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  • 'President' Trump: Many Underestimated The Historical 'Power of WHITE-HATE' in America  By : Chauncey DeVega
    White rage against the machine: President-elect Donald Trump is a historical shock — unless you study American history. Those in shock over the outcome grievously underestimated the power of the hateful forces underlying Trumpism. Racism and white privilege are threats to American democracy. This fact was proven true once again as tens of millions of white Americans were willing to elect an incompetent, crude, misogynist, ignorant sexual predator and fascist to the most powerful position in the world in order to "Make America Great Again." Racism and sexism combined to defeat Clinton. This outcome is as much a backlash against President Barack Obama as it is against a woman being elected to the top office of the United States of America. Trump, the racist fascist is in control of the presidency; the House and Senate are also controlled by the Republican Party; America's government is now unified with Trump, the child king, and his attendant the Christian theocrat Michael Pence as the public faces of America. This is a national embarrassment as America is now revealed to be a mockery before the world.
  • The F**k-You Sentiment: White Men Voted For Trump To Reduce Women Once Again To a Bunch of Pussies That Can Be Grabbed Without Consequence  By : Amanda Marcotte
    Yes, the White Male Anger that Fueled Trump's Victory Was Real—But It Isn't Valid. No doubt Trump supporters are people who felt they've lost something. But what they've lost is something that wasn't rightly theirs to begin with: Unearned privilege. The Trump revolution was driven by white men who are watching women and people of color making gains that put them closer to equality. They are rebelling at the erosion of the sense that white men are better and more important than everyone else, simply because they exist. Trump won because men voted for him — and voted to reject the feminist leadership of Hillary Clinton. A man's sense that he is smarter, more authoritative and more important simply by being a man is eroding, and a lot of men are pissed. Voting for Donald Trump — and against Hillary Clinton — was a way to take a stand against feminism, to deny women the right to be president and to reduce them once again to a bunch of pussies that can be grabbed without consequence. You couldn't get a better spokesman for unearned male privilege than Trump. The man is lazy, stupid and deeply incurious, but he always speaks in this lecturing tone — with the perennial fingers pinched in the air — as if he were the preeminent authority on whatever topic he's ignorantly bullshitting about. He talks down to women like Clinton, even though they are clearly smarter than he is. He is fat and ugly and his hair is creepy and you know he's never actually gone down on one of those pussies ..
  • An-Eye-For-An-Eye: The Vengeful, Racist, Bigoted & Misogynist World of Donald Trump, and Why It Matters  By : Benjamin Sarlin
    Trump's emphasis on violence and retaliation, especially outside the confines of the law, is unique among modern nominees and is rooted in a set of guiding principles. In his eyes, the world is an unforgiving place where cities are "war zones," where "rapists" are streaming across the border and where jealous rivals are hatching plots to humiliate America and Trump personally. To prevail in such an environment, he suggests, the response to any slight must be swift and overwhelming. Dwelling on limits imposed by law or tradition is usually a secondary concern. Trump has made this willingness to out-brutalize opponents a central point of his political message. It was an effective strategy during the Republican primary campaign, when his rivals were largely uncomfortable straying from constitutional limits or traditional assumptions of human decency.
  • Wonder Why Trump Gets Away With Lies? TIP: 30+ Million American Adults Can't Read -- Are As Dumb As Door-knobs!  By : Timothy Egan
    We know that at least 30 million american adults cannot read. But the current presidential election may yet prove that an even bigger part of the citizenry is politically illiterate — and functional. Which is to say, they will vote despite being unable to accept basic facts needed to process this American life. Most Americans, those born here, those about to make the most momentous decision in civic life this November, cannot name the three branches of government. And most cannot pass the simple test aced by 90 percent of new citizens. The dumbing down of this democracy has been gradual, and then — this year — all at once. The Princeton Review found that the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858 were engaged at roughly a high school senior level. A century later, the presidential debate of 1960 was a notch below, at a 10th grade level. By the year 2000, the two contenders were speaking like sixth graders. And in the upcoming debates — "Crooked Hillary" against "Don the Con" — we'll be lucky to get beyond preschool potty talk.
  • Unfit For The Presidency: 'Dictator-in-Training' Donald 'Grope-My-P...y' Trump Digs a Hole in One  By : Roger Simon
    Donald Trump's Campaign Goes All In On Jailing Hillary Clinton: The idea is more commonly associated with dictators, but that didn't stop team Trump from cheering it on after the debate. Former Attorney General Eric Holder, however, blasted Trump on Twitter. He noted that President Richard Nixon's attorney general resigned after being asked to fire the special prosecutor investigating the Watergate scandal.
  • Five Days That Shaped a Presidency: Barack Obama Shares With Jonathan Chait a Very Early Draft of His Memoirs  By : Jonathan Chait
    On August 25, after a short trip to Baton Rouge to assess flooding in Louisiana and before what will likely be his last visit to China on Air Force One, Barack Obama sat down at the White House to reflect on the past eight years. He led America through a period of dramatic, convulsive change — an era that New York Magazine explores this week in its cover story. Before his conversation with Jonathan Chait, he chose five moments that, he believes, will have outsized historical impact. Here is their conversation in full.
  • American Democracy Pronounced Dead  By : John Sammon.
    I dread the next four years: I hereby find and pronounce that Democracy in the United States has died. Call it a Republic if you want. I want to warn you. We all of us are headed for the most divisive coming four years since the American Civil War and the best way to describe what it will be like, a combination of the Joe McCarthy (Red Scare) era and the Vietnam War, both of which tore America apart. For those too young to remember and those older who didn't learn anything from it, the McCarthy Red Scare days of 1952 branded people communists. There were in fact some communists in the government, but hundreds more who were not communist had their lives and careers destroyed by innuendo and denunciation.
  • An Embarrassing Reality: What (I Think) The World Thinks of Trump  By : John Sammon.
    It is expected Trump will extend his controversial statements that black Americans should vote for him because they have nothing to lose because they are losers anyway, no decent jobs, housing and high crime, to all of Africa too. Even though people in African countries can't vote in the General Election. This would be in keeping with Trump's proclivity toward megalomania, "Today the State of Georgia, tomorrow all of Nigeria and Chad."
  • Donald Trump Will Not Defeat Hillary Clinton in November -- Here is What Will Happen Next  By : Chauncey DeVega
    Last Year, I Predicted The GOP Would Nominate Trump — Here is What Will Happen Next: Trump lacks the infrastructure and resources to run a proper presidential campaign. Trump is also extremely unpopular among huge swaths of the American public. After Trump's defeated, his base will face an energized electorate of diverse Americans who rallied to defeat him. The Republican Party is the United States' largest white identity organization; Conservatism and racism are now fully one and the same thing in the post civil rights era; an individual's level of "old fashioned racism" now determines political party preference; the racist "Southern Strategy' has guided the GOP for at least 40 years; the election of Barack Obama, twice, drove conservatives into a national fit of bigotry and overt racism. White America is facing a symbolic "death" because of changing cultural norms and racial demographics. Simultaneously, the "deaths of despair" (drug and alcohol abuse, suicides) as well as illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease have dramatically increased the literal death rates of uneducated middle-aged white Americans. Donald Trump, with his supposed billions of dollars in wealth, bragging about being "high energy," and promise to "Make American Great Again" is a figurehead who soothes the death anxieties of angry, anxious, and easily frightened white conservatives and Right-leaning independents.
  • Sammon Says: Listen Ted! You've Never Been One of Them (Republicans). To Many You are Just Another 'Spic'!  By : John Sammon.
    This is the first time I ever felt sorry for Ted Cruz and it has nothing to do with his earlier promise to endorse the winning candidate and then going back on his promise because the winning candidate cowardly smeared his wife and his father (whether or not any of it is true most of it of course is not because this American sociopath lies consistently as a matter of procedure, according to fact checkers double the rest of the candidates). Republicans want---a liar. The bigger the better, and believe you me, they've got the best. They' got the Picasso of lying, the absolute master of deceit, to whom lying is not only acceptable; he views it as a political strategy. No Ted, you've never been one of them, and you only found it out this week when you tried to explain your side of the matter. Take a good look at the angry faces howling at you. Ted these people want to make you suffer because they enjoy it. You were never white enough Ted although even if you were as white as Newt they would still boo.
  • Aging, 'Racist' White America's Last Stand, Fox, Ailes, Trump and The Republican Reckoning  By : Eric Boehlert
    Ailes and Trump are inexorably linked, and together they've become like a two-man wrecking crew, wreaking havoc on the GOP. The Trump nomination has split the GOP like no election in the last half-century. And Republicans owe it, in part, to Ailes. Fox News for years laid the groundwork for Trump's radical and improbable run. The hate and paranoia that has permeated Fox programming, especially during the Barack Obama years, reflects Ailes' bigoted view of America and its supposed pending doom under Democratic leadership. Like his longtime friend Rush Limbaugh, Ailes has been a cancer on American politics for decades. He's built a career that thrives on fabrications and falsehoods and character assassination. Trump is the Fox News id. The ugly, unvarnished, and unapologetic id of an aging white America that's determined to "take its country back." Trump's a bigoted nativist who markets xenophobia and thrives on dividing Americans.
  • Barack Obama, The President of Black America? What The Haters and The Hagiographers Get Wrong  By : Michael Eric Dyson
    We are now approaching the last months of the Obama era. He will be remembered as a great, but flawed, president, and many of those flaws have to do with how he has addressed race — or avoided doing so. In his first two years in office, President Obama performed herculean deeds in rescuing the banks, restoring the economy, bailing out the automobile industry and getting his signature health care legislation passed. It was an astonishing record of success despite bitter right-wing resistance to his presidency and the alarming racist reaction to a black man being in charge. There is good reason to celebrate Mr. Obama's importance to black America. It is hard to overstate the symbolic significance and positive effects of a black man commanding the most celebrated seat of power. His black brain and tongue have changed America forever. But gales of black pride have swept aside awareness of his flaws, and when those flaws are conceded, gusts of black defiance play down their meaning and significance. Mr. Obama's most ardent black fans ignore how he often failed to speak about race or use his powers to convene commissions or issue executive orders to lessen black suffering; his nastiest black critics lambast him as an ineffectual leader who has done little to protect blacks from racial assault or lift them from economic misery. Neither the haters nor the hagiographers do the Obama legacy justice. It is unsurprising that the man who led the "birther" movement disputing Mr. Obama's Am
  • Why Charlatan Donald 'I am Rich' Trump is on a Political Suicide Mission  By : Mike Murphy
    What is Trump's biggest failure? He lacks any real strategy. Trump appears to totally miss the fundamental fact that the general-election electorate is much larger and demographically very different from the small electorate he captured in the Republican primaries. Here is a fact Mr. Trump would be well advised to consider: The total number of Republican primary voters this year, more than half of whom voted for somebody other than Trump, is significantly smaller than the number of minority voters that will vote this November. Put another way, Trump is likely to lose minority voters alone by roughly twice the total number of people who voted for him in the GOP primaries.
