Category Donald Trump

What makes DeSantis more ideal for FOX News than Trump?

Things are coming full circle. Throughout the course of the last year when I’d argue at various time that former President Trump is less dangerous than Florida Governor Ron DeSantis or that DeSantis is actually more in-tune with the Murdoch media empire and right-wing media in general, people would scoff. However, recently, I’ve been getting […]

TFS + – Could Russia’s invasion of Ukraine benefit Ron DeSantis politically (within the GOP)?

Donald Trump, Roger Stone, and a host of Florida politicians (in both parties, by the way, though more are Republicans) connected with Stone will now be put under the microscope. Anyone who has been involved with General Michael Flynn and Steve Bannon will also face scrutiny. Read more at TFS+

TFS + – Audio, how Trump’s de-platforming enabled Ron DeSantis to become the “Pied Piper” of the American right

In this audio conversation, Brook Hines and Kartik Krishnaiyer discuss how Twitter de-platforming former President Trump created a voice that Ron DeSantis filled.  Also, Krishnaiyer goes through a laundry list of tangible reasons he thinks DeSantis is worse than Trump. Listen at TFS+.

Poll: Is Donald Trump or Ron DeSantis more dangerous?

I’ve made my case over the last few months that I believe despite everything horrible that was associated with Donald Trump’s candidacy and Presidency, the more focused, disciplined, inflexible and outright autocratic Ron DeSantis represents a more mortal threat to the Republic should he become President. Interestingly since I floated that notion I have had […]

Trump’s demagogic clown show was a warm-up for DeSantis outright autocracy

The United States spent a tense four years under President Donald J. Trump which culminated in the January 6, Insurrection, the “Parler Putsch” which was inspired by Florida Republicans. For all the pressure Trump put on American democracy and institutions we did survive – albeit just barely. Next time we may not be so lucky, […]

Any false equivalency between Biden and Trump is beyond bonkers- it’s dangerous and threatens western democracy.

Authors note: Portions of this piece have run previously on the site. The content is updated to reflect circumstances in August 2020. The recently completed Democratic National Convention highlighted the Joe Biden I remember – compassionate, caring, feisty and magnanimous. Below I’ll detail Biden’s generally progressive legislative history. However first, as MAGA Republicans have sought […]

“Gone with the Wind”: The academic history behind the racist “Lost Cause” narrative

Editors Note: In light of recent events we are re-running this article which first appeared in February. President Trump’s citation of “Gone with the Wind” as an American film worthy of commendation while ripping a film by a Korean-producer could not have been an accident – it has to have been a carefully-scripted dog whistle […]

Trump’s #Ladakh lie and China coddling crystallizes what is at stake in November

Earlier this week President Trump waded into a decades old border dispute between two of the world’s most populated and powerful countries – China and India. Both are nuclear power and among the five largest economies in the world. These Sino-Indo disputes are historically ones which India has never wanted mediated by a western nation […]

Trump and “Gone with the Wind”: The academic history behind the racist “Lost Cause” narrative

President Trump’s citation of “Gone with the Wind” as an American film worthy of commendation while ripping a film by a Korean-producer could not have been an accident – it has to have been a carefully-scripted dog whistle to neo-Confederate types whose turnout will be important for the President’s reelection. “Gone with the Wind,” is […]

Ethnocentric nationalism and the crisis of the Anglo-American world

This week, Boris Johnson will almost certainly become the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. His elevation to one of the most prominent and visible positions in the western world represents the latest threat to liberal multi ethnic democracy in an era of growing social and racial strife. Johnson, a former professional writer and […]