…And his enablers

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In May of last year, Chris Cuomo had his brother, the Governor of New York, on his prime time show; where the two joked about the ongoing COVID pandemic. Chris played a video of the elder Cuomo getting swabbed for the virus and joked about Andrew needing a bigger swab because of the size of his nose; with Chris proceeding to bring out a series of ever-larger novelty swabs to drive his point home.

At the time, New York was being ravaged by Coronavirus harder than any other state in America. Governor Cuomo, having first resisted calls to lockdown, had…


The threat of Trumpism isn’t gone, it’s greater than ever

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Watching the insurrection unfold live on January 6th was horrifying enough in it’s own right: it was and will always be incredibly jarring to watch rioters forcibly break into the Capitol, occupy the Speaker’s desk and proudly parade the Confederate flag — a symbol of hatred and treachery — down those hallowed halls. Yet, it would take days — and in some cases, weeks — until the full horror of the ordeal would become clear. In the aftermath of the attack, we would learn of the complicity of members of the police in the attack and how the rioters got…


Trump was not an aberration, he was as much a symptom as he was a cause and the Republican Party will not simply return to sanity because he’s gone

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When Donald Trump left the White House on January 20th, it was easy to take a sigh of relief and feel like, for the first time in four years, that everything was going to be alright. As Biden got on stage at the inauguration to give a refreshingly vanilla speech and Trump stood silenced in Mar-A-Lago — having been banned from all large social media sites, it felt like we had finally escaped the fever dream of the last four years. Yet, beneath this hue of hope was the reality that not just were the problems that had created Trump…


The Biden Presidency doesn’t mean we can go back to normal, but it does mean we can breathe for a moment

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The inauguration of Joe Biden was simultaneously a representation of normalcy and, a reminder of the unprecedented situation America finds itself in. On the one hand, you had a Republican Senator — Roy Blunt — deliver remarks so conventional that they’d make you forget that the Republican Party, at large, spent the last three months trying to overturn the results of the election and, you had the President himself promise “unity” and “opportunity” in a refreshingly cookie-cutter speech that was a far cry from the American carnage remarks given four years ago to that day by then-President Trump.

You didn’t…


It’s easy to take joy in Trump’s Twitter ban, but maybe it should spark concern as well

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I don’t like Donald Trump — I never have and I never will. Anyone who has followed me on social media or on this blog will know that. I’ve never tried to hide my feelings about the outgoing President, nor would I ever want to. 2021 marks my fifth year writing on this site and the one common thread throughout all those years has been, perhaps regrettably, Donald Trump. Every year since he became President, I have been penning articles condemning his actions — from his role in the ‘Unite the Right’ Charlottesville rally in 2017, to the way he…


Trump and his enablers are responsible for last night’s attempted coup

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After pro-Trump terrorists stormed the Capitol this week in an attempted coup, Congress reconvened in the wee hours of the morning to certify Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump. There were many remarkable, history-defining moments that occurred the night — undoubtedly, the photos of men wielding Confederate flags down the halls of Congress and posing in the office of the Speaker of the House will go down in history.

Putting into words my immediate reaction to these events is hard. I am at once shocked — seeing rioters forcefully enter their way into the Capitol will never not be shocking…


Lessons learned from a hellish year

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At this point, complaining about 2020 feels trite; in an age of intense division, one of the only things everyone seems to be able to agree on is that 2020 has been a grim year. The year began with raging forest fires in Australia, which were shortly followed by the exponential spread of the deadly Coronavirus — which would go onto claim nearly half-a-million lives — and the year saw the Trump Presidency brought to an end in an election marred by misinformation, conspiracy and a flailing coup attempt.

With everything this year has taken from us, we must insist…


No, conservatives don’t really care about freedom

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Harry Styles in Vogue Magazine

Last week, Harry Styles became the latest victim of the culture war after a Vogue photoshoot in which he wore a dress attracted criticism from multiple conservative activists, including Candace Owens and Ben Shapiro.

With the United States in the midst of a fraught transfer of power, it can be easy to dismiss this story as nothing more than a social media sideshow (and in many ways it is). However, it is also emblematic of the hypocrisy that lies at the heart of modern-day conservative ideology.

The central critique of Harry Styles from Owens and co, centred more widely on…


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How ‘back to brunch’ liberalism fell out of fashion

In the immediate aftermath of Trump’s inauguration in 2017, protestors took to the streets in record numbers to attend the historic Women’s March. Out of the many slogans to go viral thanks to the march was “If Hillary was President, we’d be at brunch right now”. The slogan reflected a simple truth: that, for many liberals, the previous eight years of Democratic rule had allowed them to tune out of politics, and another four years of such rule would allow them to do the same.

Over the course of the Trump years, the President’s critics would take to the streets…


Did socialism nearly cost Democrats the election?

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Photo source: OpenClipart-Vectors on Pixabay

As of writing, who will control the White House and Senate remains uncalled; though, in the former race you’d much rather be the Vice President than Donald Trump and — in the latter — you’d much rather be Mitch McConnell than Chuck Schumer. Meanwhile, on the House side, things are looking more clear cut: Democrats have maintained control, but are likely to have lost around a dozen seats.

In true 2020 fashion, the election has delivered a result that seemingly no-one is happy with; Republicans, who thought they had won on election night, are now staring down the barrel of…

Tom Williams

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