  • I'm Rich! I Can Fix America!: The Entire Rationale For Donald Trump's Presidential Candidacy is Crumbling  By : Paul Waldman
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign raised just $3.1 million in May, while Democratic rival Hillary Clinton brought in $27 million. For the presumptive nominee of a major party to have only $1.3 million in the bank isn't just unusual, it's positively stunning. That figure is what you expect from someone running for a House seat, not someone faced with mounting a national campaign whose costs could approach a billion dollars. And this is a story about much more than money. Trump spent decades working to build a brand that would be synonymous with success (which just happens to be the name of his cologne, and that's what his supporters so often cite as one of the main reasons they're attracted to him: He made all that money, he's such a terrific businessman, so surely he can clean up Washington and do a great job on the economy. But now that he has come under more scrutiny than he ever faced before, the picture of Trump as a high-class magnate is being replaced with a different picture, one of a grifter always dancing one step ahead of bankruptcy court and concocting one failed scheme after another to separate people from their money. Trump is still counting on the media to save him. He doesn't need as much money as a traditional candidate would, he believes, because of his unmatched ability to seize the attention of the media, leaving the Trump name on the lips of every TV watcher, radio listener and newspaper reader. One should never assume that the ....
  • Donald Trump is a 'Mendacious' Racist. Not a Dog-Whistler But a Consistent, Reliable White Supremacist  By : Todd Gitlin
    The GOP nominee has made no secret of his views about minorities. So, what took so long for Republicans to make their 'discovery'? And how have journalists done in noting Trump's pattern of falsehoods and abuses directed at millions of people?
  • Trump is 'Lord of The Lies' -- He Even Lies About His Lies, More Than 70 Times in a Single Event  By : Timothy Egan
    He's been shown to lie more than 70 times in a single event. How can we discuss the economy when Trump suggests that the unemployment rate, just under 5 percent, is actually 42 percent? Or debate the Paris climate accord, when Trump falsely claims it "gives foreign bureaucrats control over how much energy we use on our land"? Or deal with terrorism, after Trump said he knows "more about ISIS than the generals."
  • Psychological Trump  By : John Sammon.
    An inside look at Trump's brain. In fairness, there's perhaps a little bit of Trump in all of us. All of us seek validation. But when a person is unable to express human forbearance, when "attack attack attack," and when "bombast, bombast, bombast," pathologically repeated, the same behavior and sayings and insults over and over----this in the public arena is cause for concern.
  • Too Sick To Lead: The Lethal, Narcissistic Personality Disorder Of Donald Trump  By : Richard North Patterson
    The Mayo Clinic describes a "narcissistic personality disorder" -- as "a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others." This is bad enough in selecting a spouse or a friend. But when applied to a prospective president, the symptoms are disqualifying. With Trump ever in mind, try these: An exaggerated sense of self-importance. An unwarranted belief in your own superiority. A preoccupation with fantasies of your own success, power and brilliance. A craving for constant admiration. A consuming sense of entitlement. An expectation of special favors and unquestioning compliance. A penchant for exploiting or disparaging others. A total inability to recognize the needs of anyone else. An incapacity to see those you meet as separate human beings. An unreasoning fury at people you perceive as thwarting your wishes or desires. A tendency to act on impulse. A superficial charm deployed to disguise a gift for manipulation. A need to always be right. A refusal to acknowledge error. An inability to tolerate criticism or critics. A compulsion to conform your ever - shifting sense of "reality" to satisfy your inner requirements. A tendency to lie so frequently and routinely that objective truth loses all meaning. A belief that you are above the rules. An array of inconsistent statements and behaviors driven by your needs in the moment. An inability to assess the consequences of your actions in new or complex situations. In sum, a total incapacity to separate the world from your own psychodrama. Recognize anyone? With Trump -- The Republican Party is beyond redemption. The media have five months left. Let them use it well.
  • From Argentina To Angola and Zaire: Trump's Number One Goon Paul Manafort Tied To Arms Dealers, Warlords, Dictators & Oligarchs  By : Steven Rosenfeld
    Donald Trump's top presidential campaign advisor is a world-class thug. Manafort's firm represented Angolan guerilla leader Jonas Savimbi, making over $600,000 in 1985 alone. Savimbi and his UNITA army engaged in a decades-long civil war that terrorized and murdered hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians, with UNITA engaging in bodily mutilations, sexual slavery, child kidnapping, and witch burning. Savimbi funded his role in the gruesome civil war with proceeds of smuggled diamonds, aid from apartheid South Africa, and aid from the United States. Zaire dictator Mobutu Sese Seko retained Manafort's firm in 1989 for $1 million annually to help address his PR issues: at the time, he was one of Africa's most corrupt leaders, he had one of the worst human rights records, and his regime regularly engaged in torture, detainment, and rape.
  • Bernie's Socialism vs. Trump's Barbarism: Only Social Democracy Can Defeat Right-Wing Radicalism  By : Conor Lynch
    Trump's election is a terrifying prospect, but more terrifying is the neo-fascist movement he has helped create. Sanders is a democratic socialist, Trump is a right-wing nationalist (although some mainstream commentators have simply gone with "fascist"). The one thing that they do have in common, however, is that they are both leading revolts against the neoliberal status quo, which has prevailed for the past several decades. Sanders has advocated Social democratic policies that are reminiscent of the New Deal. While many people today believe Sanders is something of a radical, his policies are closer to those of Keynes or FDR than they are to Vladimir Lenin — and, as the reader may recall, Keynes (and FDR) wanted to save market capitalism. On the other hand, Donald Trump has ridden a wave of right-wing populism that is reminiscent of another popular movement of Keynes' time: Fascism. Trump's strongman appeal is frighteningly similar to the appeal of 20th century fascist leaders. His incoherent and contradictory utterances have one thing in common: They provoke and play on feelings of resentment and disdain, intermingled with bits of fear, hatred and anger. His public discourse consists of attacking or ridiculing a wide range of "others" — Muslims, Hispanics, women, Chinese, Mexicans, Europeans, Arabs, immigrants, refugees — whom he depicts either as threats or as objects of derision… Trump himself is simply and quite literally an egomaniac -- and so was Hitler and Italy's Mussolini. Like Marxism, Neoliberalism has failed, and is now facing widespread revolt.
  • Why Is Hillary Clinton Suddenly Tied in the Polls With Trump - a Vulgar and Widely Reviled Ignoramus?  By : Eric Levitz
    Even among the shrinking percentage of Republicans who don't like Trump, there is little doubt that their tribe's vulgar ignoramus is preferable to the enemy faction's gun-hating, Obama-loving, rape-enabling, Benghazi betraying she-tyrant. There is no reason to think he'll gain significant ground with these groups in the coming months. Clinton has a massive fundraising advantage and will be able to mine Trump's vast back catalogue of racist and sexist musings for dynamite negative ads, which will incessantly remind Ohio's single women and Florida's Latinos why they can't let the Donald become their president. The stubborn loyalty of Sandernistas is the only thing keeping Trump competitive. And precedent strongly suggests that once Bernie turns his populist fury on the billionaire across the aisle, the party will unite and Clinton will pull away. This is a change election, and Hillary is a synecdoche for the last two decades of Establishment rule. And don't forget about her "damn emails." America has never so ripe for tyranny.
  • The Newt Factor: Newton Leroy Gingrich as Trump's VP Would Be a Scary, Power-Hungry Monster  By : Heather Digby Parton
    Just Like Dick Cheney: Newt would abuse his power when dealing with national security and military affairs. One of the common refrains among those writing about this Gingrich boomlet is the idea that he could be Trump's Dick Cheney, by which they are saying that he could help the inexperienced Trump in the same way Cheney "guided" George W. Bush. Of course, those who remember the years of Cheney and David Addington and Scooter Libby secretly running half the government with no accountability are appalled at the suggestion. And people should be just as leery of Gingrich as they should have been about Cheney. He's someone you definitely don't want in that role, particularly when it comes to national security. Furthermore, Gingrich has a score to settle. The pinnacle of his political career was the pitched battle with Bill Clinton between 1992 and 1998. And he lost. Bill Clinton became a respected elder statesman doing global charitable work and Newt Gingrich became an occasional Fox News commentator and failed presidential candidate. Beating Hillary Clinton is his last chance for revenge.
  • New Republican Talking Point To 'Defend' Trump: He's Just BS-ing To Bamboozle The Yahoos of Our Base  By : Amanda Marcotte
    Republicans are defending their support of Trump by arguing that he doesn't mean the things he says. Thoroughly ashamed by their nominee-designate, establishment Republicans are forced to line up behind The Donald -- and their main talking point is now this: Trump's just a liar who will say anything to our yahoo voting base to get elected. It's true that conservatives have long had a surprisingly high level of tolerance for con artistry within their ranks. Conservative publications subsist on ads from snake oil salesmen selling gullible right wingers everything from overpriced gold bullion to survivalist gear. This practice has moved into the internet age, with many conservative personalities running email lists hawking fake cancer cures and other such scams. Indeed, one reason the Republican presidential primaries have become so overcrowded is they are stuffed with people who have no real interest in winning, but are just using the free media coverage to get more signups for their email lists. Part of the reason this works is that, like good con artists, conservatives make their marks feel like they're in on the con, that it's not them but the guy next door who is getting fleeced with their mail list fundraising schemes and herbal remedy scams. That's clearly what these Republicans are doing with their comments about Trump. It's about making the voter feel like he's "in" on the con, and it's that other guy who is stupid enough to be sucked into Trump's clearly silly chatter about wall-building and mass deportation.
