Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson is the executive editor of The American ProspectHis email is hmeyerson@prospect.org.

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Citizen Trump

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AP Photo/Evan Vucci Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention, Monday, July 18, 2016, in Cleveland. T he theme of Night Two of the Republican Convention was “Make America Work Again,” but the jobs that the delegates plainly wished to create were jailers’ –the guys who would “Lock her up.” The “her,” if you’ve been orbiting Jupiter and have missed the reduction of the Republican Party to a communal hate-fest, was Hillary Clinton. “Lock her up” was the delegates’ shouted refrain in response to New Jersey Governor’s Chris Christie’s “indictment” of Clinton for crimes against America (crimes so horrible, in fact, that they actually didn’t happen). This is, so far, the “Lock Her Up” convention. Republicans have spent more time vilifying, defaming, and demonizing Clinton (literally demonizing—Ben Carson twice linked her to Lucifer) than they have extolling Donald Trump. Any articulation of a Republican program, meanwhile, has been almost entirely...

The Trump Show is Trapped in Time

Republicans have launched their convention with dire warnings that no longer ring true, and with empty-headed attacks on a more diverse, cosmopolitan and liberal nation.

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Sputnik via AP Donald Trump speaks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. gop_convention_icon.jpg W hat time is it? What year is it? The first night of Donald Trump’s convention suggested we were back in an earlier age, when crime was rampant, fear stalked the cities, and good people hunkered down in their homes and prayed the storm would pass. “The vast majority of Americans do not feel safe,” Rudy Giuliani grimly announced, before proclaiming that Trump would restore order in America as he, Rudy (thumping his chest to make sure you understood he meant himself), had in New York. Never mind that serious crime has fallen by a quarter since 2006, and had been halved in the decade preceding. Dangers lurk everywhere. To prove the point, Trump’s handlers produced three parents of sons killed by undocumented immigrants. Two were killed in auto accidents, however, and with more than 30,000 Americans killed in such accidents every year, it’s hard to argue on the basis of two...

Convention: A City on Edge

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(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Barriers divide 9th Street in Cleveland as Republicans prepare to open their convention. gop_convention_icon.jpg T he passengers on the streetcar inching along in downtown Cleveland, the waitress in the corner lunchroom, the riders on the train to the city’s far suburbs—they’re all nervous. The waitress, who served some colleagues and me as the news broke of the murder of three Baton Rouge policemen, was visibly upset and all but trembling about the coming four days. The passengers on the streetcar, one of whom worked a few blocks from the Quicken Loans Arena, site of this week’s Republican convention, segued from what they feared would be the near impossibility of getting around town, or just to work, during the convention to the general apprehension of what hell might break loose. The riders on the train to the ‘burbs alternated between excitement and presentiment. Cleveland is not an armed camp—at least not visibly, at least not yet. Despite laws...

Bernie, Hillary, and the Ghost of Ernst Thalmann

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(Photo: AP/Andrew Harnik) Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on July 12, where he endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. B ernie Sanders is no longer campaigning against Hillary Clinton. He’s campaigning against Donald Trump and the ghost of Ernst Thälmann. Ernst who? Thälmann was the leader of the German Communist Party from the late 1920s until the Nazis arrested him a few months after they took power in 1933. But to the degree that anyone remembers Thälmann today, it’s for the absurd and calamitous party line—handed down by Joseph Stalin, but which Thälmann ensured that all German communists would echo—that he and his comrades advocated during Hitler’s ascent to power. In the last years of the Weimar Republic, the real menace to Germany, Thälmann argued, wasn’t the Nazis but the Communists’ center-left, and more successful, rival for the backing of German workers: the Social Democrats. The SDs, he said, were actually “social...

Why the Democrats Need to Sink the TPP

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Alex Milan Tracy/Sipa via AP Images Protesters gathered outside a World Affairs Council meeting on the Trans Pacific Partenership with the U.S. Ambassador to Brunei in Portland, Oregon, on March 21, 2016. O f all the misfortunes that may befall Hillary Clinton and the Democrats at their upcoming convention, the one they have most reason to fear is a platform fight over the Trans-Pacific Partnership. By repudiating the TPP, which has yet to come before Congress, and promising to repudiate those trade deals already in effect, Donald Trump is clearly scoring points with voters in Rust Belt states whose support the Democrats have long counted on in presidential elections. Earlier this year, Clinton reversed her provisional endorsement of the TPP, thereby aligning her position not only more closely with those Rust Belt voters’, but also with Bernie Sanders’s and most of the Democratic establishment (unions, environmentalists, and a clear majority of Democratic members of Congress). Yet the...