Joan Walsh

National Affairs Correspondent

@joanwalsh

Joan Walsh, a national affairs correspondent for The Nation, is a coproducer of The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts The Tonight Show and the author of What’s the Matter With White People? Finding Our Way in the Next America. Her new book (with Nick Hanauer and Donald Cohen) is Corporate Bullsh*t: Exposing the Lies and Half-Truths That Protect Profit, Power and Wealth In America.

Ron DeSantis at center, surrounded by children and adults holding

Behind the Right’s Frenzied Defense of Florida’s Slavery Curriculum Behind the Right’s Frenzied Defense of Florida’s Slavery Curriculum

DeSantis and Fox blowhards are howling at critics who deny the enslaved got “personal benefit” from slavery. A hit dog will holler.

Jul 25, 2023 / Joan Walsh

Donald Trump speaking in front of an American flag.

Trump Staffers Claim to Be Shocked That He Sexualized Ivanka Trump Staffers Claim to Be Shocked That He Sexualized Ivanka

Those who cared about Trump’s sexual perversion knew. Those who wanted White House jobs pretended not to.

Jun 29, 2023 / Joan Walsh

New York City Council candidate Yusef Salaam

From Rikers Island to City Hall: Yusef Salaam’s Ultimate Exoneration From Rikers Island to City Hall: Yusef Salaam’s Ultimate Exoneration

Falsely imprisoned as one of the “Central Park Five,” Yusef Salaam will likely become Harlem’s next city council member. His top antagonist, Donald Trump, is likely heading to pris...

Jun 28, 2023 / Joan Walsh

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. speaking at a podium next to an American flag.

Just Another RFK Jr. Lie. I Know, Because It’s About Me. Just Another RFK Jr. Lie. I Know, Because It’s About Me.

I edited Kennedy’s error-ridden piece on a vaccine-autism link, which Salon later retracted. We caved to the truth, not Big Pharma.

Jun 22, 2023 / Joan Walsh

Donald Trump waving while getting into a car.

Arraigned in Miami, Trump Is in Real Trouble Arraigned in Miami, Trump Is in Real Trouble

If convicted on any of these charges, Trump will almost certainly go to prison, perhaps for the rest of his life.

Jun 13, 2023 / Joan Walsh

A close-up shot of Cornel West’s profile.

Cornel West Should Not Be Running for President Cornel West Should Not Be Running for President

He doesn’t see a third party playing a spoiler role to Democrats as bad—and that’s inevitable.

Jun 8, 2023 / Joan Walsh

Chris Christie speaking in front of a large American flag.

Chris Christie Tries to Go Big. It Doesn’t Work. Chris Christie Tries to Go Big. It Doesn’t Work.

Polling at less than 1 percent, Christie is welcomed to the 2024 race by those who think he’ll knock Trump out. He failed at that before, and again Tuesday.

Jun 7, 2023 / Joan Walsh

The character Shiv Roy sitting at a conference table with a resigned and frustrated look on her face.

Soul-Crushing Misogyny Made “Succession” the Perfect Show for Our Time Soul-Crushing Misogyny Made “Succession” the Perfect Show for Our Time

It was clear from the start: Siobhan Roy could never win. But toxic masculinity made the men losers too.

May 30, 2023 / Editorial / Joan Walsh

A smart phone displaying a screen reading

Failure to Launch: The DeSantis Debacle Failure to Launch: The DeSantis Debacle

The jokes write themselves after Ron DeSantis’s campaign opener, on Twitter with cartoon villain Elon Musk, flames out as badly as some SpaceX rockets.

May 25, 2023 / Joan Walsh

Casey DeSantis, in the foreground, speaks holding a microphone while Ron DeSantis looks on. They are in front of a large banner reading

The Case Against Casey DeSantis. Really? The Case Against Casey DeSantis. Really?

The Florida governor is monster enough on his own. Now we’re supposed to blame it on his wife?

May 19, 2023 / Joan Walsh

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