  • Donald Trump, President of the Confederacy: Decades of Racial Appeals Has Left the Republican Party With No One But Racists  By : Chauncey DeVega
    In a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, 66 percent of Republican and Republican-inclined respondents want to return to the "good old days.. This number is higher for Trump backers. It is important to note that this era was one of Jim and Jane Crow anti-black racism, legal sexism, and unapologetic discrimination against gays and lesbians. This yearning for a return to a fictive golden age of white male Christian domination over American social and political life is reflected in other work that shows how white people are much more pessimistic about their futures than Hispanics and African-Americans. The ascendance of Donald Trump and his coronation as the presumed 2016 Republican presidential candidate is the logical outcome of a several decades-long pattern of racism, nativism, and bigotry by the American right-wing and its news entertainment disinformation machine. Republicans have used overt and coded racial appeals to gin up white support through his references to a "lazy," "violent" and "parasitic" class of black Americans who they have repetedly described as "welfare queens" and "strapping bucks." Post Ronald Reagan, George Bush Snr. would continue with the GOP's "Southern Strategy" when he summoned up white racist stereotypes and fears of "the black beast rapist"(video) in the form of Willie Horton during the 1988 presidential election. The Age of Obama witnessed an explosion of anti-black racism by the Republican Party and conservatives en masse. Birtherism, the rise of the Tea Party, the use of antebellum language (which was used to defend the Southern slaveocracy) such as "secession" and "nullification", both overt and coded racist invective by Republican officials and news media, and a pattern of disrespect towards both the idea and literal personhood of Barack Obama as the United States' first black president has been the norm.
  • An Open Letter To 'Angry, White' Trump Supporters: He's Lied to You, He's Used You -- Just Like The GOP Establishment Has Done For Years!  By : Andy Ostroy
    Dear Trump Supporters: We all know how "angry" you are, and that it's been that anger that Donald Trump has tapped into and exploited in order to win the Republican presidential nomination. But it's about time you turn all that anger towards the man who's been pulling the wool over your eyes ever since he entered the race. He's lied to you, he's used you, and now he's turning his back on you to get what he wants, which is all that Trump ever cares about: himself.
  • Monica Lewinsky and Donald Trump: I Tremble For My Country  By : Roger Simon
    The beast did not create Donald Trump. Donald Trump kept the beast alive. Without billions in free advertising (i.e., news coverage), Trump would have withered and blown away like other classic also-ran candidates: Ross Perot, Herman Cain, Ben Carson.
  • Noam Chomsky: Humanity Has Paid a Bloody Price For America's Mania To Control The World  By : Noam Chomsky
    The general consequences of resorting to the sledgehammer against vulnerable societies comes as little surprise. William Polk's careful study of insurgencies, Violent Politics, should be essential reading for those who want to understand today's conflicts, and surely for planners, assuming that they care about human consequences and not merely power and domination. Polk reveals a pattern that has been replicated over and over. The invaders—perhaps professing the most benign motives—are naturally disliked by the population, who disobey them, at first in small ways, eliciting a forceful response, which increases opposition and support for resistance. The cycle of violence escalates until the invaders withdraw—or gain their ends by something that may approach genocide. Obama's global drone assassination campaign, a remarkable innovation in global terrorism, exhibits the same patterns. By most accounts, it is generating terrorists more rapidly than it is murdering those suspected of someday intending to harm us—an impressive contribution by a constitutional lawyer on the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, which established the basis for the principle of presumption of innocence that is the foundation of civilized law.
  • Death Wish 'On The Down-Low': Trump Represents White America's Deepest, Darkest Desires  By : Andrew OHehir
    Appetite for destruction: White America's death wish is the source of Trump's hidden support. Trump is the living embodiment of that contradictory desire for redemption and destruction. He's a death's-head jester cackling on the edge of the void, the clownish host of one last celebration of America's bombast, bigotry and spectacular ignorance. No wonder his voters are reluctant to 'fess up. We can't be sure how many people really support Trump, Edsall reports, since there's considerable evidence that they aren't telling pollsters the truth. Voting for Trump, it appears, is something white people do in the shadows. It's a forbidden desire that is both liberating and self-destructive, not unlike the married heterosexual who has a same-sex lover on the down-low, or the executive who powers through the day on crystal meth and OxyContin. Consider the prevalence of guns in American society, the epidemic rates of suicide and obesity (which might be called slow-motion suicide/) among low-income whites, the widespread willingness to ignore or deny climate science and the deeply rooted tendency of the white working class to vote against its own interests and empower those who have impoverished it. What other term can encompass all that? With his toxic package of racism, sexism and xenophobia, his thoroughly imaginary version of America built from white people's despair and paranoia and self-loathing, Trump cloaks white-people's death wish in positive terms - "Make America Great Again".
  • Trump is Crushing The Conservative Movement: Inside The Implosion of a Bankrupt & Decrepit Ideology  By : Heather Digby Parton
    The movement inaugurated in the National Review has been dying for ages. Now Trump is doing it in for good. A struggle has been under way(for decades) -- for the soul of the Republican Party between a minority of protectionist xenophobes and those who are pro-trade and pro-immigration. The Conservative movement orthodoxy was already stale by the late 1980s. It took a carnival showman like Newt Gingrich to put some lipstick on it in the 1990s and liven it up for a decade or so; Big Money and Osama bin laden kept it breathing past its natural expiration date. But in 2016 — with the demise of 17 presidential candidacies representing every element of the Republican Party and the conservative movement as we've known it for the past 40 years, as voters chose instead an unreconstructed know-nothing bigot — it's well and truly dead. The only question now is whether it will come back in zombie form, or if Trumpism or something else will replace it. Right now there's just no way of knowing how it's going to come out. Watching the final crack-up is one of the most fascinating political events of the past 40 years, and we've had some fascinating political events during that period of time, from epic scandals to presidential disgrace to impeachment and stolen elections. Today, we have a spectacle wherein the last two Republican presidents, George H.W. Bush and George W., along with the last Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, refusing to vote for the 2016 nominee. The 2008 ...
  • Will The Trump-Clinton 'Taco Bowl' Be The Ugliest U.S. Presidential Election Ever?  By : Andrew OHehir
    Jefferson called John Adams a hermaphrodite; Hoover said Al Smith would dig a tunnel to Rome. Step up, Donald! Last week Donald Trump, now universally described as the "presumptive" Republican nominee (a pompous and thoroughly unnecessary coinage), launched his fall campaign with the infamous Taco Bowl tweet. He loves Hispanics! Was that a stupid racist gaffe or a stupid strategic masterstroke? There will be race-baiting and misogynistic and/or homophobic insults, and howls of protest about how anybody who mentions those things is the real racist and sexist and America-hater. But here's the thing: None of that is new. These two candidates are unusual, especially in the sense that each inspires intense and unlimited dislike among his or her opponents. There may never before have been an election in which voters on both sides were primarily voting against someone they hate. But virtually everything Trump and Clinton are likely to fling at each other has been flung before. Trump may yet claim the crown as most despicable major-party nominee of all time. He also may join Barry Goldwater, George McGovern and Alf Landon in the historical litany of overwhelming defeats. (Those three are the only candidates to win less than 40 percent of the popular vote in a two-person race.) But if he wants to run the ugliest general-election campaign ever, he's got his work cut out for him.
  • Why The 2016 Election Cycle Could Be The Start of a Totalitarian Strain in U.S. Politics  By : Robert Sharp
    Ignoring rule of law is a classic sign of Totalitarian thinking — and that's exactly Trump's mindset. No matter what the results are for this election cycle, Trump's success in the primaries has exposed a potential shift in U.S. politics toward totalitarian thinking. Many Americans are now openly admitting that they are willing to give absolute power to one person, as long as this power is used to persecute people that they see as enemies. While Totalitarian regimes present themselves as harbingers of a better future, they do so by appealing to the perception of a glorious past that has since been lost due to the mismanagement of the existing politicians. Thus Hitler referenced a Wagnerian vision of Germany as the source of two of the world's great Reichs in order to present his Third Reich as a continuation of German greatness. Similarly, Mussolini invoked the orderliness and domination of Ancient Rome and Renaissance Italy in order to restore an ancient pride that would lead to a new prominence on the world stage. Such leaders follow a common pattern, in which they blame any failures of their society on the incursion of Others, who lack the purity of the true members of the nation-state.
  • Pundit Elites are Completely Hopeless: They Still Can't Acknowledge The Real Reason Donald Trump Happened  By : Eric Boehlert
    Even with the GOP set to nominate a crypto-fascist, pundits refuse to recognize the party's reactionary nature. There is a problem if the media's elite class doesn't understand how one of America's two major parties functions today. It's problematic if the GOP's gone through an ugly transformation, which produces a Trump nominee, and the political press is too timid or too detached to accurately document that radical makeover. Lots of media analysts continue to ignore a central reason for why they missed the Trump surge, and they're still not acknowledging what's driving his success: The truly radical nature of today's Republican Party and its [ RACIST ] right-wing voter base -- aided and abetted by the GOP dominated Congress. Y'know, the conservative movement that cheered Glenn Beck when he called the president of the United States a "racist"; that supported right-wing claims that president Obama was a tyrant who needs to be impeached. (And that he was foreign-born.) The movement that revolves around Rush Limbaugh, who claimed that if Obama weren't black he'd be working as a tour guide in Hawaii, not sitting in the Oval Office, and who insisted Obama ran for office because he resents white America and wants to score some payback.
  • Here's The Thing So Many Ignorant Americans Can't Grasp About 'Commie' Bernie Sanders  By : Peter Ross
    Most people and media pundits who emphatically denounce Bernie Sanders and his supporters -- give reasons which all generally boil down to the fact that he is the reincarnation of Karl Marx and he wants to turn the U.S. into a communist state. That he is so far left of centre that he's basically off the chart. Australian Pete Ross explains why they are dead wrong. On the contrary his "wacky" ideas of free education, free healthcare, regulating banks and corporations and so on are all actually staple ideas of many of the happiest and most prosperous countries in the world. America likes to brand itself 'the land of opportunity'—yet your poster boys for innovation go to Harvard," but from elsewhere in the world, the cost of that opportunity is shockingly high. It looks more and more like the land of oligarchy, where those with privilege move higher and higher up more and more easily, and those below have to scramble with all their might, sacrificing everything and never making a bad decision to even have a shot at being upper middle class. Land of opportunity, huh? Yeah, when the next Facebook is founded by a guy working out of a college dorm at Indiana State, you might be able to say that without irony.
