Last week, despite forceful opposition from his advisors, including National Security Advisor John Bolton, President Trump planned to meet with Taliban leaders on U.S. soil at Camp David. Negotiating peace with the Taliban is a far cry from the hard-nosed candidate Trump who promised to “get-tough” with suspected terrorists, openly advocating a resumption of waterboarding and “much worse.”
Colloquially, “identity politics” is a term used to insult the way a political opponent advances his or her agenda by focusing on specious issues of sexism, racism and homophobia. Conservatives tend to believe identity politics is causing the downfall of education, journalism and government in the United States.
This past week, as the hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh continued, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford was finally able to give her testimony. This testimony was both heartbreaking and humbling, as it depicted a woman who was truly willing to relive a horrendous moment in her life in order to stand up for something that she believed in. While many felt that Dr. Ford’s words were eloquent and courageous, it should come as no surprise that some people were not as moved by her speech: namely, President Trump.