Charlie Sykes, The Bulwark

Charlie Sykes

The Bulwark

Milwaukee, WI, United States

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Past articles by Charlie:

DeSantis Sends Putin a Message

Hang on. → Read More

Tucker's Firehose of Lies (and Hypocrisy)

“We are very, very close to being able to ignore Trump most nights. I truly can’t wait. I hate him passionately.” — Tucker Carlson text to Fox News producer, January 4, 2021 Wait… there’s more: “That’s the last four years. We’re all pretending we’ve got a lot to show for it, because admitting what a disaster it’s been is too tough to digest. But come on. There isn’t really an upside to Trump.” —… → Read More

Paul Ryan, Fox News, and the Future of the GOP

My conversation with the former speaker. → Read More

Why Trump Is Targeting Trans

Catching up: Happy Thursday! The culture war the right might win By now, we know that the GOP is losing the culture war over abortion. Polls continue to show strong opposition to the kind of sweeping bans that are passing in red state legislatures. But what about the trans issue? Why is Donald Trump doubling down on draconian proposals "which would prohibit federal agencies from promoting “the… → Read More

The Wisconsin GOP's High Court Crackup

Barricades are seen in front of the State Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin, on January 17, 2021 (Photo by KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP via Getty Images) The election that the media has dubbed “the most important election nobody’s ever heard of,” is just weeks away, and has already drawn international attention. The “Stakes are monstrous,” declared Britain’s Guardian. “Wisconsin judicial race is 2023’s key… → Read More

Dark Brandon Takes His Shot

Plus: Lordy, those Wisconsin tapes. → Read More

Wisconsin Trump tapes from Associated Press confirm the 'big lie'

Wisconsin Trump tapes from Associated Press confirm President Donald Trump election officials knew the 'big lie' was fake. And pressured Mike Pence anyway. → Read More

A Short Guide to MAGA "Conservatism"

What it is. And what it isn't. → Read More

Trump vs. DeSantis in 2024? Republican litmus test is brutality

Donald Trump's 2024 campaign for president pits him against Republican primary rivals like Florida's Ron DeSantis. And violence is the test. → Read More

Why is the Right Losing the Young?

What Andrew Sullivan gets right...and absurdly wrong. → Read More

MLK Deserved Better. He's Not Alone. (Corrected version.)

Embrace, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. memorial sculpture at Boston Common. (Photo by Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)In today’s Morning Shots: The GOP’s fascination with the Italian right; Kristol’s dispatches from Berlin; Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar get their committees; and the latest George Santos ripoff. But we start today with some thoughts about public “art.”… → Read More

Suppressing the Black Vote. And Bragging About It.

“We can be especially proud of the City of Milwaukee (80.2% Dem Vote) casting 37,000 less votes than cast in the 2018 election with the major reduction happening in the overwhelming Black and Hispanic areas.” — Wisconsin Republican official Robert Spindell An election worker sorts through ballots during a recount of Milwaukee Countys results at the Wisconsin Center on Nov. 20, 2020. (Photo by… → Read More

Trump Extends His Losing Streak

As we start a new day of performative chaos, Kevin McCarthy continues to self-geld, which guarantees that if he hangs on to the speakership, he will merely be the Superintendent of Crazy Town. This, of course, is a parody. But the reality is only a shade less pathetic. Early reports suggest that McCarthy’s remarkable surrender campaign now includes an agreement to let any single member force a… → Read More

Welcome to the MAGA Crackup

Well, Happy New Year to you, too. Today was supposed to be the GOP’s celebration of the Red Wave, a moment of triumph and anticipation. Instead, we are likely to get a sh*tshow for the ages from an unruly, dysfunctional political party that is obviously not all that interested in governing. On Day One, the new GOP majority’s vicious infighting — the sort of thing normally reserved for closed… → Read More

The GOP's George Santos Dilemma

(Newsday via Getty Images)"I didn't graduate from any institution of higher learning. I'm embarrassed and sorry for having embellished my resume. I own up to that … We do stupid things in life." Congressman-elect George Santos (R-Bullshit) Embellished? I do not think that word means what the Talented Mr. Santos thinks it means. To “embellish” is to adorn, decorate, enhance, gild, beautify, and… → Read More

Trump 2024: He's running for president — with or without GOP

Trump 2024 announcement is official. Trump is running for president. After the midterm election results in the House and Senate, will Republicans back him? → Read More

"A Concierge at a Rock Star Hotel"

Plus: A Wisconsin poll tests the appeal of centrism → Read More

Herschel Walker is a Preview of 2024

The GOP keeps swallowing. → Read More

MAGA's New Mantra: "Blame America First"

Danish Defense shows the gas leaking at Nord Stream 2 seen from the Danish F-16 interceptor on Bornholm, Denmark on September 27, 2022. (Photo by Danish Defence/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) “You were not prosecuted for being a Trump supporter. You were not arrested or charged and you will not be sentenced for exercising your first amendment rights. You are not a political prisoner … You were… → Read More

The Right’s Lust for Violence

Roger Stone, Michael Anton, Kyle Young, and the Oath Keepers. → Read More