Chris Lehmann

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Chris Lehmann is the D.C. Bureau chief for The Nation and a contributing editor at The Baffler. He was formerly editor of The Baffler and The New Republic, and is the author, most recently, of The Money Cult: Capitalism, Christianity, and the Unmaking of the American Dream (Melville House, 2016).

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump arrives for a rally at the Dayton International Airport on March 16, 2024, in Vandalia, Ohio.

Why Can’t the Political Press Just Say the Truth About Trump? Why Can’t the Political Press Just Say the Truth About Trump?

Trump wants to be a dictator, and the pundit class keeps obfuscating that crucial fact.

Mar 19, 2024 / Chris Lehmann

A statue modeled after the Statue of Liberty holds up a cross instead of a torch with “America Return to Christ” outside of World Overcomers Church in Memphis, Tenn., on January 7, 2018.

The Terrifying Christian Nationalist Crusade to Conquer America The Terrifying Christian Nationalist Crusade to Conquer America

An extremist evangelical movement has set itself up to formulate the governing priorities of a second Trump administration.

Mar 13, 2024 / Chris Lehmann

Representative Marjorie Taylor Green, a Republican from Georgia, in the House Chamber during a State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., on March 7, 2024.

The MAGA Aesthetic Is Beginning to Rot The MAGA Aesthetic Is Beginning to Rot

The stable of imagery associated with the far-right insurgency no longer seems as fresh as it did when Trump first donned his red cap.

Mar 11, 2024 / Chris Lehmann

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema Capitol Hill

Kyrsten Sinema Does Us All a Favor Kyrsten Sinema Does Us All a Favor

The formerly Democratic Arizona senator announced on Super Tuesday that she wouldn't be seeking reelection.

Mar 6, 2024 / Chris Lehmann

Trump and Orban

Trump and Orbán Are Kindred, Authoritarian Spirits Trump and Orbán Are Kindred, Authoritarian Spirits

The presumptive GOP presidential nominee will host a friendly dinner with the Hungarian prime minister, an unrepentant enemy of pluralist democracy.

Mar 5, 2024 / Chris Lehmann

Donald Trump points to Texas Governor Greg Abbott as he speaks at Shelby Park during a visit to the US-Mexico border, Thursday, February 29, 2024, in Eagle Pass, Tex.

Border Hysteria Is a Bipartisan Delusion Border Hysteria Is a Bipartisan Delusion

Yesterday, both President Biden and Donald Trump visited Texas to promise harsher immigration policies.

Mar 1, 2024 / Chris Lehmann

House Speaker Mike Johnson, a Republican from Louisiana, speaks during a news conference at the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., on February 14, 2024.

On the Brink of a Government Shutdown—Again On the Brink of a Government Shutdown—Again

For the fourth time since January, Congress is facing a deadline to fund essential spending priorities. The House GOP has neither shame nor sense of responsibility.

Feb 28, 2024 / Chris Lehmann

Martin Baron announcing that he is leaving The Boston Globe to become the executive editor of The Washington Post.

What Happened to “The Washington Post” Under Marty Baron? What Happened to “The Washington Post” Under Marty Baron?

In a new book, the former editor tirelessly hymns how he and the newspaper protected their journalists and shored up the foundations of our crumbling republic. But was that the ca...

Feb 27, 2024 / Books & the Arts / Chris Lehmann

House Oversight Committee Considers Citing Hunter Biden For Contempt Of Congress

The GOP Witness Against Hunter Biden Is Full of Baloney The GOP Witness Against Hunter Biden Is Full of Baloney

FBI informant Alexander Smirnov has been indicted for lying to federal agents—and may have ties to Russian intelligence.

Feb 22, 2024 / Chris Lehmann

An American flag above the Washington Monument is seen split nearly in two in June 2018.

America’s Two-Party System Failure America’s Two-Party System Failure

While Republicans seek power on behalf of their disgraced former leader, Democrats have all but gone into hiding.

Feb 21, 2024 / Chris Lehmann

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