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Director, UChicago Institute of Politics. Senior Political Commentator @CNN. Author, Believer: My Forty Years in Politics. Views expressed here are my own.

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It is not going to change. It doesn't get better. It only seems to get worse. Normally cautious @GOP senator calls out @realDonaldTrump. latest? Collapsing infrastructure (Council.) of shedding light, @POTUS is turning up heat on statues, seeing in toppling of Confederate icons an issue t…"You're watching a slow motion crash." @RahmEmanuel on @realDonaldTrump WH, #Charlottesville & much more! #AxeFiles about lessons of Nazism? Lessons of the Klan? The corrosive lessons of hate & those who exploit it. What have…
No doubt Bannon LOVED @POTUS on #Charlottesville but hugging embattled boss right now also may be key to survival. needs strategy, anyway? are so many Rs cautious on #Charlotteville? Pretty simple: Because @POTUS, even now, remains popular w/many of their voters.Is there any question that @barackobama would have delivered the eulogy at Heather Heyer's service today on behalf of a riven nation?Why are we surprised that a @POTUS, who began his campaign with appeals to bigotry, would give comfort to bigots?Contest! What is this man thinking? I'll start: "What have I done to my life?"'s no moral equivalency between racists & Americans standing up to defy hate& bigotry. The President of the United States should say so
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This guy is who he is. He's not changing. It's up to the rest of us, regardless of party, to decide who WE are.I'm tired of expressing shock, disappointment; of pining for a president who is decent and thoughtful and understands his responsibilities.Question is whether @POTUS gives a rat's ass about what Republican electeds have to say about him. Alt right was & is his base, not @GOP.This statement from @GOP senator stands out because it actually mentions @POTUS. Many R statements of condemnation…'d love to have been a fly on the wall at Gen. Kelly's after action meeting on the infrastructure event!Forgot about this quote from @MichelleObama. But as we are learning, it could not be more true! organizers of events which inspired & led to #charlottesvilleterroristattack are 100% to blame for a number of reasons. 1/6
Retweeted by David AxelrodThinking of my conversation in June with @repjohnlewis and his reliving of his confrontation with the white suprema… the @POTUS, acting out of spite, inflict this kind of pain on Americans? might be smart to leave of his own volition now and become one of the friends @RealDonaldTrump phones up when he's mad at his staff.Grudging condemnation of racism and bigotry on the one hand...and on the very same day, a wink and nod to racism an… fact that @POTUS retweeted seems, uh, meaningful. What a message to send in the wake of #Charlottesville!
To borrow a phrase, this is an approval rating at this stage of a presidency like the world has never seen before! Gutierrez: Dems must fight border wall funding - CNNPolitics you really found him & his firm's practices so objectionable, Mr. @POTUS, why did you appoint him to your counci… @POTUS thinks threat of NK attack is boon to Guam TOURISM!?! Huh? Because why, everyone loves to tour ruins?😳 their ambition in VA, the white supremacists achieved something they never imagined: They've rallied much of country against them.He's led House battle for immigration reform for decades; sees showdowns looming this fall. @RepGutierrez.…
This feels like Russia dance: It could have been white nationalists. Or it could have been a fat guy on his bed., he's "infatuated w/Nazis" and shouldn't have mowed down a crowd. But there are "many sides," right Mr. @POTUS? @JeffreyGoldberg on Trump’s refusal to call out radical white terrorism
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The tardy, tepid White House response to the atrocious events in VA calls into question how effective Kelly will or CAN be.POTUS offers empathy the likes of which the world has never seen. #bestregards
Retweeted by David AxelrodWhite supremacists aren't patriots, they're traitors- Americans must unite against hatred & bigotry #Charlottesville
Retweeted by David AxelrodWe should call evil by its name. My brother didn't give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home. -OGH
Retweeted by David AxelrodOn this day, worth reviewing extraordinary speech Mayor @MitchLandrieu of NO made on removal of Confederate statues. where is the angry, defiant condemnation of THIS apparent act of terrorism? "many sides?" This tragedy was fomented by white supremacists & neo-Nazis. What signal did the @POTUS just send?, improvised intimations of military force are dangerous. @POTUS thru a gift to Venezuelan strongman., belatedly, he Tweets. But it's hard to convincingly condemn hatred & bigotry if you're willing to mine the… statement from VA @GOP candidate for gov. Where is the @POTUS?
Just fantastic. a huge shock that @GOP senators are sticking by the @SenMajLdr over a @POTUS who's shown a penchant for throwin… often disgreed w/@realJeffreyLord on @CNN. I don't embrace his Tweets or writings. Yet I know him as a colleague & friend & wish him well.Whatever else, one thing @POTUS has accomplished in is to shift the focus to "fire and fury" from who he is PLANNING to fire IN fury!
Whether it's North Korea, McConnell, transgender service people or Russia, @POTUS is like a runaway truck with no Reverse on gearshift. 😳Interested strategy, this @POTUS trolling of @SenMajLdr. May be good for the base but not for long term legislative success.Great sign along a country road in MI, where raccoons are particularly literate and law abiding. "poll" is laughable. The fact that @realDonaldTrump felt the desperate need to share it is revealing...and, we…
Dropped a "could" from "COULD be so complicated." But you get the point. from the @POTUS who famously said "nobody knew health care be so complicated!" WHAT?!? sure hope @POTUS can distinguish between reality TV and reality. There are millions of lives at stake here.
He's at 38% approval. Can you imagine how low that number would be were he NOT "the most gifted politician of our… acting director of the CIA -->
Retweeted by David AxelrodNote: Classified leaks broadcast by Fox are retweeted by @POTUS. Leaks that embarrass @POTUS are targeted for prose… have a standing invitation, my friend! #s suggest Trump/non-col white surge in MW is receding: support now ~ Romney level when he lost same states
Retweeted by David Axelrod"Anthem blamed moves in part on uncertainty over whether Trump admin would maintain subsidies that keep costs down."
My guess is, a lot longer than the Taj Mahal did. is leading purge of Cordray at CFPB. I wonder how many of his major donors would profit from eliminating that oversight?Taking this cop off the beat would be a gift to payday lenders, credit card and mortgage gougers and financial scam… book, soon to be a major motion picture! Highly recommend it.'s one of the brightest people I've known in U.S. politics...a true visionary. Fmr Sen. Gary Hart #AxeFiles is what passes for a working vacation. Morning TV, a barrage of angry Tweets and then...on to 36 holes!
See you in October, brother!
All I wanted was a little sanctions relief. Maybe shake up the Americans and democracies a little. How could this… behalf of Cy Kass: thank you for the shout out, CBS fam 😘Big love and burps backatcha!
Retweeted by David AxelrodMartin Shkreli at prison commissary: "Can I buy shower sandals?" "That'll be $700" "I thought it was $13.50" "The price suddenly went up"
Retweeted by David AxelrodQuestion: Is DOJ hunting leakers to "protect our country," as Sessions says, or to protect-and assuage-the @POTUS? @lisamurkowski on health care vote: It was for my people, not my party
Retweeted by David AxelrodThe irony is too rich to ignore: This is the guy who led the @GOP convention in chants of "Lock her up!" NYTimes:
He's on a roll! service has been a great gift to the country, and your friendship and brotherhood are a great gift to me. Happ…
Retweeted by David AxelrodApologies to Mr. Gorka. I bit on a months-old piece mistakenly tipping his demise. His 2d career as a scary monster voiceover must wait!These 1400 economists clearly have not gotten the history lesson from Stephen Miller!