Today’s political news was chaotic, so you shouldn't worry if you found yourself unable to make sense of what on earth was happening. Still, amidst the chaos, there was a feeling of desperation from the White House as the tide seems to have turned against the president.
Thanks for sorting out the signal from the noise. What would I do without this daily newsletter? It is my morning tonic, taken before I even get out of bed.
"...the fact that the Trump campaign is openly sharing Nazi symbols..."
What an absolutely insane timeline we find ourselves in. As awful as it is, it's always comforting to know that there are so many like-minded people who find it equally insane. Hoping with everything in me that November is a record-breaking slaughter.
An overwhelming impression of panic is my first thought. As with many unstable autocratic political frontmen, I worry about those that are not seen but can pull Trump's string. Fortunately the military is distancing itself from him or we might have had to face a totally different scenario. However there are people in his entourage that clearly understand the nazi symbolism even if he has little clue of history. They hook him on the ratings that it would generate and the number of times his name will be mentioned. He is increasingly going to act as the "wounded bull elephant" that he clearly is. Much as i abhor the ivory trade, part of the Democratic strategy from now to the election should be to pre-emptively "pull his tusks" and "hobble his feet" to limit the china that he can smash in our store while we are getting him out the door.
The DACA decision was the third Supreme Court decision, so far, that has gone against the president. They also declined to hear an administration appeal against California's Sanctuary law, which prohibits local officials in California from notifying federal immigration authorities about the release of immigrants from custody and providing federal officials with other immigrant-related information.
Your letters and insights into the turmoil in dis-United America of the moment are the most revealing and poignant commentary I see from here in Britain. Thank you.
I remind my kids nearly every day that these times are not normal. November can't come soon enough.
I was having the discussion about the lines being clearly drawn, everybody knows who they are and who they are dealing with. I have felt most of my life that 'we the people' have been dealing with the deepest rifts in our democratic foundation with half measures.Democrats in particular just played too nice trying to be the 'inclusive' while the GOP has been down and dirty ever since Nixon. I personally think Gore's failure to slug it out with Bush in 2000 was the original sin of the new century and that was pivotal in getting us here. Bringing an olive branch to a knife fight.
So here we are and -- at the very least -- Democrats are breaking up steak knives in the kitchen set and taking it to the streets.
At least folks are revealing themselves for who they are and always have been. Donald Trump has unmasked the dark ugly reality at the soul of the GOP of the modern age and it is clear that some people are so deeply depraved that no amount of negotiating or conciliation will ever bring them into the community: they are hardwired to angle for the grift. Some folks are crazy. I grew up with the crazy so there are no surprises here.
But for as long as one's true agenda is dis-aligned with their truth, they will project that agenda into the world in all manner of passive aggressive ways. They will gaslight. Now, at least, it is straight up aggression, they are forced to own it and nobody but the worst among us will embrace the gaslight as truth.
When Trump was so, well, reasonable about the LGBT decision, my first thought was that someone (Kavanaugh?) had told him what the rest of the decisions would be and he knew that one was just a sop to the left-of-center, but the reaction to DACA comforts me some.
Thank you so much for keeping this utter chaos organized.
Thank you for making sense of all the chaos. I look forward to reading your letter every night.
Wow! May the tide continue to turn against Trump and his minions each and every day.
I guess I am just getting desensitized to chaos. It sounded like just another day in the Trump White House to me😪
Thanks for tackling the chaos and making some sense of it for us. You are our anchor.
Manipulated media and Trump. It's his life story.
I can handle the news so much better through your perspective.
I have to be positive about the future, and I am. What is particularly encouraging is seeing youth find their voice. As a child of the 60s, recent weeks are, to me, reminiscent of the Viet Nam protests...small at first, but accelerating and spreading as inspiration became a contagion. Trump seems to be grasping and somewhat floored by the 100s of thousands that went to the streets in the past three weeks, while his potbellied followers hung out on street corners with their weapons on shoulders looking a bit stunned and isolated. No, things are looking up, and the sad Trumpsters look sadder every day. This Tulsa rally will be interesting, I think.