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Workers install the Trump presidential portrait. From The Chaser

In an electrifying shift from their long-timid criticisms of the current horrors, the New York Times editorial boardjust went full scorched-earth on the impeached, reprehensible "man of no integrity" who now "poses the greatest threat to American democracy since World War II." After years of tip-toeing and two-sides-ing around the atrocities, the Times ran a blistering editorial as part of a special package in the Sunday Review section that features multiple, furious essays documenting Trump’s racism, sexism, corruption, gross negligence on COVID, celebrations of violence, attacks on immigration and the environment, and "breathtaking disregard for the lives and liberties of Americans." The editorial's apocalyptic conclusion: "Mr. Trump stands without any real rivals as the worstAmerican president in modern history. In 2016, his bitter account of the nation's ailments struck a chord with many voters. But the lesson of the last four years is that he cannot solve the nation's pressing problems, because he is the nation's most pressing problem."

It's not the first time Trump's been named the historic catastrophe he is: In 2018, hundreds of political scientists already rated him dead last in a survey on the worst presidents of all time, well below the usual suspects - Franklin Perce, James Buchanan, William Henry Harrison, Andrew Johnson, Nixon. But now, after so many lies and crimes and failures, the folks at the Times evidently have no more fucks to give. They describe "a racist demagogue presiding over an increasingly diverse country; an isolationist in an interconnected world; a showman forever boasting about things he has never done, and promising to do things he never will.” "We took no pleasure in writing these pieces," noted acting editorial page editor Kathleen Kingsbury. “They are urgent because they are a call to action, a call to deny Trump a second term." Even as he and his henchmen try to mess with voting, that most fundamental of Democratic rights, the Times is finally pleading that Americans persist to "end our national crisis.” They're unconscionably late to the party, but damn yeah we're trying.



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