Ed Kilgore, New York Magazine

Ed Kilgore

New York Magazine

Monterey, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Ed:

Trump Needs an Opponent to Demonize. It’s Hard to Do That to Uncle Joe.

Trump’s reelection strategy depends on an energized base and demonization of his opponent, to make it a “choice” election, not a referendum. Joe Biden is hard to demonize, but Trump will likely keep trying. → Read More

Trump Is Now the 2020 Underdog

Polls are beginning to show Biden with a double-digit lead over Trump, with the president’s strategy not allowing for the kinds of things he might need to do to win. Huge unfavorable ratings will be hard to overcome. → Read More

The Tulsa Rally Was a Really Bad Sign for Trump

Trump’s low-turnout rally in Tulsa showed an incompetent campaign and a voter base lacking in confidence and enthusiasm, all terrible signs for Trump’s reelection prospects. → Read More

GOP Congressman Ousted in Drive-Thru Convention After Officiating a Same-Sex Marriage

After officiating at a same-sex marriage, Virginia Republican congressman Denver Riggelman lost renomination to hard-right conservative Bob Good in a low-turnout drive-through party convention held in a church parking lot. → Read More

What We Can Do to Stop Voting Chaos in November

As chaos continues during the primary season, there are some simple steps states and political parties can take to protect voting rights and prevent fraud in the November 2020 election. → Read More

Trump Angrily Overrules Talk of Changing Confederate Names on Army Bases

In an indication that he may be returning to the neo-Confederate sympathies he displayed during the Charlottesville violence, Trump told his secretary of Army to drop talk of getting rid of the names of Confederate leaders on military installations. → Read More

No One Group of Voters Will Determine Trump’s Fate

It’s understandable to focus on key voter groups in analyzing polls or elections, but margins can matter most, though in the electoral college, many voters are made irrelevant and their importance to the fate of Trump depends on the map. → Read More

Biden Supports Reforming, Not Defunding, Police

Amid calls by Black Lives Matter activists to “defund police,” Joe Biden is doubling-down on his proposals (first adopted in his 1994 crime bill) to deploy more cops via community policing strategies. It’s unclear if black voters support it. → Read More

Trump Declares Victory Over Everything After Jobs Report

In a remarkable presser, Trump touted a good jobs report as indicating a total economic turnaround, a defeated coronavirus pandemic, and an end to street protests with George Floyd looking down from heaven and enjoying Trump’s self-celebration. → Read More

Republicans Relocate Convention, Seeking Freedom From Coronavirus Precautions

Trump abruptly pulled the Republican National Convention from Charlotte, North Carolina, after Democratic Governor Roy Cooper refused to promise no coronavirus restrictions. Now Republicans are shopping for a new venue. → Read More

With Murkowski ‘Struggling’ Over Trump Vote, He Says He’ll Back Her Opponent

Alaska senator Murkowski responded to Mattis’s criticism of POTUS by saying she’s “struggling” to vote for Trump, not for first time. She could be a prospect for a postelection party-switch, particularly with Trump vowing to oppose her reelection. → Read More

Former Pentagon Chief Mattis Blasts Trump For Violating Constitution

Career Marine officer and former Trump administration Secretary of Defense joins the growing ranks of military leaders accusing the president of threatening the constitution and the Republic itself during his June 1 speech and photo op. → Read More

Biden’s Polling Lead Over Trump Is Getting Seriously Large

Five months out, Biden is beginning to open up a serious national polling lead and also leads Trump in six battleground states the incumbent won in 2016. Trump’s approval ratings aren’t improving, either. → Read More

Will We Get a Second Round of Coronavirus Stimulus Checks?

Democrats have proposed a second round of stimulus payments – but it’s unclear if Trump and Republicans will go along, as the sense of urgency in Washington has abated. Here’s where negotiations stand. → Read More

All 4 Officers in George Floyd Case Now Face Charges

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison raised the charges against Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who put his knee on George Floyd’s neck. The move allowed Ellison to charge the three other ex-police officer at the scene. → Read More

Trump Is Reviving the Disgraceful Legacy of ‘Law-and-Order’ Politics

Trump plays into the shameful tradition of “law-and-order” politics, which dates back to slavery and Jim Crow. But unlike previous proponents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, he’s incapable of posing as a force for unity as well as repression. → Read More

Defense Secretary Esper: Trump Shouldn’t Invoke Insurrection Act to Quell Protests

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper announced he opposes using the Insurrection Act to send military units into cities. President Trump has floated the idea in recent days, as he called for law enforcement “domination” over George Floyd protests. → Read More

Steve King Finally Loses His Congressional Seat

Longtime Iowa Republican congressman Steve King lost his House seat in a primary after being stripped of his committee assignments and thus his clout, which means his loss to Randy Feenstra does not necessarily mean a loss for Trumpism. → Read More

Christian Right Leaders Loved Trump’s Bible Photo Op

While many liberal Christians were outraged by Trump’s photo op following his fiery Rose Garden law and order speech, white conservative evangelical leaders were pleased that he identified the order he was about to impose with the Bible. → Read More

Peaceful Protesters Gassed So Trump Can Do a Sacrilegious Bible Photo Op

As peaceful protesters were violently dispersed with tear gas, Trump made an empty Rose Garden speech pushing governors to clamp down on protests and then conducted an arguably sacrilegious photo op with a Bible in front of St. John’s Church. → Read More