W.J. Astore: The nationalist succeeds in constructing his own “reality,” a twisted version of alternative facts, an unthinking construct, a remorseless world without pity and compassion for others.
Tom Hastings: From H.R. McMaster, to John Kelly to James Mattis to Joseph Dunford—all generals—Trump is ceding power to those who know how to seize it.
Jaime O’Neill: Though my generation would suffer at least its portion of disappointment and disillusionment, the spirit JFK instilled in so many of us never entirely went away.
Robert Koehler: Ever since 9/11, I’ve been driven by an urgency to understand why we as a nation accepted Bush’s war of revenge so enthusiastically and felt so little empathy toward the innocent, sitting-duck populations we were about to carpet bomb.
Frank Fear: How many American can relate to Obama or Reagan, Eisenhower or Lincoln? Not many. But how many can relate to Trump? A whole bunch.
Robert Reich: Twenty-fifth amendment! Read it! A Cabinet can get rid of a president who’s nuts. Trump thinks they’ve been preparing a palace coup. So one by one, he’s firing them.
Ellen Lubic: Are there others besides McCain in the Republican Party who have a conscience and who will put our nation and our people, all our people, ahead of their singular party loyalty?
Robert Byers: Speaking to the children as if they were voters, Trump said his election was “an unbelievable tribute to you and all of the other millions and millions of people that came out and voted for ‘Make America Great Again.’ ”
Peter Dreier: In the military, McCain was a hero. But yesterday, on the Senate floor, McCain was a coward.
Jaime O’Neill: Here we are, a half century later. The Voting Rights Act is under siege, police brutality seems to be on the rise, and our worst nightmare in in the White House.
Ali King: I knew sitting around and watching things crumble was not an option. I decided I was going to do something to help and so I created a Facebook event and named it “Nasty Women Get Shit Done.”
Mel Gurtov: Kushner, like his father-in-law, seems incapable of telling the truth about either the full extent of his financial empire or the extent of his contacts with foreigners—Russians especially—whose interests are intertwined with his own.
Moji Agha: This kind of profoundly hopeful and positive (social democratic foundations for the People’s Party would safeguard it from being seen as a party/movement that “knows only what it doesn’t like/want.