Berry Craig: Republicans have been largely successful in states like Kentucky by convincing a lot of less-than-well-heeled working people to vote on abortion, guns and other social issues and ignore issues that directly affect their livelihoods.
Berry Craig: Trump a working-class person’s president? Not even when hogs fly and kids stop shooting hoops in Kentucky, where I’ve lived all my 68 years.
Berry Craig: Putin must have the goods on Trump, critics claim—goods so bad that if Putin ratted Trump out, the president would end up impeached for criminal misdeeds or treason or even go to prison.
Berry Craig: If a picture is worth a thousand words, the one showing Mitch McConnell about to shake hands with Neil Gorsuch should hang in every union hall.
Berry Craig: Who can forget the oleaginous cabinet conclave on TV a year ago this month when Trump went around the table giving everybody an opportunity to brag on the emperor’s dazzling duds?
Berry Craig: It’s hardly a secret that Trump has dictator envy. Kim “speaks and his people sit up at attention,” the president said with seeming wistfulness. “I want my people to do the same.”
Berry Craig: The racists, sexists, misogynists, xenophobes, homophobes and Christians of the Jesus-loves-me-but-He-can’t- stand-you persuasion know Trump is their guy.
Berry Craig: Thousands of teachers and other public employees thronged the Capitol in Frankfort to protest GOP efforts to lop billions of dollars off public pension benefits. They were joined by union members and other supporters.
Berry Craig: Trump’s most faithful fans are white, conservative, Bible-Belt Protestant evangelicals (like Moore). In 1920, the GOP pitched Harding to the same sort of “values voters” as a patriotic, law-abiding Buckeye State Baptist and faithful husband.
Berry Craig: Trump counted on whites to translate “Make America Great Again” as “Make America White Again.” He ran the most overtly racist presidential campaign since George Wallace’s 50 years ago.
Berry Craig: Thousands of Kentuckians, including teachers, other public employees and union members, converged on the Capitol in Frankfort to protest Republican pension, tax and budget bills.
Berry Craig: Buy Your Governor — The sale looks like the real deal. It is complete with a color photo of the Capitol, a seller handle–“carpetbaggerbevin”– an offer for free standard shipping and a returns policy: “Buyer pays to have seller returned to New Hampshire.” Bevin grew up in the Granite State.
Berry Craig: Thomas was staying at the Memphis motel where James Earl Ray, a racist white man, murdered King with a single rifle shot fired from a nearby building. Thomas heard the gunfire, but dismissed it as a firecracker going off.