December 22nd, 2017

171213 usa today editorial mano singham trump lies

So, I’m doing a bit of catch up over the break and I want to start with two pieces that I think bode well for America as we approach the first anniversary of the presidency of Donald John Trump. The first is an editorial written by as bland and mainstream a newspaper as you can get. Mano Singham alerted me to the uncharacteristic tirade in his This USA editorial is scathing:

The newspaper USA Today, as bland and mainstream a newspaper as you can get, let loose with an editorial on Monday that was shocking because it told the truth about Donald Trump in unvarnished terms. The editorial was prompted by Trump issuing a tweet against senator Kirstin Gillibrand who had called on him to resign because of the many credible sexual abuse allegations against him.

Trump tweeted in response: “Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office “begging” for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!”

The parenthetical phrase “(and would do anything for them)” was widely interpreted as suggesting that she would be willing to give sexual favors in return for a campaign donation, and it has revolted even people who have become somewhat blasé about Trump’s gutter mentality

I can’t recall USA Today ever taking a stand on anything. This editorial must represent the explosion of decades of repressed indignation and I’m certain that the editorial board, if not the myriad of reporters and editors, is feeling much better now. I know I am.

The second piece is equally amazing to me. Gabriel Sherman, writing in “I Have Power”: Is Steve Bannon Running for President? for Vanity Fair doesn’t answer his own teaser, but does do a deep dive into the world that is imagined in Steve Bannon’s fever dreams. Much is being made of Javanka, hobbits and deplorables, but this was my takeaway:

Bannon’s campaign role model may surprise you. “It’s the Obama model,” he told me. He wants to bring together a new coalition of evangelicals, libertarians, pro-gun activists, and union members. “Remember when Rudy Giuliani came up on that stage in 2008 and starting mocking Obama and said, ‘What’s a community organizer’? And the whole place roared in laughter. Well, we now know—it’s somebody that can kick your ass.”

Actually, Steve, that sounds more like the Nixon model to me.

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