So far, President Trump has acted much like he did in business, starting his initiatives with forceful opening shots. That’s a classic negotiating tactic, and his latest use of it appears to have come in his threat to cut federal funding to California should it declare itself a sanctuary state. “If we have to, we’ll defund. We give tremendous amounts of money to California,” Trump told Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly in an interview that aired on Sunday. “California in many ways is out of control, as you know. ... If they’re going to have sanctuary cities, we may have to do that. Certainly that would be a weapon,” he said. “Obviously, the voters agree or otherwise they wouldn’t have voted for me.” Threatening to cut funding to the nation’s most populous state — and the one with the biggest economy — was Trump’s opening gambit, even though a president cannot unilaterally cut federal funding to a … [Read more...] about Will Trump’s ‘Art of the Deal’ bravado translate to politics?
Since Donald Trump’s election win in 2016, his supporters and the political right in general have repeatedly been targeted for violence and intimidation. News broke Monday that anti-white hate crimes grew faster than any other racial hate crime category in America in 2016. According to statistics released Monday, there was a 19.34 percent increase in anti-white hate crime attacks from 2015 to 2016. (RELATED: FBI: Anti-White Hate Crimes Are The Fastest Growing Racial Hate Crimes In America)Indeed, many anti-Trump attacks have had a racial component to them. In January 2017, a shocking video emerged from Chicago, when a young mentally disabled white male was kidnapped by a group of black assailants. The victim was tied up, tortured, sliced with a knife, and forced to drink toilet water while they yelled, “Fuck Donald Trump!” and “Fuck white people!” Chicago man David Wilcox was also brutally beaten in November 2016 while onlookers … [Read more...] about Since Trump’s Election, Violence Against His Supporters Has Become Routine
The great divide in America between the red and the blue gaped ever wider this past week as progressive Democrats, smelling blood, called for President Trump’s impeachment and his enraged supporters threatened a scorched-earth fight to the finish. As the fractures in America grew more jagged, I dropped by the Berkeley home of sociologist Arlie Hochschild, whose new book, “Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right,” is a fascinating and intimate look at the men and women who form the core of Trump’s support. Hochschild left her liberal bubble — where she lives with her husband, author and Mother Jones magazine co-founder Adam Hochschild, and where, until recently, she taught sociology at UC Berkeley — to spend five years on and off in the ardently right-wing Louisiana bayou country, where God, guns and big oil rule. “I had a keen interest in how life feels to people on the right — that is, in the emotion that … [Read more...] about Berkeley sociologist crosses over to Trump’s America