Beha: On the most fundamental level, the future by definition can't be empirically known, because it doesn't yet exist. (These days we are more aware of this than ever: if you'd asked a thousand pundits and futurists in August 2019 what August 2020 would look like, not a single one would have said we'd be coming off a double-digit drop in GDP and that we'd all be wearing masks.) In that sense, the results of an election that hasn't happened yet is by definition unknowable. It's natural for us to want to know the results now, since the outcome is important to us. And it's natural for the media to cover certain events by putting them in relation to this unknowable future, particularly now that the election is actually quite soon. Something like Biden's VP pick can only really be understood in terms of how it relates to his election chances -- how it relates to those chances is what the pick is "about." … [Read more...] about Did Donald Trump destroy political prognostication forever?
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Trump was asked, if 160,000 Americans had died on President Obama's watch, whether he would have called for the 44th president to resign. So, um, this Trump tweet from 2014: "If this doctor, who so recklessly flew into New York from West Africa,has Ebola, then Obama should apologize to the American people & resign!" … [Read more...] about The 34 wildest lines from Donald Trump’s wildly inaccurate coronavirus press conference
If the election of President Obama represented America’s changing racial dynamics, the election of Donald Trump represented a knee-jerk reaction by the ghosts of Bull Connor and George Wallace. The Trump presidency may seem like the worst possible scenario for many Americans who are unfamiliar with the treatment of black Americans at the hands of our government. But to African Americans, it’s just the norm. … [Read more...] about Donald Trump has done more for African Americans than we think
How did Trump get through the Republican debates then? Mostly he relied on the protection afforded him by the large crowds onstage, which let his insult-and-run method of dodging substantive queries work for him. When the campaign had narrowed to a one-on-one showdown between Trump and Ted Cruz, Cruz repeatedly challenged Trump to one-on-one debates, only to be rebuffed. Trump was ahead, yes, but not by an insurmountable margin the whole time. What he knew was that letting Cruz face him on a stage alone, where other candidates couldn’t break in, would have gone very badly for him. … [Read more...] about Will Donald Trump Skip the Debate With Hillary Clinton?
“I would say this: If they don’t stand for the national anthem, I hope they don’t open,” Trump said. “But other than that, I’d love to see them open, and we’re doing everything possible for getting them open. They can protest in other ways. They shouldn’t protest our flag or our country.” … [Read more...] about Donald Trump: If NFL Players Kneel During the Anthem, ‘I Hope They Don’t Open’