Donald Trump

Steve Bannon’s limited, modified grovel

Featured image Today, Steve Bannon issued a statement expressing regret “that my delay in responding to the inaccurate reporting regarding [Donald Trump Jr.] has diverted attention from the president’s historical accomplishments in the first year of his presidency.” Bannon rejected the idea, attributed to him by Michael Wolff, that Trump Jr. did anything “treasonous” by meeting with Russians during the presidential campaign. He said his remarks were directed at Paul Manafort. Bannon’s »

Trump, the Genius of Twitter [with comment by Paul]

Featured image No doubt you’ve heard about it: President Trump proclaimed himself a “stable genius” on Twitter this morning. Here is the series of tweets, so you can see what he actually said. I should add that these weren’t his only tweets this morning; he was busy: Now that Russian collusion, after one year of intense study, has proven to be a total hoax on the American public, the Democrats and their »

Fire and Fury, Signifying Nothing

Featured image Never has a paraphrase of Shakespeare’s line been more fitting than with regard to Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, which has ignited a full-scale bonfire of the vanities in Washington this week. It is a typical example of the superficiality of contemporary journalism: full of detail and juicy gossip—some of it perhaps even true—but utterly devoid of insight and understanding. You might call it “Woodwardism,” »

The Trump-Bannon Divorce Is Final

Featured image Steve Bannon is accusing Donald Trump, Jr. of treason or something–I’m going off a Drudge headline here–so the president issued this statement. I think we can say the romance is over: Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind. Steve was a staffer who worked for me after I had already won the »

Tweet of the Day

Featured image Everybody is predictably freaking out over President Trump’s tweet about his, um. . . button: I won’t even bother sharing some of the hysterical reaction in the media over this. Better to go with the best response so far, which comes from . . . Kentucky Fried Chicken?? One can only imagine what Trump, a McDonald’s burger fan, will have to say when he sees this! (Of course Trump also »

Maggie Haberman goes off the deep end

Featured image Maggie Haberman may have great sources, but it sometimes seems that the New York Times’ ace reporter isn’t very bright. More likely, though, she’s just too quick on the trigger when it comes to bashing President Trump. Readers may recall this tweet from Haberman: Other than San Bernardino shootings, has there been a terrorist attack involving a non-US-born attacker since 9/11? Um, yes. The Boston bombers, Times Square bomber, underwear »

Trump’s Twitter Storm [Updated]

Featured image President Trump opened the new year by lighting up Twitter with a series of tweets. Here, I will mention only the controversial ones. Trump’s first tweet, early this morning, related to Iran. Scott wrote about it here. His second was classic Trump: cryptic, but with enough transgressive content to cause hysteria on the Left: Crooked Hillary Clinton’s top aid, Huma Abedin, has been accused of disregarding basic security protocols. She »

The case of the big white truck

Featured image His interest having been piqued by CNN’s intense coverage of the big white truck obscuring President Trump’s golf outing at Mar-A-Lago earlier this week, Mike Magnoli of the CBS News West Palm Beach affiliate turned his investigative skills to the case. He tracked down the truck. He found that the vehicle belonged to the sheriff’s department. He determined, however, contrary to the heavy breathing at CNN, that the truck was »

Trump Unbound

Featured image President Trump sat down with New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt for an interview in West Palm Beach yesterday. Schmidt was low-key and even respectful, while Trump was ebullient. You can read excerpts here. (As always, there is no point in reading any newspaper’s account of the conversation.) Trump was his usual unscripted self–rambling, not very articulate, sometimes humorously self-promoting, generally correct if often imprecise. He talked at length, and »

The Year in Review

Featured image As followers of academia—in other words, people known otherwise as masochists—know, liberals of a Rawlsian variety always like to have us do thought experiments behind a “veil of ignorance,” which, yes, is ironic given that the ignorance of most liberals is seldom veiled at all. Still, bear with me here, and indulge this favorite liberal trope for a minute. Imagine a new president whose first year saw: withdrawal from the »

Next stop, Trump station

Featured image Israel’s minister of transportation has announced that a planned train station in Jerusalem will be named for President Trump to honor his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. So reports Ken Klukowski of Breitbart. “Trump station” won’t be just any old stop. It will be near the Western Wall, the holiest place in the world for Jews: [The government] is planning to extend a rail system from »

Disruptive politics in the Trump era [UPDATED]

Featured image John Fonte, writing in American Greatness, sees the crucial question for the American Right as this: What is the nature of its confrontation with modern liberalism? Is it, “a coherent debate between left and right forms of liberalism” to use the words of Yuval Levin? Or is it, a much deeper struggle over the very nature of the American “regime” itself — its principles, values, institutions, mores, culture, education, citizenship, »

Normalizing impeachment

Featured image Paul Kane, who writes about Congress for the Washington Post, advises us to “forget what they say — Democrats are readying for impeachment.” Kane notes that Congressional Democrats aren’t talking up the idea of impeaching Trump; indeed, leaders are hesitant to use the “i” word. But their actions demonstrate to Kane that impeachment of President Trump is what Dems have in mind if they win control of the House next »

Democracy dies in dimness

Featured image There’s fake news and there’s non-news. Between the two, they account for way too much of what the mainstream media reports. Here’s an example of non-news. The Washington Post tells us that “Tom Hanks would vote no to attending a screening of ‘The Post’ at the White House.” “The Post” is Hollywood’s homage to the Washington Post for publishing the Pentagon Papers decades ago. Tinseltown hoped, through this vehicle, to »

Trump’s “mixed report card” [UPDATED]

Featured image Richard Epstein offers a “mixed report card” for President Trump’s first year. Here’s the short version: The bad news is the man. The good news is his administration. The overall picture is a tricky composite. The bad news has two facets: Trump’s personality is marred by two fatal flaws that his opponents relentlessly exploit. The first is that he is a bully whose specialty is the abusive and tasteless tweet. »

David Frum’s lame defense of Jennifer Rubin

Featured image David Frum has responded to Charles Cooke’s take down of Jennifer Rubin. Missing from Frum’s response is any refutation of Cooke’s argument — that Rubin is intellectually dishonest because her positions on policy questions oscillate depending on whether she likes the person advocating a given position at a particular moment. The closest Frum can come to a response is this :”politics is dynamic. . .new facts call forth new responses.” »

So Trump was upset with Gorsuch, why does the WaPo need to know it?

Featured image The Washington Post reports that President Trump talked about rescinding Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court after Gorsuch stated that Trump’s attacks on federal judges are “disheartening” and “demoralizing.” According to one of the Post’s sources: “The president worried that Gorsuch would not be loyal, and told aides that he was tempted to pull Gorsuch’s nomination — and that he knew plenty of other judges who would want the »