Donald Trump’s election as president hit a new snag last week with reports that the CIA had concluded Russia interfered in the campaign on his behalf, hacking Hillary Clinton’s campaign and releasing information about her in an effort to secure his election. Trump called the conclusion “ridiculous,” but congressional Republican leaders promised an investigation, and some Democrats said the CIA should present its evidence when the Electoral College meets Monday to finalize the election results. How should Americans react if Russia interfered?
President-elect Donald Trump upended decades of American foreign policy last week when he spoke to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. China considers Taiwan a breakaway province, and American leaders hadn’t spoken directly with Taiwan’s leader since the 1970s — though the U.S. has sold military equipment to the island. Critics said Trump too easily risked China’s anger, but some conservatives said Trump’s action signaled support for democracy.
Donald Trump flew to the presidency, in part, on the strength of his oft-outrageous and provocative Twitter feed, which he used effectively to pick fights with critics and the media. The election appears not to have curbed his penchant for social media: He’s still being outrageous and provocative. He’s still picking fights with critics and the media. And those pronouncements often make big headlines, but some observers say the media should stop covering Trump’s tweets so obsessively.
Is Trump already running afoul of the Constitution?
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has received a huge amount of attention since he began, in protest, refusing to stand for the national anthem before his team’s games. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” he said. Since then, athletes in several sports and at all levels, including high school, have followed his example. But critics say his choice disrespects America and the veterans who fought for the country’s freedoms.
Sixteen years after the Bush-Gore debacle of 2000, we’re still essentially a 50-50 nation. In some ways, the divisions are deeper than they were way back when. Imagine how much worse things would be if we were the pure democracy too many Americans mistakenly believe we are.
President Barack Obama in April assured Americans that “there is no political influence in any investigation conducted by the Justice Department, or the FBI, not just in this case” — referring to Hillary Clinton’s misuse of a private email server to conduct public business — “but in any case.”
Last week, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton took a shot at not just her opponent, Donald Trump, but also his supporters. “You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables,” she said. “Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it.” Trump called on her to apologize, and Clinton later tried to walk back the remarks, but some observers say her comments were similar to Mitt Romney’s infamous “47 percent” gaffe during the 2012 election.
Critics say Donald Trump’s campaign is too cozy with Russia, but Hillary Clinton may have problems of her own. Critics charge that foreign governments gained access to Clinton when she served as secretary of state by making donations to a charity, the Clinton Foundation, overseen by her family. Clinton says the foundation will stop taking foreign donations if she’s president, but Republican critics have called for the organization to be shut down entirely. Is the Clinton Foundation a problem for Clinton?