As Trump takes the oath of office and enters the White House, his mythology will begin to meet reality. And the debate has already begun over which elements of Trumpism will be truly revolutionary and which will simply represent a break from his party or a hard turn from President Barack Obama.
Data from Pew Research studies and Gallup polls conclusively demonstrate that Americans, in their deepest political/social beliefs, are thoroughly liberal in most of their views and moderately liberal in the balance. They are not the “conservatives” described by the relentless propagandists of the right.
If there is any consolation on the King holiday of 2017, it is the assurance that the American backlash is sure to generate new forms of multiracial resistance in the spirit of America itself. The union of free Americans who ejected slavery, embraced voting rights, shook off Jim Crow, and elected a mixed-race president is nothing if not resilient.
You have performed on the highest, most public stage there is, sir, faced headwinds unprecedented in American politics and nonstop disrespect from the GOP. But you did so with unflappable dignity, unshakable class … and urbane cool. No stench of personal scandal wafts after you as you leave office, and the country is better for your service.
The Trump dossier is an intelligence file, not a prosecution memo; its purpose is not to prove a case but to point a direction. And as subsequent coverage in the Guardian and Financial Times indicated, its author Christopher Steele is no mere purveyor of gossip. He is a highly respected and experienced former official of MI6, the British foreign intelligence service, where he oversaw the agency’s work in Russia and Eastern Europe for decades.
Obama emphasized his positions had not changed and said his efforts to end the use of torture and close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo represented U.S. values. “That’s why I reject discrimination against Muslim Americans,” he said in a pointed reference to his successor.
“If you or your parents are immigrants, know that you are part of a proud American tradition: the infusion of new cultures, talents and ideas, generation after generation, that has made us the greatest country on earth,” the First Lady said in her farewell address.
Keegan-Michael Key’s hilarious presidential “anger translator” Luther is back for one final appearance with Key’s partner Jordan Peele as Obama — delivering a pre-inaugural message from the Oval Office. Needless to say, Luther is cosmically pissed off by the advent of Donald Trump.
Seizing Trump’s campaign slogan, Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer sternly signaled Republicans on their plans to repeal Obamacare and cut Medicare and Medicaid.
We are now on the verge of one of the greatest U-turns in the history of national policy and politics. It may well change the basic workings of our government and private institutions and the role of the United States in the world. The impact is likely to be profound. Since government is a national looking glass, Americans will see themselves reflected in their government in an altogether different way from the Obama years. Many will look at that reflection and insist, “That’s not who we are.” But to the world—and to many Americans—that is who Americans will be, unless we organize and resist.
Even after 16 months on the campaign trail, political journalists never figured out how to accurately depict the unprecedented nature of Trump’s candidacy. Now they must find a way to reckon with and report on a president who has no regard for the freedom of the press or the norms of his office.
Since the election, more than 100 potential appointees to Donald Trump’s administration have traveled from all over the country to Manhattan to meet with the president-elect. The ways these transition meetings are financed have been as varied as the candidates themselves.
Barred by the U.S. Constitution from seeking a third four-year-term, Obama told former adviser David Axelrod in a podcast that Americans would have backed his vision.
“I’m confident that if I had run again and articulated it, I think I could’ve mobilized a majority of the American people to rally behind it,” Obama said, referring to his 2008 campaign message of hope and change.
The resolution condemning settlements in the occupied territories passed the Security Council because the U.S. broke with its long-standing approach of diplomatically shielding Israel and abstained instead of wielding its veto power.
In a secretly recorded call, Obama tries to school Trump on the basics of his important new job, including such matters as who will take over should anything untoward happen to him in the next four years. When Obama gently explains that the vice president is constitutionally first in the line of succession, a whiny voice breaks in from the background, revealing that Ivanka herself nurtures an overwhelming, Evita-like ambition.
“Been drinking eggnog like I don’t care, I’m gonna hurt myself before we lose Obamacare,” raps Chance in this takeoff on the Run-DMC classic Christmas in Hollis (Queens). And when Santa Claus appears in a #MAGA cap, paterfamilias Darryl McDaniel of the original Run-DMC sternly warns: “Never trust a white dude wearing no red hat.”
“This happened at the highest levels of the Russian government,” Obama said when asked at his year-end White House press conference whether Russia’s president was personally involved in the hacks. He added that “not much happens in Russia without Vladimir Putin.”
The Obama administration has issued a final rule designed to block states from withholding federal Title X money for Planned Parenthood and other family planning clinics.
When host Trevor Noah asked the president about his successor’s assertion that he doesn’t need daily intelligence briefings, Obama said, “I think the president-elect may say one thing and do another once he’s here.” But he warned Trump, “It doesn’t matter how smart you are.” In the absence of regular intelligence updates, “you are flying blind.”
“Recent reports of Russian interference in our election should alarm every American,” said Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham in a public statement. “This cannot become a partisan issue. The stakes are too high for our country.”
The Late Night host took “a closer look” at the Carrier story — from the first commitment made by Trump on the campaign trail to the deal itself — and found the president-elect “lying his ass off.”
Trump seemingly can’t, or chooses not to, distinguish fact from fiction, and he has a long history of adopting conspiracy theories and Tweeting about them.
What kind of phone conversations would occur between Obama and Trump, these two very different public figures? Until this moment we could only imagine.
This White Male Supremacy Violence Disease (WMSVD) insinuated itself deeply into the brains of successive generations of white humans in religious, government, educational, economic, media, and military institutions.
How to defeat a master of self-promotion like Trump? Start by pointing out that he is the biggest popular vote loser ever to win the Electoral College.