Ben Cohen, Daily Banter: [President] Trump has explicitly stated that "both sides" were at fault for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and claimed there were some "very fine people" marching in the Unite the Right rally. Now he claims he never said this. He's lying. There's a familiar pattern to the president's incessant lying: he says something demonstrably false, gets destroyed by the press and public for lying, then he claims everyone else is lying about whatever it was he said. ... When does this end? How many times can the president make false statements, support bigotry and then attack everyone else for accurately reporting on what he said? read more
This isn't a presidency. It's a -----------. read more
The point, evolutionary biologists agree, is that humans evolved to breathe air. And there are other ways to get equally if not more medicated or recreationally mellowed. So, on to those. read more
Five days after President Trump took office, he signed an executive order that promised a swift, sharp crackdown on illegal immigration -- immediate construction of a massive border wall, quick hiring of 5,000 new Border Patrol agents and stepped-up deportation of undocumented migrants.
"Beginning today, the United States of America gets back control of its borders," Trump declared at the Jan. 25 ceremony at the Department of Homeland Security, which controls federal immigration agencies.
Seven months later, construction of the wall has yet to begin, the number of Border Patrol officers has actually dropped by 220, and immigration agents are on track to deport 10,000 fewer people this year than in President Obama's last year in office, the latest figures show. read more
In the department of small violins, consider the moral embarrassment, after Charlottesville, Va., of right-of-center Jews who voted for Donald Trump in the election and remained -- at least until last week -- broadly supportive of his presidency.
If conservatism is supposed to teach anything, it's that, even in politics, character counts above everything. Trump's Jewish supporters, like so many on the right, ignored the lesson. After Charlottesville, they've discovered too late that the price of that support will fall, as it so often has, disproportionately on them.
It's not going to get better. read more