The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

As we head into Super Tuesday, one topic dominated the late night shows: Republican frontrunner Donald Trump’s descent into fascism and the adoration of hate groups.

Trevor Noah listed the defining features of fascism: “a cult of action; a celebration of aggressive masculinity; an intolerance of criticism, a fear of difference and outsiders; intense nationalism; and resentment at national humiliation. Now it’s hard to keep all those things in mind, but I’ve come up with a handy mnemonic device — you just listen to things said by Donald Trump.”

Trevor also looked at the evolution of Marco Rubio in this campaign — into a pseudo-Trump trying to take on The Donald by telling dick-jokes.

Larry Wilmore highlighted the latest deep low of this campaign: a Secret Service agent choking a reporter and slamming him to the ground at a Trump rally — to which Trump’s fans at Breitbart.com selectively edited out a still frame to depict the reporter as assaulting the agent.

Seth Meyers explained Trump’s double-talk on disavowing support from David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan: “Of course, Trump has disavowed David Duke and the KKK now — because he’s already accomplished what he set out to. Even racists know you have to pretend not to be racist in public. Trump lets just enough racism slip, that racists can listen to him and think, ‘Oh yeah, he’s our guys.'”

Stephen Colbert highlighted Trump saying he needed more information before commenting on these people: “Yeah, Trump needs to know before condemning David Duke or the KKK — it’s not like they’re Muslim or born in Mexico.”

Advertising

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Rep. Devin Nunes

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet

Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California is retiring from Congress at the end of 2021 to work for former President Donald Trump.

Keep reading... Show less

From left Ethan Crumbley and his parents Jennifer and James Crumbley

Mug shot photos from Oakland County via Dallas Express

After the 2012 massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, then-Rep. Mike Rogers, a Michigan Republican, evaded calls for banning weapons of war. But he had other ideas. The "more realistic discussion," Rogers said, is "how do we target people with mental illness who use firearms?"

Tightening the gun laws would seem a lot easier and less intrusive than psychoanalyzing everyone with access to a weapon. But to address Rogers' point following the recent mass murder at a suburban Detroit high school, the question might be, "How do we with target the adults who hand powerful firearms to children with mental illness?"

Keep reading... Show less
x
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}