It was, arguably, the most telling moment of Donald Trump's inauguration speech.
Dear Mr. President:
"Barack Obama is not Jesus."
Those were the first words of the first column I ever wrote about you -- a poke in the eye to Democrats who were singing rhapsodic hosannas about a certain highly regarded young senator.
How about if we let Jesus answer Kellyanne Conway?
"Five minutes for Hitler, five minutes for the Jews."
That, according to legend -- and a Facebook page for alumni of The Miami Herald -- was the routine response of an '80s-era editor whenever some hapless reporter was working overly hard to bring "balance" to a story where none should exist, where the moral high ground was clearly held by one side or the other
This has probably not, in fact, been the worst year in the history of American journalism.
There are, to my mind, only two reasons to re-examine ballots in a presidential campaign.
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free ... it expects what never was and never will be." -- Thomas Jefferson
A few days ago, a black woman I know got a text from a friend who asked what she'd be wearing "to the slave auction in January."
I don't want the Republican Party defeated next week.
So what was it they were trying to kill?
"Why's everybody always pickin' on me?" -- The Coasters from "Charlie Brown"
Donald Trump has a victim mentality.
Meantime, back at Guantanamo...
Look, I'm a guy, all right?
I used to love "The X-Files."
Like millions of Americans, I unfailingly followed FBI agents Mulder and Scully's search for the truth in a labyrinth of conspiracy.
We've called him many things. We pundits have overworked our thesauruses and our imaginations to describe Donald Trump.
I know you are, but what am I?"
It keeps getting bigger.
One might have expected last month's protest by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, his refusal to stand for the national anthem, to have blown over by now.
"Why haven't you reported that Colin Kaepernick's actions are due to his radical Muslim beliefs? Why are you covering this up?"
I had decided not to see Nate Parker's new movie.
His name doesn't even appear in the book.
But make no mistake. "Hillbilly Elegy," the new best-seller by J.D. Vance, is, in a very real sense, about Donald Trump.
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