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Donald Trump reverts to type in debate – and it isn't 'magnificently brilliant' | Richard Wolffe

Donald Trump reverts to type in debate – and it isn't 'magnificently brilliant' | Richard Wolffe

Normal presidents get their third debate right.They flunk their first in a fit of presidential pique about standing on stage with their upstart rivals. They over-correct their second after a frantic period of long-delayed rehearsals. By the time the third comes along, they usually remember what got them elected in the first place.Read moreis not a normal president.He whiffed his first debate by forcing himself down the throat of . He skipped his second debate because he was sick with the pandemic he failed to take seriously. And he never prepped for the third debate, on Thursday night.It...

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Donald Trump is the QAnon president. And he's proud of it | Richard Wolffe

Donald Trump is the QAnon president. And he's proud of it | Richard Wolffe

There is something worse than Donald Trump’s takeover of the Republican party.Yes, even worse than a party that doesn’t take seriously a pandemic that has killed more than 217,000 Americans. Worse than a party that doesn’t care about locking up children in cages at the border or separating them permanently from their parents. Worse than a party that celebrates a leader who was impeached for abusing overseas military aid as a tool to smear his political opponent.What could be worse than Trump’s version of Republican politics? It’s the Trump-driven conversion of the Grand Old Party into a...

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Mike Pence struggles to defend the indefensible and please his disastrous boss | Richard Wolffe

Mike Pence struggles to defend the indefensible and please his disastrous boss | Richard Wolffe

t’s rare that something unexpected and unrehearsed crosses Mike Pence’s head. The sitting vice-president is a disciplined performer known to prep for his public moments, in stark contrast to his boss.But as the vice-presidential debate neared its close, with the candidates tackling the challenges of racial justice, a dark object landed on his blanched white scalp.Pence was expressing his faux sympathy for the family of Breonna Taylor, while also condemning the notion that America is systemically racist, when a large fly found the smell of his words as attractive as the brown debris that...

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Obama returned to torment Trump in ways that only a member of the Oval Office club can | Richard Wolffe

Obama returned to torment Trump in ways that only a member of the Oval Office club can | Richard Wolffe

Like bankruptcy, political influence moves gradually, then suddenly. On the penultimate night of this unconventional Democratic convention, the pace of that transition visibly accelerated.For most of the last four years, America’s political conversation has been dominated by the foghorn squeezed night and day by a hair-dried troll. This has been an alarmingly loud, but increasingly tedious monologue.Read moreWithout an appropriate adversary, Donald Trump has stalked and skulked the stage: alternately ignoring and inventing enemies, alienating friends and befriending alien forces. It has...

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Aug 20
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Don't call it a comeback: Trump's Tulsa rally was just another sad farce | Richard Wolffe

Don't call it a comeback: Trump's Tulsa rally was just another sad farce | Richard Wolffe

There have been so many reasons to feel embarrassed about .Read moreThere was the time he a porn star. There was the time he lied about the of his inauguration crowd. The time he talked about the around Puerto Rico. The time he thought you could the coronavirus by injecting yourself with bleach.But nothing truly comes close to the embarrassment of his so-called comeback rally in Tulsa, , on Saturday.It was so toe-curlingly cringeworthy, such a crushing humiliation. There are 80s pop bands who have enjoyed greater comebacks than Donald Trump.To understand how much of his insides will always...

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Jun 21
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Trump's hydroxychloroquine habit is the triumph of rightwing quackery | Richard Wolffe

Trump's hydroxychloroquine habit is the triumph of rightwing quackery | Richard Wolffe

The president’s anti-science cult represents the nadir of a long tradition of conspiracy-loving wingnuts from the fringes of American conservatism Fri 22 May 2020 06.35 EDTWhat kind of buffoon brags about taking a drug that could kill him?Among the many ailments Donald Trump has inflicted on his own country – not to mention the rest of the world – there may be something even worse than hydroxycholoroquine.Yes, it’s bad that he claims to be taking an anti-malarial that his own Food and Drug Administration is unsafe and ineffective to treat Covid-19.Yes, it’s astonishing that Trump’s tools...

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Trump's obsession with Obama is an attempt to distract from his failures | Richard Wolffe

Trump's obsession with Obama is an attempt to distract from his failures | Richard Wolffe

fter two months of quarantine, we all start to dream about breaking free from our perfect little prison. Amid the endless days and nights of impending doom, whose thoughts have not turned to the place that gives us the most hope?How can you not yearn to swap the relentless grind of this Groundhog Day for the sun-filled uplands of your own happy place?Your dream destination might be a Caribbean beach or simply a local bar. But for , his Shangri-La is that corner of the 2016 election when he was just an honest grifter screaming conspiracy theories at Hillary Clinton.His love boat has one port...

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May 13
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Trump is devoting precious resources to the most urgent task of all: rebutting the media | Richard Wolffe

Trump is devoting precious resources to the most urgent task of all: rebutting the media | Richard Wolffe

has identified the enemy. Three months after the coronavirus arrived in the United States, and more than 23,000 deaths later, our president has put his finger on what ails us.It is not, as he may have said many times, invisible. It is not even a very virus that has outsmarted the world’s antibiotics. It is, in fact, the media.Read moreYes, you know who you are, you viral agents of destruction. Because of you, our valiant commander-in-chief was forced to spend the bulk of his so-called media briefing on Easter Monday taking the fight against the pandemic to where it really needs to be waged:...

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The sick joke of Donald Trump's presidency isn't funny any more | Richard Wolffe

The sick joke of Donald Trump's presidency isn't funny any more | Richard Wolffe

For three long years the world has been treated to the sick joke of Donald Trump’s presidency. Some days were more sick than others. But now the joke is over.So is the entire facade of the Trump White House: the gold-plated veneer of power and grift will be stripped bare by a global pandemic and recession.Of all the obituaries we’ll read in the next several weeks, every one will be more meaningful than the political end of a former reality-TV star.But make no mistake. The humanitarian crisis about to unfold will consume what’s left of this president and the Republican party that surrendered...

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