Mitchell Zimmerman

Mitchell Zimmerman

Mitchell Zimmerman is an attorney, longtime social activist, and author of the anti-racism thriller "Mississippi Reckoning" (2019).

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In our year of the plague, Trump went from neglect and incompetence to sabotaging the national response, causing massive death. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Trumpedemic: The Coronavirus Death Toll Reached 500,000 Because Trump Sabotaged the Covid Response
An economy devastated. One in twelve Americans sickened. Millions hospitalized. One half million dead. As we mourn 500,000 Americans who have died of Covid-19, we should remember that their deaths were not the inevitable results of a pandemic, not unavoidable acts of God. Most of the dead would...
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Over the last four years Trump has repeatedly been denounced for acting as though he were above the law. We can’t allow a supposed need for “unity” to confirm that he was right. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
GOP Senators Said Trump Was Culpable, but a "Private Citizen" Now. Fine—Indict Him Like One.
In the wake of his second impeachment acquittal, Donald Trump proclaimed victory in what he called “the greatest witch hunt in the history of our Country.” Trump was acquitted. But the Senate hardly absolved him: A 57-to-43 majority concluded he had incited a riot. Few if any of those who voted to...
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Anti-mask and assorted right-wing protestors outside the Ohio statehouse (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, February 04, 2021
More Partisanship, Not Less: Democrats Shouldn’t Compromise Their Solutions to Pander to a GOP That Is Part of the Problem
Unity and bipartisanship sound wonderful. But can anyone explain how "building bridges" to today’s GOP will get anything done? Republicans now demand “unity” even as many embrace the big lie that President Biden stole the election from Trump—and even after some cheered on the attack on the U.S...
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Donald Trump and those who promote his lies and his refusal to yield to the voters are traitors to our Constitution. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Republicans Aren’t Just Bad Losers—They’re Traitors to Democracy
Donald Trump’s refusal to accept the judgment of the American people might just seem like denial. But in denying the legitimacy of over 77 million votes against him, Trump and leading Republican politicians are implementing a design more sinister than poor sportsmanship. Trump and his party have...
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When a deadly infection flames across an entire nation like a wildfire, the times demand leadership. Trump ran the other way. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, October 22, 2020
Trump to Seniors: Drop Dead
I’m of the generation that was born during World War II. We’re now in our mid-to-late 70s. We were a little pre-boomer, but many of us joined or led the rights revolutions of the 1960s, struggled against the Vietnam War, and hoped to make the world more just, generous, and joyous. That was then...
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What have these justices of dubious legitimacy done with their power? They have repeatedly sought to tilt the electoral system toward Republicans. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, September 24, 2020
If Trump Fills RBG’s Seat, the Court’s Legitimacy Will Be in Crisis
In 1832, President Andrew Jackson condemned a Supreme Court decision in words that are famous in judicial history, but today almost unthinkable in their disrespect for the highest court in the land: “Justice Marshall has made his decision; now let him enforce it.” Jackson, a violent slave owner (...
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President Donald Trump speaks during his coronavirus task force briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on April 8, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Trump Knew Covid-19 Could Kill. He Just Didn’t Care.
“Captain,” said the first mate, “we just crashed into an iceberg—the hull’s been breached!” “An iceberg. Deadly stuff ,” said the captain. “Still, let’s play it down .” “What are your orders? We must warn the passengers.” “I’ll make an announcement… Attention all passengers, this is your captain...
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As long as Trump is in charge, praying for miracles might be the best we can hope for. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Who’s Ready to Die for Trump’s Ego?
My granddaughter’s school has planned a trip to Thailand. Two things worry me. First, that she or her classmates might be exposed to or catch the coronavirus. Second, that if they did, President Trump would try his best to keep them from returning to the United States. In my view, if any of them...
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If the Senate won’t do its constitutional duty to conduct a real trial, Roberts should make them. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
The Senate’s Make-Believe Trial of Donald Trump
President Trump is on trial. As in a real trial, charges have been asserted: the House alleges high crimes and misdemeanors. A judge presides: Chief Justice John Roberts sits in his fine black robe at the head of the chamber. There are prosecutors (the House impeachment managers) and defense...
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Christine Blasey Ford prepares to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Views
Saturday, September 29, 2018
I'm a Lawyer. I've Been to Trial. And I Believe Christine Blasey Ford.
I’ve been an attorney for nearly 40 years. Good lawyers identify with their clients, but they also have be able to step back and say: How would my client’s claims look to an ordinary person without an ax to grind — say a juror? "When testimony conflicts, what’s more useful is considering the...
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