  • Trump 'The Kremlin Candidate' Begins General Election Campaign in a Massive Hole  By : Steven Shepard
    Reports indicate that in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Vladimir Putin's propaganda network is picking sides. The presumptive GOP nominee trails Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders by polling margins not seen in a generation. Despite Trump's frequent claims to the contrary, he trails Clinton, his most likely opponent, in nearly every hypothetical general-election poll thus far – often by wide margins. Overall, the HuffPost Pollster average of public polls gives Clinton a 7-point edge, 47 percent to 40 percent. A CNN/ORC International poll conducted just before Tuesday's Indiana primary found Clinton leading Trump by 13 points among registered voters nationally, 54 percent to 41 percent. If Trump's vote share among white women was 50 percent – which would be down from Romney's 56 percent four years ago – that would mean Trump would have to win about 85 percent of white men to win, an astounding percentage and dramatically better than Romney's 62-percent share.
  • Donald Trump is The Nominee From Hell: The Early Numbers are in, And They Spell Disaster For The GOP. Trump's is Burning Republicans To The Ground  By : Heather Digby Parton
    After the 2012 election, post-mortem suggested how the GOP could stay competitive. Trump's undoing all of that work. Trump's election would be catastrophic for the country. Luckily, there's still a chance to stop that from happening. But the damage he's doing to the Republican Party is is severe and, by the time he's finished, it may not be recoverable. Clinton would wallop Trump by 49-36 percent if the election were held today and she'd best Cruz 48-39 percent, according to the poll of 604 likely Florida voters. Needless to say, this is very bad news for the GOP. Unfortunately for them, Donald Trump may be a flash in the pan, but his dominance in the media ensures that the Republican Party is going to be indelibly branded with the garish Trump logo for some time to come. The long lasting effects of this campaign on the Republican Party are profound. By the time the GOP establishment recognized their problems with women and Latinos and young people and attempted to ameliorate them, it was too late. Then, as luck would have it, Trump came along and exploited these dynamics with such an ugly ferocity, and with such success, that it was like trying to push back the tide. If all these numbers hold up and continue to go in the same direction, the GOP won't do a postmortem after this election. Trump is pouring gasoline on the Party and setting it on fire — there won't be enough of it left to conduct an autopsy.
  • This Racist Clown Could Really Win: Ma. Hillary's Lead on Donald Trump is Far From Commanding  By : Matthew Rozsa
    Trump could end up capturing more primary votes than any GOP candidate in history. Do not write him off in November. We need to start worrying about the realistic possibility of a Trump presidency. The problem isn't simply that Clinton's lead over Trump is far from commanding (the most recent polls peg it at anywhere from 3-to-11 percent), but that Trump has inspired so much more enthusiasm than her. Anyone following the Democratic primaries has noticed that most of the enthusiasm, if not the votes, have been going to Bernie Sanders; by contrast, there is little question that Trump is sweeping the Republican Party by storm. While there are factors other than excitement that determine electoral outcomes, Trump certainly has an edge over Clinton in motivating his supporters to actually turn out on Election Day. Democrats should not be complacent about this.
  • We Must Shame Dumb, Bigoted & Racist Trump Fans: The White 'Working Class' are Not Victims!  By : David Masciotra
    It's not smug liberalism to point out Trump backers are ignorant, bigoted and low-educated. What's dangerous is to sympathize with them. White voters in the decades leading up to the Great Society initiative had no objection to generous social programs of assistance for the poor, disabled and illiterate. The Homestead Act, the GI Bill, Social Security, the rural electrification policies of the New Deal, and other public aid programs were uncontroversial – popular with the white working class, because they were the sole beneficiaries of government largesse. It was not until the federal government started spending white tax dollars on anti-poverty relief for "spics" and "niggers" that low-income white voters went into hysterics about the evils of dependency. Up until the Great Society, most government programs were, like Southern hotels and diners, white only. The real story of demographic change in American culture is not the fairly obvious and boring transformation of party constituencies, but the "browning of America." It is not only the presence of minorities, but the power of minorities – in American institutions at all levels – that has many white voters running scared, straight into the arms of a billionaire who just a year ago was probably indifferent to their existence. Trump voters are not deifying their candidate because liberals are mean. They are doing so for the exact reasons they have given journalists and pollsters. They don't like immigrants, and they believe m
  • Drumpfism: Donald Trump Thinks He's a God. Even Worse, His Racist Supporters Agree  By : Phil Torres
    He's wrong about so much, but implores his fans to believe him. Scarily, they do. Call this religion Drumpfism -- after the Trump family's original last name: Drumpf. The appeal of Drumpfism is its similarity to Christianity, the predominant religion among American conservatives. For example, at the heart of Drumpfism is a demand to have faith in the impeccable judgment and sagacity of Donald Trump. Rather than present verifiable evidence to corroborate his claims, Trump habitually implores his audience to "believe me," a locution that translates as "take a leap of faith and simply trust in my abilities." As the right-wing Fox News commentator Charles Krauthammer puts it, Trump is "running a campaign on belief." When it comes to building a "beautiful wall" along our southern border or defeating China, Trump's answer is essentially identical to what Christianity tells its followers: "Have faith in God [i.e., Trump] and don't ask too many questions." In a conversation with his disciple Thomas, of "doubting Thomas" fame, Jesus says: "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." This is the central epistemology of Drumpfism, and it's proven to be quite effective among a segment of the American population.
  • Donald Trumps Disdain For Women Oozes 'Stinkily' From His Rear Orifice  By : Cody Cain
    This week, Donald Trump reminded us of something very important: he is "chronic" misogynist who cannot help himself. Women see right through Trump's nonsense about how he loves and cherishes women. A recent Gallup poll shows that a whopping 70% of women have an unfavorable opinion of Trump. Therefore his most recent attack on Hillary Clinton has fallen flat. Ironically, and apparently unbeknownst to Trump, Hillary is actually regarded as being very strong on the military as a so-called hawk, even to a fault. In fact, various Republican military hawks have themselves said that Hillary is stronger on the military than Trump.
  • A 'Schlonging' in The Making: How Winning The Nomination Could Be 'Misogynist' Trump's Worst Nightmare  By : Adele M. Stan
    The ancient Greek philosophers saw misogyny as evidence of fear of women. Whatever the original roots of the showman's misogyny, the polls would indicate he has good reason to fear women in November—those, at least, who turn up at the voting booth. Which may explain Trump's urging, in his latest victory speech, of Bernie Sanders, Clinton's flagging Democratic challenger, to run as an independent in the general election. An independent progressive would presumably peel off votes that would have otherwise gone to the Democrat. As Clinton's nomination became all but sealed on Tuesday night, the pundits barely seemed to register the historic nature of it. For the first time, a woman was almost certain to be the standard-bearer of one of the two major political parties in a presidential election. But Donald Trump surely noticed. With his male challengers falling away, Trump is now faced with two outcomes he likely once deemed improbable, if not impossible: that he could win the nomination of the Party of Lincoln, and that he could lose the biggest game of his life—to a woman.
  • The GOP's Eve Of Destruction: The 'Base' Will Drink Kool-Aid No More as Republicans Prepare For Defeat in The Fall  By : Richard North Patterson
    By now, one need not catalog the ignorance, truculence, misogyny and racism which will doom Republicans in the fall. But these fatal flaws have given Trump a base of support among primary voters as obdurate as granite. He has become the bone in the GOP's throat which cannot be dislodged. Lodged within a perception of "strength" a.k.a "Make America Great Again" a.k.a ["Make America White Again"] - is racial animus exacerbated by the election of Barack Obama. It is salient that Trump first surfaced riding the Trojan horse of birtherism, jam-packed with loathing of our first black president. That Trump rallies seethe with racial antagonism is no accident — he is the avatar for those who feel that whites, not minorities, are the victims of discrimination and disdain. Confronted with this disturbing phenomenon, the GOP establishment ran in both directions: some surrendered too soon; others went after Trump too late. The most shattering is the fear and loathing between Trump's blue-collar base and the wealthy donors and ideological conservatives who have labeled them electoral lowlife. This poisonous contempt is the party's due bill for all the years of diversionary rhetoric designed to win votes from working-class Americans. But the establishment's true agenda — lower taxes, free trade, deregulation and fiscal discipline — did nothing to improve their lives. Donald Trump is the expression of their anger, not the cause. They are through with drinking the GOP's Kool-Aid. In short, t
  • To a 'Lobotomized' Press: Donald Trump Will Never (Ever) Be Presidential, Once a Thug, Always a Thug!  By : Eric Boehlert
    The Republican frontrunner is now getting credit for not insulting his opponents. Has our press been lobotomized? We'll soon know for sure whether Trump has any plans to abandon the thuggery that's defined his campaign to date. But his absence from the Sunday shows the past two weeks suggests the campaign may be trying to throttle back his media availability to some extent. Instead of dashing in front of television cameras, or speed dialing into news programs, Trump has taken a step back, as witnessed by his recent Sunday show hiatus. In the unlikely event Trump actually manages to find a softer, more "presidential" tone, and become slightly media shy, will the press dial back its obsessive, celebrity-like coverage, and apply a more critical eye to his wild claims? We've seen the drill over and over. He insulted Mexicans! He insulted Sen. John McCain! He insulted Megyn Kelly! He insulted Carly Fiorina! He insulted the Pope! He insulted Ted Cruz's wife! Months of news cycles have been robotically handed over to the Trump shiny-object coverage.
  • 'Cooning' Uncle Ben Carson Tries To Convince Trevor Noah He's Not Insane For Backing Trump — and He Fails Miserably  By : Brendan Gauthier
    No matter how he tries to explain it, Ben Carson still can't give a good reason for supporting Trump. Dr. Ben Carson, a former brain surgeon is a despicable excuse for a black man -- and earns the "Uncle Tom" label because, quite frankly, he demeans other black people, all while masquerading as a crusader for black causes. How a man so talented in medicine could be such a dimwit outside of said practice is, in itself, a medical mystery.
  • Donald Trump's Avenging Angels: How The Orange-Haired Monster Has Rewritten The History of American Conservatism  By : Rick Perlstein
    We used to talk about Goldwater, Reagan and Buckley. That just doesn't cut it any more. Trump's political debut, after all, came in response to a mugging. Following the infamous attack on a female jogger in Central Park, Trump purchased full pages in four New York newspapers demanding, "Bring Back the Death Penalty. Bring Back Our Police!" All the hallmarks of his present crusade against "political correctness" were in evidence, such as the harkening to that bygone day when men were men, cops were cops, and punks were punks. He concluded: "I miss the feeling of security New York's finest once gave the citizens of this City." As I previously reported, these same police straight-jacketed by liberal timorousness had already coerced the rape suspects into confessions later proven to be false. The now-infamous Ku Klux Klan march through the streets of Queens in 1927, when The New York Times reported "1,000 Klansmen and 100 policemen staged a free-for-all," in which according to one contemporary news report all the individuals arrested were wearing Klan attire, and that one of those arrestees was Donald Trump's own father -- Fred Trump.
