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For the nation to heal, the Confederate statues must come down

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- It's not surprising that we seem to be refighting the Civil War, since it never properly ended in the first place.

It might have, had Southerners listened to Robert E. Lee. The defeated general believed that erecting monuments to the Confederacy -- such as his equestrian statue in Charlottesville, now shrouded with a black tarp in...Read more

How unhinged is Trump?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- How unstable and divorced from reality is President Trump? We've reached the point where the nation has the right and the need to know.

We're not accustomed to asking such questions about our presidents. We don't know how to even begin inquiring into a president's mental health, so we rationalize aberrant behavior as being part of...Read more

GOP leaders must overcome their timidity and denounce Trump

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump has dropped all pretense and proudly raised the banner of white racial grievance. The time has come for Republicans in Congress to decide whether this is what they signed up for.

Business leaders decided Wednesday that they'd had enough, quitting two presidential advisory councils before Trump quickly dissolved the ...Read more

Trump's empathy for white racial grievance is nothing new

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- No one should have been surprised to see President Trump playing footsie with racists. He's been doing it for years.

On Saturday, when Trump could not bring himself to condemn white supremacists for the Charlottesville tragedy, he was just being consistent: He often has shown empathy for white racial grievance.

After all, who was...Read more

Playground taunts will not defuse the North Korea crisis

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- This is what we dreaded. Some international crisis was bound to flare up, and President Trump would make it worse. Now we can only hope that the mature adults surrounding him are able to cool things down.

Trump probably thought it was oh-so-clever to answer North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's nuclear provocations with a taste of the...Read more

Are Trump voters running out of patience?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Enough, already, with all the takeouts and think pieces about how President Trump's loyal base continues to support him. That's neither surprising nor impressive -- and it's certainly not the point about this shameful and appalling presidency.

Also, it's not entirely true. Trump won 46 percent of the popular vote in last November'...Read more

Ivanka Trump is not helping the country or herself

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Foolish optimists expected Ivanka Trump to be a moderating force in the White House. But by now it should be clear that she's not part of any solution, which by definition means she's part of the problem.

Can anyone tell me why, other than nepotism, she has an office in the White House and a back-bench seat at meetings of the ...Read more

With the mad king and his court, the worst is yet to come

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The Court of Mad King Donald is not a presidency. It is an affliction, one that saps the life out of our democratic institutions, and it must be fiercely resisted if the nation as we know it is to survive.

I wish that were hyperbole. The problem is not just that President Trump is selfish, insecure, egotistical, ignorant and ...Read more

The Democrats can do better than 'A Better Deal'

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- "A Better Deal" is not the worst slogan I've ever heard, but it's far from the best. The Democratic Party has overwhelming support from the "creatives" on Madison Avenue and the marketing geniuses in Hollywood. Why are Republicans so much better at coming up with pithy phrases that pack a punch?

It was not always thus. John F. ...Read more


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