From the Left



’Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country’

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Well, that’s one speech Melania Trump won’t be plagiarizing.

Donald Trump’s wife, who famously stole parts of her 2016 address to the Republican National Convention from a speech Michelle Obama gave before the Democrats in 2008, won’t find much to work with in Obama’s latest oration. That’s because the speech, a galvanizing capstone...Read more

Learning from the Hibakushas

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

“They were covered with blood and burned and blackened and swollen, and the flesh was hanging from the bones. Parts of their bodies were missing, and some were carrying their own eyeballs in their hands. And as they collapsed, their stomach burst open.”

But war is necessary, right?

The speaker, quoted recently on NPR, is 88-year-old ...Read more

Election theft and the reluctant democracy demands a lot more of us

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Editor's note: While Mr. Pitts is away Robert Koehler is filling in.

As election 2020 draws ever closer, the flawed, easily gamed nature of the American quasi-democracy becomes increasingly visible, thanks, of course to Donald Trump, our fuhrer wannabe, who sees no need to hide his contempt for any result in November other than his own ...Read more

Trump turns panic peddler to nervous NIMBY suburbs

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Having made his name in real estate, it is oddly appropriate that President Donald Trump’s reelection efforts have steered him into a new version of panic peddling.

“Panic peddling” or “blockbusting” describes the now-illegal practice of persuading property owners to sell cheaply out of fear that people of another race, ethnicity or ...Read more

We don’t need the president’s thugs in Chicago

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Editor's note: Mr. Pitts is away. Today's column is by the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

“Hitler had his Brown shirts and Mussolini had his Black shirts, now Donald Trump has his camouflage shirts.” Thus began a statement signed by 15 distinguished interdenominational religious leaders in Chicago that I joined, including ministers, priests, ...Read more

Donald Trump: ’Nobody likes me’

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

“Nobody likes me.” -- Donald Trump

“Truth or Consequences” is the name of a town in New Mexico, and of a game show dating from the 1940s. But it’s also one of the primal laws of existence. Where an important truth is denied, consequences follow.

So none of us can be surprised at the state of the union after seven months of Donald ...Read more



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