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Obama On Trump

One Last Time: Be Thankful For President Obama

Amazingly, the fact that his successor spent years abusing him with calumnies, lies, and disrespect, in an ugly racist style, has not discouraged Obama from showing him and his family every courtesy — and seeking to prepare him for the presidency.

November 24, 2016
Trump Twitter

Are Donald Trump’s Tweets Igniting A Culture War?

Twitter became a potent tool for Trump because it dovetails with the demands of today’s political environment: delivering brief, blunt statements that because of their pithiness seem authentic — truthful or not.

November 23, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Trump delivers economic policy speech in Monessen, Pennsylvania

Reality TV Emperor Or President Of A Constitutional Democracy?

Alas, Trump seems to confuse the presidency with being the emcee on a “reality TV” program. Or with being Emperor of Lilliput.

November 22, 2016
Colbert raps Trump's response to Hamilton-Pence incident

#EndorseThis: Colbert Raps Trump’s Raging Retort To ‘Hamilton’ Cast

Late Night host Colbert reviews the weekend’s really important story — that huge Pence-Trump-Hamilton Twitter feud — in a costumed rap performance, rhyming “aspersions” and “gay conversions.”

November 22, 2016
"Alt right" gathering in Washington hails Trump with Nazi salutes

White Nationalists “Hail” Trump With Nazi Salutes – And Team Trump Shrugs

When video of Richard Spencer’s speech surfaced, the deceptive branding of “alt right,” a thin scrim invented for social media, was scraped away to reveal the restless Nazi maggots underneath. Such a revolting spectacle should have upset Trump.

November 22, 2016
A combination photo shows U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (L) and Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) in Los Angeles, California on May 5, 2016 and in Eugene, Oregon, U.S. on May 6, 2016 respectively. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (L) and Jim Urquhart/File Photos

No, The New York Times Was Not ‘Too Mean’ To Trump Supporters

Even though the New York Times’ treatment of Hillary Clinton has been the topic of an ongoing media debate, the Times devoted the review of the paper’s election work almost entirely to detailing ways in which the paper hadn’t been understanding enough of Donald Trump’s supporters.

November 21, 2016
Trump, China

We Need To Stop Pretending Donald Trump Isn’t Good At This

Trump possesses a totalitarian genius for occupying our political discourse with the sort of bullshit that feeds his fame and appeals to Americans who feel victimized by change.

November 21, 2016
Pence not offended by Hamilton cast member's remarks and praises show

What Boycott? Pence ‘Not Offended,’ Urges Americans To See ‘Hamilton’

Trump called Hamilton “highly overrated,” but Pence praised the blockbuster musical, which dramatizes America’s founding in hip-hop style with a multiracial cast.

November 21, 2016
Trump meets with Mattis

Trump Considers Mattis, Romney For Top National Security Jobs

Trump wrote on Twitter that “General James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis, who is being considered for Secretary of Defense, was very impressive yesterday. A true General’s General!”

November 20, 2016
Cast of Broadway's Hamilton delivering a personal message to Pence

‘Hamilton’ Cast Politely Engages Mike Pence – And On Twitter, Trump Whines

Like so many other Trump episodes, anyone who watches the videotape can see what happened at Hamiton — which differs diametrically from the president-elect’s invented version.

November 19, 2016