Even for Donald Trump, the remarks were almost staggering in their density. Last month, in an exclusive interview with the Financial Times, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared that Western liberalism has “outlived its purpose,” adding that “it has come into conflict with the interests of the overwhelming majority of the population.” When asked during the G20 summit in Osaka if he agreed, Trump offered this gleaming ruby: “[Putin] sees what’s going on—I guess if you look at what’s happening in Los Angeles, where it’s so sad to look, and what’s happening in San Francisco and a couple of other cities, which are run by an extraordinary group of liberal people. I don’t know what they’re thinking.”
Earlier this month, the Democracy Fund voter Study Group released an astonishing report. While an overwhelming majority of Americans favor a constitutional democracy, 32 percent of Trump voters would prefer a "strong leader" who doesn't have to answer to Congress or a body politic. "The highest levels of support for authoritarian leadership," the Study Group concluded, "come from those who are disaffected, disengaged from politics, deeply distrustful of experts, culturally conservative, and have negative views toward racial minorities."
Since Donald Trump was elected president, the New York Times' editorial page has waged a frontal assault on its readers' intelligence. Just this month, it has published pieces defending Woody Allen and Aziz Ansari against allegations of sexual abuse, and another scolding liberals for not being sufficiently respectful of gun owners in the wake of the latest mass shooting. In between, the paper hired and fired its leading commentator on technology after learning she counts a prominent neo-Nazi among her close friends.
Just eight percent of American high school seniors can identify the cause of the Civil War; less than a third (32 percent) know which amendment abolished slavery in the U.S.; and fewer than half (46 percent) know that the "Middle Passage" refers to the harrowing voyage across the Atlantic undertaken by Africans kidnapped for the slave trade. These are only a few of the more unnerving findings from the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project, which concludes that in classrooms across the country, the subject of slavery is as mistaught as it is misunderstood.
On Thursday, Rebekah Mercer, the reclusive daughter of right-wing billionaire Robert Mercer, issued her first-ever public statement, in which she attempted to distance herself from former White House strategist, current Breitbart chair and future pariah Steve Bannon. "I support President Trump and the platform upon which he was elected," the statement read. "My family and I have not communicated with Steve Bannon in many months and have provided no financial support to his political agenda, nor do we support his recent actions and statements."
During an appearance on "The Ingraham Angle" Thursday, Donald Trump told host Laura Ingraham that, "There's a great popularity for what we're doing in this country. They want it. They need it. They have to have it."
Fox News has yet to air a single episode of "The Ingraham Angle," and its host, Laura Ingraham, may have already worn out her welcome, if she ever had one at all. According to the Daily Beast, the conservative radio star is a "known tyrant" off the air, and staffers are "dreading the possibility of working with her." One insider is even "praying" she doesn't get reassigned to her show.
Long after his presidency is over and Trump has finally shuffled off this mortal coil, Neil Gorsuch will likely still be sitting on the Supreme Court, much to the delight of American conservatives. Gorsuch's fellow Supreme Court justices do not appear to share their glee. Multiple reports indicate that almost from the moment he was confirmed, the dyed-in-the-wool constructionist has rubbed members of the court the wrong way—and not just the liberals on the bench.
Wishing for Trump's impeachment? Here are 5 reasons why the next president could be even more dangerous
From the moment he was elected, liberals have clung to the possibility, however remote, that Donald Trump will be removed from office. They've fallen for the conspiracy theories of #Resistance hucksters like Louise Mensch, Claude Taylor and Eric Garland, and continue to hold out hope the Mueller investigation will bring his corrupt presidency crashing down. Just this week, law professor and short-lived presidential candidate Lawrence Lessig laid out a series of preposterous if/then scenarios explaining how Hillary Clinton could still become president, almost a year after her shocking defeat.
Donald Trump attacks the media almost as regularly as he moves his bowels. He infamously kept reporters in press pens during the presidential election and has, at various junctures, referred to journalists as "enemies of the people." As president, he tweeted a gif of himself bodyslamming the CNN logo and a cartoon of a Trump train running over a network reporter. (The latter tweet was published three days after Heather Heyer's murder at the hands of a neo-Nazi motorist.)
Trump's decision to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is a moral abomination. As many as 800,000 people, who were brought to the United States as young children and have lived in the country their entire lives, face the prospect of deportation because the Department of Justice claims, among other dubious justifications, that these immigrants have "denied jobs to hundreds of thousands of Americans."
It was supposed to die in the House of Representatives. As recently as June, pundits were pronouncing the Senate's health care legislation dead in the water. But this week Mitch McConnell unveiled a revised version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act, and incredibly, Democrats lack a third Republican vote to kill the bill. Even more remarkable is that the newest BCRA is even more monstrous than the last.
Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement has drawn near-universal opprobrium from leaders across the globe. In perhaps the most forceful rebuke of the United States thus far, French president Emmanuel Macron addressed the world in English Thursday, urging American scientists to come to France where their talents can better serve humanity. For the New York Times' Paul Krugman, Trump's withdrawal from a climate pact signed by 195 countries is even more blinkered, malicious and cynical than it might first appear.
Wesley Easterling took him at his word. Like so many of his neighbors, Easterling relies on Medicaid and food stamps to provide for his wife and daughter. His Kentucky county is among the poorest in the country. When he cast his ballot for Donald Trump in the 2016 election, he never imagined the president would gut essential federal assistance programs.
Last week, Donald Trump unceremoniously axed his FBI director amidst an active investigation into his administration's alleged ties to Russia. On Tuesday, we learned of the existence of at least one internal memo detailing the president's attempts to kill the probe, an act that could amount to obstruction of justice. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has appointed a special counsel to aid the law enforcement agency, because acting Attorney General Jeff Sessions was forced to recuse himself from the case. Meanwhile dual reports have emerged that Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn created a back channel with the Kremlin in the months preceding the 2016 election and that he quashed a U.S. military operation as a paid agent for the Turkish government.