Charles Hayes: A look at Donald Trump and Sarah Palin offers a clear demonstration of the double standard and implicit gender bias at work in American politics.
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Julie Gutman Dickinson: While Trump may have been silent about his attitude toward unions, the actions of his company in Las Vegas speak volumes about how a President Trump would deal with workers who exercise their right to organize.
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.”
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.”
Peter Dreier: Together, Trump, Ailes and Bannon would run their media empire to advance their common goals: gaining political influence, massaging their massive egos, moving the Republican Party further to the right, attacking Democrats and liberal ideas, and promoting a neo-fascist agenda combining xenophobia, racism, sexism, government-bashing, and anti-immigrant nativism.
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.
RJ Eskow: It’s rare to see Trump put much effort into anything, so it was almost likable to watch him work so hard to read his speech from a Teleprompter. All that concentration! It was like watching a child learn to draw.
Walter Moss: Hillary Clinton has expressed far more concern about the environment than has Trump, but she has displayed few signs of pursuing a more pacific Middle East policy than President Obama or of discouraging the high-consumption lifestyle that so many of us regard as almost a God-given right.
Walter Brasch: Trump also revoked the press credentials of several newspapers, including the Washington Post and the Des Moines Register, solely because he and his combed-over ego believe the publications didn’t treat him fairly or that they were inaccurate in coverage.
Peter Dreier: The speech included no lines designed to appeal to women, another group that he has consistently alienated. His overall favorability ratings are unprecedentedly low, but they are particularly low among women.
John Peeler: Trump is a particular type of asshole: an ass-clown, who “seeks an audience’s enjoyment while being slow to understand how it views him.” Indeed, given his exaggerated or inflamed need to be superior, he is a flaming asshole.
Enrique Buelna: Trump has wasted no time in targeting “illegals”—especially Mexicans—for causing the nation’s economic woes.
Joseph Palermo: The same Republican leaders who mined birtherism, xenophobia, and racist dog whistles for political gold, and who failed to stop the Trump clown car when they had the chance, are now gearing up to pantomime a unified party. presumptive nominee