Tag Archives: Trumpolitics

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Trump Is a Threat to Democracy

Mr. Trump is not the first American politician with authoritarian tendencies. (Other notable authoritarians include Gov. Huey Long of Louisiana and Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin.) But he is the first in modern American history to be elected president. This is not necessarily because Americans have grown more authoritarian (the United States electorate has always had an authoritarian streak). Rather it’s because the institutional filters that we assumed would protect us from extremists, like the party nomination system and the news media, failed.

Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt

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Conway: There’s a Nepotism Loophole

The anti-nepotism law apparently has an exception if you want to work in the West Wing because the president is able to appoint his own staff. Of course, this came about to stop maybe family members from serving on the Cabinet, but the president does have discretion to choose a staff of his liking. … So if that is true and that legal advice holds then that will open up a realm of possibilities.

— Kellyanne Conway, on “Morning Joe” asserting that Donald Trump’s family members could be included on the White House staff.

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Donald Lives in a ‘Fact-Free Environment’

Trump lives and thrives in a fact-free environment. No president, including Richard Nixon, has been so ignorant of fact and disdains fact in the way this president-elect does. Richard Nixon was nothing, in terms of lying, compared to what we have seen from Donald Trump.

— Carl Bernstein, in an interview on CNN.

News & Comment

Donald Hires Foreign Workers for Mar-a-Lago

T. Caroline Taylor for Vanity Fair
T. Caroline Taylor for Vanity Fair

So much for his campaign rhetoric about giving U.S. jobs to Americans. The Donald requested permission from the U.S. Labor Department to hire 64 foreign workers in the United States on H-2B visas. Some positions will be paid less than last year, while others will see a 1 percent raise, reports the Palm Beach Post.

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Enumerati

Most Favor Trump’s Carrier Deal

60%

Of voters overwhelmingly view President-elect Donald Trump’s negotiations with Carrier — which resulted in about 800 manufacturing jobs remaining in Indiana rather than moving to Mexico — as an appropriate use of presidential prerogative, according to a new Politico/Morning Consult poll.