Former aides say that in private, the president has spoken with cynicism and contempt about believers.

President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and faith leaders say a prayer in the Oval Office in September 2017. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images


The surreal experience of flying during a pandemic, and the false promise of a return to normal

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Media-bashing robocalls, chloroquine Twitter trolls, briefing-room propaganda — how the president and his allies are trying to convince America he was right all along

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The Arizona Republican’s dramatic call for further FBI review came because he felt the Senate was “coming apart at the seams.”

US Senator Jeff Flake speaks with reporters after a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell about the Judge Brett Kavanaugh nomination on Capitol Hill on September 28, 2018 in Washington, DC. — BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images


For President Trump’s senior adviser, the public outrage and anger elicited by policies like forced family separation are a feature, not a bug

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A year after arriving in Washington promising to hand power back to the people, the president has instead given the city’s insiders precisely what they wanted.

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For decades, conservative Christian voters insisted that character counts. In 2017? Values voters are hard to find.


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Will the vice president — and the religious right — be rewarded for their embrace of Donald Trump?


The Arizona senator gambled that voters would choose civility and responsible governance over Trump. On Tuesday, he folded.

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GOP leaders assumed the president’s campaign-trail rhetoric would give way to Washington realities — the trajectory they’d followed themselves.

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McKay Coppins

Staff writer at The Atlantic. Author of the book, THE WILDERNESS. 'Sort of handsome.' - Donald J. Trump

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