This American Carnage

Trump’s Willing Scholars

Hannah GaisMarch 09, 2017
Not your average scholar. / Gage Skidmore
Not your average scholar. / Gage Skidmore

Welcome to This American Carnage, your weekly slice of life from the country of Trump.

Trump’s rise has been described as “anti-intellectual” in nature, but that hasn’t stopped a new intellectual movement from feeding off his momentum.

Outcast No More

Hannah GaisFebruary 23, 2017
Dinesh D'Souza on Feb. 23 at Columbia University
Dinesh D'Souza on Feb. 23 at Columbia University

If his speech managed to enrage—or, to quote him quoting campus jargon, “trigger”—a room riddled with skeptics, it didn’t show. On a day when angry constituents were confronting their congresspeople at town halls across the country, the mood in this small lecture hall in Manhattan was subdued.

Pax Trumplandia

Hannah GaisFebruary 15, 2017
Conference photos are tremendously exciting! / European External Action Service
Conference photos are tremendously exciting! / European External Action Service

Welcome to This American Carnage, your weekly slice of life from the country of Trump.

Another February, another Munich Security Conference, a.k.a. the “world’s most prestigious geopolitical gathering.” This time, though, the conference will take place as a resurgent, anti-globalist far right threatens to throw a wrench in the usual workings of international affairs.

Freedom for Me, Not Thee

Hannah GaisFebruary 08, 2017
Donald Trump and Mike Pence. / Gage Skidmore
Donald Trump and Mike Pence. / Gage Skidmore

Welcome to This American Carnage, your weekly slice of life from the country of Trump.

Donald Trump’s first hundred days in office may be a disaster for the country, but for that pocket of conservative Christians worried about the ease of religiously motivated discrimination, it’s proving to be a breath of fresh air.

Fog Over Foggy Bottom

Hannah GaisFebruary 01, 2017
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Welcome to This American Carnage, your weekly slice of life from the country of Trump

On Monday, news broke of a fresh bureaucratic uprising—this time through a memo posted to the State Department’s Dissent Channel expressing the dissatisfaction of nearly 1000 employees with Donald Trump’s executive order implementing a de facto Muslim ban.