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The content of U.S. President Donald Trump’s dig at basketball superstar LeBron James might have been standard Trump fare — questioning the intelligence of a prominent African-American who has been critical of him — but the timing of the tweet made it stand out on Friday night. The post landed almost exactly a year after the deadly clash between white nationalists and Black Lives Matter protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, when the president refused to condemn white supremacists and neo-Nazis outright. That moment temporarily left Trump on an island, abandoned by Republicans on the Hill and corporate executives who had previously played nice with the president on his business councils, and was a low-water mark of his presidency — one that, according to presidential historian Douglas Brinkley, “puts him in the dung heap of presidents who are completely insensitive of race in the United States.” If that proves to be the case in the long run, a year … [Read more...] about The real lesson Trump learned from Charlottesville
opinion Alicia Shepard Opinion contributor Published 9:00 p.m. UTC Jul 12, 2018 President Donald Trump can be infuriating. Whether you love or hate him, few would disagree he’s brilliant at getting under people’s skin. He’s like the sibling who knows exactly how to push your buttons and makes you do something you instantly regret. The latest casualty of Trump-baiting is two journalists who couldn’t help themselves — even though they know better — from lashing out at the president after five staffers at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis were killed in their newsroom last month. Trump is a master at baiting any one person or group he thinks gets in his way by using dismissive name calling that invariably sticks. And he has a particular fondness for attacking the media. Nicknames for rivals The president’s knack for nasty nicknames got national attention during the 2016 primary when he came up with … [Read more...] about For the press, Donald Trump is that annoying sibling who knows how to press our buttons
I take it we all know what a kakistocracy is by now? In case you don’t, let me fill you in. A kakistocracy is a system of government run by the least qualified, most unscrupulous candidates possible. The key features of people willing to get ahead in a kakistocracy are amorality and complete loyalty to those higher up. It quite literally means leadership by the worst people imaginable. Look at Nazi Germany, for instance. After a few years, certainly by the late 1930s, it became clear that to work for Hitler you had to be one of two things: a completely twisted lunatic or so ambitious, scheming and desperate for power that you’d overlook anything to get there. (Obviously these two can be combined. You can be a twisted lunatic who is also ambitious, scheming and desperate for power.) By the end, Hitler was surrounded only by idiots or fanatical loyalists and the Nazi kakistocracy lasted little more than a decade. Stalin’s kakistocracy in Russia fared much better. He … [Read more...] about Hitler and Stalin offer insights into the way Donald Trump and Theresa May rule
As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg prepared for his appearance before Congress this week, he is unlikely to have anticipated facing so many questions about Diamond and Silk. The Silicon Valley giant - quizzed by members of the House Commerce Committee over his company's role in the Cambridge Analytica data scandal and the social network's vulnerability to exploitation - was asked repeatedly about the Republican commentators and accused of banning their videos for political ends. "Why is Facebook censoring conservative bloggers such as Diamond and Silk? Facebook called them 'unsafe' to the community. That is ludicrous. They hold conservative views. That isn’t unsafe," said Representative Joe Barton, a Texas Republican, reading aloud a message from a constituent. Read more Fact-checking some of Zuckerberg's strangest claims to US politicians Mr Zuckerberg responded by explaining that, "in that specific case, our team made an … [Read more...] about Diamond and Silk: Who are the Donald Trump super-fans and why are they angry with Facebook?