Trump for One-Term President!

Writing from the LRB archive by Eliot Weinberger, Judith Butler, Christian Lorentzen, Deborah Friedell, Christopher Hitchens, Adam Shatz, Hazel V. Carby, Emily Witt, David Bromwich and Eric Foner.

Ten Typical Days in Trump’s America

Eliot Weinberger, 25 October 2018

President Trump says: ‘I hope to be able to put this up as one of my crowning achievements that I was able to expose something that is truly a cancer in our country.’ He is referring to the FBI.

Genius or Suicide: Trump’s Death Drive

Judith Butler, 24 October 2019

We have wandered into a psychoanalytic wonderland. Elected politicians are supposed to shy away from the prospect of being shamed or found guilty of breaking the law. Yet Trump owns the things he does, not by demonstrating repentance but through a flamboyant display of shamelessness.

I need money: Biden Tries Again

Christian Lorentzen, 10 September 2020

The state of Delaware has given the world three gifts: chemicals, debt and Joe Biden. Each promises great things but may deliver undesirable side effects.

Tycooniest: Trump and Son

Deborah Friedell, 22 October 2015

‘I have made myself very rich,’ Trump says (over and over again). ‘I would make this country very rich.’ That’s why he should be president. He insists that he’s the ‘most successful man ever to run’, never mind the drafters of the constitution or the supreme commander of the allied forces. 

Diary: The Candidates for the 2000 Presidency

Christopher Hitchens, 6 January 2000

The other peripheral or marginal candidates have all received much more attention than they could normally expect, simply because of their supposedly ‘human’ qualities. Donald Trump – a ludicrous figure, but at least he’s lived it up a bit in the real world and at least he’s worked out how to cover 90 per cent of his skull with 30 per cent of his hair.

America Explodes

Adam Shatz, 18 June 2020

The United States now faces a serious challenge to its international legitimacy – as serious as the one it faced during the Jim Crow era. The demonstrators have put not just the police but the nation on trial. As much as structural change, they’re fighting for what Martin Luther King, in his 1967 Riverside Church speech against the Vietnam War, called a ‘revolution in values’.

On some days, bad days, I wonder if our survival in spite of enslavement, lynching and mass incarceration, our refusal to be annihilated, our mere presence is perceived as a sign of contempt for and challenge to the legitimacy of the US state.

Crossing the Border

Emily Witt, 15 August 2019

Anti-immigrant hatred, aggressive deterrence policies and mass deportations were happening before Trump was elected, and the xenophobia and racism he has amplified will not end if he loses in 2020.

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