By E.J. Dionne Jr. — This year’s Republican presidential campaign is where hope and optimism go to die. Don’t pretend Donald Trump is an exotic outlier. His spirit haunts a party that can’t get enough of gloom and fear.
Grass-roots social and environmental campaigns that delight and inspire “can help put sustained pressure on business and governments by bringing renewed energy, kick-starting conversations, and sparking the imaginations of a whole new set of participants,” writes Frances Buckingham at The Guardian.
A few days after Donald Trump looked on and made faces as a Muslim woman was heckled out of one of his campaign rallies, it’s worth recalling how Bernie Sanders responded to a Muslim student who questioned him about racism and Islamophobia in October.