How Many In The Basket?

I’m not in the habit of defending conservatives or driving traffic to conservative publicans like the National Review. I am in the habit of calling out despicable behavior and that is exactly what I am doing today.

I have never met David French; in fact I don’t recall ever hearing of him until earlier this year. Mr. French is an attorney having graduated from Harvard Law School. He has been a vocal conservative for about twenty years. In addition to his law practice he is a senior fellow at the National Review Institute and a writer for its magazine. I have good reason to believe that if we ever sat down and had a discussion there would be very few topics political or economic that we would see eye-to-eye on. As you can surmise from the first sentence of this paragraph I am not a regular reader of his and I assume that he doesn’t read my work either. A civil discourse of ideas is essential to a well-functioning democracy; therefore I defend Mr. French’s rights to express his opinions and I assume the feeling is mutual.

Earlier in this presidential campaign there was a story which had a lifespan of about 72 hours that French was going to mount a campaign to try and provide an alternative to Donald Trump. French is in fact an anti-Trump person. His is among the many voices on the political right that are besieging their followers to not vote for Trump. I actually applaud him for that and think this viewpoint illustrates the difference between real conservatives and those who have just hijacked the moniker because it makes them sound respectable and/or is politically expedient for them.

But that is not what this article is about. It is about the despicable behavior that some Trump followers have subjected him and his family to. In fact the French family is not alone. Scores of other conservatives who have displayed the courage to stand up to the bully Trump have been met with vile behavior from his minions.

To get names, times, places and particulars I suggest you read French’s recent article in the National Review’s online version entitled, The Price I’ve Paid for Opposing Donald Trump. The attacks on journalists and their families have included the vile, sexist, racist, obscene, anti-Semitic and threatening. There is a significant amount of Nazi worshipping in them. It is more than coincidental that neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups have embraced the Trump campaign. Trump isn’t exactly renouncing them in any vigorous manner. He hasn’t even given them a nickname like Little Marco, Lyin’ Ted or Crooked Hillary.

Hillary Clinton has been roundly criticized (not in this column) for her basketful of despicables comment. She was spot on in my book; the only questions being the percentage of Trump supporters who belong in that basket and how big the basket need be.

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