The National Review is the latest conservative outlet to trash Dr. Jill Biden for achieving a doctorate in education. But unlike the now infamous Wall Street Journal column, the National Review takes their attack to a whole new level of elitism.
After attacking Biden for her dissertation, film critic Kyle Smith claimed, "As for Biden, she has spent a lot of time teaching remedial English to slow learners in community colleges."
Smith, who doesn't have any advanced degrees, even bragged on Twitter ahead of releasing his attack that people would "love" it because it's "so mean."
You're gonna love my next piece. It's so mean.— Kyle Smith (@Kyle Smith)1608153161.0
It sparked outrage even among conservatives who replied to Smith asking what the point was in attacking her.
Conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin noted that it wasn't all that surprising to see this in the National Review as it is the same publication that opposed the Civil Rights movement and claimed Trump wasn't so bad.
@joshtpm from the people who told us Trump wasn't so bad and who opposed the civil rights movement in the 1960's. 🤔— Jennifer Rubin (@Jennifer Rubin)1608172744.0
It prompted calls of hypocrisy from others, asking why the National Review hasn't done a similar column about Sebastian Gorka's dissertation after his own Ph.D. adviser called him "inept." Similarly, former Speaker Newt Gingrich got his Ph.D. in European history, writing a dissertation on "Belgian Education Policy in the Congo 1945–1960." He was able to do that project while avoiding the draft to Vietnam. The National Review hasn't addressed those two, who actually served in a paid public office.
@LarryHerrmann @JRubinBlogger @joshtpm You truly don't want to know. It's more or less undergrad level ideological… https://t.co/OgNy89U0e2— Gearóid Dubh (@Gearóid Dubh)1608173571.0
Others questioned where the righteous indignation was when first lady Melania Trump was given an “Einstein visa,” issued through the “elite” EB-1 program.
@joshtpm Where was their righteous indignation when Melania Trump was given an Einstein visa?— Last Chance For Gas 200 Miles (@Last Chance For Gas 200 Miles)1608172808.0
Another noted the irony of Mr. Smith's attacks on people who name-drop their credentials to name-dropping his Bachelor's Degree from Yale.
@joshtpm Goes from “people that name-drop their credentials are insecure” to “I went to Yale” in less than one paragraph. Impressive.— jeffshaw (@jeffshaw)1608173691.0
While some called Smith "small" and "petty," others said he "just felt confused and intimidated."
Ironically, Smith's attack on Biden's dissertation never cites it or says what it was about. It was on the ability to retain information in a community college setting.
You can see the other responses in the tweets below:
@joshtpm Best I can tell he doesn’t have any post-grad education at all, so maybe he’s not the best positioned to make that critique?— Bill Horton (@Bill Horton)1608172896.0
@joshtpm Pretty sure they’re not an accredited degree-bashing institution— Surprised Eel Historian, PhD (@Surprised Eel Historian, PhD)1608173557.0
@joshtpm Like it is up to them to determine the requirements for a university degree... The arrogance knows no limits.— Laurie Payne (@🏠) #WhitePeopleAgainstRacism (@Laurie Payne (@🏠) #WhitePeopleAgainstRacism)1608172722.0
@paulreels @tummler10 @joshtpm Just as crazy but not as much fun.— Dara Hunt (@Dara Hunt)1608173317.0
@joshtpm This knock at Dr. Biden's merits is just really odious. This is an accomplished academic who is deeply pas… https://t.co/TsRwc1z4hB— Ben Lauter (@Ben Lauter)1608173879.0
@joshtpm What a sad petty little man. That’s all I got out of that hot piece of 🗑— Nicole 🇺🇸 (@Nicole 🇺🇸)1608172977.0
@gjgordo @joshtpm Rich "Starbursts" Lowry was impressed with SARAH EFFING PALIN.— MASK UP and Stay Home, please! (@MASK UP and Stay Home, please!)1608173510.0
@JackLynch000 @joshtpm I know I always feel more reassured when that former film critic is also affiliated with PragerU.— how about a nice cup of henbane (@how about a nice cup of henbane)1608176914.0
@joshtpm The movie/book critic who wrote this “review” never once mentions the subject of the dissertation. While h… https://t.co/kaqCRNqzjP— Del Barris (@Del Barris)1608175572.0
@joshtpm These days, NR is basically just a really badly done underground comic book.— DHStone (@DHStone)1608173192.0
@joshtpm Dear lord, the article cites RateMyProfessor in complete earnestness.— Meg, MA (@Meg, MA)1608175577.0
@NCVates @joshtpm And they have the gall to shake their fists at the "liberal elites" in the next breath. Their dou… https://t.co/jeDclACW5N— mr. G (and the good trouble). (@mr. G (and the good trouble).)1608173876.0