Joe Biden’s plan to address environmental justice is historic, ambitious, and has no competition from Trump — but we should push it to be even better
Jamil SmithI reported on @JoeBiden’s environmental-justice plan, which strikes at the less visible dangers of racism — and spoke to a pioneer about why it is historic. But, yes: we should push for him to improve it in a few key areas. My latest for @RollingStone.
The Supreme Court’s conservative majority appears poised to entrench minoritarian rule without the consent of the electorate.
Jamil Smith“The Republican political project has gone beyond shaping policy to rigging the electorate,” @AdamSerwer writes, adding that Democrats are left with only one option after Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to defend our rights and democracy: pack the court.
The president’s unfailingly patronizing tone toward the electorate that favors him the least should alarm us the most
Jamil SmithI wrote about the patronizing way that Trump talks about black people, and how he insults us with his presumption that we need a white savior. What we need above all is survival—and he has purposefully made that more difficult. My latest for @RollingStone.
A squalid tent camp on the border is the result of President Trump’s unprecedented limits on asylum. Some people have waited in filthy conditions for more than a year to obtain refuge in the United States.
Jamil Smith“This is the first president in the history of the United States of America that anybody seeking asylum has to do it in another country. They’re sitting in squalor on the other side of the river.” @itscaitlinhd, reporting on what Biden was talking about.
The officer was fired three days after he killed 19-year-old Marcellis Stinnette, the passenger in a car he had been approaching to investigate. The Justice Department has agreed to examine the case.
Jamil SmithMarcellis Stinnette was in the passenger seat of a car that backed up towards a cop who then fired upon it. He was only 19 The young woman driving was seriously hurt, but is recovering. Days after the shooting, the cop has now been fired from his job.
Documents show funding for a host of health programs is at risk under the president’s order targeting liberal strongholds.
Jamil SmithVirtually on the eve of an election, he threatens more dictatorial action. There is no need to keep asking him whether he will respect the will of the people should he lose, nor whether he will allow for any peaceful transfers of power. This is his answer.
“He did inherit the longest streak of job growth in American history, but just like everything else he inherited, he messed it up,” the former president said
Jamil SmithObama was on fire today. And that matters for a number of reasons, one of which is that we haven’t heard a goddamned thing from the only living Republican president. Not that we should expect to. But if Bush disapproves of Trump, now is the time to say so.
Jurors will now be able to speak publicly about the probe that led to charges against former Louisville police Det. Brett Hankison related to the fatal shooting of Taylor.
Jamil SmithGiven license to speak freely, a grand juror who heard evidence in the Breonna Taylor probe said that the grand jury didn’t agree that her fatal shooting was justified, and it wasn’t given a chance to consider homicide charges against the cops in question.
About two-thirds of the 1,000 plus parents separated from their kids under a 2017 pilot program were deported before a federal judge ordered they be found.
Jamil SmithAbout two-thirds of the more than 1,000 parents separated from their children under a 2017 pilot program were deported before a federal judge ordered they be found. Five hundred forty-five children. Every person behind this should be tried at The Hague.
Whether by ignoring basic Covid precautions, packing the courts, engaging in voter suppression, or ending the 2020 census before everyone’s counted, the damage will last for years
Jamil SmithI wrote about Amy Coney Barrett, the Census, voter suppression, and other ways that Trump has ensured that white minority rule will outlive his administration — whether he wins or loses in November. My latest for @RollingStone.
The president’s ethnonationalist agenda could take years to unwind, but the families targeted by it don’t have that long
Jamil SmithTrump has pushed through so many anti-immigration regulations in less than four years that experts can’t even agree on the total. Estimates range from 400+ to more than 1,000. @tessastuart reports on how Stephen Miller made this hard to undo, on purpose.
Citing “some really great drugs and knowledge,” the president tweeted that he is returning to the White House
Jamil SmithThis is what I was afraid of if he ever caught it. We’ve said it before, but this is 25th Amendment-level lunacy. His derangement has long been dangerous, but there is no floor. The sentence “Don’t be afraid of Covid” alone is going to get people killed.
We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately,” president tweets. “We will get through this TOGETHER!”
Jamil SmithNo schadenfreude here. The pandemic has already killed more than 205,000 people in this country and infected millions more. Shame that it may have taken this for Trump and his party to finally take this disease seriously, and I’m not even counting on that.
Jamil SmithThis is a reality that we native Clevelanders know well, but likely won't get much play during tonight’s debate. @ClevelandClinic's well-earned reputation will be in the spotlight — not the impoverished, heavily black community in which its campus sits.
The Kentucky attorney general’s office said it would release the recordings of the deliberations after a grand juror complained about how they were publicly represented.
Jamil Smith“The juror was unsettled by the fact that the grand jury was not given an option of charging the two officers...”
“The 12-member panel was presented only with possible charges for Detective Brett Hankison, who was fired in June."
On the ground at a terrifying, endless, and mostly maskless Trump rally in the battleground state of North Carolina
Jamil Smith“I’ve seen enough of Donald Trump to know he has never wanted to build a movement even though the conditions are ripe; he wants fans, ratings, crowds, chants, adulation. What might happen if someone comes along and builds that movement?” Read @AndyKroll.
Jamil Smith“This is what I tell people: Trump is like a kid with a hammer who swings at anything that looks like a nail,” one rally attendee told @AndyKroll. “Sometimes he hits the nail. Sometimes he doesn’t. But at least he’s out there swinging.” We're all nails.
The country mourns the death of a feminist icon — and prepares for Trump’s looming takeover of the high court
Jamil SmithShe carried too much weight, and for too long. We should live in an America where we only need to send condolences to everyone who knew and loved Justice Ginsburg, and not to the nation and democracy as a whole. I wish that we could simply mourn her. Alas.