Opinion by SE Cupp Updated 1316 GMT (2116 HKT) November 13, 2019 Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. SE Cupp is a CNN political commentator and the host of "SE Cupp Unfiltered." The views expressed in this commentary are solely hers. View more opinion on CNN. (CNN)It's become the political buzzword over the past few years, increasingly used to describe the root cause of our divisions and our resentments: tribalism. The idea that Americans are more divided than ever, entrenched in ideological camps and unwilling to meet in the middle, is so pervasive that one hardly goes a single hour without hearing about it on a cable news show. SE Cupp Since 2016, numerous books by very smart people, including Jonah Goldberg, Amy Chua, Steve Kornacki, Stevan E. Hobfoll, Sarah Rose Cavanagh and others have been devoted to tracing, explaining or solving America's tribalism. But is tribalism really to blame? It's more … [Read more...] about Tribalism isn’t the real reason America is divided
Victor Davis Hanson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and the author of the just released "The Case for Trump" (Basic Books) The views expressed in this commentary are his own. View more opinion articles at CNN. (CNN)Progressives wonder how in the world could anyone still support President Donald Trump. So here are ten reasons why more than 40% of the electorate probably does -- and will. Victor Davis Hanson 1. Voters appreciate that the economy is currently experiencing near record-low peacetime unemployment, record-low minority unemployment, and virtual 3% annualized GDP growth. Interest and inflation rates remain low. Workers' wages increased after years of stagnation. The US is now the world's largest producer of oil and natural gas. And gasoline prices remain affordable. The President continues to redress asymmetrical trade with China, as well as with former NAFTA partners and Europe. He jawbones companies to curb offshoring and … [Read more...] about What progressives should know about Trump voters
Aaron David Miller is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is the author of "The End of Greatness: Why America Can't Have (and Doesn't Want) Another Great President." He served as a Middle East negotiator in Democratic and Republican administrations. The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the authors; view more opinion articles on CNN. (CNN)Earlier this year, President Trump quipped (I'd like to believe not seriously) that he'd probably remain in office for 10 to 14 years. On another occasion, Trump spoke highly of China's President Xi being president for life and joked to great applause that maybe "we'll give that a shot someday." Aaron David Miller Though he once claimed he'd done more in his first two years in office than any other President in US history (George Washington and Franklin Roosevelt, among others, might have something to say about that), Trump is certainly no great student of the presidency. As such, he is … [Read more...] about The power of incumbency: Four two-term presidents in a row?
Joe Lockhart was White House press secretary from 1998-2000 in President Bill Clinton's administration. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own. View more opinion at CNN. (CNN)How deeply has President Trump taken our politics into the gutter? Joe Lockhart Well, consider this episode from President Bill Clinton's first term. Sen. Jesse Helms, the ultraconservative and Republican chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, was asked about whether President Clinton should visit the troops at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Helms responded the President shouldn't come down to his state because the military hated him because he had avoided service in Vietnam, supported gays in the military and reduced spending. The senator told a radio station, "Mr. Clinton better watch out if he comes down here. He'd better have a bodyguard." The remark provoked a response from the President, an inquiry from the Secret Service and front-page coverage in all of America's … [Read more...] about Trump’s thuggish threat of violence against his critics
Michael D'Antonio is the author of the book "Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success" and co-author with Peter Eisner of "The Shadow President: The Truth About Mike Pence." The opinions expressed in this commentary are the author's. View more opinion articles on CNN. (CNN)Let's pause for a moment and consider that President Donald Trump's chief of staff Mick Mulvaney had to say on national TV that his boss is "not a white supremacist" and one of Trump's senior advisers, Kellyanne Conway, had to push back against her own husband's questioning of Trump's mental state. Over the weekend, as Trump ranted on Twitter, George Conway, who is a prominent conservative lawyer, posted the psychiatric definition of narcissistic personality disorder and asked all Americans to think about Trump's "mental condition and psychological state." JUST WATCHED Acting chief of staff: Trump is not a white supremacist Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH Acting chief of … [Read more...] about Something is terribly wrong with Trump