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Ellis Henican

Trump’s America: Total eclipse of Donald’s decency

Aid and comfort to white supremacists. Confederate War statues treated like an oppressed minority group. Steve Bannon, out as Donald Trump’s senior advisor and back in his bunker at Breitbart.com, chortling to his locked-and-loaded comrades on the right: “I’ve got my hands back on...

Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 5:11pm

Trump’s America: Blaming everyone and no one in Charlottesville

Denouncing the white supremacists, neo-Nazis and KKKers in Charlottesville – that should have been the easy part. But now that he’s stumbled so badly there, will the suddenly tongue-tied Donald Trump ever stop seeking alliances with race-baiting, alt-right extremists? Does he even want...

Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 5:20pm

Trump’s America: Leak to me! Leak some more!

Where would we be without leaks? We’d be in the dark, that’s where. We’d be getting our news, such as it is, from Sean Spicer, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Mike Dubke and the potty-mouthed Anthony Scaramucci. And, look, three of those four official mouthpieces (90 days, 88 days, 10...

Monday, August 7, 2017 - 5:00am

Trump’s America: It’s a Cruella world for Donald and the Mooch

There’s a telling exchange in “101 Dalmatians,” the late-1990s Disney TV series. It comes in the episode “Bad to the Bone/Southern Fried Cruella.” Mooch, the bully dog, is taunting roly-poly Rolly, when one of Rolly’s friends speaks up. Spot: You know what...

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 5:03am

Trump’s America: Fixing healthcare as easy as A-B-C-D

Plan A is dead. The Republicans’ seven-year promise to repeal and replace Obamacare never got the oxygen it needed in Mitch McConnell’s Senate. On Monday night, a third and a fourth Republican senator flatlined the so-called Better Care Reconciliation Act. Someone slapped a toe tag on...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 5:02am

Trump’s America: Time to fire the kids

It was a perfectly nice idea when Marie Wilson, Daren Ball and Gloria Steinem at the Ms. Foundation for Women dreamed it up in 1992. Take Our Daughters to Work Day, the concept was called. Sons were added in 2003. And every year, on the fourth Thursday in April, a few million moms and dads took...

Monday, July 17, 2017 - 5:02am

Trump’s America: The Twitter equivalent of a shrug

Why stop with Vladimir Putin’s election hack? Aren’t there any other messes Donald Trump can “move forward” from? You bet there are. He can “move forward” from the nukes in North Korea, “move forward” from the complexities of healthcare and, while he...

Monday, July 10, 2017 - 5:06am

Trump’s America: Vladimir, baby!

What do you say to Vladimir Putin? That depends. Are you Donald Trump? If not, you’d surely want to confront the Russian strongman on his illegal annexation of Ukrainian territory, his cynical support of the brutal Syrian regime and, especially, his campaign to alter the results of the 2016...

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 6:15am

Trump’s America: A desperate defense? It’s as easy as 1-2-3

First, blame the people who came before you. Then, swear you don’t recall. And if all else fails, just pretend that everything is fine. There we have it: the 1-2-3 punch of weak Washington defenses, which Team Trump gets to a T. From the Watergate break-in to the Russian-hacking probe,...

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 5:06am

Trump’s America: Lawyer up, lawyer down

Donald Trump says he is under investigation. Donald Trump’s lawyer says, no, he isn’t. Oh, great! This early in the Russian-hacking probe, we’ve already hit the moment where the president starts twisting the meaning of “is” and “isn’t.” Back in the...

Monday, June 19, 2017 - 5:00am

Trump’s America: More torture sessions for Jeff

Jeff Sessions had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week. At least that’s finally over. But wait! Now, it appears that this week could be even worse. As with little Alexander in one of the greatest children’s books of all time, nothing’s been going right for Donald Trump...

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 5:06am

Trump’s America: Comey swears to tell the truth

Washington is on pins and needles. The TV networks are expecting boffo ratings, and outraged Democrats are licking their chops. But a crucial question still lingers as James Comey prepares for his very big Thursday on Capitol Hill: How much more damage will the ousted FBI director do to Donald...

Monday, June 5, 2017 - 1:48pm

Trump's America: Plugging the leaky ship of Donald

Donald Trump hates leaks, really hates ’em, and I’ll tell you how I know. He keeps saying so on the Twitter, which is the closest thing we have to a window on the leak-hating president's leak-hating soul. He hates leaks almost as much as he hates anonymous sources and fake news....

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 5:06am

Trump's America: What a fine religion you people have

Look who’s pals with the Muslims now! After famously snarling that “Islam hates us” and campaigning for a ban on all Muslims entering the United States, Donald Trump stood before the world’s Muslim leaders and sounded almost like a normal American president. The fight...

Monday, May 22, 2017 - 5:03am

Trump's America: When Donald says, 'You're hired!'

“Who Wants to Be FBI Director?” On TV’s newest reality show, host Donald Trump has divided the contestants into two teams and has begun parading them in for interviews. Experienced law enforcement officials who could actually do the job: Interim FBI Director Andrew McCabe, ex-...

Monday, May 15, 2017 - 5:03am

Vet’s dog was only solace after ravages of war

Metro columnist and political commentator Ellis Henican’s new book, "Tuesday's Promise: One Veteran, One Dog, and Their Bold Quest to Change Lives" tells the story of an Iraq war veteran, Capt. Luis Carlos Montalván, who coped with PTSD through the aid of a golden retriever...

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 9:36am

Trump's America: Does Jesus love Donald, too?

Does Jesus love Donald Trump? That’s a trick question. Of course he does. The son of God loves everyone. But that doesn’t mean Jesus is a Republican. Or a Democrat. Or that he wanted us all to vote last November to Make America Great Again. That’s not how the Prince of Peace...

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 8:56pm

Trump's America: When the joke's on you

Why get roasted when you can get hugged? You saw where Donald Trump was on Saturday night. He skipped the traditional jocular ribbing of the black-tie White House Correspondents' Dinner at the Washington Hilton. Instead, he chose the deep adulation of a ball-caps-and-work-boots crowd at the...

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 6:42pm

Trump's America: 97, 98, 99….Ducking '100 DAYS'

Can you count to 100? On second thought, maybe you shouldn’t even try. Donald Trump has already taken to Twitter to pooh-pooh the “ridiculous standard” of even asking what a new president has accomplished in his first 100 days. That particular tweet was a bit confusing. On the...

Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 4:10pm

Trump's America: White House Family Feud

Wild-Eyed Steve hates Swamp-Creature Reince. Swamp-Creature Reince hates Wild-Eyed Steve. And both of them positively loathe the Know-It-All Son-in-Law. Didn’t he used to be a Democrat…or maybe still is? Yes, it’s Family Feud time at the White House. I hope you weren’t...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 12:37pm