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Mueller was no savior

From the Right / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- I was at the dentist getting a tooth drilled at the start of Robert Mueller's comparable experience on Capitol Hill. I am the kind of person who cringes intensely while watching anyone fail in a public and humiliating fashion. So it was just as well that I missed the beginning of Mueller's halting, unsure performance and the ...Read more

Republican leaders are shilling for a bigot

From the Right / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- American politics is now caught in an odd and dangerous form of escalation.

The cycle begins with President Trump engaging in some form of divisive prejudice, either out of calculation or compulsion. (A group of elected, progressive women of color, say, should "go back" to their hellhole countries of origin.) There is a public ...Read more

The contagion of rationalization

From the Right / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- Susan Brooks. Brian Fitzpatrick. Will Hurd. Fred Upton.

You may have read or heard these names in passing, but they are worth lingering upon. These are the four Republicans who supported a resolution condemning President Trump's plainly racist taunt urging four House members to "go back" to their countries of family origin. These ...Read more

Trump never takes a vacation from provocation

From the Right / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- For many, summer is the literary season of lighter novels at the beach or pool. For me -- exhausted by the quickening pace of President Trump's moral and mental disintegration -- escape takes the form of reading works of fiction that I have often read before. Encountering a new novel is usually a stimulant. Reading a familiar novel...Read more

Trump celebrates America's victories, but not its character

From the Right / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- The celebration of American independence is supposed to be a unifying national ritual. But we are a country with profound differences over the meaning of nationhood itself.

People in more typical countries -- such as Belgium, Japan or Russia -- are attached primarily to a unique piece of earth, a unique language, a unique culture ...Read more

Trump's endless self-regard is being exploited on the world stage

From the Right / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- I worked for a leader who was sometimes accused of lacking in the smarts department. But no one I know who spent time with President George W. Bush was left with that impression.

Bush took an almost gleeful satisfaction in picking holes in arguments, as any half-prepared briefer quickly learned. He was also an avid reader of ...Read more

Evangelicals praise Trump at steep moral consequence

From the Right / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- "There has never been anyone who has defended us and who has fought for us, who we have loved more than Donald J. Trump. No one!"

This recent statement by religious right activist Ralph Reed is objectively true, at least when it comes to sloppy kisses for the president. Considered purely as a political transaction, religious ...Read more

Trump relentlessly assaults the truth

From the Right / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- When dealing with a political figure who faces allegations of sexual assault, financial misdeeds and obstruction of justice, it is difficult to sort out the greatest damage to our public life. But a strong case can be made that it is the assault on truth.

This was again on display in a recent interview of President Trump by NBC ...Read more

Helping hope return

From the Right / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a report that is the closest thing we have to the quantification of despair. Between 1999 and 2017, suicide rates in America rose to their highest level since World War II. The increase can be found among women and men, and in every racial and ethnic group. But ...Read more

 
 

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