Thoughts after enduring 8 days of enmity: For the Trumpist right, personal attacks are indispensable, And if they have to create a straw man so a real man can serve as a hate object for the gutter right, then so be it. h/t to for the title.
A milestone of sorts—⁦⁩ channels ⁦⁩ on the new Savonarolas of the old Right.
“This is the illiberal right in action, and if you think it’s kinder, gentler, or better than the illiberal left, I’d suggest you spend a few days in its crosshairs.” Must-read post here from on what we’ve witnessed the last two weeks
“When does the cruelty end? They’ve mapped out a goal for the culture war that they cannot possibly achieve. Thus, the commitment to enmity is indefinite, and its indecency is perpetual. The illiberal right will snarl its way into oblivion.“ ⁦
Instead of writing an apology to his fellow conservatives for his many errors (including the Russia hoax), ⁦⁩ plays the victim. Here's why ⁦⁩ is the next Weekly Standard. No sane editor would have published this junk.
. praised French’s pro-life work earlier this week. But French did not say a word as Ahmari was compared to ISIS and called a Leninist by French’s own colleagues. In soccer they call this flopping.
"This is the illiberal right in action, and if you think it’s kinder, gentler, or better than the illiberal left, I’d suggest you spend a few days in its crosshairs.”
Politics has always been ugly, but something about Trump — his personality, his ability to persevere *despite* his personality, shared insecurity — has made many every day people comfortable in revealing how much they enjoy being cruel. Great read ⬇️
"In this brave new political world, personal attacks are indispensable. A discussion of only ideas represents exactly the kind of politics the pugilists now abhor. It’s a time of 'enmity,' remember? This is the illiberal right in action..."
"Donald Trump’s personal pugilism has been adopted, refined, and magnified by a legion of his supporters, and these individuals live to inflict misery"
‘The Cruelty Is the Point’
“This is the illiberal right in action, and if you think it’s kinder, gentler, or better than the illiberal left, I’d suggest you spend a few days in its crosshairs” writes . The Cruelty Is the Point’
"Allow the falsehoods to issue unchallenged, and you can see your reputation... left in tatters in large quadrants of the conservative movement. Respond, and the attackers cheer their ability to provoke you."
‘The Cruelty Is the Point’