Tag: BarackObama

Biggest fail of D.C. white supremacist rally is Trump’s failure, again, to condemn white supremacy

Hmmm. Should I actually condemn white supremacists on the day before a white supremacist rally? Naaaaaaahhhhh. The so-called “Unite The Right 2” rally held on Sunday in Washington, D.C., offered the Man Who Lost The Popular Vote an opportunity to, in some small way, counter the stain on the historical record he put there last […]

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‘Club Gitmo’ is now for children, too

As at Guantánamo, those children were also being subjected to a regime of intentional abuse. The cruel and inhuman treatment began, of course, with the trauma of separation from their parents and often from their siblings as well, since children of different genders were sent to different facilities (or at least different parts of the […]

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Donald Trump is raising lots of money. Too bad for other Republicans he’s doing it Trump-style.

It’s not hard to figure why Donald Trump would be happy doing fundraisers. People paying thousands of dollars to be in Donald Trump’s presence? That’s pure narcissist catnip. But party leaders are supposed to raise money for people and party organizations other than themselves, and just giving money away is not the Trump way. He’s acting […]

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In Mandela speech, Obama offers nuanced approach to dealing with white anxiety and resentment

First, he clearly acknowledged that the anxieties were ethnic, racial, religious, and cultural, and not purely economic in nature—although he rightly pointed out that the “fears that economic security were slipping away” connect to the fears about “cultural identities … being threatened by outsiders” and the loss of “privileges.” Second, he didn’t call anyone deplorable. […]

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The dangerous veto power of right-wing rage

To be sure, Mitch McConnell didn’t hesitate to extort the Obama administration even as the United States was under cyber attack from Russia in the summer of 2016. Obama’s team went to Capitol Hill to deliver a classified briefing to the leaders of both parties from each house of Congress and their respective intelligence and […]

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‘Twice as good as them’ to get half what they have: Racism and the subpar presidency of Donald Trump

Right after the episode, writer Neil Drumming penned an article for Salon in which he noted the same thing. Drumming writes that, for many black viewers, the idea of having to outperform our white peers is all too familiar.   More than simply a family motto, the sentiment is one with which almost every African-American of my generation and […]

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Trump would rather overturn Roe v. Wade than actually reduce the abortion rate

Overall, the rate of abortion has declined in virtually every state since Obamacare came into effect. That law guaranteed all women access to contraception without a co-pay, except those who work for houses of worship. Thanks to the Hobby Lobby decision, that guarantee has been significantly more restricted for women whose employers object to contraception […]

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How progressives talk about July 4 and our national history

Meteor Blades is right to identify Frederick Douglass as a hero. Along a similar vein, Michael Lind characterized him in The Next American Nation as “perhaps the greatest American of any race, of any century.” It’s highly appropriate in 2018 to remember Douglass’s 1852 speech, especially on July 4. I want to reinforce that here. […]

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Trump saves the world from an imaginary war, while blaming Obama for imaginary Iranian invasion

In the real world, commercial satellite imagery has revealed that North Korea is continuing to expand both a factory where it builds nuclear missiles and the reactor complex where it creates the plutonium used in creating its bombs. According to NBC News, North Korea has actually increased its capacity to build nuclear weapons since the […]

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Even pre-Trump, Republicans relied on fear that browning of America threatens ‘traditional values’

Conservatives will do anything they can to deny the racism on which Trump’s immigration policies rest. When Trump’s racist rhetoric on immigration is pointed out to them, they rant about how unfair that kind of argument is. In a recent cable news interview, I was asked about this, and specifically asked why it is racist […]

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It’s time to honor the McConnell Doctrine on Supreme Court vacancies

Mitch McConnell Following Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement announcement, let’s take a moment to remember all the things Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had to say about then-President Barack Obama nominating a Supreme Court justice two months into an election year. Yes, it was a presidential election year, but since McConnell rested much of his argument […]

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Will Trump’s bald-faced lies and reversal on family separation ‘law’ open the media’s eyes? Finally?

x REPORTER: Why did Sessions announce the family-separation policy? TRUMP: He’s following the law. REPORTER: It’s not a law! TRUMP: The Democrats gave us the laws. I want the laws to be beautiful. pic.twitter.com/uJnMQ1IqAL — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 15, 2018 Stephen Miller, senior Trump policy adviser and white supremacist, made very clear what motivated […]

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GOP Holocaust analogists furious over Nazi border policy comparisons

Ben Shapiro might want to talk to these players on this team. And among the things Republicans hate is the Mueller investigation and the growing legal problems for Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen. After the FBI raided Cohen’s homes and office in April, former House Speaker turned Fox News regular Newt Gingrich conjured up […]

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Mad as ever at Comey, yet still floored by the stupidity of the Clinton who got to be president

I can imagine the political strategist in his head saying “Hmmm, maybe don’t go over to her plane,” and then the ego in his head saying, “Come on, I’m special, and besides, I’m so much fun to be around. How can I deprive poor Loretta of the pleasure of my company?” According to the IG […]

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President Obama is still there for the Democratic Party, including possible 2020 contenders

If you’ve been thinking that what the Democratic Party needs is former President Obama, well … behind the scenes, he’s still the party’s de facto leader. Though Obama has plenty to do with his time, he’s meeting with congressional leaders and possible 2020 contenders, too. He’s met with Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, former Massachusetts […]

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Republicans used to worry about ‘degrading of our alliances,’ but now Trump’s in the White House

Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Republicans had a lot to say about how President Barack Obama was weakening American alliances and alienating friends. Now that Donald Trump is actually weakening American alliances and alienating friends, the Republican silence is especially deafening. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell talked about Obama’s years as “a serial degrading of our […]

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Trump campaign launches website to give Trump the praise he thinks he deserves

The Trump campaign has turned Donald Trump’s wounded ego into a new website, “Promises Kept,” to celebrate his first 500 days of accomplishment: “It’s a shame that such a platform is even necessary to overcome the errors and omissions reporting by the mainstream media — full of distortions, underreporting and lies — but we are […]

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KY valedictorian rick-rolls graduation crowd with wise-sounding Trump quote (that was from Obama)

Oh, Trump voters. You are so very predictable. You love to hate everything about President Obama, despite his wildly successful two terms, both of which were largely scandal-free. Well, except for the manufactured ones and the straight up conspiratorial ones aimed at smearing him. That makes this moment all the more hilarious. A high school […]

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The third worst person in Washington

Cornyn, who in December demanded “Mueller needs to clean house of partisans,” tweeted a National Review article titled “Spy Name Games.” In it, Andrew McCarthy wrote, “The Obama administration blatantly politicized the government’s intelligence and law-enforcement apparatus.” Appearing on right-wing radio host Hugh Hewitt’s show, Cornyn rejected the conclusion shared by Rubio, Gowdy and Democrats […]

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Trump says Pelosi is ‘MS-13 lover,’ Democrats care about ‘criminals’ over ‘you.’ Then wants apology?

In Nashville last Tuesday, Trump went off on MS-13, a gang of sadistic murderers whose members are of Central American origin, although the gang itself was founded in Los Angeles. This followed remarks from May 16 in which he referred to “animals” and said he was talking about MS-13. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (among […]

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