Author: Andy Tanenbaum

Editor’s Note: The National Security Advisor does not require confirmation, so Gen. Flynn will not have to pass muster with the U.S. Senate. Nearly all of Donald Trump’s early picks for positions within his administration have infuriated Democrats. One of the most worrisome for the blue team is Michael Flynn, a hawkish sort who is overtly Islamophobic, for National Security Adviser. Most of The Donald’s selections will sail through the appointment process, regardless of Democratic objections, but Flynn could prove to be the exception. As an article from The New Yorker‘s Dana Priest reminds us, he’s got some serious black…

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On Friday, Hillary Clinton said that half of Donald Trump’s supporters belong to a “basket of deplorables,” by which she meant “racist,” “sexist,” “homophobic,” “xenophobic,” and “Islamophobic,” among other categories. (See below for transcript.) Trump strongly objected, and she apologized for saying it was half. Now, the question arises: “How many of Trump’s supporters belong in this ‘basket’?” Fortunately, we have actual data on this. Ipsos conducted a poll in the spring that touched closely on the subject of racism. Ipsos didn’t ask: “Are you a racist?” since few would answer “yes” to the question. Instead, the questions were slightly…

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Trump’s Pitch To Black Voters Is Really to White Voters Recently, Donald Trump has been making a pitch to black voters by saying essentially: “Your communities are in ruins, your schools don’t function, your kids are unemployed. The Democrats really screwed you. What do you have to lose voting for me?” Black leaders, such as Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League, are not thrilled to hear what a mess they are in and how nothing works for them. So why is Trump saying this? He may not know it, but his campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, who is a…

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