The conservative National Review, a longtime cornerstone of the conservative movement's intellectual wing, quickly fell in with President Donald Trump after his election, and most recently has published a series of pieces clashing with Never Trump conservative Max Boot over the American right's white supremacy problem — calling him and his supporters "self-loathing whites ... paralyzed by intersectional deference."
As another Never Trump conservative, Naval War College Professor Tom Nichols, put it, this is a microcosm of the "Trump-compliant right's" realization that there is no way to divorce their supposed principles from Trumpism — and the future of their place in conservative thought looks bleak.
From the attack on @MaxBoot in @NRO to the latest faux-Gibbon raving from Michael Anton pumped out by… https://t.co/itX1XHVOKh— Tom Nichols (@Tom Nichols)1565737371.0
For years, intellectual conservatives thought: "Look, we're smart, we're conservative, the liberals are just wrong.… https://t.co/dAEANj77yr— Tom Nichols (@Tom Nichols)1565737372.0
These intellectuals tried to adopt the camouflage of bib-overalls and Hee Haw straw hats; this was a very, very bad… https://t.co/nvLa4zTmE7— Tom Nichols (@Tom Nichols)1565737372.0
Sure, they figured they could tough it out, get their judges, and then disavow Trump when he self-destructed. They… https://t.co/7lGVxiNkRH— Tom Nichols (@Tom Nichols)1565737372.0
When today's conservative writers signed up in the 1980s and 1990s, they could imagine their core audience being we… https://t.co/yMNrzrLOqN— Tom Nichols (@Tom Nichols)1565737373.0
By the time this is over, all that'll be left is Gorka, Anton, and the last few editors of NR at CPAC trying to cla… https://t.co/DN30dBdmSW— Tom Nichols (@Tom Nichols)1565737373.0