If Van Jones was right that a moving tribute to the widow of a fallen Navy SEAL in a speech to Congress earlier this year was the moment Donald Trump became president, Trump’s news conference on Tuesday was the …
Donald Trump, Scourge (?) of Tabloids
Yesterday, the president’s press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said something eye-popping: “The president is focused on what Americans care about … not tabloid gossip, which the media seems to care so much about.”
Oh, the media, huh? Donald Trump has …
Conservatives Need to Remember, Presidents Affect Culture
Last night there was an important exchange on Fox News, one that highlighted the growing divide on the right. In one corner was Trump supporter Laura Ingraham, in the other Trump critic Charles Krauthammer. Their exchange is below:
The entire …
On his Group, John McLaughlin used to ask the “mega-question”: the big question. I have one for you — but I’ll need to set it up first.
There are conservatives who are anti-Trump. There are conservatives who are pro-Trump. …
What Trump Could Do — If He Wanted
You know the old expression “Not in my name”? It would be so easy — so easy for President Trump to say to the neo-Nazis and the neo-Confederates and the neo-Klansmen, “Not in my name.” He is good with words, …
Is There Still a Conservative Foreign Policy?
The Trump victory and the Republican establishment’s mostly negative reaction to it have in matters of foreign policy called into question who is conservative, who not — and whether the old ideological rubrics even matter anymore.
For all practical …
Krauthammer’s Take: President Did Not Have ‘Reflexive, Automatic Response’ To Charlottesville
Charles Krauthammer said President Trump’s initial response to the violence in Charlottesville was disappointing:
This is not a media story. This is a presidential story. What’s shocking is that the president of the United States did not have the …
Condemn the White Supremacists, Mr. President
When he was running for president, Donald Trump often dinged his opponent for her failure to forthrightly name the preeminent threat to our national security: Islamic terrorists. Now that he is president and has been confronted with a different variety …
These Guys Are Losers Too
Think about the way Trump reacts to things. After the bombing of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, President Donald Trump called the perpetrators “evil losers.” It was a very Trumpian formulation, but one that seemed strangely appropriate, even insightful. “…
The Francification of America: The American Le Pen and the French-style Realignment
Editor’s Note: In a series of columns, Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, a Paris-based conservative and Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, will write on an alarming trend, which he calls the Francification of America.
France and America are countries …
Krauthammer’s Take: Bannon May Not Survive
Charles Krauthammer explains how Steve Bannon may have undermined the president and endangered his own job with his reckless comments to a reporter:
I think that [Bannon] just got Scaramucci-ed. Actually, he was self-Scaramucci-ed, kind of a Japanese version of …
Trump’s Disastrous Mishandling of Charlottesville Will Have Consequences
After Charlottesville, Donald Trump’s presidency is entering a new phase, and it is his own fault. It was Trump who decided to throw away prepared remarks on Saturday in favor of an equivocal statement that once again proved racists …
Repeating the question of a French interlocutor, Jay asks: “Is there someone who can defy the two major parties, capture the imagination of the country, and be elected president?”
The good news is: Yes, there is.
The bad news is: …
Krauthammer’s Take: ‘What Trump Did Today Was A Moral Disgrace’
On Fox News, Laura Ingraham offered only a mild critique of President Trump’s comments on the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. Charles Krauthammer would have none of it. He explained:
To critique what [President Trump] did today on the …
Trump: You Can Tell When He Means It
As I often noted, you could tell when President Obama’s heart was in it. You will recall his riff on businessmen and greater society: “You didn’t build that.” Obama was impassioned. His heart was in it.
In his 2008 …
Trump’s War with Congress Is Just Getting Started
Editor’s Note: The following piece originally appeared at Honest Graft. It is reprinted here with permission.
How many Republican members of Congress are still wearing their Donald Trump socks?
When House and Senate Republicans held a policy retreat in …
Will Losers Be Called Losers?
Given the events of the weekend past, I do wish Jim Geraghty were here to share his very special wisdom and analysis. Alas, he is away this week, so Yours Truly will pinch hit. We’ll keep the Monday MJ …
About Yesterday, and Today (and Tomorrow)
During the campaign, Donald Trump lashed out at a lot of people, including John McCain and Megyn Kelly. These two were the targets of two of his most repulsive lashings.
When Trump became president, I had it explained to me …
Donald Trump is on the hunt for a scapegoat, and he has settled on Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell. He isn’t entirely wrong to do so.
As a candidate, Trump promised big doings: repealing the Affordable Care Act and …
Plutarch’s Advice to Trump: Be Humble
Editor’s Note: This piece originally appeared at Acculturated and is reprinted here with permission.
Nero may have fiddled while Rome burned, but it was the flattery of his courtiers that convinced the emperor he could get away with it.