By Gail Collins and Bret Stephens
Ms. Collins and Mr. Stephens are opinion columnists. They converse every other week.
July 17, 2018
A demolition derby car in Forks, Wash.CreditRuth Fremson/The New York Times
Gail Collins: Bret, there are so many things to say about the Trump-Putin press conference in Helsinki. But let me admit that my absolute top take away was that at a critical moment in modern American history, our president managed to mention his winning margin in the Electoral College.
I’m not normally a speechless person but wow. Tell me everything you’re thinking.
Bret Stephens: The 25th Amendment. You know the one: the mechanisms for removal of a president who is manifestly unfit for office.
Gail: To think that just last weekend we thought he was only unfit for office because he was a morally bankrupt egomaniac with a very shady legal history. Those were the days.
Bret: Also, I’m thinking about just what Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and the rest of right-wing punditry would be saying if it had been President Barack Obama at that podium, saying the sort of things Trump was saying, not to mention the way he said it.
David Lindsay: What a great day for opinion and good sentences at the NYT. Brett sounds down right patriotic and apoplectic, somewhat surprising, given that he is a very right wing conservative ideologue.