Essay & Op-Ed Archive: Donald Trump and American Democracy

Donald Trump speaking in Washington, D.C.

Trump keeps threatening the freedom of speech

Since President Trump’s election in November 2016, optimists have gone on trying to reassure each other. “Our institutions will hold,” they say. Our institutions will only hold, however, if they …

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Donald Trump

Trump in the Old World: Pictures tell the story

Anyone who needs confirmation that our world is in transition need only look at the images generated by the visit of President Donald Trump and his family and entourage to …

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President Donald J. Trump delivers his presidential inaugural address

Americans don’t want authoritarian spectacles, but Trump does

(CNN) President Donald Trump loves a good show, especially if he’s the protagonist. He’s the first POTUS to have starred in his own reality television series, and, with President Ronald …

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President of the United States Donald Trump speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)

Beware of President Trump’s Nefarious Language Games

The strongman knows that it starts with words. He uses them early on to test out his plans to expand and personalize executive power on political elites, the press and …

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United States President Barack Obama speaks

Obama is right: US democracy is fragile

Former President Barack Obama was right to speak out Thursday at the Economic Club of Chicago to warn Americans about the fragility of our democracy. Signs abound that our freedoms …

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and US President Donald Trump

No, Trump is not a madman — because he knows exactly what he’s doing

Many have sought to diagnose President Trump’s mental health from afar, depicting him as delusional, narcissistic or a madman. Such an approach is understandable, since many of us struggle to make sense of his …

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U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo participates in a media interview with Fox and Friends in New York City, New York on April 5, 2019.

Being Trump’s Mouthpiece Is Risky for Fox News — and Democracy

Fox News may be enjoying large audiences right now, partly because of its close relationship with the president, but the network is taking a real risk — both to itself …

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Trump’s authoritarian playbook — what’s next?

Just before Donald Trump took office, I argued that our new President would likely follow the “authoritarian playbook,” an approach toward governance that privileges executive power and makes the leader’s …

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Senator Mark Warner

Liberals are reclaiming patriotism from the right

We will remember 2017 as the year patriotism started to acquire a new vitality and force among Democrats — and the year that the GOP lost control of its narrative. …

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Greg Gianforte's jail mugshot

Montana body-slam reveals a GOP problem

Montana’s starting to look more like Moscow, after then-Republican House candidate Greg Gianforte’s assault Wednesday on Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs. As the Guardian reported and a Fox News reporter in …

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