Frank Fear: Character doesn’t seem to matter when it comes to electing a U.S. president. That’s what America is telling the world.
John Peeler: Most essentially, we need to continue to stand for the diverse and inclusive society we believe in, for a vigorous and sophisticated response to the threat of global warming, for diplomacy before force in foreign policy.
Peter Laarman: It’s not a bad thing to feel dislocated and to realize that the strategies and tactics, and even the renewing rituals, that we have always relied upon may not be sufficient in this hour.
Charles Fredericks: Stiffing the American worker, and the workers of all nations, has thus been a bi-partisan project, along with the creation of the Presidential Debate Commission—not non-partisan, as we were continually lied to again in this election season—bi-partisan.
Marcy Winograd: “It is a sad day when a man who presided over the premier website of the ‘alt-right’ — a loose-knit group of white nationalists and unabashed anti-Semites and racists — is slated to be a senior staff member in the ‘people’s house.”
Nancy Scheper-Hughes: Our indifference and disregard for the suffering of white and rural ethnic minorities (many of them black and Latino) left adrift to rot in the rust belt, the tobacco belt, the shut down textile mill towns was also deplorable.
RJ Eskow: It’s already a Washington truism that Donald Trump, who promised to “drain the swamp” of lobbyists and others who exploit government for personal gain, has turned to it instead for his key appointments.
Ted Vaill: Several Western states, including California, Oregon and Washington, are in open revolt against the Trump government, and there is talk of forming a renegade nation, Pacifica, out of these states.
Scot Nakagawa: We need to play defense now, but I think we have got to start to also, equally, play the long game, and figuring that out should begin with an assessment that looks as much at cultural currents as at politics.
WJ Astore: If you think these “conservatives” are going to start embracing the working classes and helping them financially with higher wages and better job prospects, I have a Chris Christie bridge for you that’s named after our first president.
Soya Jung: We must face the outcome and lean into it, but part of that outcome is the potential for a new majority of resistance.
Robert W. Fuller: Like all demagogues, Trump is not a creator but an orchestrator of popular resentment.
Joe Mathews: Traveling abroad would help politicians and voters fix America’s troubled democracy.