On Tuesday morning the Department of Justice announced that it will not bring charges against Daniel Pantaleo for violating Eric Garner’s civil rights. Pantaleo is the NYPD officer who administered the chokehold that led to Garner’s death in 2014. He joins a long line of police officers and civilians, mostly white, who have killed black men and not faced prosecution.
The recent dustup between Nancy Pelosi and the four liberal firebrands—Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley—in the House’s freshman class, as well as the confrontation between Kamala Harris and Joe Biden in the recent Democratic debate, reveals something troubling about the state of our politics in the US in 2019.
In the wake of President Trump's disastrous press conference after his meeting in Helsinki with Vladimir Putin, and his ham-handed efforts to walk back some of the things he said there, something has begun to dawn on me about his approach to the presidency and why his supporters are still so maniacally devoted to him.