Where are the white evangelicals for McMullin?

For many conservative Republican Mormons, Trumpism is a deal-breaker. For most conservative Republican evangelicals, it’s not. Mormon Republicans are balking at Trump’s misogyny, bigotry, white-nationalism and ignorance. White evangelicals are not. That’s why Evan McMullin’s long-shot campaign is up-ending the polling in Utah but not in the Bible Belt states where white evangelicals dominate Republican politics. [Read more…]

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‘This is disgraceful. It is intolerable.’

Nothing I could write today would be as timely, wise or eloquent as the speech that First Lady Michelle Obama gave this morning in New Hampshire. So let’s just look at that. [Read more…]

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Team Because vs. Team Despite

My framework for viewing Donald Trump’s campaign in the 2016 general election involves seeing his supporters in two distinct groups: Despite and Because. Some people are still supporting Trump despite all the awful things he has said and done. But it was the Because voters who carried Trump through the primaries, and those voters — the ones who love him because of all the awful things he says and does — are the ones Donald Trump intends to serve as president. [Read more…]

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The Salt Lake Remonstrance: Mormons are out-Baptist-ing Baptists (in a good way)

Mormons identify as a people who value missions, religious liberty, and sexual morality. And they are condemning Donald Trump and distancing themselves from him because they value missions, religious liberty, and sexual morality. Southern Baptists identify as a people who value all those things, but we’re not seeing any evidence of that. [Read more…]

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Oh yeah? Well what about Robert Byrd?

Any discussion of Trumpian racism is likely to be changed, abruptly, into a discussion of former West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd — the No. 1 go-to tu quoque response for white Republicans defending Trump. Tu quoque is a fancy Latin phrase meaning, roughly, “So’s your mother,” and like all arguments taking this form, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Those shouting “Robert Byrd!” inevitably don’t understand what they’re saying — rejecting the basis of their own argument as well as its only possible conclusion. [Read more…]

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Every word of this is true, urgent, and necessary

“And unfortunately, there are people like that. And [Donald Trump] has lifted them up. He has given voice to their websites that used to have only 11,000 people — now have 11 million. He tweets and retweets their offensive, hateful, mean-spirited rhetoric.” Where is the lie? [Read more…]

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Donald Trump’s one idea: The only thing that matters in this election

That big idea is this: Some people are legitimate Americans and other people — regardless of citizenship — are illegitimate and not really real Americans at all. That is the big idea that drove Trump’s initial foray into national politics as the King of the Birthers. And that is the idea that shapes his every policy, statement, agenda and decision as a candidate. On any subject, Donald Trump’s position will be the one that affirms the legitimacy of white Americans while denying the legitimacy of everyone else. And if any subject is not in some way directly linked to that big idea, the he’s too bored to bother with it. [Read more…]

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A red traffic light: This election is about one idea

Donald Trump is not a single-issue candidate, he’s a single-idea candidate. That single idea is all that matters to him and all that animates him. To the extent that Trump has policy priorities or positions on issues, it’s all in service of that single idea. This is clarifying. [Read more…]

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