  • Trump's Sleazy Nomination Path: Bribery, Threats of Violence and Fantasizing Loud About Bullying Convention Delegates  By : Amanda Marcotte
    Trump is taking a three-pronged approach to winning the nomination in a contested convention: Bribing delegates to vote for him, threatening those who won't take bribes, and hitting the media hard to argue that he is allowed to play dirty because the other guys started it. He has started to flirt more openly with the idea of using a bribes-and-threats strategy to win the nomination, even though he continues to pretend that he's not doing what he's clearly doing. Trump has been using surrogates like Roger Stone to create threatening chatter about violence at the convention and stalking of delegates who vote against Trump, but Trump turned up the volume this weekend by making a thinly veiled threat of violence if he doesn't get his way at the convention in July. By now, after nearly a year of living in our dystopian Trump nightmare, it should be clear that he cannot be killed off by ordinary means. That requires some respect for common decency or, barring that, having something to lose that can be held against them. Trump has neither and positively relishes crashing through and destroying all the carefully laid plans of career politicians.
  • Desperate Trump Makeover: His Months of Bullying & Classless Tactics Have Backfired — But His Strategy Shift Won't Save Him at The Convention  By : Sean Illing
    Trump's trying to "professionalize" his campaign by hiring veteran GOP operatives, but it's likely too late. Trump's only viable path to the nomination includes reaching the magic 1,237 delegate total – otherwise the race will be blown wide open. As Ed O'Keefe pointed out, "When the presidential nomination vote is held at the convention, 95 percent of the delegates will be bound to the results in their states for the first vote.....But if Trump falls short, the convention will cast a second ballot in which more than 1,800 delegates from 31 states – nearly 60 percent of the total – will be unbound and allowed to vote however they want. By the third round, 80 percent of the delegates would be free." Given Trump's paltry support among party insiders, a free-for-all scenario would heavily favor Cruz.
  • 2016 is Already Decided: The 'Kangaroo' Benghazi Hearing, a Rotten Trump and a Backward GOP Has Already Clinched it For Ma. Hillary  By : Doug Sosnik
    Here's How You Know: The most decisive phase of the election has passed; and it's not looking good for the GOP. Regardless of how you do the math, the current environment paints a picture of a Republican Party at the verge of implosion during the most critical period in the presidential campaign. Assuming little changes, years from now people will look back at the decisive nine-day period in mid-October last fall when the stage was set for the 2016 elections. In this narrow window, Hillary Clinton soundly routed Bernie Sanders in the first and single most important Democratic debate of the season, Vice President Biden announced that he wouldn't run for president and Clinton publicly demonstrated her strength and fortitude during 11 hours of testimony in front of the House Select Committee on Benghazi—a hearing that resembled a Kangaroo Court. Meanwhile, loudly and in full view, sitting high atop the polls facing little or no resistance, Donald Trump was gathering steam toward the Republican nomination and a backward-looking Republican Party was gasping its last breath.
  • Unilateral Surrender of Power: How The GOP Made Obama One of America's Most Powerful Presidents  By : Zachary Karabell
    By stonewalling new laws and new budgets, Congress handed control to the White House. Republicans are hardly passive victims of an overweening executive; they are, in fact, paying for their own unilateral surrender of power. The GOP-dominated Congress has sought to weaken and undermine Obama and instead has achieved the opposite. Unable to pass significant legislation after the Affordable Care Act, the Obama White House filled the vacuum by creative use of executive authority, setting a potentially risky precedent for the future balance between the branches but spurred, ironically, by the very opponents who were trying to contain him.
  • Inside Ted Cruz's Dark, Twisted World: Why His Far-Right Social Views are Even Scarier Than You Think  By : Heather Digby Parton
    It will come as no shock that Ted Cruz is an extremist. But it might surprise to learn just how extreme he is. Ted Cruz's confrontational political philosophy is revolutionary. His policy agenda is at the farthest edge of conservative movement thinking, even including gold buggery and the abolition of the IRS and half a dozen other agencies and functions of the federal government. His foreign policy advisers include anti-Muslim cranks like Frank Gaffney. His ideology is doctrinaire right wing conservative. And he is a fanatical conservative evangelical Christian whose beliefs place him at the fringe of an already non-mainstream worldview. And then there is his father Rafael Cruz, who is counted among the most militant extremist preachers in the country and who believes his son was sent by God to turn America into a theocracy.
  • Hey, Democrats, Stop Gloating — Your Party is Imploding Right Before Your Eyes, Too  By : Steve Almond
    The enduring lesson of Campaign 2016 for Democrats is that the center cannot hold. Republicans aren't the only party facing an historic rift. Over the past two weeks, it's become increasingly obvious that grassroots liberals are thoroughly disgusted by their own party establishment. A growing plurality of democratic voters wants a true progressive agenda. If Clinton and party insiders ignore this reality, such voters will begin to look elsewhere. They will not view themselves as having left the Party. The Party will have left them.
  • Trump Chokeholds and Tries To Hijack America  By : Roger Simon
    Trump does not have a tight core. His advisers do not work on policies; they work on chokeholds. And should Trump become president they may already be planning to force NBC to change the name of its premier Sunday show from "Meet the Press" to "Beat the Press." Unlike Ronald Reagan, Trump has no ideology to fall back on. Unlike Richard Nixon, Trump is not power-hungry. He is like a kid who steals cars to take a joy ride, not because he wants a car. Today, Trump wants to joyride the United States. After eight years, he'll give it back. He thinks it won't matter; he thinks you won't mind. That's how foolish he really is.
  • Donald Trump is a Domestic Terrorist: Why The Demagogue's Violent Provocations Demand Judicial Action  By : Alton Frye
    Trump threatens riots if he's not nominated. Let's let the courts decide if this is politically protected speech. He laments that his followers cannot follow the practice of older days when protesters were carried out of political meetings on stretchers. He expresses regret that he cannot punch protesters in the face. While he may not have engaged in violence himself, his inflammatory comments are virtual invitations for others to do so on his behalf — witness his campaign manager's arrest for assault. Allowing Trump's terrorism to hover over the political process is poisonous to America's political health. No one should be allowed to threaten his way to power.
  • Spreading Hate Has Backfired on Right-Wing Media: How Fox News Unwittingly Destroyed The Republican Party  By : Cody Cain
    For years, Fox News has profited from its vicious, divisive rhetoric — and now a steep price is being paid. The Republican Party has been fomenting anger and discontent in the base of its own Party for years. The mechanism through which this hate has been disseminated has been the network of extremist media of right-wing talk radio and the Fox News Channel, which is essentially talk radio transposed onto television. From Nazi Germany in the 1930s to Bosnia and Rwanda in the 1990s, history is replete with examples of propaganda's effectiveness as a tool for shaping public opinion. Propaganda is powerful stuff. Many people are susceptible to it and can be swayed by it, especially the less educated. The base of the Republican Party became a Frankenstein. It became radicalized into an extreme movement that turned against the established order, including the leadership of the Republican Party itself. It has become a monster of its own that is now roaming the countryside and terrorizing the very political party that created it.
  • Bill Clinton Needs To Go Away: Why His Presidency Has Become a Political Liability  By : Daniel Denvir
    In a widely circulated video last week, Clinton defended programs that have ballooned both prison and poverty rates. Bill Clinton is no doubt his wife's double-edged sword: Though he is among the most charismatic politicians of his era, he's also prone to saying things that make campaign life rather awkward. The big problem, however, isn't just that Bill Clinton can't keep his mouth shut. It's that his right-leaning New Democrat policy record is a bad fit for today's liberal politics.
  • America's Ignorant Future: We Let The Idiots Take The Wheel -- Donald Trump, Fox (Fixed) News and How We Let Our Democracy Rot  By : David Masciotra
    The Disgraceful state of politics is tied to collapse of education. Philistines are marching, swarming Trump rallies. Two-thirds of Americans cannot name a single Supreme Court justice, and half are incapable of identifying all three branches of government. Forty-two percent of the public does not believe in evolutionary biology, while 24 percent believe that the sun orbits the earth. Nearly a quarter of Americans read below the fifth-grade level, which helps to explain why only 29 percent read a newspaper, and why 24 percent of Americans do not read even one book a year. To divorce the abysmal state of education from the downward turn of American politics straight into the sewer is to deny the connection between drinking battery acid and vomiting. The philistines and modern-day know-nothings are on the march, and they all seem to show up at the Trump rally. In a recent essay, when I pointed out that Trump's supporters are delusional to blame Mexicans and Muslims for their problems, and that when searching for suspects responsible for their hardships, they would have more luck with a mirror, many liberals condemned me as a "snobbish" and "heartless." While the former is possibly true, the latter is not. Compassion does not necessitate lying to people in order to coddle and comfort them in their own self-destructive behavior. Studies showing that Trump's supporters are the lowest educated of all constituencies, and that they are highly susceptible to laughable conspiracy ....
  • Bribery, Threats and More: Donald Trump's Got an Evil But Cunning Strategy To Win a Brokered Convention  By : Amanda Marcotte
    Trump's team is crafting a plan to pay off and threaten delegates, and a ready excuse to justify unethical choices. Public statements and behavior from the Trump team suggest they have a strategy is place, one that will be as effective as it is unethical. Piecing it together from public statements, it seems they have put together a simple but deadly three point plan. Bribery is point number one: Trump could fly delegates in on his private jet, offer them all-expenses paid trips to his own resorts, and wine and dine them at the convention. To make it worse, convention rules were written before super PACs became a thing, meaning that these groups can lavish all sorts of money on delegates and use anonymity to skirt convention rules barring corporate money from influencing events.
  • Ignorance, Racism & Rage: The GOP's Transformation To The 'Party of Stupid' Started Long Before Donald FrankenTRUMP  By : Amy Kittelstrom
    Shift from conscience-driven party of Lincoln to anger-driven party of Trump/Cruz has been 50 years in the making. The presidential candidacy of the bigoted, misogynist, ignorant Trump is a creature of the party's own making. First, Republicans allowed bigotry safe haven under the guise of morality, in the very name of morality, by broadcasting scary tales of black urban life as though it were proof of the irredeemable inferiority of African Americans. Second, the Republican Party adopted fixed positions on issues. Finally, the Republican Party has increasingly refused to engage in meaningful dialogue with its opponents. To echo the words of Malcolm X in 1963, the Trump candidacy is as clear a case of chickens coming home to roost as ever history did see.
