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Trump RevisitedJanuary 27, 2017
Shortly after Donald Trump’s election I wrote a blog titled “On Trump” in which I briefly examined some of the myths about his election; I revisit it in light of the first week of his presidency.
The Trump ‘Distraction’ Quasi-ConspiracyAugust 22, 2019
One common claim about Donald Trump is that he often says and does things not only for effect, but with the specific goal of distracting the public and news media from something else he wants to keep hidden. The claims have circulated for years, especially on social media; for example one Facebook post recently stated …
Trump’s Tricks: The Illusion of Popular SupportMay 17, 2019
Donald Trump is widely known for boasting. He brags about his intelligence, his physical and mental health, his wealth, and pretty much anything else he can think of or in some tangential way take credit for. But most of all, Trump loves to brag about how influential, adored, and popular he is. From his wildly …
The Trump Presidency: A Second Harding Administration?January 13, 2017
The inauguration of Donald Trump is only a week away and the many who dread the incoming administration are busy bewailing the coming catastrophe. The terms “fascist” and “fascism” feature prominently in their denunciations and historical analogies to Hitler or Mussolini are liberally offered. Just the other day, a full-page ad appeared in the Washington Post courtesy of refusefascism.org. The ad, bearing the signatures of a number of prominent individuals, flatly states that “by any definition, Donald Trump is a fascist.” This claim is not unique. Some respected political commentators have made the same accusation.
Why Trump Is Always RightJanuary 18, 2018
It’s not a popular thing to admit, but let’s face it: Trump is always right. Here’s why.
On TrumpNovember 9, 2016
A few notes and corrections about Trump’s election, in the hopes I may offer some insight, if not reassurance.
Why Trump’s Voter Fraud Conspiracy MattersOctober 12, 2016
Trump has trafficked in many conspiracy theories for years, but this latest is different. Here’s why.
Fear and Loathing of ‘Trump’October 30, 2018
If you’ve spent any time on social media over the past few years you’ve likely seen several versions of Donald Trump’s last name. Various versions include “tr^^p,” “Strump,” and “Tr**p,” though writer Joyce Carol Oates understandably prefers the correctly-numbered-asterisk version “T***p.” Meryl Streep gave a blistering 2017 Golden Globes speech that never mentioned Trump’s name …
Trump’s Muslim Ban and His Battle to Undermine the JudiciaryJanuary 31, 2017
Just as Sean Spicer, Trump’s Press Secretary, and others have sought to delegitimize the Fourth Estate, and paint the press as the enemy, so the current deliberate battle with the courts is seeking to undermine public support for the judicial branch.
Nontheists Issue Joint Statements Calling for Dialogue with Trump AdministrationJuly 28, 2017
Today four national organizations representing atheists, agnostics, humanists, and secular Americans released statements condemning the Trump Administration’s lack of outreach to the nontheist community.