Will Bunch

Will Bunch is a columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News and author of its popular blog Attytood.

Articles by this author

A worker removes oil from the sand at Refugio State Beach in the Santa Barbara Channel, north of Goleta, Calif., one month after a massive oil spill in May 2015. The Trump administration has moved to vastly expand offshore drilling from the Atlantic to the Arctic oceans with a plan that would open up federal waters off the California coast for the first time in more than three decades. (Photo: Jae C. Hong/ Associated Press) Views
Monday, January 08, 2018
Actually, The Most Insane Thing About 'Stable Genius' Trump May Be His Policies
That meteorologist who invented the term “bomb cycle” to describe the mushroom cloud of weather hell that’s been unleashed over the East Coast this weekend surely had no idea that he also coined the ideal term to describe the perfect storm of political and existential chaos currently swirling...
Read more
Monday, January 01, 2018
The One Half-True Thing Trump Said in Times Interview Was Scarier Than His Two Dozen Lies
When we talk about President Trump (as we’ve been known to do here a few times ), it’s so easy to focus on his deficiencies — his record number of untrue statements , or his seeming lack of basic knowledge about his administration’s own initiatives, or his narcissistic nonstop craving for praise ,...
Read more
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
King Donald's First Christmas, and America Has No Room At the Inn
‘Twas the night before the night before Christmas — no better time for King Donald I to bask in newfound adulation amid his members-only court of admirers and assorted hangers-on at America’s new Winter Palace, Mar-a-Lago. It had been a very good week — by his standards, anyway — for America’s 45th...
Read more
Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after a closed-door meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee about Russian meddling in the election at the Capitol in Washington last June. There are growing signs that President Trump will fire him. (Photo: J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/ASSOCIATED PRESS) Views
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Trump Looks Ready to Fire Mueller. There's No Guarantee This Ends Like Watergate
In this first holiday season of Donald “ You-can-say-Merry-Christmas-again ” Trump, it’s the soggy spirit of Watergate that seems to be in the chill December air, pelting us daily like a wintery mix. It’s impossible not to watch a smidgen of cable TV news (let alone four to eight hours a day like...
Read more
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Many Americans Think It's Worse to Vote for a Democrat (or Republican) Than for a Child Molester. Is That a Problem?
One of the most famous (albeit mildly sick) quotes in politics was popularized in the early 1980s by Louisiana’s legendary scoundrel and 4-time governor, Edwin Edwards . During one of his many political comebacks, Edwards boasted: “ The only way I can lose this election is if I’m caught in bed with...
Read more
Remember the 1917 law that made Puerto Ricans citizens? It also restricted the island from international trade, all but mandating that goods arrive only on American ships — thus hammering its economy in an era of globalization. Views
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Save Puerto Rico's Americans - And Stop Treating Them Like a 19th Century Colony
A lot of Americans don’t know — or at least didn’t know until they met a Category 4 hurricane named Maria — that 3.4 million people living in the commonwealth of Puerto Rico are U.S. citizens . Far fewer know about the arguably underhanded way this all went down. More than 100 years ago, in March...
Read more
Friday, September 15, 2017
Let's Be Honest About Something Else with Trump: He's a Male Supremacist
It didn’t make a lot of headlines the other day when word came down that President Trump has picked two of his three U.S. attorneys for Pennsylvania — and why would it, in a strange time of human sacrifice, mass hysteria, and cats and dogs (a.k.a. Chuck and Nancy and Donald ) living together? So...
Read more
The callous indifference to human life is stunning, yet that tone — to brand political dissent as something that needs to be met with draconian laws and an armed-to-the-teeth police force — has now been adopted by the White House. Views
Friday, September 01, 2017
Government Wants To Crush Your Right to Protest - Because There's So Much Stuff To Protest About
If you spend a lot of your waking hours on a couch in front of Fox News, the face of modern political protest is covered with a black scarf: the “ antifa ,” with scary dark garb and a scarier-sounding name, always on the fringes of liberal demonstrations, always ready to engage in violent clashes...
Read more
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Don Jr. and the Email Chain That Devoured American Democracy
It was about 30 years ago — right, it turned out, as the Cold War was winding down — that ABC aired a seven-night television event called Amerika , a fantastical mini-series about life in these United States after a bloodless takeover by the Soviet Union . The show was something of a flop — the...
Read more
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Trump's Tuesday Night Massacre Puts U.S. on 'Banana Republic' Brink
The Tuesday Night Massacre doesn't have quite the right ring, but then the sequel is almost never as satisfying as the original. Nearly 44 years ago, Richard Nixon touched off what many of us had hoped would be the worst constitutional crisis of our lifetimes when he fired not only the special...
Read more