  • This Time Around Republicans are 'Openly' Talking About How The Will RIG The 2016 Elections  By : Bob Cesca
    The GOP's Worst Kept Secret: Republicans Can't Stop Blabbing About Their Plans To Suppress The Vote and Rig Our Electoral System. More People voting hurts Republicans — so they're openly trying to prevent it. Participation in the democratic process should be simple and universal. But, once again, fear of skin color is being exploited in order to win elections for Republicans. Coupled with the well-worn Southern Strategy, one of the two major political parties in America is oppressing minority voters in an attempt to win elections.
  • Donald Trump's 'Days of Rage': As The GOP Primary Reaches its Tipping Point, Trump Prepares For All-Out-War at Cleveland Convention  By : Heather Digby Parton
    Ted Cruz won big last night, dramatically increasing chances of a brokered convention. Trump accused Cruz of stealing the Wisconsin primary with the illegal help of his Super PAC and the GOP establishment. It is tantamount to a declaration of war. This is about to get ugly.
  • 2016 Elections is a War For America's Soul: How Wealthy 'Post-Slavery' White Elites Protect Themselves  By : Heather Cox Richardson
    It's the elites vs the people in this presidential campaign, and nothing less than democracy is at stake. Like today's Republicans, slaveholders advanced the elitist version of America when they realized that they no longer controlled a majority of the popular vote. They were accustomed to using the government to advance their own interests, and had no intention of permitting their domination of the country to erode. To entrench their authority, they glorified their culture, rewrote American history, manipulated the laws, and tried to override the popular will. Republicans today are in the same predicament, and they are using the same formula. Even if all Americans could vote freely, the gerrymandering that took place after the 2010 census meant that Republicans could hold the House even without a majority. Republican donors poured money into state campaigns in 2010 with the express purpose of enabling Republicans to redraw state districts, and it worked. In 2012, House Democratic candidates won 1.37 million more votes than Republicans candidates did, but took only 201 seats. The Republicans took 237. Also in 2010, the Supreme Court's decision in the Citizen's United case guaranteed that elites can contribute their money freely to have disproportionate influence on elections.
  • It's So Much Worse Than Trump: The History of The Modern GOP is Bathed in Racism, Bigotry and Dog-Whistles  By : Phillip Cryan
    The party of Lincoln? Sure, in 1858. Today's GOP wants to pretend Trump is an outlier. They should look in a mirror. Sadly, the bigotry, misogyny, and white-supremacist demagoguery on ugly display right now in the Republican presidential primary race are no aberration. They are as American as apple pie. A crushing electoral defeat this November for Trump and everything he stands for would be one very important step toward sending some of the ugliest, most bigoted parts of our political culture where they belong (and where some of us may have wrongly allowed ourselves to think, until recently, they already resided): a past we can all celebrate having put behind us.
  • Trump's Most Terrifying Interview Yet: Why His Sit Down With Bob Woodward & Robert Costa Should Have America Petrified  By : Heather Digby Parton
    In a conversation with the Washington Post, Trump demonstrated exactly why he's so dangerous (STUPID) in 2016. The interview is long but it's well worth reading. It does leave you with a sense of a Donald Trump you don't normally see in such an extended way and it's downright surreal that he's very close to winning the Republican nomination for president. How is it possible that a man with such overwhelming solipsism and titanic ego can have so little knowledge to show for it?
  • The GOP Doesn't Hate Trump's Ideas, They Just Hate His 'Revealing' Optics  By : Daniel Denvir
    Last week provided evidence anew that the GOP's anti-Trump crusade is motivated by politics, not principle. There's a lot to find terrifying about Trump. The call to close the border to Muslims. The misogyny. The description of Mexican immigrants as rapists and murderers. The incitement to violence. But what really rattles the Republican establishment is that that he vocalizes the hateful red meat, which the establishment has dished out to its base for years, in the all-too-honest language in which the base is fluent. That and his economic and foreign policy heresies, and the fact that he's a rich guy in trashy nouveau riche garb, appealing to the rabble's worst arriviste pretensions.
  • Donald Trump is The Pinnacle of Republican — And American — Stupidity  By : Conor Lynch
    Why his campaign consummates decades of rising anti-intellectualism: It's not that we've never seen anyone like Trump before. He's just finishing the job begun by Reagan, Bush & Palin. Since 2008, ignorance has increasingly become a political principle in Republican circles. After Obama defeated McCain and Palin, the reactionary Tea Party movement arose, and anti-intellectualism and extremism began to infiltrate the GOP. (While the Republican establishment has long exploited the ignorance of voters, it managed to keep the more reactionary figures in line, until recently.) Leading Tea Party Republicans like Michele Bachmann, Ben Carson, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Rick Perry, and of course, Donald Trump, have found tremendous success in being about as unsophisticated and uninformed as possible. Trump represents the culmination of Republican — and American — stupidity. For many voters, his ignorance of both foreign and domestic issues is offset by his bold and folksy rhetoric, along with his absolute confidence, which, as Bill Maher recently noted, "is perfect for the country that scores low in math and science but off the charts in self-esteem." Trump, of course, didn't invent the politics of simplemindedness. Republican patron saint Ronald Reagan was incredibly ill-informed and even hostile toward learnedness, but he was an actor who could pull off inspiring speeches with a kind of paternal charm. The same cannot be said for our last president, George W. Bush, whom ....
  • The 'Intellectual Right' Gyrates To Pretend 'Trumpism' Wasn't Always Part of The Racist, Satanic Republican Party  By : Neal Gabler
    Trump coverage is the smoking gun and CNN is the corpse. The media have always gone easy on Paul Ryan(House Speaker), way too easy, treating him as if he were a real economic guru, when, in fact, no one who worships Ayn Rand as the prophet should be anywhere near government — or books. But the pining for Ryan in the "smart" right-wing media just goes to show how utterly baffled the right-wing press is. Guys like Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush enabled them to indulge their fantasies of a smart, gentle conservatism that allegedly worked, never mind that the George W. Bush administration proved it didn't. Now Donald Trump has blown up those fantasies, and the right-wing media are as confused as the right wing itself.
  • Uh-Oh: Where Does All The 'Racist' White Rage Go When Donald Trump Loses and The 'Make America WHITE Again' Dream Fizzles?  By : Michael Bourne
    They are too angry to sit still. Too many to ignore. But too few to elect a president. Where do they go after Trump? Trump is openly at war with his own party, and even if that badly splintered organization magically unites behind him after the convention, there simply are not enough angry white people in America to elect him president. We may already be getting a chilling preview of a possible post-Trump future in the spasms of seemingly random gun violence such as those at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs and the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. Neither of these alleged shooters has been brought to trial and there is much we do not know, but what is clear that we are in the midst of an unprecedented epidemic of mass shootings, a disturbing number of which seem to be carried out recently by emotionally troubled white men harboring right-wing views.
  • Latest Projections: Electoral Doom For Both Trump and Republicans in November  By : Sean Illing
    All the numbers spell disaster for Trump. Larry Sabato's prediction in a Clinton-Trump matchup shows an electoral college rout for Democrats. As The Washington Post reports, "If Donald Trump secures the Republican presidential nomination, he would start the general election campaign as the least-popular candidate to represent either party in modern times…Three-quarters of women view him unfavorably. So do nearly two-thirds of independents, 80 percent of young adults, 85 percent of Hispanics and nearly half of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents." Experts estimate that Democrats are likely to secure 347 Electoral College votes to a paltry 191 for Republicans (again, this is assuming it's Clinton versus Trump). Given Trump's limited appeal with women, minorities, and independents, a landslide victory for Clinton – or Sanders, for that matter – is more than a little plausible.
  • 'President' Trump Vows To Punish 'Criminal' Women Who Have Abortions  By : Amanda Marcotte
    Donald Trump says he wants to punish women who have abortions, making him just like every other "pro-life" politician. "There has to be some form of punishment," Trump said of his proposed abortion ban. Later on Wednesday, Trump attempted to walk back his position -- by shifting to the apparently more acceptable belief that women are drooling idiots who cannot be trusted with something as simple as a medical decision regarding their own body.
  • The American Freedom Party (Racist White Nationalists) Propose a Cabinet For 'President Trump'  By : Jason Linkins and Dana Liebelson
    White Nationalists Have Figured Out Who Should Be In President Trump's Cabinet. Ann Coulter, Elon Musk and a certain plucky senator from Vermont are included. In a lengthy press release circulated Monday, AFP director Tom Sunic, who claims to be a Croatian diplomat, lays out the party's ideal membership of Trump's cabinet, one that will definitely work to provide a "bulkhead against the forces that are destroying the peoples of European extraction worldwide." AFP's chairman, William Johnson, an attorney based in Los Angeles, is nominated as secretary of agriculture, apparently based on his experience as a "farmer." He notes that food stamps and food subsidies will be "powerful tools to achieve repatriation of... illegal aliens." To make things not as #TrumpCabinetSoWhite as they could be, sleepy-eyed Uncle-Tom, Dr. Ben Carson would take over the role of surgeon general. Anti-immigration kook Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) is the AFP's choice to run the State Department. The aforementioned Coulter would serve as — oh, man, you guys — the director of homeland security(because she would "do what needs doing," and who thought those four words could ever sound so terrifying). Finally, Alaska's former HALF-Governor Sarah Palin -- would be President Trump's chief of staff, a role that would involve dismantling a number of other government posts, among them the secretary of education. So, the most difficult and demanding job in any presidential administration would be given to .....
