Around the Web: Reactions to Trump’s Victory

hjgkjgCheck out these recent articles from around the web on the election of Donald Trump:

Citizens, United by Jonathan Chait: “Democracy will not disappear overnight, but it can be eroded over time. The fight to defend it must be joined in full.”

Trump’s election: What it means for the USCCB and the Church by Michael Sean Winters: “Trump has earned democratic legitimacy, but that is not the same thing as moral legitimacy, and it is the job of morally astute citizens to object when he spews hate or even when he fails to confront the hate his campaign fomented. It is time to remind our fellow Americans of what truly makes us great, our capacity to welcome people from all lands and let their presence in our midst become that new birth of freedom which alone renews the promise of America.”

Who or what is to blame for Trump? by Anthony Annett: “I would argue that Trump’s whole worldview is the very antithesis of Christianity. He is a vulgar Nietzschean who sees Christianity through his default lens of power and dominance. He has no use for mercy, repentance, or forgiveness. He despises the very people that Christians are called upon to prioritize. He has attacked both Pope Francis and Pope Benedict. I would go so far as to say that, in his temperament and in his stated positions, he might be the most unchristian candidate ever to win the office of presidency. Yet many American Catholic bishops and priests supported him, at least tacitly by framing the issues extremely narrowly. In doing so, they bear some of the blame for his victory.”

What to Do About Trump? The Same Thing My Grandfather Did in 1930s Vienna. by Liel Leibovitz: “When it comes to the task ahead, I’ve no interest in deep dives or shades of grey or mea culpas. Like my grandfather, I’m a simple Jew, and like him, I take danger at face value. When the levers of power are seized by the small hands of hateful men, you work hard, you stand with those who are most vulnerable, and you don’t give up until it’s morning again. The rest is commentary.”

Donald Trump Building Team of Racists by Jonathan Chait: “Donald Trump’s presidential campaign bludgeoned modern norms about the acceptability of racism. The candidate proposed a religious test for immigrants, and called a federal judge unfit on the grounds of his heritage. Trump could have decided to put the racial demagoguery of the campaign behind him….But Trump, perhaps predictably, is making a different choice.”

Stop Shaming Trump Supporters by Michael Lerner: “Democrats need to become as conscious and articulate about the suffering caused by classism as we are about other forms of suffering.”

In the Time of Trump by John Carr: “President Trump and Pope Francis are both improbable outsiders, but could not be more different. Francis began his papacy by calling himself a “sinner”; Trump campaigned as a “winner” who had never asked God for forgiveness. Francis brought humble ways to the papacy; Trump boasted about everything, including his predatory sexual behavior. Francis brought Syrian refugees to the Vatican; Trump promised to ban them from coming to America. Trump is a convert to Francis’ rejection of abortion but advocated the use of torture and expansion of the death penalty.”

How Trump Won Their Trust by Amber and David Lapp: “Even as they voice skepticism that he can accomplish everything he has promised, they basically trust him. They feel that Trump talks to them, with them, in their language, and not down to them.”

Is America still the leader of the free world? by Anne Applebaum: “Under President Trump, we cannot assume that America is still the leader of the free world — or the leader of anything.”

The Dawn of Pax Germanica by Paul Hockenos: “Angela Merkel is now the main guardian of the norms, values, and institutions that make up the Atlantic alliance.”

How Gary Johnson and Jill Stein helped elect Donald Trump by Eli Watkins: “Neither Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson nor the Green Party’s Jill Stein managed to make a dent in the Electoral College, but they did post a significant enough showing in several states arguably to help elect Donald Trump.”

The GOP’s Attack on Voting Rights Was the Most Under-Covered Story of 2016 by Ari Berman: “We’ll likely never know how many people were kept from the polls by restrictions like voter-ID laws, cuts to early voting, and barriers to voter registration. But at the very least this should have been a question that many more people were looking into. For example, 27,000 votes currently separate Trump and Clinton in Wisconsin, where 300,000 registered voters, according to a federal court, lacked strict forms of voter ID.”

Lies in the Guise of News in the Trump Era by Nicholas Kristof: “While the poisonous 2016 campaign is behind us, these alt-right websites will continue to spew misinformation that undermines tolerance and democracy. I find them particularly loathsome because they do their best to magnify prejudice against blacks, Muslims and Latinos, tearing our social fabric.”

Trump’s Syria Strategy Would Be a Disaster by Charles Lister: “Trump must urgently acknowledge the inherent threat posed by Assad’s continued grip on power. If he chooses instead to abandon Syria’s moderate opposition and ease up on the regime, the United States will be directly contributing to the growth of violent extremism — and not just in Syria.”

Viral Fake Election News Outperformed Real News On Facebook In Final Months Of The US Election by Craig Silverman: “In the final three months of the US presidential campaign, the top-performing fake election news stories on Facebook generated more engagement than the top stories from major news outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, NBC News, and others, a BuzzFeed News analysis has found.”