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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.

Valentine's Day Shell Game Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Following the Clintons' final con

For years I have been saying that the Clintons lie when they do not have to, and they tell a gigantic whopper when a little white lie would be perfectly adequate. This time-honored observation explains many of their past run-ins with the law. Published February 13, 2018

Episcopal Reforms Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Pope Francis falls behind the Episcopalians

I have never met the pope, but I have followed his activities sedulously, as might be expected of a Roman Catholic. Pope Francis is an agent for change in his 2,000-year-old church, change in what Catholics believe and change in how they worship. Notwithstanding my never having met him, my guess is that he was a bit embarrassed by a decision announced recently by the Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. The Episcopalians got the jump on him in the realm of change. Published February 6, 2018

Illustration on the relationship between Democrats and the Clintons by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Scandal keeps the Clintons in tight embrace

"Scandalous" — that is the name that Fox News has chosen for a multipart documentary that Fox is airing on Sunday evenings. If you missed it this week, watch it in the weeks to come. It promises a lot of har-hars. Published January 30, 2018

Illustration on the modern Democrat party by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Democratic Party of 2018

As the Democrats grow increasingly ravenous to have a shot at the presidency of President Donald Trump they are beginning to train their guns on the front-runners for the nomination. Published January 23, 2018

Illustration on the varied content of private conversations by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Good news vs. private conversations

Last week the headlines should have abounded with the year's good news. It was the economy: GDP up some 3 percent and for the last quarter nearly 4 percent, unemployment down to a 17-year low and black unemployment at the lowest level since such statistics were compiled. The stock market was soaring, up some 42 percent since Donald Trump was elected, and inflation was low. It was the best Christmas season in years. Published January 16, 2018

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Remembering the 'business guys' whose business was conservatism

My friend and colleague, Donald Rieck, died late last week in an automobile accident. He leaves two charming and very young children. He also leaves many friends throughout the conservative movement, and shocked colleagues at The American Spectator. Published January 2, 2018

President Donald Trump turns to talk to the gathered media during a Christmas Eve video teleconference with members of the mIlitary at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Donald Trump's very good year

Naples — Here I am in Naples, Florida ending the year in the sun and actually coterminous with a golf course. I, of course, will not indulge in the sport, for I find it too leisurely. Actually I do not even consider it a sport. I am in agreement with my old friend, the great basketball coach Bob Knight. Published December 26, 2017

The 2020 Presidential Election Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Donald Trump's 'seichel'

'It's the economy stupid," as we used to say back in the good old days. The good old days being the 1990s when the president of the United States could molest women in the White House during business hours with impunity. Published December 19, 2017

The revolution eats its own

As I ponder the lengthening list of alleged sexual offenders drawn from Hollywood, the arts, the media and politics, I am moved to wonder why the overwhelming majority of the accused are prominent luminaries of the left. Those accused on the right claim utter innocence, including Bill O'Reilly, who nonetheless paid out a fortune to accusers — go "figah," as they say in Brooklyn. At any rate, the lefties constitute the growing multitude. Published December 12, 2017

Illustration on the troubles started by Hillary Clinton's claims of Russian interference by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Russia's influence spreads

Last week we discovered that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn lied to the FBI about the import of what he told them regarding his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Yet Mr. Flynn once served as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency during the presidency of Barack Obama. Why would he lie to the FBI about what passed between him and Mr. Kislyak? Had he forgotten that, for a certitude, the conversation of a Russian ambassador was being recorded secretly by American intelligence agencies? Moreover, when he was being interviewed by the FBI, why did he not bring with him a lawyer? When I was being interviewed by the FBI about my perfidious Arkansas Project, I most certainly brought a lawyer with me, and it helped that my lawyer looked like he once worked for Don Corleone. Thinking back on it, I should have brought two lawyers. Published December 5, 2017

Illustration on a New York Times story on neo-Nazis by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

In defense of The New York Times

I never expected to come to the defense of The New York Times, but here I am ready and willing to defend what I have hitherto called the Bad Times as opposed to the Good Times, that being The Washington Times. Published November 28, 2017

Al Franken Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

With Al Franken at the Thanksgiving feast

As Americans prepare for their Thanksgiving Day turkey or perhaps protein bars, or possibly artichoke hearts, or whatever the au courant are dining upon this year, I would like to propose a thought. You all have much to be grateful for. Our friends on the left may doubt it, but even they have much to be grateful for. For my part, I am grateful not to have Al Franken for a neighbor. You saw what one of the zealots did to his neighbor Sen. Rand Paul. Moreover, I have two very pretty daughters, who will be visiting me. With Mr. Franken in the neighborhood, we would have to maintain a high security watch, possibly even an electrified fence with barbed wire. Published November 21, 2017

Target of the Democrats Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Roy Moore and the migraine for Republicans

It has long been my conviction that Democrats are the more adept pols, the most tireless pols, the most political pols. I have said that their political libido is that of a nymphomaniac. By that I mean to compliment them, at least to compliment their political skills. The political libido of the Republicans is by comparison the political libido of a Victorian lady, complete with white gloves and parasol. Published November 14, 2017

Illustration on the decay of the Democrat Party by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Donna Brazile sees the light

After more than two decades of writing about the Clintons, it is pretty dispiriting to see how my friends, the Democrats, have ignored my findings about that rapacious couple. Published November 7, 2017

Illustration on Harvey Weinstein by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Sex, the progressives' problem

"Sex is a beautiful thing." Remember that solemnity being intoned endlessly by the sex prophets of the 1960s, '70s and '80s? Of course, the more recent prophets were preceded by the sexual psychopaths of the 1920s and '30s. There is a long history to the absurdity of sexual utopia. Published October 31, 2017

Yankee Doodle Trump Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Trump, a Yankee Doodle Dandy

Regarding the imbroglio caused by the Hon. Frederica S. Wilson, representing her constituency in South Florida and apparently the entire African-American race in America plus anyone else who hates President Trump, my research has uncovered something interesting. Published October 24, 2017

The Clinton Protection Racquet Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Hillary and Harvey's shared fate

I have been fascinated by Harvey Weinstein's initial response to charges that the Bathrobed Romeo sexually molested women. His statement was at once otherworldly and yet weirdly similar to Hillary Clinton's eventual response to the scandal. I say "eventual response" because it took her over a week to comment. Obviously, Hillary's lawyers and public relations magicians had to word her response very carefully. Published October 17, 2017

Susan Melton is comforted by James Warren Melton as she takes her seat before her son Sonny Melton's funeral at Big Sandy High School, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017,  in Big Sandy, Tenn. Melton, a registered nurse, died protecting his wife during the Las Vegas shooting massacre.  (Morgan Timms /The Jackson Sun via AP)

Revering life after Las Vegas

In the aftermath of the most deadly massacre in American history a friend asks: "Why would God allow a man to wreak so much carnage?" And the enormous violence clearly weakened my friend's belief in God. It should not have weakened his belief in God. Who else or what other agent is around to take the place of the Uncaused Cause? Published October 10, 2017

Illustration on Joe Biden by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Democratic front-runner for 2020

I have been trying to warn President Trump, but to no avail. I have been trying to caution him about his tweets, but to little effect. Not that they are all that alarming to normal people. Not that they are without their own special charm. In a world filled with Republicans and Independents, most of his tweets would be informative and even amusing. Yet in a world that also includes Democrats, frankly, they are risky. The Democrats have no sense of humor and many are alarmists. Published October 3, 2017