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Michael Gerson: There is no vindication for Trump

Moments after the Mueller report’s release, Republicans are urging America to move on. In this case, moving on would ignore and reward corruption on a grand scale.


Michael Gerson: Trump is a threat to religious freedom

Donald Trump’s perception of religious liberty as freedom only for the faiths he prefers is a potential threat to every religious group.


Michael Gerson: Vaccination skeptics make intrusive public health methods more likely

When politicians give legitimacy to dangerous and disproven scientific theories – as both Rand Paul and President Trump have done on vaccinations – they are encouraging a lower level of …


Michael Gerson: When Trump demeans others, he is undermining democracy

“A great empire and little minds go ill together,” said Edmund Burke. America is not quite an empire, but one little mind was on full display during President Trump’s recent …


Michael Gerson: What happens when you put a narcissist at the center of the universe?

What happens when a narcissist who thinks he is at the center of the universe is actually placed at the center of the universe? The whole apparatus of a political …


Michael Gerson: Catastrophism is the ruling ideology of the Trump era

What we have in this country are serious political disagreements, which can only be decided through political means. We are not really on a hijacked plane, or in a bloody …


Michael Gerson: Mitch Landrieu’s moment

It is the tragedy of America that a story of freedom, self-government, religious liberty, entrepreneurship and inclusion is also a story of forced migration, stolen labor, routine rape and murder, …


Michael Gerson: Trump’s 2016 campaign has been revealed as false advertising

The news that Donald Trump’s approval rating is near historical lows brings some relief that the laws of political gravity still apply. When the president is doing a spectacularly bad …


Michael Gerson: This Christmas, like every Christmas, a gift of hope

This year at Christmas, I can only manage to catch glimpses of a star, to hear fragments of a song, to see the outlines of a face. But it is …


Michael Gerson: Pathogens couldn’t care less about Italian politics

FLORENCE, Italy – It was here in 1614 that Tommaso Caccini preached a sermon in the church of Santa Maria Novella denouncing Galileo and other scientists who held the heretical …


Michael Gerson: Bush’s life proves that sometimes things go gloriously right

All the talk about the attributes of this or that generation is usually overblown. But there is an exception when a cohort of young Americans shares a massive, overwhelming experience …


Michael Gerson: Are we sincere about second chances?

Those of us who participated in the 2000 presidential election are getting political PTSD from the current gubernatorial and senatorial recounts in Florida. President George W. Bush was eventually declared …


Michael Gerson: Afghan War reveals the terrible price of security in a hostile world

The Afghan War – really, the war against terrorists and their allies in Afghanistan and Pakistan – has elements of a Greek tragedy. It was unavoidable, but seemingly unwinnable. Following …


Michael Gerson: The Kavanaugh coverage exposed cracks in journalism’s foundation

In the recent Supreme Court nomination showdown, American institutions underwent a stress test. And in the media’s coverage, we saw the political equivalent of the collapse of Lehman Bros.


Michael Gerson: Evangelicals need a higher call than street fighting

Baptists tend to be teetotalers, but some obviously make an exception for the potent Kool-Aid they serve at the White House. It has produced (metaphorically) a different kind of belligerent …


Michael Gerson: This is not politics as usual – it is political pyromania

One of the dubious advantages of a Supreme Court nomination battle is how it brings into the open some of the vicious, ideological arguments that are normally hidden by shame …


Michael Gerson: The Senate has become a factory of suspicion and contempt

Americans can be forgiven for thinking that everything involved in Supreme Court nominations – all the institutions, traditions, principles, procedures, solemn oaths and columned buildings – are merely a cover, …


Michael Gerson: Kavanaugh nomination now hangs by thinnest of strings

It is difficult to comment on an unfolding news story, but this one demands it. It is hard to write about someone you know and like, especially concerning matters of …


Michael Gerson: A passion for social justice is inseparable from the Christian gospel

It is neither realistic nor fair to ignore the current damage of mass incarceration and failed educational institutions on minority groups. Repentance is in order – along with a passion …


Michael Gerson: We are a superpower run by a simpleton

If you prick Donald Trump, does he not explode? If you stroke him, does he not purr?


Michael Gerson: This is the cynic’s finest hour

The presidency held by a cruel bigot. Many evangelical leaders parasitic on his power. The current and previous pope, along with a generation of bishops, implicated in the cover up …


Michael Gerson: The only way to save the GOP is to defeat it in the House

University of Chicago researchers – who clearly have a lot of time on their hands – have found that the use of certain brands and products is a good predictor …


Michael Gerson: Trump is ‘everyone-does-it’ presidency

By any reasonable standard, Donald Trump has publicly attempted obstruction of justice. He has also admitted that his presidential campaign attempted collusion with a foreign power. And he has asserted …


Michael Gerson: This will never be normal or moral

One of the current complaints of the Trump right concerns the treatment given to Alex Jones by Facebook, which has temporarily banned the radio host for videos that violated “community …


Michael Gerson: Trump’s foreign policy smashes our defining ideals

Setting aside the issue of whether the president is wittingly advancing the interests of a hostile power – a qualification that is only imaginable in the Trump era – what …


Michael Gerson: Trump’s narcissism has become our foreign policy doctrine

Defining a foreign policy theory that might merit the title of “doctrine” is difficult in the Trump administration, which is dismissive of reflection, consistency and precedent. But in practice, it …


Michael Gerson: Kennedy’s retirement offers Trump a path to uniting his party

Luck – pure, dumb luck – is an underestimated advantage in politics, and Donald Trump is one lucky man. He ran for the Republican nomination against a fractured field, in …


Michael Gerson: Trump’s tests of loyalty are really tests of character

Donald Trump’s mentor, the colorful controversialist Roy Cohn, once said: “I bring out the worst in my enemies and that’s how I get them to defeat themselves.” If this is …


Michael Gerson: Only values-based conservatives can conquer Trumpism

On the issue of child separation, President Trump had to be dragged kicking and screaming into basic humanity. His initial goal was to create terror in migrants without provoking revulsion …


Michael Gerson: G-7 debacle proves Trump is operating on a different map

BERLIN – It is strange being in a foreign country and watching American post-World War II leadership – as practiced by presidents such as Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald …