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The Republicans’ Disdain for Science Has Endangered Us All | Washington Monthly

The Republicans’ Disdain for Science Has Endangered Us All | Washington Monthly

Donald Trump recently created a stir by a call by a Republican politician to fire Dr. Anthony Fauci. The reason: Fauci had the temerity to contradict the president on scientific facts. Then, whether out of fear or a willful suspension of intellect, the president’s coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx proclaimed that Trump has been “so attentive to the scientific literature and the details and the data”—in contradiction to the avalanche of lies Trump puts out in his daily propaganda rallies masquerading as pandemic briefings.Yet these are but surface examples of an ongoing...

April 24, 2020
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Trump Leaves His Defenders Hanging Out To Dry Again | Washington Monthly

Trump Leaves His Defenders Hanging Out To Dry Again | Washington Monthly

By now, almost everything that can be said about Trump’s bizarre bleach-and-sunlight episode has been said. I don’t even need to link, reference, or give background on it. Everyone paying even the slightest attention to the news knows. They know how bizarre it was, how unfathomably stupid it was on every level—political, scientific, common sense, any of it. I don’t think there is anything that could make clear to Trump’s base just how unfit he is for the job. But if anything could do it at all, it would be telling his scientists to research injecting people with Lysol or opening them up for...

April 25, 2020
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The President Is Impossibly Stupid | Washington Monthly

The President Is Impossibly Stupid | Washington Monthly

If you took yesterday off from politics to focus on the NFL Draft, you might have woken up this morning wondering what everyone was talking about. Why, for example, is Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on saying, “We seemed to have a quack medicine salesman on television. He’s talking about things like disinfectant in the lungs?”What does that mean? What does the former First Lady mean by this?Please don’t poison yourself because Donald Trump thinks it could be a good idea.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton)So, the president went on television and told people to  themselves and put...

April 24, 2020
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We Need to Speak Honestly About the GOP’s Evolution Into a Conspiracy Cult | Washington Monthly

We Need to Speak Honestly About the GOP’s Evolution Into a Conspiracy Cult | Washington Monthly

One of the challenges in analyzing modern American politics is accurately describing the Republican Party without seeming unserious and hyperbolic. Major publications are understandably in the habit of presenting both sides of the partisan divide as being inherently worthy of respect and equal consideration, both as a way of shielding themselves from accusations of bias and as a way of maintaining their own sense of journalistic integrity.Unfortunately, the modern Republican Party’s abdication of seriousness, good faith and reality-based communications or policy-making has stretched even...

May 23, 2020
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Trump Doesn’t Want to Be President. He Just Wants to Win. | Washington Monthly

Trump Doesn’t Want to Be President. He Just Wants to Win. | Washington Monthly

What usually happens during a presidential election is that the candidates articulate their vision for the country and back that up with a series of proposals outlining what they would do if elected. On the Democratic side, that is exactly what Joe Biden has done. You can and see the list of issues he wants to address and how he proposes to do so.Donald Trump has no such list. His campaign website is than a place to buy merchandise and contribute money. Other than slogans like “Keep America Great” printed on the items for sale, it says nothing about what the president wants to accomplish...

May 20, 2020
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Trump Sabotaged America’s Recovery Even Before COVID-19 Began | Washington Monthly

Trump Sabotaged America’s Recovery Even Before COVID-19 Began | Washington Monthly

“Vaccine or no vaccine, we’re back,” President Donald Trump last week as governors nationwide began relaxing the restrictions prompted by Covid-19. Trump has been the nation’s most ardent advocate for restarting the economy, even as most states have so far to meet his own administration’s metrics for a safe reopening. And little wonder: Trump is desperate to regain even a vestige of the pre-pandemic economy’s strength in time for the election this fall.But for all his cheerleading, Trump is unlikely to get the kind of robust rebound he’s hoping for—in large part due to sabotage inflicted by...

May 25, 2020
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Are White Working Class Folks Tiring of Trump’s Act? | Washington Monthly

Are White Working Class Folks Tiring of Trump’s Act? | Washington Monthly

Tom Nichols of The Atlantic has :…I have been baffled by one mystery in particular: Why do working-class white men—the most reliable component of Donald Trump’s base—support someone who is, by their own standards, the least masculine man ever to hold the modern presidency? The question is not whether Trump fails to meet some archaic or idealized version of masculinity. The president’s inability to measure up to Marcus Aurelius or Omar Bradley is not the issue. Rather, the question is why so many of Trump’s working-class white male voters refuse to hold Trump to their own standards of...

May 25, 2020
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Will Trump’s Enablers Ever Stop the Monster They Created? | Washington Monthly

Will Trump’s Enablers Ever Stop the Monster They Created? | Washington Monthly

Less than a week ago, the president launched an attack on social media for one of his tweets. Trump claimed that it was a violation of free speech. Nothing captures the dangers we face from this presidency better than that reaction, followed days later by scenes like this one in Kansas City in which a protester was maced and arrested for saying things that offended police officers.What did today was UNFORGIVABLE and UNFORGETTABLE— shadow clone wesly!*++ (@weslyinfinity)I’m sure Trump would laud those officers for “” the scene.The president may be backing off his threat to use the military...

June 3, 2020
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Barr Has Made the Justice Department Trump’s Puppet | Washington Monthly

Barr Has Made the Justice Department Trump’s Puppet | Washington Monthly

In the days following the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, this is what our attorney general was doing.This is what an attorney general who care about justice does.— Nancy LeTourneau (@Smartypants60)Ifill goes on to give us a bit of a history lesson, including this powerful moment.A piece of history worth noting.— Nancy LeTourneau (@Smartypants60)So what is our current attorney general doing in the midst of this national crisis? He certainly hasn’t travelled to Minneapolis and, as far as I know, hasn’t spoken to the family of George Floyd.What Barr has done is blame all of the violence...

June 3, 2020
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How Trump Wasted the Best Tool He Had to Fight Coronavirus | Washington Monthly

How Trump Wasted the Best Tool He Had to Fight Coronavirus | Washington Monthly

Out of all the responsibilities President Donald Trump has shirked during the COVID-19 pandemic, from not pressing China for information on the virus in its early weeks to not building up a testing regime in the United States, none has been more derelict than his administration’s failure to provide front-line healthcare workers with the medical and protective equipment they need.What’s most exasperating is that there was a system in place to provide that equipment: the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile, an integrated collection of secret, federally-controlled warehouses with billions of...

April 21, 2020
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