Trump is the worst person ever to be president

After budget cuts, the IRS’ work against tax cheats is facing “collapse”: Audits and criminal referrals are down sharply since Congress cut the tax agency’s budget and management changed priorities. Donald Trump: Crappy businessman, great con artist. Trump even inherited his self-made myth. Helaine Olen on Donald Trump’s grotesque fraud. We knew Trump was incredibly corrupt — turns out he may also be an epic tax cheat. Decades of Trump family tax fraud doesn’t bother conservatives who demanded Obama be “vetted”. Fox News spins Trump’s massive inheritance fraud as a good thing. Thread: “Here's, perversely, the problem w investigative journalism in midst democratic backsliding”. Kyle Pope on the Times Trump investigation and the power of the long game.

Will Trump and Republicans be able to keep the FBI’s Kavanaugh report secret? If Kavanaugh is confirmed, every single GOP justice on the SCOTUS will have been appointed illegitimately. Everyone expects Murkowski and Collins to do the right thing — that lets Republican men off the hook. New poll shows that Republicans have become the party of #MeToo backlash. The new face of men’s rights: Trump and other Republicans say Brett Kavanaugh is being victimized by #MeToo — and they’re expressing male solidarity in defending him. Bonnie Mann on Trump’s new taunt, Kavanaugh’s defense and how misogyny rules. Senators, if you think you are “appalled” now, just wait.

The cruelty is the point: President Trump and his supporters find community by rejoicing in the suffering of those they hate and fear. The news this week confirms it: Donald Trump is the worst person ever to be president.