The tenure and ouster of Stephen Bannon, the president’s chief strategist and champion of his nationalist impulses, exposed deep fissures within the Trump-era Republican Party that are hindering efforts to kick-start a sputtering GOP legislative agenda.
Recent condemnations of the president by GOP leaders have been harsher, more frequent and sometimes more personal. They are caught between disgust over his failure to unequivocally condemn neo-Nazism, a desire to advance a conservative agenda and fears of rupturing the Trump-GOP coalition ahead of the 2018 elections.
Last weekend’s Unite the Right rally included virtually every kind of white nationalist the U.S. has ever known. Amid them were young men who appeared clean-cut and unashamed. Who were they? And what had so aggrieved them that they came from across the nation?
Drowned out by counterdemonstrators, the handful of rally attendees ended their event without remarks from planned speakers. Police said 27 people were arrested. President Trump praised police and later tweeted support for protesters “speaking out against bigotry and hate.”
People in Spain struggled to make sense of a bizarre reality: that a group of childhood friends from the countryside — some of whom still lived with their parents — could have planned such a deadly and complicated assault.
Outside France, many see him as a symbol of youthful dynamism and a darling of social democrats. But the man who won a landslide victory less than four months ago now has a domestic approval rating near President Trump’s.
Millions of eclipse enthusiasts are expected to strain roads, communications and public-safety resources across several states as they flood the 70-mile-wide strip that will get total darkness coast to coast.