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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Trump and AOC on America

In Defying the Odds, we discuss Trump's curious lack of devotion to American principles.  His rhetoric is more Putin than Reagan.  The update  -- just published --includes a chapter on the 2018 midterms.

At The Daily Beast, Amy Zimmerman reports on a remark by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:
"And for me, what is just so upsetting and heartbreaking about this moment is like, since when did it become the moderate position in America to continue caging children?” 
“And so I think all of these things sound radical compared to where we are, but where we are is not a good thing!” She exclaimed. “And this idea of like 10 percent better than garbage…It shouldn’t be what we settle for.”
Trumpists are attacking her comment as a slur on America.  But note what Trump told The New York Times in 2016:
We have tremendous problems when you have policemen being shot in the streets, when you have riots, when you have Ferguson. When you have Baltimore. When you have all of the things that are happening in this country — we have other problems, and I think we have to focus on those problems. When the world looks at how bad the United States is, and then we go and talk about civil liberties, I don’t think we’re a very good messenger.