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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.

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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

Activists' Chess Pawns Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

When the children take charge

Have you heard the good news? Large numbers of students worldwide are going to be skipping school on Fridays until they educate us on the perils of global warming. Published March 19, 2019

Dem Crack Up Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The left-wing crack-up

It was in the mid-1980s that I resuscitated the term "crack-up" and applied it to political movements that were not very healthy. I say I resuscitated the term because it was F. Scott Fitzgerald who first used it as a title for a 1945 collection of essays that were mostly personal and first published between the 1930s and 1940s. When he did finally crack up the term fell into disuse. Published March 12, 2019

** FILE ** Former White House aide John Dean III is sworn in by Senate Watergate Committee Chairman Sam Ervin, D-N.C. in this June 25, 1973 file photo. (AP Photo/File)

Michael Cohen's literary libido

One of the greatest characters I have encountered in Washington died years ago. He was the legendary political operator Paul Corbin. He had worked for John F. Kennedy and more closely for Bob Kennedy. He was loyal to the Kennedys to the end, but after the Kennedys were assassinated he wandered. Eventually, he linked up with my lawyer, Bill Casey, President Ronald Reagan's head of the CIA. That is how I came to know Paul. We both admired Casey and I admired Paul. He was a shrewd observer of politics and a fabled practitioner of politics' darker arts. A rumor that has circulated about Paul for years is that he helped the Reagan team win the presidency. Published March 5, 2019

Hate Thoughts Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A job opening for Jussie Smollett

I have been assiduously studying the case of Jussie Smollett, the chap who claims that two pro-Trump ruffians wearing MAGA hats accosted him on a Chicago street during one of the coldest nights of the year at 2 a.m. shouting anti-gay (Mr. Smollett is openly gay) and anti-black (Mr. Smollett is openly black) slurs at him while beating him and placing a noose around his neck, which he did not take off for hours, according to the police. Incidentally, Jussie's first name is not a typographical error. It is spelled with a "u," but it is pronounced as an "e" for reasons that have yet to be divulged. Perhaps it will be in the final police report. Published February 26, 2019

Popemobile Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

What is in the pope's hand?

Pope Francis is increasingly showing his hand. He came into the papacy promising to clean up the church, especially on matters of sexual abuse. In doing so, he raised hopes among the laity, especially in America and Latin America. He said all the right things or at least many of the right things. He traveled the world. Now it is increasingly obvious that he means none of it. Published February 19, 2019

The Clown from Virginia Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Democrats, 'the party of dinkelspiels'

As President Donald J. Trump climbs to the highest approval rating he has reached in his presidency, we keep hearing about how much trouble he is in. He cannot possibly be re-elected, the critics tell us, while his approval rating rises above 50 percent and his disapproval rating detumesces. Published February 12, 2019

Northam Polish Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The strange case of Ralph Northam

Whatever is to be the ultimate fate of the wretched Gov. Ralph Northam of the great Commonwealth of Virginia, I wonder what he now thinks about those who use the term racism as loosely as he did in his race with Ed Gillespie. In his rabble-rousing 2017 campaign, he actually rebuked Mr. Gillespie for Mr. Gillespie's non-existent "racist rhetoric and fearmongering." Published February 5, 2019

Anger Management Problems Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Nancy Pelosi and anger management

The Great Debate between President Donald J. Trump and the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives came to a rather shabby end just before the book-reviewing sections of our great newspapers reviewed an anthropological marvel, "The Goodness Paradox." In this lively book, and in an earlier book, "Demonic Males: Apes and the Origins of Human Violence," Richard Wrangham, an anthropologist at Harvard University, examines the extraordinary violence of chimpanzees. Published January 29, 2019

In this June 15, 2018, photo, the Winston razor and Harry's face lotion are on display at the headquarters of Harry's Inc., in New York. Armed with $112 million in new financing, the online startup that took on razor giants Gillette and Schick with its direct-to-consumer subscription model is investigating what other sleepy products might be ripe for disruption. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

When toxic masculinity meets Harry's Razor

Do you remember when rock 'n' roll took its turn for the worse? It was sometime in the 1960s when Bob Dylan and those in his thrall began singing songs about politics. Published January 22, 2019

Halo for Hillary, Noose for Trump Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The Democrats' blueprint for impeachment

Do you recall back in July of 2016, when candidate Donald J. Trump brought down the house at a campaign press conference in Miami by jokingly pleading with the Russians to hack into Hillary Clinton's emails? Published January 15, 2019

Socialist Bumper Sticker Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Socialism's call to the deluded

As every public-spirited citizen of these United States knows by now, 29-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Published January 8, 2019

Illustration on Democrat hopes for the 2020 presidential race by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

'Who will take on President Trump?'

Have you followed the press in 2018? Apparently most members of the press do not like our president, Donald J. Trump. Many of them think he is a tyrant in the making. Others think he is stupid and a tyrant in the making. They believe he is likely to be beaten in 2020. Published January 1, 2019

President Donald Trump answers questions from the media after speaking with members of the military by video conference on Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, in the Oval Office of the White House. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The crisis of America's upper class

It had to happen. The United States of America has been the most desirable piece of real estate to inhabit for more than 200 years. Published December 25, 2018

Illustration on homelessness by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

'Whatever happened to skid row?'

Homelessness is up for the second year in a row. That is no surprise to me. I spent the last few days in New York City where it seems the homeless are as numerous as the tourists. They are everywhere. Not that they are not numerous in our nation's capital too. I returned to Washington by the train, and there are areas of Union Station that are as populated with homeless people as the nearby shelter. The scenes are appalling. What can be done for these poor wretches? Published December 18, 2018

The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes through Magnolia, Texas, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, along the route from Spring to College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Pool)

Another word for George Herbert Walker Bush

Now that America has had its holiday from politics, we can get back to poking one another in the eye. Slipping each other a mickey, and otherwise breaking the rules of decorum for the ladies and gentlemen of public life. Published December 11, 2018

Illustration on potential Democrat presidential candidates by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Democrats in trouble

I see that the presidential prospects of Michael Avenatti have suffered a setback. Actually they have suffered several setbacks, including his announcement Tuesday not to run. Critics of the aspiring Democratic candidate for 2020 were hopeful that his days as a candidate were numbered. Published December 4, 2018

Illustration on Herbert London by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The passing of a giant

On Nov. 11, the conservative movement lost a giant, Herbert London, a Renaissance man, a scholar steeped in the Great Books tradition, a principled politician and a warm personal friend of mine. I am running out of friends such as Herb. Published November 27, 2018

Jim Jones and Jonestown Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Jonestown and the Jane Fonda crowd

Forty years ago this past Sunday, more than 900 men, women and children either killed themselves or were murdered in Jonestown, Guyana. Geography buffs will note that Jonestown is just east of Venezuela, where yet another crazed left-wing experiment is being played out today, though on a much larger scale and hence the prospect of death on an even grander scale is still possible in that once prosperous country. Published November 20, 2018

Winston Churchill   Associated Press photo

From Churchill to Trump

I have been reading a most perspicacious book by my friend Andrew Roberts. It is just out, "Churchill: Walking With Destiny." It is terrific. In fact, I shall hazard the judgment that readers will not completely understand the greatest political leader of the 20th century (and one of the most endearing) without reading Andrew Roberts' Churchill. Published November 13, 2018