On Charlottesville, Trump, and Anti-Americanism
Susan Rosenberg was a terrorist in the early 1980s. Like her Weathermen comrades, she would have killed many people had she been a more competent terrorist. She was a fugitive plotting more bombings when she and a co-conspirator were captured …
Bannon’s Ouster, the Latest Episode in a Show about Nothing
There’s a mismatch between the political press and the White House it is intended to cover. Political scribblers like myself are primed to greet the news of Steve Bannon getting bounced from the White House as an event with …
Trump Accurately Blames Both Sides for Charlottesville Mayhem
How dare he?
President Donald J. Trump stood before journalists on Tuesday and said the unsayable: “I think there is blame on both sides.”
Rather than denounce only the execrable white supremacists and swastika-wielding neo-Nazis who organized Saturday’s hate-o-rama …
Re: Balls, Strikes, and Trump
If I could weigh in on this one. Of course, I agree that we need to call balls and strikes on Trump, since that’s been NR’s editorial approach to his presidency and I’m the editor. On the merits, though, I …
Rebuilding the Public Square after Charlottesville
The riots and violence in Charlottesville accentuate, like the tired chorus of a far-too-long song, the dangerous effects of racism, bigotry, and misrule by mobs. Whatever “white nationalists” call themselves, no rebranding can wash the moral taint from doctrines of …
Krauthammer’s Take: Bannon May Not Survive
Charles Krauthammer explains how Steve Bannon may have undermined the president and endangered his own job with his reckless comments to a reporter:
I think that [Bannon] just got Scaramucci-ed. Actually, he was self-Scaramucci-ed, kind of a Japanese version of …
Trump’s Disastrous Mishandling of Charlottesville Will Have Consequences
After Charlottesville, Donald Trump’s presidency is entering a new phase, and it is his own fault. It was Trump who decided to throw away prepared remarks on Saturday in favor of an equivocal statement that once again proved racists …
Repeating the question of a French interlocutor, Jay asks: “Is there someone who can defy the two major parties, capture the imagination of the country, and be elected president?”
The good news is: Yes, there is.
The bad news is: …
Krauthammer’s Take: ‘What Trump Did Today Was A Moral Disgrace’
On Fox News, Laura Ingraham offered only a mild critique of President Trump’s comments on the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. Charles Krauthammer would have none of it. He explained:
To critique what [President Trump] did today on the …
Trump: You Can Tell When He Means It
As I often noted, you could tell when President Obama’s heart was in it. You will recall his riff on businessmen and greater society: “You didn’t build that.” Obama was impassioned. His heart was in it.
In his 2008 …
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Krein Is Wrong: Trump Supporters Always Expected a Pivot
The New York Times published a column yesterday — “I Voted for Trump. And I Sorely Regret It.” — by Julius Krein, the man who last year founded a journal dedicated to advancing the intellectual case for “Trumpism.”
The column …
Report: Steve Bannon May Be Fired Imminently
Jonathan Swan of Axios, a very fine reporter, has just written that Chief of Staff John Kelly’s review of White House staff is coming to an end — and that Steve Bannon appears to be on the chopping block.
The fabled golf teacher Bill Strausbaugh Jr. used to say, “I may bore you, but I hope never to confuse you.” In other words, he may have repeated himself, but he always wanted to be clear. (And he was.)
If Van Jones was right that a moving tribute to the widow of a fallen Navy SEAL in a speech to Congress earlier this year was the moment Donald Trump became president, Trump’s news conference on Tuesday was the …
Donald Trump, Scourge (?) of Tabloids
Yesterday, the president’s press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said something eye-popping: “The president is focused on what Americans care about … not tabloid gossip, which the media seems to care so much about.”
Oh, the media, huh? Donald Trump has …
Conservatives Need to Remember, Presidents Affect Culture
Last night there was an important exchange on Fox News, one that highlighted the growing divide on the right. In one corner was Trump supporter Laura Ingraham, in the other Trump critic Charles Krauthammer. Their exchange is below:
The entire …
On his Group, John McLaughlin used to ask the “mega-question”: the big question. I have one for you — but I’ll need to set it up first.
There are conservatives who are anti-Trump. There are conservatives who are pro-Trump. …
What Trump Could Do — If He Wanted
You know the old expression “Not in my name”? It would be so easy — so easy for President Trump to say to the neo-Nazis and the neo-Confederates and the neo-Klansmen, “Not in my name.” He is good with words, …
Is There Still a Conservative Foreign Policy?
The Trump victory and the Republican establishment’s mostly negative reaction to it have in matters of foreign policy called into question who is conservative, who not — and whether the old ideological rubrics even matter anymore.
For all practical …