  • Donald Trump's Reign of Bullshit: He's Not Lying To Us, He's Just Completely Full Of It!  By : Eldar Sarajlic
    The more likely reason for the mainstream conservative opposition to Trump is the fact that he threatens to reveal the true face of American conservative politics. Namely, the bullshit he produces every day has only so much success in hiding what lies beneath: the deeply embedded instinct for racial and economic domination, white over black, rich over poor. This deep structure rises to the surface at every Trump rally, whenever a mass of his supporters gathers together. Hands raised to a Nazi salute, beatings of blacks, journalists and dissenters are the flip side of the bullshit rhetoric. Basically, Trump threatens to reveal something most conservative politicians are trying to hide: that American conservatism is not an ideology of limited government or public virtue, but as Corey Robin argues, a "mode of counterrevolutionary practice" to preserve hierarchy and power of white and rich elites over non-white and poor masses. There's a difference between a liar and a bullshitter -- and it helps explain the essence of Donald Trump. Trump has successfully made language irrelevant, at least among his supporters (potentially half of the country). He indicated this himself when he said that his supporters are so passionate about him that even if we walked down Fifth Avenue and shot a person they would still love him. Although it did not sound like that, this was a statement about language, and not about Trump's potential murderous actions. What he meant by this is that his
  • 1,237: Donald Trump's Giant Convention Con-JOB  By : Mickey Edwards
    The front-runner is desperately trying to change party rules, turning a loss into a win he doesn't deserve. Trump's contention is that even if he falls short, it's clear that as the primary front-runner he is the overwhelming choice of Republicans; and, to deny him the nomination would be, in effect, stealing it from him. But actually, by that measure, to allow the convention to nominate Trump without his having won the requisite number of delegate votes would be the real theft: The truth is, Donald Trump is not the overwhelming choice of most Republicans. In fact, Trump is a man thoroughly despised by most Republicans. We have clear evidence of this embarrassing fact because Trump, with his bluster and insults, has made the nominating contest almost entirely about him: For months, voters have been deciding for or against Donald Trump, the main question being which of the candidates arrayed against him would be the one best positioned to stop him. More important, however, than the effect on the Republican Party, a Trump nomination could result in putting the presidency of the United States in the hands of a dangerous and bigoted demagogue who would not only undermine any claim to American exceptionalism—our constitutional commitment to human values and the rule of law—but also possibly draw the country into a series of high-level confrontations with nations around the world.
  • The World is Horrified: A Donald Trump Presidency Would Damage America For Decades  By : Phil Torres
    Donald Trump would be scarier than George W. Bush: His unserious, incendiary approach would damage America for decades — and we should be terrified. A Trump presidency would result in a catastrophic deterioration of our already compromised moral authority in the world. Trump has repeatedly said that he would "bomb the shit out of them," meaning the Islamic State. Perhaps this sounds like a good plan to the predominantly uneducated white people who support Trump, but to scholars who actually study the phenomenon of Islamic terrorism, bombing in the group would have catastrophically negative consequences for U.S. national security. I suspect that Trump and his followers will never know just how much his unprofessional, incendiary, uninformed approach to politics will compromise our wounded reputation and even-more-wounded moral authority in the world today.
  • Donald Trump's Shocking Ignorance of Government Policy, Laid Bare -- at WAPO Editorial Board Meeting  By : Eugene Robinson
    The Post's Eugene Robinson says that the transcript of the meeting -- "is one of the most chilling documents I've read in a long time." "I am appalled at how little he knows — and truly frightened." Please read the transcript. Then decide whether it's conceivable to put a man who knows so little in charge of so much.
  • Obama's Popularity is Spiking — Further Dooming The GOP's Chances of Saving its Sinking Ship  By : Simon Maloy
    Another reason for Republicans to feel terrible: Republicans argue that Barack Obama is a uniquely disastrous president, but his approval rating is on the rise. Other than a recovering economy and policies supported widely by the electorate, it's probably safe to assume that the Republican primary is also helping Obama. Trump, the GOP frontrunner is galumphing about on the national stage and insulting just about every minority group as he encourages violence at his rallies and picks petty fights with women on TV and making dick jokes.
  • Most Racists Back Donald Trump: New Poll Suggests Racial Resentment Above All is Driving Trump's Rise  By : Sean Illing
    Trump has easily exploited identity politics, seducing white voters who project their anger against minorities. The border wall is a symbolic gesture, a metaphorical middle finger to the nebulous "other." It won't bring back any jobs; it won't resuscitate the manufacturing sector; and it won't make America any whiter or safer than it already is. But for the disillusioned Trump voter, it's a palliative nevertheless. The Trump voters tend to believe their "losses are being caused by other group's gains." Like all fascists (and Trump may not be a fascist, but he employs fascistic rhetoric), Trump is giving people predisposed to fear the "other" the boogeymen they need. Even better, he's promising to build a giant wall to keep them out.
  • The Poisonous and 'Circular' Conservative Thinking That Caused The Flint Water Crisis  By : Dana Milbank
    It's a vicious cycle: Washington(Federal Government) devolves power to the states. When states screw up, conservatives blame the federal government, worsening the public's already shaky faith. Having tied the hands of the feds — in this case, the EPA — they use the failure as justification to restrict federal power further, thus giving more control to the states, which caused the problem in the first place.
  • What 'Populist' Bernie Sanders Has Achieved  By : John Cassidy
    It's too early to say what Bernie Sanders's legacy will be, but he has already done more than just pull Hillary Clinton to the left. Even Republicans have been taking up some of Sanders's themes. "The top one per cent under President Obama, the millionaires and billionaires that he constantly demagogued, earned a higher share for our national income than any year since 1928," Ted Cruz said earlier this year. Donald Trump has talked about the need to raise taxes on hedge-fund managers and leveraged-buyout tycoons. John Kasich has rebranded himself as a champion for the poor and excluded. Of course, the regressive tax policies that Cruz, Trump, and Kasich are advocating would exacerbate inequality, rather than reduce it, but the fact that Republicans have felt obliged to address these issues at all surely owes something to Sanders and the populist wave that he represents. Arguing powerfully and passionately Sanders has repeatedly and effectively assailed money in politics: "American democracy is not about billionaires being able to buy candidates and elections," he said in launching his campaign. "It is not about the Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson, and other incredibly wealthy individuals spending billions of dollars to elect candidates who will make the rich richer and everyone else poorer..... This is not democracy. This is oligarchy."
  • The ReTRUMPlican Party: A Thug With Money Has Taken Over The GOP  By : Timothy Egan
    Crackpot Party Crackup: The Republican Party, under Trump, is headed for a combustive breakup. Ronald Reagan envisioned a shining city on a hill. Trump represents nothing more than a thug with money. Come July Republicans will be forced to accept many awful, un-American stands when Trump becomes the standard-bearer. If you're young, nonwhite, science-based and civil, there will be nothing in it for you. And these stands will be rejected in every precinct of the United States where hope still beats hate, which is a majority, albeit a shrinking one.
  • Donald Trump's New Foreign Policy Advisers Are as Rotten as His Steaks  By : Shane Harris
    The wannabe POTUS rolls out his global brain trust: a collection of charlatans including a Christian hate-monger and a Bush-era official who blocked investigations of his pals.
  • The Blind Leading The Dumb: Like Bush Trump Just isn't Very Smart  By : Lawrence M. Krauss
    Trump just isn't very smart, in spite of his frequent self-assessments to the contrary. Like George W. Bush he has very little intellectual curiosity about the world around him, and like Bush, he seems to be relatively unaware of his own limitations in this regard. But unlike Bush he appears to have few knowledgeable resources to lean on, and little willingness to do so if he did. Either Trump only talks to those who play up to his delusion, or he simply doesn't listen to those who might burst his bubble. Either way, that is a cause for worry. We have seen in Iraq, or following the flooding in New Orleans, how a president without a willingness to question the basic facts that advisors may provide him with, can embroil this country in dangerous and ultimately disastrous policy decisions. For all of his bravado, obnoxiousness, hatred, and vitriol, the scariest thing about Trump is his unique combination of ignorance about the world, convolved with ignorance about himself.
  • Ex-KKK Leader: Why Racists Like Trump  By : Jen Yamato
    Former KKK Grand Dragon Explains Why Racists Like Trump. Scott Shepherd, once a high-ranking member of the Ku Klux Klan—and David Duke's ex-right-hand man—discusses why Donald Trump is appealing to white supremacists. Trump speaks to the issues that America's white supremacists care about. "They're latching onto him because his campaign is pretty much in line with their beliefs," says Shepherd. "They all feel like they've not been given a fair handshake, and that their rights have been taken and priority has been given to people of color."
  • Donald Trump is a Delusional Cry-Baby: In the GOP's Long-CON, Rich White People are The 'New Victims'  By : Chauncey DeVega
    Fox News, Trump and the Republican Party have taught (lied to) conservatives the insane fiction that they are marginalized. Donald Trump knows his audience well and how best to pluck their strings of discontent. He is a master merchant of white (right-wing) victimology. The notion that white people are "victims" in the United States is absurd. As a group, white Americans have more wealth, income and other financial assets than all other racial groups combined. White families hold 90 percent of the national wealth. Hispanic families hold 2.3 percent of the national wealth. Black families hold 2.6 percent of the national wealth.(via Demos Group).
  • 25 Things Trump Can Say  By : John Sammon.
    The point is he could say these things and not only get away with it, but his supporters would cheer and vote for him
  • Sticking it To The GOP: Obama's Nomination of Merrick Garland is a Lot More Ruthless Than it Looks  By : Elias Isquith
    The president's nomination of an alleged moderate has some liberals scratching their heads. They shouldn't. Merrick Garland Is Obama's Rope-a-Dope Nominee. The president has learned to let the GOP punch itself out. Merrick Garland, the appellate chief judge whom President Obama has nominated to the Supreme Court, is not going to become a Supreme Court justice before the election or probably ever. One imagines that both he and Obama are aware of this. He is a prop, chosen to spend the next eight months as a prop. What Garland does—and he should be commended for doing it—is take the bullet for whichever candidates-in-waiting Democrats really hope to get on the Supreme Court one day, whether that's Sri Srinivasan, Paul Watford, Jane Kelly, or whoever. Had any of those candidates been nominated, Republicans would have deemed them radically liberal from the start and drawn the bad-faith argument backward from there, just as they're going to attempt with Garland now.
  • The Trump Supporters Hate Map: Tracing Acts of Harrassment and Violence at Rallies from Coast to Coast  By : Steven Rosenfeld
    Everyone knows that Donald Trump likes to lift himself up by putting others down and viciously attacking people. But Trump has also encouraged his supporters at rallies to get aggressive and violent with protesters in their midst. This has led to incidents across the country where Trump supporters have targeted minorities—and similar behavior has emerged beyond campaign rally sites.
  • The Beast Is Us 'WHITE PEOPLE' Not Donald Trump  By : Timothy Egan
    Donald Trump's supporters know exactly what he stands for: hatred of immigrants, racial superiority, a sneering disregard of the basic civility that binds a society. Educated and poorly educated alike, men and women — they know what they're getting from him. This idea that people are following Trump only for the celebrity joy ride, that if they just understood the kind of radical, anti-American ideas he advocates they would drop him, is garbage. It's certainly no coincidence that the race haters, immigrant bashers and religious hucksters who've been at the fringe for some time are all in for Donald Trump. With media complicity, Trump has unleashed the beast that has long resided not far from the American hearth, from those who started a Civil War to preserve the right to enslave a fellow human to the Know-Nothing mobs who burned Irish-Catholic churches out of fear of immigrants. The German magazine Der Spiegel called Trump "the world's most dangerous man." The Germans know a thing or two about the topic.
