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Don't let Trump gut AIDS program

From the Right / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- I am not in the "ignore President Trump's tweets because they are a distraction from important things" camp. His most recent micro-harangues -- accusing (without evidence) a news executive of wrongdoing, hinting that a television host may have been involved in murder and embracing the debunked anti-Muslim rantings of Britain's alt-...Read more

How tribal politics curse us with tribal morality

From the Right / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- America is currently cursed, not only with tribal politics, but with tribal morality. Some liberals tend to minimize or excuse offenses against a few women in the broader cause of women's rights. What is a politician's wandering hand in comparison to maintaining legal abortion? Some conservatives tend to minimize or excuse offenses...Read more

A reminder of America's capacity for moral renewal

From the Right / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- Even in a political season of routine marvels, few developments are more spectacularly incongruous than this: America has seen a swift, dramatic shift in attitudes toward sexual harassment with Donald Trump as president.

It is sometimes assumed (including by me) that the presidency sets a moral tone for the nation, influencing ...Read more

Russia investigation includes spectacular level of lies

From the Right / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- I spent part of my convalescence from a recent illness reading some of the comprehensive timelines of the Russia investigation (which indicates, I suppose, a sickness of another sort). One, compiled by Politico, runs to nearly 12,000 words -- an almost book-length account of stupidity, cynicism, hubris and corruption at the highest...Read more

A year after Trump's election, both parties are morally and intellectually exhausted

From the Right / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- Political commentators are supposed to be somewhat objective and analytical when it comes to tracking trends. In that spirit, I find the polling snapshot of President Trump at one year since his election to be interesting -- if "interesting" is defined as a downward spiral of polarization, pettiness and prejudice that threatens the...Read more

America must recapture its democratic spirit

From the Right / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- Let's assume, just for a moment, that the great political leaders of the past were not cynical, deluded or deceptive when they talked about morality and religion. Let's posit that, at least in some instances, they were not just striking poses but making arguments.

Early in 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt delivered his State of ...Read more

The perils of the Republican partisan in the time of Trump

From the Right / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- At our political costume ball, it is definitely '90s nostalgia night. A president obsessed with attacking all things Clinton stands accused of serial sexual harassment, sends out underlings to dismiss the accusers as liars, condemns a federal investigation as a politically motivated fraud and is attempting to destroy the reputation...Read more

Elected GOP critics are heroes of sanity and principle

From the Right / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- The objections of some Trump critics to Republican politicians attempting to join them -- they awakened too late, they are risking too little, their words are not direct enough, they are halfhearted hypocrites -- are pure lunacy. Do Never Trumpers actually enjoy their righteous irrelevance? Do they fear being soiled by association ...Read more

Conservatives' disappointing defense of our post-truth president

From the Right / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- A common defense of President Trump points to the positive things he has done from a Republican perspective -- his appointment of Justice Neil Gorsuch and other conservative judges, his pursuit of the Islamic State, his honoring of institutional religious freedom. This argument is not frivolous. What frustrates is the steadfast ...Read more

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