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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.

A Democratic Party full of foul mouths

The Democratic National Committee has repeatedly had to caution its candidates for high office against vile language, and I am not talking about some dirty-mouthed candidate from some remote congressional seat. Published October 15, 2019

Illustration on college professors as the enemy of excellence on campus by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

What's making college life so trivial?

What is going on in the Women's Studies Programs, the Black Studies Programs, the Vegetarian Studies Programs, and all the other non-studies programs that have taken over from the humanities and rendered university life so trivial? Published October 8, 2019

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., a target of racist rhetoric from President Donald Trump, responds to reporters as she arrives for votes in the House, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, July 18, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Climate change and the Democrats

Frankly, the Democrats' obsession with climate change is more than odd. It is delusional. Published September 10, 2019

The gaffable Joe Biden

Recently in Hanover, New Hampshire, former Vice President Joe Biden -- the gaffable Joe Biden -- stitched together a stupendous concatenation of gaffes that ought to put him out of the race for the Democratic nomination. Published September 3, 2019

FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2013 file photo, David Koch speaks in Orlando, Fla. Koch, major donor to conservative causes and educational groups, has died on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. He was 79. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

Remembering David Koch

David Koch, one of the two celebrated Koch brothers known to millions of Americans who follow the news, passed away last Friday. He was 79. Published August 27, 2019

Broken Woodstock Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Woodstock, the last word

Well, all the palaver about the 50th anniversary of Woodstock has finally shut down. The reminiscences, the brave statements, the claptrap about how beautiful we all were -- it is over. Published August 20, 2019

In this Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks on the telephone with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) **FILE**

Democrats, the party of dirty language

I was traveling with candidate Trump during the 2016 campaign, and we spent a night at the Trump National Doral Miami. I had to leave early to get back to Washington, and so I took a taxi the next morning from the hotel to the airport. Published August 13, 2019

From left, Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., former HUD Secretary Julian Castro, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Andrew Yang and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, are introduced before the second of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in the Fox Theatre in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

'How left will they go?'

After a week of watching the Democrats in debate I ask myself, how far to the left are the Democratic presidential candidates going to take their party? Published August 6, 2019

Washington Times Editor In Chief Wesley Pruden. ( Maya Alleruzzo / The Washington Times )

Obituarizing Wes Pruden

All over America, people longed for Wes Pruden's twice-weekly serving of good sense and good humor. Published July 23, 2019

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., left, Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., center, and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., right, attend a House Oversight Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, July 15, 2019, on White House counselor Kellyanne Conway's violation of the Hatch Act. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

'House Speaker Pelosi, laugh the girls off'

Apropos of the Saturday Evening Club, I recently heard from the office of the most famous freshman member of Congress. I invited Congressgirl Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to be our special guest at a dinner some months ago. Published July 16, 2019

London Fog Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Here comes Boris, and Donald, too

There is the musty smell of a police state here in old London, or should I say an inchoate police state? The present mayor, Sadiq Khan, is of the left and he shares the left's lust for power. Published July 9, 2019

Illustration on the proliferation of electric rental scooters by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Odd stories that make the rounds

There are a lot of odd stories making the rounds these days. How about the odd stories that E. Jean Carroll has accumulated around her? Unlike any of the other commentators esteeming her of late, I have known her since the early 1960s, when I went to Indiana University with Jean, as she was then called. Published July 2, 2019

Illustration on a breakout moment in the Democratic party debates by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Now the debates

What will happen Thursday night if former Vice President Joe Biden pulls his pants down in public on stage when it is finally his time to speak? I am told that he will have one minute to answer the first question, one minute. Moreover, so will all the other candidates. Apparently there will be a plenitude of one-minute answers whizzing through the Miami auditorium. Published June 25, 2019

Democratic Hopefuls Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The Democratic 20 plus 3

Last week I suggested that convicted felons would be running for the Democratic presidential nomination this year. Well, now it looks like that will not be the case. Published June 18, 2019

Rap artist Sister Souljah speaks at a conference in New York City on June 16, 1992. Souljah made claims that U.S. Presidential candidate Bill Clinton wasn't in touch with the problems of Black-America. Hip-hop star Doug E. Fresh is in the background. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Joe Biden flubs it

It is increasingly difficult to be a Democratic presidential candidate. Published June 11, 2019

Illustration on Democrats' fascist characterization of President Trump by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

'Who you callin' Fascist?'

For over two years now a peculiar combination of the media and the Democrats have been goading Donald Trump, always to painful effect — painful for both sides in this vituperative battle; but particularly painful to the media and the Democrats. Not much good has come of it. Published June 4, 2019

Boris Johnson for Prime Minister Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

It's Boris Johnson's moment

Well, the U.K.'s Prime Minister Theresa May has run out of gas. She is going to retire. Now the question is who will replace her. Published May 28, 2019