  • No, Not Trump, Not Ever  By : David Brooks
    Donald Trump is an affront to basic standards of honesty, virtue and citizenship. He pollutes the atmosphere in which our children are raised. He has already shredded the unspoken rules of political civility that make conversation possible. He is a childish man running for a job that requires maturity. He is an insecure boasting little boy whose desires were somehow arrested at age 12. He surrounds himself with sycophants. In his savage regime, public life is just a dog-eat-dog war of all against all.
  • Yuk it Up, America. While You Still Can  By : Roger Simon
    Simon says: That's all Trump wants: a good time. A steak, a bottle of wine and knocking the heck out of somebody. The front-runner of the Republican Party is pretending to be an unabashed bigot and outright thug.
  • Ted Cruz's 'National Security' Team is a Rogue's Gallery of War-Mongering Torturers and 'Cuckoo-For-Cocoa-Puff' Bigots  By : Staff Writer
    Notorious Islamophobe Frank Gaffney To Join Cruz National Security Team. Frank Gaffney, the head of the Center for Security Policy (CSP), is reportedly a member of GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) national security advisory team. The Southern Policy Law Center has termed CSP an anti-Muslim hate group, and Gaffney has a history of pushing bigoted anti-Muslim smears and conspiracy theories.
  • What Will a Trump Presidency Look Like? 'The Rise of the Nazis' Is a Pretty Good Guide  By : Thom Hartmann
    Hundreds of hours a day of right-wing programming pour out of television and radio stations nationwide, and conservative extremists (and their politician puppets) are the most common guests and experts on network news and weekend political TV shows. It was a set-up that was perfect for a fascist like Trump, and he is not the first one to employ this formula to rise in power. As you can see, the formula is indeed simple. Identify real problems within a society, such as crime, poverty and unemployment. Invent a conspiracy about who is responsible for these problems. Say it is led by a specific group (Muslims, immigrants, liberals), and hyperinflate a few anecdotes to make that conspiracy seem vast and powerful. It was the formula Hitler used, and as Trump has proven, it still works today. It is, in fact, the most consistently reliable way for demagogues to gain power. It works because it's gradual but relentless, and progressively absorbs — and then intimidates or co-opts — both government and the media. Even many of the so-called liberal news networks perpetuate those extremist views by failing to denounce the hateful smears against Muslims and African Americans and Mexicans and women. Former MSNBC producer Jeff Cohen told me (and wrote in his book "Cable News Confidential: My Misadventures in Corporate Media" that he was ordered by the network always to have at least two conservatives on the Donahue show whenever one liberal appeared, "and three conservatives to Michael M....
  • Republican Gotterdammerun: The Eminent Demise of the Republican Party  By : John Sammon.
    Trump and Cruz are the best things to happen to Hillary Clinton: Approximately 45 percent of the women in this country are Democrats as opposed to 25 percent Republican. How can Trump or Cruz win this block? How do you think most women, who are Democrats, will vote given the chance for the first woman president in history? Approximately 80 percent to 70 percent of blacks in the country are Democrats. Let's assume they are not as fond of Hillary as they were of Obama, the first black president in American history. Let's assume Hillary gets only 60 percent of the African American vote. That leaves 30 percent or less for Trump and Cruz. It's a better-than-even-money bet that both Trump and Cruz are too extreme for all Republicans. If we're generous, we could say that either one of them would get about seventy-five percent of the Republican vote. Trump has said he will throw Hispanics out of the country and Hillary will run countless TV ads showing Trump saying we need to build a wall against Mexicans. Hillary will get a landslide Hispanic vote, ninety percent or better. The Republican Party is doomed because it cannot offer up a candidate that has cross-over appeal to races, groups, ideologies, in other words, the ability to pull votes from people who don't look like you and who don't believe what you believe. The fact that the Republican Party can't seem to understand that lacking a centralist candidate, a candidate whose views are moderate enough to draw from the center of the
  • Obama's 'Gangster' Move in Nominating Merrick Garland For Supreme Court is Another Big Nightmare For The GOP  By : Paul Campos
    Obama's gutsy "Godfather" move: Merrick Garland nomination is as big a GOP nightmare as Donald Trump. Trump or Cruz is likely to go down in flames, taking GOP senators with him. So do they take the best deal possible? Obama's nomination puts these senators in a terrible bind. If they carry through with their we-just-made-it-up-on-the-spot principle, and refuse to even give an indisputably moderate nominee such as Garland a hearing, they will look like petty obstructionists to swing voters in their home states (engaging in petty obstruction tends to be the kind of thing that makes you look like a petty obstructionist). All 24 of them might just go down with Trump or Cruz in November.
  • 'Marco-BOT' Shuts Down: The End Of Marco Rubio's Campaign is a Dodged Bullet For America  By : Jonathan Chait
    Rubio's foreign policy was pure retrograde neoconservatism. On social issues, he defended a complete ban on abortion without exception, even in cases of rape and incest. His propensity to panic under pressure would have made him all the more dangerous in office. His substantive extremism would have proven a liability in general election campaign, but it was entirely plausible to believe that Rubio could have smuggled his right-wing policies past the electorate by running on cheerful slogans and a winning smile. The potential to do so is why Rubio may well find himself atop his party's ticket in a future election. In the meantime, his failure is a bullet dodged.
  • King of Punks  By : John Sammon.
    Trump Supporters are Often Under-Educated Young White Guys (Punks). This is the man who said he would be a "Uniter" of the country and Trump said it with a straight face. Does he actually believe this? Trump dismissively explains away acts of violence with the turgid shit-stink retort, "He just got carried away."
  • Deluded Uncle-Tom: Ben Carson Endorses Trump -- Who Once Compared Him To a 'Child-Molester'; Says He Received 'Wisdom From God'  By : Sophia Tesfaye
    This despicable excuse for a black man -- earns the "Uncle Tom" label because, quite frankly, he demeans other black people, all while masquerading as a crusader for black causes. Take a look at his remarks during a visit to Harlem this past August and you"ll see a wide assortment of instances where Carson was dismissive to black causes in lieu of Republican talking points, while criticizing the 90+ percent of black voters who support democrats. There are two fields commonly associated with high degrees of intelligence: rocket scientist and brain surgeon are lauded as the "smartest" professions around, according to various streams of our vernacular anyway. But Dr. Ben Carson, a former brain surgeon, disproves that theory practically every time he speaks. How a man so talented in medicine could be such a dimwit outside of said practice is, in itself, a medical mystery.
  • The 'Long' History of U.S. Presidential Penis Innuendo and How Misogynist Trump Plans To 'Unman' Clinton  By : Joseph Cummins
    Trump and Rubio have taken the unmanning to new heights, but it's been a feature of U.S. politics since the beginning. With Hillary Clinton as the likely Democratic nominee, if Trump makes it to the general election, he'll be faced with an entirely new problem in presidential politics: How do you "unman" a woman? So far, for Trump, the answer to that question has been a two-step process. He insinuates Clinton is more manly than feminine: He's made sarcastic remarks about her "pantsuits," hinted that she's a lesbian and remarked on the length of her "disgusting" bathroom break during the Democratic debate in December. And then, with comments like "She goes home, goes to sleep. I'm telling you. She doesn't have the strength. She doesn't have the stamina," he unmans her.
  • Noam Chomsky: 2016 Election Puts US at Risk of 'Utter Disaster'  By : C.J. Polychroniou
    "American democracy, always limited, has been drifting substantially toward plutocracy," Noam Chomsky says. "But these tendencies are not graven in stone." "It is presumed that the fifth extinction was caused by a huge asteroid that hit the earth. Now we are the asteroid." "Trump's predominantly white supporters can see that their image of a white-run society is dissolving before their eyes." "American democracy, always limited, has been drifting substantially toward plutocracy. But these tendencies are not graven in stone."
  • Louis C.K. on Donald Trump: 'The Guy is Hitler. He's an Insane Bigot. He is Dangerous'  By : Marianne Zumberge
    Louis C.K. is the latest public figure to criticize Donald Trump, calling him an "insane bigot" and comparing him to Adolf Hitler. C.K. added, "Trump is not your best. He's the worst of all of us. He's a symptom to a problem that is very real. But don't vote for your own cancer. You're better than that." "Trump is a messed up guy with a hole in his heart that he tries to fill with money and attention. He can never ever have enough of either and he'll never stop trying. He's sick. Which makes him really really interesting. And he pulls you towards him which somehow feels good or fascinatingly bad. He's not a monster. He's a sad man. But all this makes him horribly dangerous if he becomes president. Give him another TV show. Let him pay to put his name on buildings. But please stop voting for him. And please watch Horace and Pete."
  • How Trump Stole The Gullible, Ignorant and Racist Viewers From Fox News and The GOP  By : Phil Torres
    Too Loony For Fox News: Fox created the Fact-Free GOP, then Trump stole it away. Gullible Fox viewers are the most misinformed. That made it easy for Donald Trump to fill vacuum of ignorance, fear. On the one hand, at least seven studies to date show that Fox News denizens constitute the most misinformed news audience in the country. One study even found that Fox News viewers are more misinformed than people who don't watch any news at all. From climate change to Obama's birthplace to the Iraq War to Obamacare, conservatives are far more likely to hold demonstrably false beliefs — often with tremendous, unshakable confidence. On the other hand, and even more significantly, Fox News instills in its viewers a formidable distaste for critical thinking. It encourages dogmatism while discouraging curiosity. It teaches people to care more about "what" a belief says about the world than "why" one should accept it. It propagates what philosophers would describe as bad epistemology.
  • Looming Disaster For The GOP: There's No Escaping The Impossible Choice of Donald Trump vs. Ted Cruz  By : Sean Illing
    The hard reality of this losing battle is starting to sink in among party insiders. In a week or so, Republicans will be staring their worst nightmare in the face: Trump and Cruz will be the clear favorites heading into the convention, and there will be no good options left. As Mel Martinez, former Republican National Committee chairman told Politico, "Deny Trump, there is division. Accept Trump and there is division. Not a good scenario." Such is the dilemma the Republican establishment now faces. They can't stop Trump, who is devouring the party and its brand, without uniting behind a single candidate. But every candidate they've rallied behind, from Jeb Bush to Marco Rubio, has imploded. Now the choice is to back Trump or Cruz, both of whom are disastrous general election candidates.

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