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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.

FILE - 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. In the background is a portrait of former President Andrew Jackson which Trump had installed in the first few days of his administration. President Donald Trump may have raised eyebrows over a series of racist tweets in July 2019 but it's not the first time a U.S. president has sparked attention for racist gestures. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, 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

At the bullfights, ole!

I am supposedly on holiday in Madrid. I take a break from politics, from public policy, from culture, and take in life in the country that I am visiting, but in Spain that means the bullfight. Las Ventas is the major league in Spanish bullfighting, and I am not disappointed in what I see. These are fine bullfighters and ferocious bulls, though I wish Spaniards would give more consideration to the safety of the bulls. This evening I saw six bulls slain, and two bulls pull up lame. At least those lame bulls did not taste the sword. Published May 21, 2019

Illustration on judgementalism and virtue signalling by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

An assassination attempt on a philosopher

The Virtue Patrol is prowling around on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. It hunts down racists, xenophobes, anti-feminists, homophobes and almost every kind of bigot except for bigots within its own ranks. Those bigots are exempt. If the Virtue Patrol were to attack its own kind what a spectacle that would be, but of course it would mean the end of the Virtue Patrol. So, the Patrol looks outward, never inward. Published May 14, 2019

Illustration on Democratic sore losers by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Democrats' sore loser syndrome

Has it ever been noted by the republic's historians — all of whom are Democrats save for a lone Republican who remains undercover somewhere in the Midwest — that one characteristic that distinguishes Democrats from Republicans is not very flattering to the Party of the Jackass. Published May 7, 2019

Illustration on Steve Moore by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Steve Moore's law

Steve Moore, one of the oracles of free market economics, is President Donald Trump's choice for the Federal Reserve Board, and the long knives are out for him. Yet, I am told by conservatives everywhere not to worry. He is a shoo-in. Published April 30, 2019

One Hero Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A hero amongst the liars

Over the weekend in The Wall Street Journal, Brian Lamb, the founder of C-Span, tendered a Solomonic statement in his valedictory interview after some 40 years before the television cameras. Said Mr. Lamb, "Lying is the word that I would use to describe this town." And he went on, "I don't know if it will ever stop. It's gotten worse rather than getting better, and both sides do it. You've got to listen very carefully to what they're saying." By "they" he meant politicians, journalists and practically anyone listening to them. He referred to the politically alive as, shall we say, the political class. Published April 23, 2019

Vote Her Out Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The congresswoman from Somalia

If a politician of Japanese extraction were addressing a "largely Japanese-American audience" and characterized the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor as "some people did something," would you think that those words diminished the loss of life and of property suffered by our country 78 years ago in the Pacific Ocean? I would, but apparently Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, Minnesota Democrat, would not. Published April 16, 2019

Alger Hiss

The Alger Hiss Democrats in Congress

Well, I guess I have been right all along. Others have been saying that special counsel Robert Mueller was going to be swept up by the Kultursmog and become a tool of Hillary's conspiracy. She said Russian hackers were the cause of her defeat — see page 395 of "Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign"— and she ordered her media to investigate. Published April 9, 2019

Bernie's Travels Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Bernie travels first-class

I wonder if at the outset of his career back in woodsy Vermont Bernie Sanders — Crazy Bernie, as we say — ever imagined that years later at the age of 77 he would be running for president, have developed a taste for private jets, be the master of three homes, and run on a platform that included Medicare for All, Free College for All and a Minimum Wage of $15 an Hour for All, that and the rest of the Green New Deal with no hint of how he would pay for it. No one is making a very big issue of it that Crazy Bernie has already rung up a tab of trillions of dollars that the taxpayers will have to pay somewhere down the road. Published April 2, 2019

Illustration on the New York Times by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The times of our lives

Did you hear the rumor that The New York Times late last week spent over two pages on a front-page news story about the investor and philanthropist, Michael Steinhardt, being accused of sexual harassment? Well, it is more than a rumor. It is true, or at least it is true that seven women have come forward with such claims. I read the whole piece. Michael is a friend of mine, and I wanted to see what the old boy is charged with. Published March 26, 2019