Trump’s incoherence on full display at press conference

Don’t rely on condensed and cleaned-up news reports of Donald Trump’s Jan. 11, 2017 press conference to give the full picture of his incoherent thought process and speaking “style.” You have to read the complete transcript—or at least extended sections of it—to completely comprehend Trump’s inarticulateness and the erratic flow of words that constitute a…

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Time’s edited transcript of Trump’s Person-of-the-Year interview: What’s missing?

What did Donald Trump really say during his Person-of-the-Year interview with Time magazine? We will never know, because Time has published only edited excerpts of that interview. At the end of the “transcript,” Time includes this disclaimer: “This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.” I strongly suspect that the disclaimer is an understatement.…

My post on Trump’s NYT interview transcript went viral: Why?

Why did my recent post–featuring excerpts from the transcript of Donald Trump’s New York Times interview–go viral? I have a theory. But first, some statistics:  After I published it here on Occasional Planet—the progressive political blog that I co-founded and edit—the post got so many hits that the site crashed several times. We’ve been publishing…

The Scrawler strikes again: A Trumpian response to my letter to the editor

Found today in my mailbox—the snail-mail kind: A note in response to my recent letter to the editor in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The note, postmarked St. Louis, but with no return address—of course—was written in a nearly illegible scrawl—all caps, on lined notebook paper. It’s a scrawl that I recognized as soon as I…

My supposedly liberal local newspaper tells me to “get over it.” I won’t, and they shouldn’t.

In an editorial titled, “Trump’s new beginning,” on Nov. 11, 2016, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s editorial board advises people who are frightened by the prospect of a Trump presidency to “Get over it.” That advice is highly inappropriate, coming from a newspaper editorial board, and in response, I’ve sent a version of this post as…