Eugene Robinson

Eugene Robinson

Eugene Robinson writes a regular column for The Washington Post.

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If you plan to vote for Trump because of his tax cuts, for example, or his uncritical support of Israel, you’re also voting for his racism. (Photo: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
We Can’t Pretend This Is a Normal Election
Bring it on. If President Trump and the Republican Party want the 2020 election to be a referendum on unabashed white supremacy, that’s their choice. Voters who embrace the views of David Duke and other proud racists will have Trump to vote for. Voters who disagree will have a Democratic...
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A Souvenir shop selling figurine dolls of US President Donald Trump seen on April 10, 2018 in London, England. PHOTOGRAPH BY Amer Ghazzal / Barcroft Images (Photo: Amer Ghazzal / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images) Views
Friday, July 05, 2019
Teeny, Tiny Trump on the Fourth of July
President Trump chose the wrong backdrop for his attempt to make Independence Day all about himself. Standing beneath the majestic statue of Abraham Lincoln, occupying a space where great orators have stood, Trump looked and sounded quite small. He gave a triumphalist speech, of course. “Our nation...
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he danger is that primary voters will come to question his ability to give Trump the electoral drubbing he deserves. (Photo: Dominick Reuter/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Friday, June 21, 2019
Biden Is Being Biden. That’s a Risk.
I get what Joe Biden was trying to say, but I’ll never understand how he tried—and utterly failed—to say it. Yes, there was a time when the Senate was a chummy men’s club whose members, on some issues, put collegiality ahead of ideology. Yes, I see how the Democratic front-runner might want to hold...
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As the Republican Party has long understood, it’s all about power. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) could not care less about lofty words and high ideals. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
We Don’t Need 23 Presidential Candidates. There’s Another Important Role to Fill
Dear Democratic presidential candidates: I know all 23 of you want to run against President Trump, but only one will get that opportunity. If you truly believe your own righteous rhetoric, some of you ought to be spending your time and energy in another vital pursuit — winning control of the Senate...
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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Trump's Rhetoric Stokes Hate and Never Thinks of the Consequences.
Hatred, resentment, white supremacy and victimhood are deadly political tools. President Trump wields them with no thought to the consequences — and people die. The latest is Lori Gilbert Kaye, 60, fatally shot Saturday at the Chabad of Poway synagogue near San Diego. The suspected shooter, a 19-...
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Tuesday, March 05, 2019
Trump's Unhinged CPAC Speech Should Concern Us All
The president of the United States gave a rambling and incoherent two-hour speech in which he raved like a lunatic and told crazy, self-serving lies from start to finish. If that no longer qualifies as alarming, we’re in serious trouble. I realize the speed-of-light news cycle has moved on. I...
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President Trump during his State of the Union address on Feb. 5. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Friday, February 15, 2019
We Have a National Emergency, All Right. Its Name Is Donald Trump.
We have a national emergency, all right. Its name is Donald Trump, and it is a force of mindless, pointless disruption. The president’s decision to officially declare an emergency —to pretend to build an unbuildable border wall—is not only an act of constitutional vandalism. It is also an act of...
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) speaks during a news conference in front of the U.S. Capitol on Feb. 7 in Washington. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Friday, February 08, 2019
A ‘Green New Deal’ Sounds Like Pie in the Sky. But We Need It.
Let’s consider some real news, for a change: Last year was officially proclaimed the fourth-warmest on record; scientists predict that melting ice in Antarctica and Greenland could not only raise sea levels but also further destabilize weather patterns ; and progressive members of Congress are...
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The anti-Trump majority of Democrats, independents and sensible Republicans must let Schultz know, in no uncertain terms, that this is no time for such foolishness.(Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
This Is No Time for Howard Schultz’s Foolishness
Just what we need, another ego-crazed billionaire with zero experience in government who thinks he is destined to be president. What could go wrong? Howard Schultz, the man who put a Starbucks on every corner, said in a “60 Minutes” interview aired Sunday that he is mulling a run for the White...
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President Trump stops to talk to reporters at the White House on Jan. 10 in Washington. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) Views
Friday, January 11, 2019
Trump Is Terrified of the Far-Right Echo Chamber
The government isn’t shut down because of President Trump’s unbelievable cluelessness as a dealmaker. It’s shut down because of his many fears. I don’t mean his pretend fears. Surely Trump doesn’t really believe his own racist nonsense about the U.S.-Mexico border being a sieve for homicidal...
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