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R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is the founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and a New York Times best-selling author. He makes frequent appearances on national television and is a nationally syndicated columnist, whose articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, The Washington Times, National Review, Harper's, Commentary, The (London) Spectator, Le Figaro (Paris) and elsewhere.

Articles by R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.

Illustration on President Obama's comparative literary stature by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Obama compares himself to Abraham Lincoln, but 44 and grammar do not agree

Did you know this? "Not since Lincoln has there been a president as fundamentally shaped -- in his life, convictions and outlook on the world -- by reading and writing as Barack Obama." Frankly, I did not know President Obama was so wedded to books and the printed word as to be compared to Abraham Lincoln, author of the Gettysburg Address, magisterial Second Inaugural, and devotee of Shakespeare. Published February 21, 2017

John C. Calhoun      From a photo by Matthew Brady

History's lessons unlearned

The alt-right has apparently lost another battle. The alt-right is the racially preoccupied group that champions the cause of white nationalism. This time it was Yale University that beat them back. Published February 14, 2017

Lady Gaga performing at Superbowl fifty-one     Associated Press photo

Lady Gaga Super Bowl halftime show had no political statement

For me the football season begins in mid-December (when everyone becomes serious) and it ends at the Super Bowl (when everyone becomes deathly serious). This year it ended with the longest Super Bowl in history. Published February 7, 2017

White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon arrives for a meeting with President Donald Trump on cyber security in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Bannon among the so-called media sophisticates

Last week President Trump's recently appointed chief White House strategist caused a stir among the press corps. He telephoned The New York Times, and in what the Times reported as "blunt but calm tones" proclaimed, "The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while ." Yes, he said the media should be "embarrassed and humiliated." The journalists reacted with what The New York Times called "alarm and defiance." Published January 31, 2017

Protesters set a parked limousine on fire in downtown Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, during the inauguration of President Donald Trump. Protesters registered their rage against the new president Friday in a chaotic confrontation with police who used pepper spray and stun grenades in a melee just blocks from Donald Trump's inaugural parade route. Scores were arrested for trashing property and attacking officers. (AP Photo/Juliet Linderman)

Having a ball at the inauguration

Last Friday, as a guest of the Trump family, I and my wife Jeanne braved inclement weather to attend Donald Trump's Inauguration. By now you know it was a typical Trumpian ceremony. It was peaceful, elegant, momentous and frightening. At least the protesters were frightened. What they were frightened about is a bit unclear, but many of them were, for a certitude, alarmed. Published January 24, 2017

Abbie Hoffman is arrested by police in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 3, 1968. (Associated Press)

Amongst the Inaugural demonstrators

This is supposedly the week of multitudinous demonstrations in Washington. The hordes are getting more media attention than the hundreds of thousands of Trump supporters who are also coming into town. Whether the multitudinous demonstrations will be as multitudinous as anticipated by the media I cannot say. Certainly they are getting plenty of publicity already, though their actual numbers as of Tuesday night were disappointing. Published January 17, 2017

Donald Trump (Associated Press)

Donald Trump's Whiggery

It has come to my attention that there are still conservatives out there who do not believe President-elect Donald Trump is a conventional conservative or even a conservative of any stripe whatsoever. Of course, I suspected him of being pretty much a conservative in 2013 when he spoke at our Robert L. Bartley Dinner, and I have been assiduously spreading the word ever since. Published January 10, 2017

Man of No Substance Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Obama's coming obscurity

President Obama will leave office after eight years of strutting even while sitting down, of preening even while standing up, of swanking while playing 18 holes. Yet he remains the first president in American history to cast no shadow. Jimmy Carter cast a pale and minuscule shadow. Lyndon Johnson cast an obscene shadow. Mr. Obama leaves absolutely no shadow, even in the moonlight. Published January 3, 2017

Illustration on this year's 'Christmas season by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

