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Recent articles by Michael:

The Trump delusion: Comparisons of the president to historic leaders are a laugh riot

In this Age of COVID, there was a time long, long ago—about six weeks past!—when Donald Trump began referring to himself as “a wartime president." He isn’t saying it much anymore. Maybe because his naptime was being haunted by the derisive ghostly laughter of Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, Fran → Read More

Never Have So Few Done So Much to Destroy America

Comparing Trump to Winston Churchill is a laugh riot... In this Age of COVID, there was a time long, long ago—about six weeks past!—when Donald Trump began referring to himself as “a wartime president."He isn’t saying it much anymore. Maybe because his naptime was being haunted by the derisive ghostly laughter of Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman. → Read More

Mission Imperative: Come November, Trump Must Go

There must be one mission above all, one goal supreme: Vote this monster out of the White House. And along with him, tow to the nearest dump the clown car of malefactors who gave him license to cripple our republic.Donald Trump’s defeat and the defeat of those in Congress who have enabled him with nary a word of protest are Priorities Number 1 through 100. Focus. Don’t be → Read More

Fifty Years Later, the Gunfire at Kent State Still Echoes through America

Today’s pandemic alters our tradition of protest and dissent... There are certain events in the life of the nation we revisit whenever there’s a significant anniversary. The assassination of President Kennedy, 9/11, the moon landing, even Woodstock—these are iconic milestones we think are worthy of remembrance and reflection—especially because so many of us experienced them together. → Read More

Trump’s public displays of erratic behavior are symptomatic of a country that’s gone off the rails – A

What's the smartest thing Donald Trump could say to the American people right now? I mean, other than, "I resign." How about, "I'm sorry?" Back in the day, three-time New York City mayor Fiorello LaGuardia admitted, "When I make a mistake, it's a beaut,"and voters loved him for his seeming hum → Read More

‘Pandemic Apprentice’: Deprived of rallies to inflate his ego, Trump muscles in on sickness and death – A

As we all know, Donald J. Trump sees the entire world as one big television show—about him. Everything is weighed against the success of his former NBC reality show “The Apprentice,” and frankly, as far as Trump’s concerned, the world just isn’t measuring up. Nearly 2.5 million afflicted globally → Read More

Live from Planet Television, Donald Trump – Every Night!

As we all know, Donald J. Trump sees the entire world as one big television show—about him. Everything is weighed against the success of his former NBC reality show “The Apprentice,” and frankly, as far as Trump’s concerned, the world just isn’t measuring up.Nearly 2.5 million afflicted globally, and 170,000 deaths? Nearly 750,000 sick in the United States and more than 42,000 → Read More

As Coronavirus Rages On, Trump Junks Your Mail and Attacks the Postal Service

In our last episode, mail had finally arrived at my building in downtown Manhattan after many days without, all because of the devastating impact of COVID-19 at my local post office.The delivery included a bombastic fundraising letter from the National Republican Congressional Committee under the name of Mike Pence excoriating Nancy Pelosi and the evils of socialism, a → Read More

Lost in the Mail in the Coronavirus Era

The pandemic threatens letter carriers, their customers, the US Postal Service itself – and even the November election... We finally got the mail on Thursday. None had arrived for a week, except for some packages. Our main local post office downtown, at the southern end of Manhattan’s West Village, has been hit hard by COVID-19. → Read More

Pandemic Be Damned, The Business of America Is Business!

Trump dances at the Masque of the Red Death... Greetings from the epicenter. We are ensconced in my small downtown Manhattan apartment, social distancing as best we can and so far safe and healthy but warned that the worst is yet to come, an “apex” of contagion they believe is on its way over the next couple of weeks. → Read More

Who's in Charge Here?

A number of years ago, I wrote a documentary about John Gardner, the remarkable public servant who served as President Lyndon Johnson's secretary of health, education and welfare. He later founded the citizen's group Common Cause and was, by the way, a liberal Republican, if you can remember a time when such people existed. We can thank him for the implementation of many of → Read More

The Workers Circle Fights Injustice with Activism—and Joy

If you’re not Jewish or not involved with organized labor, there’s a good chance you may never have heard of the Workmen’s Circle—recently renamed the Workers Circle, a gender-neutral nod to the hardworking activism of its members, Jewish men and women, young and old. It’s worth getting to know about them: what they do is not only important but inspirational as well. | By → Read More

It's Happening Here...

Messages of resistance in two little books, one a movie script... Sitting here next to my computer right now are two, small paperbound books.One of them is On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, by Yale University historian Timothy Snyder. → Read More

Michael Winship: Donald Trump’s State of the Mighty Me

February 5, 2020 – As Dear Leader wound up his State of the Union, and Nancy Pelosi tore its pages in quarters as she stood behind him, I had the same reaction that many colleagues out in the Twitter universe had. We all instantly recalled George W. Bush’s words at the end of Donald Trump’s inaugural address in 2017: “Well, that was some weird shit.” Except that Trump’s speech wasn’t just weird,… → Read More

Here’s the terrifying truth about Trump’s hysterical, Nuremberg-style State of the Union – A

As Dear Leader wound up his State of the Union, and Nancy Pelosi tore its pages in quarters as she stood behind him, I had the same reaction that many colleagues out in the Twitter universe had. We all instantly recalled George W. Bush’s words at the end of Donald Trump’s inaugural address in 2017: → Read More

Delusional Trump demands credit for an American comeback that only exists in his addled brain

As Dear Leader wound up his State of the Union, and Nancy Pelosi tore its pages in quarters as she stood behind him, I had the same reaction that many colleagues out in the Twitter universe had. We all instantly recalled George W. Bush’s words at the end of Donald Trump’s inaugural address in 2017: […] → Read More

At a Church and on Capitol Hill, The Battle for Democracy

On Friday, I was in Washington, DC. No, not to witness the final throes of the Senate’s impeachment trial of Donald Trump, but to be at the memorial service for a former colleague, newsman Jim Lehrer.Created with his friend and fellow journalist Robert MacNeil, what’s now the PBS NewsHour began life in 1975 as The Robert MacNeil Report and then very rapidly became The → Read More

Adam Schiff terrifies Donald Trump and his Republican lackeys

On October 16, 1939, Hollywood director Frank Capra premiered Mr. Smith Goes to Washington before an audience of US senators and House members, Supreme Court justices, journalists and assorted other DC dignitaries. It was an all-star event, sponsored by the National Press Club and held at Constitution Hall. Some 4,000 were in attendance. They hated it. Today, […] → Read More

The Imperative of Pulling Together to Beat the Trump Who Would Be King

Hey, Sanders hey, Warren, hey, Biden and the rest of you. Listen, I know from party divisiveness. As a very (very!) young man, I worked on the campaign staff of Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern. There now will be a slight pause as you imitate explosions and other sound effects from your favorite disaster movies.That 1972 campaign to defeat Richard Nixon for → Read More

McConnell and the bloviating Trump defense team eat away at our republic like flesh-eating bacteria

Hey, Sanders, hey, Warren, hey, Biden and the rest of you. Listen, I know from party divisiveness. As a very (very!) young man, I worked on the campaign staff of Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern. There now will be a slight pause as you imitate explosions and other sound effects from your favorite disaster movies. […] → Read More