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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 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

Hillary Gangster Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Hillary's hired thugs

Through the years one of my favorite sallies against the Clintons has been to refer to Hillary Clinton as "Bruno." At times readers have asked, "Why do you call her Bruno?" It is because there has always been an atmosphere of thuggishness about her. Published October 4, 2016

Illustration on growing voter attitude toward the presidential candidates by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why Donald is winning

On the matter of the debate the other night, tell the truth. Admit it. You were underwhelmed. Somewhere inside of your cranium you did not get the spectacle you anticipated. I understand. Published September 27, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pauses while she remarks on the explosion in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood onboard her campaign plane at Westchester County Airport, in White Plains, N.Y., Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Hillary, Donald and the birthers' demise

Did you see the interview over the weekend of a listless and apparently exhausted Hillary Clinton? Supposedly she has recovered from last week's bout with pneumonia, but you could have fooled me. Call me a hypochondriac, but in my opinion her recovery is not going very well. Published September 20, 2016

Server Confirms Hillary Lies Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Hillary hoaxes blow an ill wind

Norman Podhoretz the longtime editor of Commentary magazine, now retired, is no longer an Inadvertent Conservative for Hillary (ICH). Published September 13, 2016

Mother Teresa Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

When Malcolm Muggeridge met Mother Teresa

Pope Francis canonized Mother Teresa on Sunday. She was a celestial figure to many, for sweating away in Calcutta with "the poorest of the poor." By that oft-used term was meant the poor for whom a government "poverty line" would be a luxury. Mother Teresa took in street urchins, the hopelessly sick and the dying -- lost souls who were at death's door. Published September 6, 2016

Illustration on Hillary, racism and the quadrennial spotlighting of the KKK for political advantage by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Hillary plays the race card on cue

I have a rule or two about the topic of race. Possibly, I could extend it to three or four rules. The first rule is that in a dialogue about politics, current events, horticulture, haute cuisine, you name it, the first person to introduce the question of race is probably a racist. Published August 30, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is attempting to woo black voters, but GOP campaign veterans say his efforts are too little, too late. (Associated Press)

The media make history

This week I am going to do something unusual. I am going to enter into a conversation with another columnist. Doing so was not so unusual a few decades back. Bill Buckley and James Jackson Kilpatrick did it when provoked and it was always interesting. Yet today a columnist is a godlike figure. Published August 23, 2016

Illustration on the first death attributable to Hillary Clinton's unsecured server by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The first casualty of Hillary Clinton's server

Exactly how damaging the classified information is that was discovered on Hillary Clinton's server became clear this weekend when the Iranian government executed an alleged spy. He had been mentioned in at least one email from an aide to Hillary, which called him "our friend." Published August 9, 2016