Politics

It’s hard — sometimes deadly — to break up with a bad actor, but we have to

Kevin McCarthy speaking in front of podium.
Kevin McCarthy speaking in front of podium.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

“I thought I was going to die.”

When Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez uttered those words on her Instagram Live last week, it immediately invoked the once unthinkable scene of our Capitol building under siege by White domestic terrorists. As the world watched the images of violence and terror unfold, Ocasio-Cortez was living through it—hiding in a bathroom, holding her breath, and hoping to God that she wouldn’t be found by the people hunting her.

American carnage. This is the America Trump and his sycophants delivered on January 6, 2021.

As a result of the insurrection, five people died and others were…


Big hypocrite energy is still in our Congress. Make it stop.

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Supporters wave to outgoing US President Donald Trump as he returns to Florida along the route leading to his Mar-a-Lago estate on January 20, 2021 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Photo: Michael Reaves/Getty Images

For months prior to 45’s departure, speculation ensued that as soon as disgraced former President Donald J. Trump was out of office, the Republicans would run from him like America did his bleach injection comments. In almost every off-the-record political piece written there was a consistent theme of some type of quiet objection from the GOP. Murmurs of their fears of retribution if they dare object to his willful ignorance, blatant racism, and overall authoritarian whims allowed for the creation of empathy for their cowardice.

We read comments like, “this isn’t who the Republican Party is — they are being…


We’ve always known the terrorists were among us. Now everyone else knows too.

A man takes a selfie photo with police officers in riot gear
A man takes a selfie photo with police officers in riot gear
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As the horrid details of January 6, 2021, come into clear view, there is one thing we should all know for certain: These White domestic terrorists did not act alone. They were aided and abetted by an entire political party steeped in White supremacy and utter contempt for the Constitution of the United States. What else can be said of a party that has made it their sole mission over the last few months to disregard the results of an election because historic numbers of Black people voted? …


Goodbye to four years of lies. Hello to four years of (hopefully) truth.

Trump exiting.
Trump exiting.
President Donald J. Trump departs after signing an executive order during an Operation Warp Speed Vaccine Summit in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex on Tuesday, Dec 8, 2020. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Two years ago, during a bipartisan meeting with senators, President Donald Trump referred to Haiti, and then other nations on the African continent, as “shithole countries.” This was in response to Haiti being granted special consideration for immigration, to which the president of the United States responded: “Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out.” What’s amazing about this statement from Trump — aside from being wildly racist — is that everything he supposedly has assumed was true for Black-led nations encompass the very situations he has created or upheld in the United States over the last four years.


Back to the Future

Election 2020 isn’t the only election in our history that needs examination

George Bush for President image with error messages on a Windows 95 desktop.
George Bush for President image with error messages on a Windows 95 desktop.

This story is a part of our Back to the Future series on how key moments in the year 2000 influenced similar events in 2020.

Twenty years ago, America experienced one of the most contentious elections of the modern era. For over a month in the year 2000, we didn’t know the final outcome of our presidential election, and the courts had to step in to decide the winner of what was essentially a tie. …


We are in the midst of a McCarthyism redux

Trump’s face obscured by a mirror.
Trump’s face obscured by a mirror.
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks in honor of Bay of Pigs Veterans in the East Room of the White House on September 23, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Getty Images

With a little over a month left until what will be the most contested election in U.S. history, it is increasingly evident that America as we know it, as we have loved and loathed it, is dead. We have gone from a two-party system where we once battled ideology for the betterment of the country to one party versus one vociferous anti-American cult. What else can you call a group of people who have turned the Department of Justice on its own people, performed unnecessary medical procedures on those the president referred to as animals, labeled American cities as “anarchist…


White suburban mothers should fear their own fathers, sons, and husbands

Trump supporters protesting in Kenosha.
Trump supporters protesting in Kenosha.
Supporters demonstrate in front of the Kenosha, Wisconsin, Courthouse on September 01, 2020, during the visit of US President Donald Trump. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP/Getty Images

It’s exhausting to have to repeatedly list all the ways in which the criminal justice system and some members of the media mistreat Black people. This sentiment was palpable in the message Jacob Blake’s sister Letetra Widman provided when speaking to the press last week. “I’m not sad, I’m not sorry; I’m angry, and I’m tired,” she said, adding, “I don’t want your pity. I want change.” She also spoke about the indefatigable grief that Black people have been experiencing for generations.

One would hope that after such an impassioned statement following yet another viral, traumatic Black moment involving police…


The RNC is a shitshow of lies and misinformation. Will we ever get out?

Melania Trump addresses the Republican Convention during its second day from the Rose Garden of the White House August 25, 20
Melania Trump addresses the Republican Convention during its second day from the Rose Garden of the White House August 25, 20
Melania Trump addresses the Republican Convention during its second day from the Rose Garden of the White House August 25, 2020. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

“American carnage,” “riots in the streets,” “the rabid radical left,” and talk of the American dream being “dead” — this is the picture that the Republican National Convention has painted of America. Essentially a hellscape shithole of a country that is on the verge of becoming a Godless nation.

What’s fascinating about these assertions from President Donald Trump’s, er, the RNC’s convention speakers is that it’s as if they have forgotten who has been in charge for the last three and a half years. Generally, when running for reelection, a sitting president would regale the country with his long list…


Harris as a vice presidential pick is actually a good choice for Biden and the nation

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“Women must become revolutionary. This cannot be evolution but revolution.”

That is a quote from Representative Shirley Chisholm. In 1968, during the height of the civil rights movement, Chisholm became the first Black woman elected to Congress. Four years later, she would be the first Black woman to run for president. …


Yoho called AOC out of her name, and we all can draw strength from her clapback

Screencap of AOC addressing Yoho’s remarks.
Screencap of AOC addressing Yoho’s remarks.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responds to remarks made by Representative Ted Yoho. Photo: House Television/Associated Press

It’s been a week since Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was called out of her name by her colleague Rep. Ted Yoho. It’s been four days since she took to the House floor and provided the most elegant clapback that eviscerated Yoho’s paltry excuse for an apology and explained why his “I’m a husband and father” respectability politics don’t matter anymore.

Building on the tireless and oftentimes silent sacrifices of our grandmothers and mothers, today’s women just aren’t having it anymore.

“I could not allow my nieces, I could not allow the little girls I go home to, I could not allow…

Danielle Moodie

is the host of #WokeAF & #PMMood & co-host of the podcast #democracyish. She covers all the news and happenings at the intersection of politics and pop culture.

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