Bruce Lerro: If Donald Trump continues to make a lot of noise, most importantly if he continues to arouse the Trumpsters, the Council of Foreign Relations will have a little talk with Donald Trump (if they haven’t already). Donald Trump Howard Beale
Walter Moss: If, as thinkers from Aristotle to Pope Francis believe, the main task of politics is furthering the common good, then what we should wish for above all in a president is someone who possesses the wisdom qualities to accomplish this goal. Donald Trump Fool
Carl Matthes: Armed with a phone, and quick thumbs, the Donald has created 2016’s most potent weapon. Now, “Journalistic scrutiny” means searching for anything the Donald has contrived and broadcasting it unquestioned and raw.
Berry Craig: The odds of getting rid of NAFTA—or successfully renegotiating the trade pact—would be better under Hillary Clinton, Trump’s almost certain Democratic foe—or Bernie Sanders should he somehow edge Clinton at the finish line.
Robert Reich: Political analysts have underestimated Trump from the jump because they’ve been looking through the rear-view mirror of politics as it used to be. Trump Might Win
Berry Craig: I’d bet the farm Trump realizes a president can’t levy a tax. So he’s free to bloviate about sticking up for American workers by sticking it to outsources with punitive tariffs knowing there’s no way he can do it by himself and no way a GOP Congress would pass them.
Steve Ybarra: I don’t know if the woman is married, but if somebody called my wife a bimbo and retweeted it 423 times, he would be looking up from the floor.
Ellen Lubic: The operant question seems to be, why are there so many Americans who are willing to support Trump, who seems to be a distorted and uninformed clown, a showman and greed merchant, and who seems proud of his ignorance and is so egocentric that he does not even want to learn? Trump Ignoramus
Steve Hochstadt: Politicians who promise voters that they will commit war crimes reveal how unsuitable they are as world leaders. Their words have already tarnished respect for America among nations.
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.
Carl Matthes: Questions relating to presidential candidates releasing their tax returns do not go away like “water off a duck’s back.”
Ellen Brown: “Print the money” has been called crazy talk, but it may be the only sane solution to a $19 trillion federal debt that has doubled in the last 10 years. The solution of Abraham Lincoln and the American colonists can still work today.
Walter Brasch: To understand Donald Trump, who may be the greatest political philosopher in recorded history, is as critical to understanding America’s future as it is to understanding the motivations and philosophies of the creature from the black lagoon.