This Christmas season was different

I noticed portents that this Christmas season would be different around Thanksgiving time. I noticed it when people unbidden would wish me "Happy Thanksgiving." There seemed to be a note of exultancy in their greeting. Not everyone would say "Happy Thanksgiving," but enough did that it got me to wondering. Was this Thanksgiving different, and if so would Christmas this year be any different? Published December 27, 2016

Illustration on the Museum of African American History's snubbing of Clarence Thomas/The Washington Times

A reminder about a forgotten hero

Recently, a voice of the conservative media did what it is supposed to do, to wit: tell the rest of the story. Published December 20, 2016

Illustration on the denial of liberal media by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The mad search for pro-Trump columnists

Over the weekend some pathetic wretch -- obviously a casualty of the Nov. 8 election -- writing under the pen name Paul Farhi, filed a column in The Washington Post lamenting that after an extensive search of the newspapers of this great country he could hardly find any pro-Trump columnists. Published December 13, 2016

Illustration on Bob Dylan's being awarded the Nobel Prize for literature by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

How Bob Dylan copped a Nobel

When I heard that Bob Dylan had received the Nobel Prize for literature, I was mildly surprised. He writes music, popular music. As did George Gershwin and Irving Berlin, both of whom almost certainly wrote better music. Published December 6, 2016

Hillary Clinton goes home by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Political life after death

What is it like in the Clinton household now that the last prototypical liberal presidential candidate has lost her run for the White House? Hillary the Inevitable? I attempted to correct that media-wide delusion months ago, as I did in 2008, which would have been years ago. Where is my Pulitzer? Published November 29, 2016

Media executive Steve Bannon, who came on board as Donald Trump's campaign CEO in August, had never before managed a 50-state operation. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Bannon rising

History is not standing still. It did not stop with the Clinton era, which is now finally over. At least history did not stop for America. America is moving along and at a rapid pace. For the Clintonistas and their millennial acolytes, however, I guess America did stop. Published November 22, 2016

An inscrutable interview with the BBC

Friday the BBC enlisted me to defend my support of Donald Trump for president. Though the ensuing television broadcast was in English, I found it incomprehensible. I was speaking in my native tongue to two apparently intelligent English-speaking women, yet their responses to my clear if amused rejoinders amounted to gibberish. Published November 15, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her husband former President Bill Clinton talk after voting in Chappaqua, N.Y., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

When civility elected to surrender

Well, it is over. The most poisonous, slanderous, hate-filled American election of all time is now history, and the pity is that there is no historian living in this great republic who is capable of doing it justice. Published November 8, 2016

Illustration on the Clinton crime family by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Creepy by association

Is it just me or are there others out there in my audience who find it odd that Hillary Clinton, the inevitable presidential candidate of the Democratic Party, would continue to have at the highest level of her staff a woman married to a man who has repeatedly embarrassed himself, his wife and the Democratic Party? Published November 1, 2016

Not tonight, I Have a Headache Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Trading amour for anger

As I have been saying, the sexual revolution of the 1960s is now over. We can thank Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton's gang of angry women (whom Donald either knew or did not know years ago) for that. I think it is a contribution to the moral life of the republic, but I might be wrong. Published October 25, 2016

Illustration on the potential trouble her husband's sexual history may yet cause Hillary Clinton's political aspirations by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

And they call it puppy love

I am in jolly old London for a Spectator debate over America's presidential candidates, Donald Trump and What's Her Name. London is resplendent as ever, and my wife is patrolling my behavior lest I hazard our bank account by popping into Anderson & Sheppard to order another suit and seek psychiatric refreshment at this point in the election cycle. Published October 18, 2016

Illustration on the fruits of Bill and Hillary Clinton's sexual misadventures by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Sex lives matter

History is full of surprises. Never have I, looking back on history, found it to go precisely as I had anticipated it would go. Always the reality of history's progress plays tricks on us. It now appears that the sexual revolution begun in the late 1960s is ending, and would it not be spectacular if one or two of its most famous products were done in by this historic turn of events? Published October 11, 2016