Los Angeles Times

Commentary: It may be satisfying to play down Trump's tirades, but that won't neutralize their power

As year two of the Trump administration begins, a workaround has emerged to deal with the president's mercurial rantings: Ignore them, deny them or try to wish them away.

At first, Republican Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue merely "did not recall" the president using a much-reported vulgarity in a White House meeting; then suddenly they were certain it had never happened at all. The head of the White House Correspondents' Assn., Margaret Talev, has dismissed President Trump's persistent denigrations of the press as "rhetoric" and says her organization will

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times5 min readPolitics
Mexican President Lopez Obrador Has Transformed The Office, But Old Problems Thwart Progress
MEXICO CITY - On Sunday evening, as tens of thousands of flag-waving celebrants take to the streets to mark independence festivities, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will perform a signature ceremonial duty - el grito ("the shout"), mim
Los Angeles Times3 min read
Ailing Angels Lose Again As They Limp Toward Finish Line
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Brad Ausmus' pregame media session Saturday afternoon quickly turned into a glorified injury update. On an Angels team that seems to get more banged up by the day, there was plenty for the first-year manager to cover. Asked whether
Los Angeles Times5 min readPolitics
California Lawmakers Vote To Block Trump's Environmental Rollbacks, Defying Newsom
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California lawmakers, over Gov. Gavin Newsom's objections, passed sweeping legislation early Saturday allowing the state to impose strict endangered species protections and water pumping restrictions for the Sacramento-San Joaqui