Donald Trump

Donald Trump and the post-modernists

Featured image George Will sees a relationship between Donald Trump’s lack of regard for the truth and the left’s post-modern lack of regard for the notion of objective truth. Of Trump, Will writes: He began his political career spouting birtherism and concluded it — he will not be back; like vaudeville, he is yesterday’s entertainment — raving about an election-rigging conspiracy so vast that it involved legions in many states, and so »

On impeachment, Part Two, some presumptions [UPDATED]

Featured image In this post on impeachment, I want to state some presumptions that I think should apply in impeachment proceedings, including the latest impeachment of President Trump. First, in my view, there should be a strong presumption against impeaching a president. The decision of who should be president is for the American people to make. The Constitution permits Congress to override that decision, but Congress should be very hesitant to use »

On impeachment, Part One

Featured image Nancy Pelosi undoubtedly is proud of the fact that Donald Trump is now the only U.S. president in history to have been impeached twice. However, it’s a distinction Trump is unlikely to hold for long. Impeachments are likely to become a cost of doing business for American presidents. Arguably, they already are. There have been three of them in the last four presidencies. Two of the last four presidents have »

Where Trump Went Wrong

Featured image Currently the entire world, more or less, is engaged in a ritual hate-fest directed at President Donald Trump. For the Democrats, this is nothing new. They have indulged an insane level of hate against Trump since 2015. That hate gave rise, among many other things, to the criminal Russia collusion hoax. But the mini-riot at the Capitol last week finally gave the Democrats the opportunity to claim that their longstanding »

McConnell’s statement

Featured image Mitch McConnell remains the Senate Majority Leader until the new administration takes office next week. Following the impeachment of President Trump yesterday, Senator McConnell issued the following statement regarding the Senate schedule: The House of Representatives has voted to impeach the President. The Senate process will now begin at our first regular meeting following receipt of the article from the House. Given the rules, procedures, and Senate precedents that govern »

Anatomy of mobs

Featured image The left in all its manifestations wrongly dismisses the right’s critique of its condemnation of the Capitol riot as “whataboutism.” William Voegeli has contributed the definitive analysis and takedown of the left’s condemnation in the City Journal essay “About ‘whataboutism.'” (Jewish World Review has reposted Bill’s column here.) Voegeli harshly makes out the bad faith of the left. Beyond the bad faith of the left, however, we need to understand »

Shapes of things

Featured image With the Democratic takeover of the executive and legislative branches a few days away, Big Tech has swung into action in a big way to suppress conservative speech. The treatment of President Trump is of course the leading indicator. Here is a compilation of the developing stories as of this morning: • Ebony Bowden, New York Post: “Trump permanently suspended from Twitter account” • Salvador Rodriguez, CNBC: “Trump tweets from »

Another impeachment?

Featured image Nancy Pelosi is talking about impeaching President Trump if he isn’t removed (which he won’t be). She might do it. She has the votes. However, impeaching Trump would be a meaningless gesture. There isn’t enough time before January 20 for the Senate to have a trial even if Mitch McConnell were inclined to hold one. Rich Lowry says it’s “technically possible to impeach an official after he has left office.” »

Donald Trump, Statesman

Featured image Yesterday President Trump released this statesmanlike video, looking ahead to the end of his administration. He won’t get any credit for it, of course, but if his worst moments are trumpeted and promoted ad nauseam, you may at least have the opportunity to see it: »

Footnotes to the Week

Featured image There remains a lot more to be said about the events of the week and the new circumstances now facing us. Herewith a few observations that I may expand into longer treatments at some point. • The events of the week have emboldened the vindictive and radical spirit of the Democrats and their allies in the media-academic-cultural complex—not that they weren’t radical enough already. You can see this in things »

Peter Wehner’s undeserved victory lap

Featured image Peter Wehner contends that “Republicans own” the events that occurred at the Capitol yesterday. He writes: [The insurrection, as Wehner breathlessly calls it] is also the responsibility of countless of [Trump’s] aides and supporters, those in right-wing media and Trump’s evangelical backers, “intellectuals” and pseudo-historians, Republicans in Congress and outside it, all of those who have stood with Trump at every moment in his corrupt and corrupting presidency. I don’t »

Enough With the Outrage

Featured image Like pretty much all conservatives, I have consistently criticized riots and other forms of political violence for many years. That includes yesterday’s Washington, D.C. riot. You can’t say the same about liberals, however. Until yesterday, one might have thought that liberals consider rioting and other forms of political violence to be as American as apple pie. You could write a book in support of that proposition, but for now let’s »

Henry Clay, Trump, and Tyler too

Featured image Henry Clay was Mr. Whig. He, more than anyone, helped found the Whig party and he was its standard bearer in the 1832 presidential election. Andrew Jackson, the incumbent, crushed him. In 1840, the Whigs were poised to elect their first president, thanks to the unpopularity of Jackson’s Democrat successor, Martin Van Buren. Henry Clay was desperate to be the Whig nominee and expected he would be. However, meeting in »

The Trump statement

Featured image President Trump released a statement via communications adviser Dan Scavino on Twitter shortly after Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory was certified by Congress this morning. In the statement Trump committed to an “orderly transition” of power. Saying too little too late, the statement concedes: “Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January »

Did Trump help incite today’s rioting?

Featured image I think he did, with statements like this: I hope the Democrats, and even more importantly, the weak and ineffective RINO section of the Republican Party, are looking at the thousands of people pouring into D.C. They won’t stand for a landslide election victory to be stolen. Commenting on this statement last night, John asked: What on God’s green Earth is [Trump’s] point? His backers “won’t stand for” the election »

The Tragedy of Donald Trump

Featured image Good grief, I go away for a day, listen to sports talk radio, music, and podcasts on political philosophy in my car driving back home all day from LA because I was too depressed about the Georgia election outcome to want to hear the news, and discover that all this happened. I have quickly written a long piece at the request of a magazine, and if they run it tomorrow »

Trump Has Gone Nuts

Featured image President Trump is right in saying that the 2020 election was rife with voter fraud. I think he is quite likely right, although no one knows for sure, in alleging that absent fraud he would have been re-elected. But his conduct has nevertheless become indefensible. I don’t have a problem with senators like Ted Cruz voting against accepting the report of the Electoral College, which will lead to debates among »