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The fascist reflex

May 18, 2017

Unsurprisingly, Newt Gingrich blames the media for Trump’s scandals and their fallout. Trump allegedly asked Comey about arresting journalists who publish leaked classified information.

Bret Stephens recalls a small part of how we got here:

To reread “The Flight 93 Election” today is to understand what has gone wrong not only with the Trump presidency, but also with so much of the conservative movement writ large. In a word, it’s become unhinged. To imply, as Anton did, that Barack Obama, for all his shortcomings, was Ziad Jarrah, Flight 93’s lead hijacker, is vile. To suppose that we’d all be dead if Hillary Clinton, for all her flaws, had been elected is hallucinatory. To argue that the United States, for all its problems, was the equivalent of a doomed aircraft is absurd. To suggest that Donald Trump, a man who has sacrificed nothing in his life for anyone or anything, is the worthy moral heir to the Flight 93 passengers is a travesty.

They wanted Benito. Instead, they got Il Donald, a J. W. Pepper with a Queens accent. And these still are the salad days.

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