Walter Brasch: Trump plays to the fears of Americans by declaring President Obama has plans to bring 250,000 Syrian refugees into the country, and says, “We don’t know anything about them.”
Lawrence Rosenthal: As a politician, Trump’s improvisation has translated into his unique speaking style. Trump free-associates. When he is unbound by the likes of teleprompters (and even then in irresistible asides), Trump moves from topic A to topic B improvisationally.
Walter Brasch: Trump has called Black Lives Matter a “threat,” and vowed if he is president he would tell his attorney general to investigate the group. He didn’t say if he would investigate White Lives Matter.
Mario Solis-Marich: The question is did Conway get Trump to understand basic math or was it basic biology she tutored him on?
W.J. Astore: If asked why they took more the fifty grand from the prince of Bahrain, among other donors with deep pockets, I suppose Hillary and Bill might just say, “Because that’s what they offered.”
Norman Solomon: Clinton’s smooth rhetoric should not change the fact that—on a vast array of issues—basic principles will require progressives to fight against her actual policy goals, every step of the way.
Walter Brasch: Trump calls the Democrats’ nominee for president “Crooked Hillary” and “Lyin’ Hillary,” and claims that “without the woman card, Hillary would not even be a viable person to even run for a city council position.”
Frank Fear: Save for eloquent speeches delivered by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and Rev. William Barber (NAACP president, NC), the Democrats presented a four-day short-course on branding and marketing.
Paloma Nafarrate: Under the bridge at South Broad Street, hundreds gather to enjoy a honk and wave celebration with passing motorists, booing a truck sporting a big Hillary sign that’s leaving the convention center.
Bruce Lerro: The implications are that if the Hillary Harpies could convince you she really didn’t do those things she is accused of, she might be worth voting for.
Walter Brasch: If given an opportunity, as Sanders and others have proposed, most skilled workers in the fossil fuel industry would leave the mines and the oil and gas fields to be re-trained for jobs in the cleaner renewable energy fields.
JP Sotille: Although it’s easy to dismiss this long, strange electoral trip as a passing political malady rising from America’s fever swamps, there are plenty of good reasons to get into the tin foil millinery business.
Ted Vaill: Trump claims that he is a great lover, and that his wives and girlfriends have raved about his sexual prowess. I am waiting for one of them to come forward with information directly contradicting this claim.