Robert Reich: Now we’re back to where we were 50 years ago. Donald Trump seems determined to finish Nixon’s agenda of rigging elections and making the Justice Department a cesspool of partisanship
If one administration can get away with confining detainees in coffin-like boxes and torturing them in myriad other ways, why shouldn’t a later one go unpunished for, to take but one example, putting migrant children in cages?
The Associated Press has counted at least 29 times since his election that Trump has said he has an “absolute right” to wield executive authority. One example is his claim that he could end birthright citizenship by executive order, even though it is assured by the 14th amendment to the Constitution.
Berry Craig: The white folks with their trinity of flags—Confederate, Christian (Protestant) and Trump 2020—will never give up their Great White Hope.
Adolfo Alzuphar: There’s a great Haitian parable that I love: it’s only when a snake dies that you know how long it is.
Juan Gómez-Quiñones: Whether positive or negative, witnessing involves the mind and the body acting in basic ways to create an action beyond the initiators.
John Peeler What compels our obsession with him: he deliberately, defiantly debunks our normal expectations of common decency and constitutional probity?
Joseph Palermo: Only a few short years ago it would’ve seemed far-fetched that a president would twist the State of the Union into a tawdry reality TV show
Nancy J. Altman: As the true elitist that he is, Trump called for raising the retirement age to 70, because “how many times will you really want to take that trailer to the Grand Canyon?”
Steve Hochstadt: Political conservatism, which once argued for objective truth, now relies on the broadest attack on truth that we have ever experienced.
Berry Craig: Donald Trump is a con artist and fake populist. He’s a shameless demagogue who panders to racism, sexism, misogyny, xenophobia, homophobia and religious bigotry. He lies nonstop, insults our democratic allies and fawns over murderous dictators, oligarchs and authoritarians.
Eric Mann: As with every year, the annual King Day celebrations provide a great opportunity to defend Dr. King’s revolutionary legacy against The System’s efforts to white wash and degrade his frontal challenge to its crimes.
John Peeler: His very hyper-urban, superrich persona, reaching out to them, saying what they’ve been saying among themselves, this reaffirms that they are important, that they matter.