Back when Sparta Report was first started, I wrote a lengthy screed denouncing Kevin Williamson, who at the time was writing for the National Review. Williamson had written a particularly nasty screed in the National Review in which he expressed the wish that all working class communities which supported Trump would die, denouncing them as heroin addicts. My “favorite” Williamson quote:
“The truth about these dysfunctional, downscale communities is that they deserve to die. Economically, they are negative assets. Morally, they are indefensible,” the conservative writer says. “The white American under-class is in thrall to a vicious, selfish culture whose main products are misery and used heroin needles. Donald Trump’s speeches make them feel good. So does OxyContin. What they need isn’t analgesics, literal or political. They need real opportunity, which means that they need real change, which means that they need U-Haul. If you want to live, get out of Garbutt [a blue-collar town in New York].”
Like some other #NeverTrumpers, he eventually jumped ship from NRO to write at a more “mainstream” magazine, the Atlantic. Much like Bret Stephens at the New York Times, Kevin quickly discovered that maybe his new friends didn’t really like him very much:
The Atlantic has caved to the intolerant mob and fired Kevin Williamson, and in so doing has contributed to a slanderous fiction — that Kevin is so beyond the pale that he has no place at one of the nation’s premiere mainstream publications. His millions of words, his countless interviews, and his personal character were reduced to nothing — inconsequential in the face of deleted tweets and a five-minute podcast dialogue.
Look, I know it’s easy for some to dismiss Kevin’s termination as mere inside-baseball media drama. But it’s more than that. It’s a declaration by one of America’s most powerful media entities that it can’t even coexist with a man like Kevin. If he wants to write, he should run along to his conservative home. His new colleagues simply couldn’t abide his presence.
After Kevin was fired, Guardian columnist Jessica Valenti tweeted that she was “very relieved for the women” who work at The Atlantic. Why? What was Kevin going to do to them? Write things that made them angry? God forbid! His ideas might hurt? Have mercy!
The above snippet is from the NRO, so no link.
Williamson’s exact crime was to say that he thought women who had abortions should themselves be executed. Unfortunately for him, the Atlantic seems to have hired him because they thought he was essentially a closeted leftist, and unlike the right, the left tolerates no dissent. Williamson was quickly fired when he was “found out” to have the wrong ideas.
I just can’t shed too many tears for these #NeverTrump idiots. A lot of the #NeverTrump movement doesn’t seem to understand that if they do not march in 100% ideological lockstep with their new Democrat comrades, they will quickly find themselves out of a job.
There also aren’t enough of them to make their own party – the ideology they represent is essentially the centrist liberalism of several decades ago. They are simply behind the times and advocating for a moderate leftism that neither side really believes in anymore. Hopefully, these people will start to wake up and finally figure out they don’t really have any friends on the far left.
I think it’s a vain hope, though. Most of them are still desperately trying to mimic their leftist peers and climb the social ladder by virtue signalling through their attacks on Trump.