The problem of Donald Trump didn’t start with Donald Trump: His shocking rise to power was actually 27 years in the making. “This is the new Republican Party”: Edward-Isaac Dovere on the final GOP holdouts to Donald Trump whimper into oblivion. Departing Republicans confess: They have been part of a “cult”. Authoritarianism and the cultic dynamic: Daniel Shaw on traumatic narcissism in American politics today. “Dictator envy”: Trump’s praise of Kim Jong Un widens his embrace of totalitarian leaders. Donald Trump is an ignorant, weak coward. Greg Sargent on how the conventions of political journalism help spread Trump’s lies. Instead of Trump’s propaganda, how about a nice “truth sandwich”? Trump’s bully-and-threaten approach to dealmaking is not so artful. David Atkins on the not-so-subtle racism of Trump’s pardons.

Helaine Olen on President Trump and the age of the grumpy old white man. Bethany Mandel: “The angry Left is turning me into a Trump supporter”. Both parties didn’t give us Trump: Blaming Trump’s rise on partisan gridlock masks just how ruthlessly the GOP set the stage for his demagoguery. You can download #AgainstTrump: Notes From Year One by Jeffrey C. Isaac.

Thread: “Real-talk: at this point I distrust anybody who doesn’t liberally pepper their statements about him with rage-froth vulgarisms. If you don't uncontrollably utter ‘FUCK TRUMP’ at least twice a day you're probably of dubious judgment anyway”.

Vladimir Popov (NES): Why Some Countries Have More Billionaires Than Others? (Explaining Variations in Billionaire Intensity of GDP). Jeff Bezos is already $40 billion richer this year — while the typical Amazon worker has made just $12,000. Washington opens de facto embassy in Taiwan, angering China. Anything else would not be good enough: Anna Kinsella on the referendum victory in Ireland. There’s something fatally wrong in the IG report on the FBI and DOJ. By falsely claiming “exoneration”, Trump takes gaslighting to a new level. The most famous psychology study of all time was a sham — why can’t we escape the Stanford Prison Experiment? (and more) Francisco Goldman on World Cup 2018: Waiting for “golazo”.

The Supreme Court’s Husted decision will make it more difficult for Democrats to vote. The Supreme Court’s decision in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute is the culmination of a decadeslong effort to disenfranchise minority and low-income voters. Christian Hosam on the Supreme Court’s long war against voting rights: The problem isn't just state legislatures. If more states start using Ohio’s system, how many voters will be purged? There is no right to vote: Practical obstacles to the exercise of rights make those rights functionally meaningless.

From Texas Monthly, what’s really happening when asylum-seeking families are separated? Trump’s family separation policy aims to deter immigration — that may make it illegal. Whom would Jesus lock up? Using the Bible to defend the government’s most indefensible policies is a longstanding American tradition (and more and more). How Trump came to enforce a practice of separating migrant families. Trump’s right-hand troll: Stephen Miller once tormented liberals at Duke — now the president’s speechwriter and immigration enforcer is deploying the art of provocation from the White House (and more). “Hannah Arendt and David Goldhagen have examined this, in a different era, in a different country”. Here’s how you can help fight family separation at the border.