Ted Vaill: He is playing a dangerous game, one that may just make the life of my little granddaughter a living hell, if she lives through Trumputin’s threatened nuclear war.
Walter Moss: After more than a half-year of Trump’s presidency, it is clear indeed that his anger, bombast, and lack of self-control have injured our country.
Jaime O’Neill: What if you bought a small widget business, sinking everything you had into it, then hired a rich real estate man to manage it because he made elaborate promises about how great he could make your new enterprise?
David Love: Welcome back to the war on drugs, the war on communities of color, the criminalization of Black people and social justice movements.
Steve Hochstadt: His abuse of women, his cheating of people he hired, his personal nastiness, his lying and bragging, seem to have contributed to rather than hurt his appeal. Trump fails every test of character, but it makes no difference.
The key is that the President is not in this alone; he has capable, knowledgeable and experienced counsel to aid his decisions and he must avail himself of such expertise.
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?
Jaime O’Neill: Who could read Trump’s tweets and not find them dim or demented ? I even hear people saying he’s “hard working” and “humble,” forcing my brain to go on tilt.
Frank Fear: Let’s face it: America’s decline didn’t happen overnight. A Progressive America—with an agenda that enabled social progress—spanned a good share of the 20th Century, from FDR to LBJ. But that was then. Today is different.
The nonstop soap opera that is a Republican monopoly over the legislative and executive branches unable to get out of its own way only adds fuel to the fire, while at the same time exacerbating further anger and frustration.
Berry Craig: Almost every day offers more proof—as if proof were needed—that the emperor in the White House has no clothes. He’s “naked (pronounced ‘nekked,’) as a jaybird,” as we Kentuckians say.
Jaime O’Neill: Now, after five miserable and truly mad months of Trump’s mismanagement, and despite a burgeoning record of lies that couldn’t be more obvious, this most preposterous POTUS continues to enjoy the largely unwavering support of his “base,” a group Hillary Clinton labeled as “deplorables,” but are beginning to seem even more gullible than they are deplorable.
Jaime O’Neill: The party that purports to be about “free enterprise” provides socialism for corporations, welfare subsidies for the rich, all while preaching that the poor and the middle class should just ramp up their work ethic and pull themselves up by their bootstraps.