a bratty toddler confronting a neat stack of blocks: Knock it down and scatter the pieces. It may take years to rebuild what Trump and his minions are destroying.

This is not the systematic move toward small government that conservatives have long sought. It's a lurch ...Read more

Congress should investigate Trump's alleged sexual misconduct

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Powerful men with long histories of alleged sexual harassment or assault are finally being held accountable -- except one. That would be President Trump.

From movie mogul Harvey Weinstein to television host Charlie Rose to Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore to veteran Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., prominent men are accused of using ...Read more

In Alabama, is morality more important than tribe?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Can the descent of American political culture into ugly tribalism be halted? Alabama voters will give their answer when they decide whether to send Roy Moore to the U.S. Senate.

Moore, 70, has built a long, disgraceful career out of smarmy religiosity spiked with tribal grievance. Having posed for years as the most pious of ...Read more

In Asia, Trump let flow a gushing stream of nonsense

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- We are running a terribly unwise experiment: What happens when you replace U.S. presidential leadership with the slapstick antics of a clown?

On Saturday, President Trump issued the following statement: "Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me 'old,' when I would NEVER call him 'short and fat?' Oh well, I try so hard to be ...Read more

Tuesday's election sent a righteous message

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- What happened at the polls Tuesday was a good old-fashioned butt-kicking that exposed the cynical fraud called Trumpism. Hallelujah, people, and let's do it again next year.

Perhaps Republicans forgot that Hillary Clinton -- rightly or wrongly, a candidate distrusted by much of the nation -- won nearly 3 million more votes than ...Read more


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