John Peeler: One of the most distinctive features of Trump’s political behavior is that even when it would make sense for him to seek to broaden his appeal, time and again he reverts to rhetoric that stokes his base (and encourages violence) while further antagonizing the majority of Americans to oppose him.
Charles Jaco: This ends with body bags. You know it, I know it, Trump knows it, his complicit political sycophants know it, and the bug-eyed hyperventilating racists at his rallies know it.
Kathleen Wallace: Trump supporters consider him a “strongman” but like all strongmen of the past, he keeps his personal tiny hands clean and his bone spurs shiny–all the while scraping and bowing to the authoritarians he so admires.
Berry Craig: There’s only one party that is making xenophobia and bigotry really the core argument going down the stretch.
Sam Husseni: Establishment apparatchiks in the Democratic Party go around the country kneecapping candidates who might, maybe, have some actual progressive tendencies.
Robert M. Nelson: The Democrats ran their 2016 campaign as a profit-making enterprise benefitting political consultants in the big states which had high-priced advertising markets. The analytic data told the Republicans they could get more bang for the buck in small states.
Mel Gurtov: Trump is not another Hitler, but his wanton destruction of democratic processes, his efforts to undermine institutions of international cooperation, and his thinly veiled incitements of supporters to violence are all too reminiscent of the Nazi era.
Skip Hickenbottom: The forum was well-attended and allowed both the Community and the police officers to speak their (often different) truths in the same room at the same time.
Berry Craig: McConnell hit gutter-bottom when he linked the protestors—and by extension the Democrats—to the unhinged gunman who shot and wounded—one seriously—some Republican lawmakers practicing for a baseball game last year.
Charles Jaco: Thanks to a majority of white voters terrified of losing their racial privilege in a multi-ethnic America, all three branches of the federal government are now in the hands of the kind of people we fought World War II against.
Walter Moss: Yet, if we care about our future and that of our kids and grandkids (and who, whether Republican or Democrat, does not?), we must get out and vote in the upcoming mid-term elections. And if our caring is enlightened, we will vote Democratic.
Lawrence Wittner: Although it appears that some workers (a reported 4 percent) did receive pay raises thanks to the tax cuts, it’s estimated that corporations spent 88 times more on stock buybacks than on pay increases for workers.
Mary A. Fisher: The only Democrat and sole Latino member of the California high court, Moreno was accustomed to beating expectations.