The Unbearable Mendacity of NeverTrump-Inspired Comparisons

It requires a special degree of mendacity to compare Robert Mueller’s recent indictments to the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Only someone desperate to get attention, or to please his new Trump-hating masters at a top news organization, or to improve his name recognition to sell his new book, would be shameless enough to equate one of America’s most horrific attacks to an unproven attempt by a handful of shady Russians to sway votes in a presidential election. One might even feel tempted to pity such a soulless, craven opportunist because, clearly, his brain is broken.

But you can’t feel sorry for Max Boot, the NeverTrump neoconservative whose tirades against the president and the Republican Party just earned him a primo spot in the Washington Post. Instead, you should feel sorry for the families and friends of the 9/11 victims Boot just exploited for clicks.

Boot called the alleged election interference by 13 Russian social-media agitators, “the second-worst foreign attack on America in the past two decades. The Russian subversion of the 2016 election did not, to be sure, kill nearly 3,000 people. But its longer-term impact may be even more corrosive by undermining faith in our democracy.”

Think about that for a moment. Boot, an historian who advocated going to war in Iraq, thinks a few Russian-funded Facebook campaign ads will have a longer-term impact than a massive terrorist attack on U.S. soil that killed 2,977 people, injured more than 6,000, and remains one of the most traumatic events in U.S. history. According to Boot’s logic, a Rooskie ploy to get a few unsavory hashtags trending is worse than the following: Fort Hood (13 dead), San Bernardino (14 dead), Pulse nightclub in Orlando (49 dead), Hudson bike path (eight dead), and Boston marathon (three dead). All because his candidate—Hillary Clinton—lost the election.

I dare Boot to try to persuade the parents of Martin Richard that low-level Twitter chicanery during a presidential election is a more devastating blow to our country than the murder of their child.

Boot went further, blaming Trump for “ignoring” the Russian threat—less than 48 hours after the Mueller indictments were announced. In more 9/11 comparisons, Boot accused the president of “refus[ing] to appoint a commission to study how to safeguard America,” much like the Bush Administration did after the 9/11 attacks. (Fun fact, Mr. Historian: The 9/11 Commission was formed 14 months later.) Nonetheless, Boot lamented how “we are at war without a commander in chief.”

His entire column was an adventure in false equivalence, imagining crimes that were not committed by people who were not involved, such as Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. Boot, like his fellow NeverTrumpers—folks on the Right who opposed Trump’s candidacy and voted for either Clinton or Evan McMullin—are on a hardcore mission to destroy the Trump presidency and take the GOP down with it. Their only hope now is for Robert Mueller to uncover clear cooperation between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, a fever dream that is quickly fading with each passing day and each inconsequential indictment.

Led by their de facto leader, Weekly Standard editor-at-large Bill Kristol, the NeverTrumpers’ raison d’être is keeping the Mueller investigation alive. Some have loosely organized into a group called Meeting of the Concerned. Has-been legislators, washed-up Bush Administration officials, and unknown political pundits have found a new purpose—and renewed media fame—by vouching for the credibility of the Trump-Russia probe. In December, a group of Republican outliers, including former Minnesota Governor Arne Carlson, former U.S. Rep. Chris Shays, and former EPA administrator Christine Todd Whitman (see a pattern here?) wrote an open letter defending Mueller and waving off legitimate charges of political influence on his team:

We understand concerns about a senior FBI agent detailed to Mueller’s team who sent anti-Trump texts with an attorney who had also worked on the team. But when Mueller learned of the texts, he ousted the agent. The attorney had already departed. That is evidence of the high standards that Mueller has imposed.”

They even justified reported political donations made to Democrats by some on Mueller’s team: “Many of the undersigned donated to candidates of one or another party in or around our government employment. It never impacted our faithful adherence to our oath to support and defend the Constitution.” (Oh, did I mention how intolerably sanctimonious they are?)

But instead of honestly facing the reality that the Mueller probe may come up empty, the NeverTrumpers are doubling-down, aiding and abetting a similarly seditious media and Democratic Party to stoke irrational fear among the American public. When Trump joked that maybe the Russians knew in 2014 that he would run for president, even though Trump himself didn’t know, Kristol tweeted this:

Are you serious? How far gone does one have to be to not only think that, but to post it on social media?

Not to be outdone, the man Kristol elevated to public notoriety (a sin, in my opinion, far worse than any of his anti-Trump campaigning), Evan McMullin, called Trump the “key” to Russia’s election interference:

Sensing their plan to help Democrats win the House and Senate in November is quickly fading, some NeverTrumpers are already blaming Russia and Trump’s inaction for the assumed outcome of the mid-term elections. Here is David Frum:

Most observers predict a grim year for the GOP in 2018. But the economy is strong, and selective tax cuts are strategically redistributing money from blue-state professionals to red-state parents. The Republican National Committee commands a huge financial advantage over its Democratic counterpart. A little extra help could make a big difference to Republican hopes—and to Trump’s political survival.” 

This is their out: Rather than having to admit they were wrong that Trump’s presidency would be a disaster and how he would wreck the Republican Party, they will now use the, “It was the Russians!” excuse for their once-again dead-wrong political predictions.

In the process, the NeverTrumpers are helping obscure from public view very important developments in the Russian collusion investigation. On the same day the Russian interference charges were announced, the judge in the Michael Flynn case issued an order for Mueller’s team to produce “any exculpatory evidence in the government’s possession” that wasn’t offered up during Flynn’s plea negotiations. This could set the stage for Flynn to withdraw his guilty plea, which would be a major blow to Mueller.

This week, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes sent a letter to more than 20 former and current government officials with several questions about the Steele dossier. The move suggests congressional investigators are getting close to identifying key players in the Obama administration who helped promote the Trump-Russia conspiracy scheme.

As this falls apart, expect the NeverTrumpers to become even more hysterical and hyperbolic: It might be only a matter of time before Boot and company roll out some Auschwitz comparisons.

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25 responses to “The Unbearable Mendacity of NeverTrump-Inspired Comparisons”

  1. The truth is, these people were never part of the Right. They were just globalists hitching their wagon to the group they thought they could most influence. The lunacy coming from them and open leftism (in complete contradiction to their earlier claimed beliefs) shows the masks have dropped.

    • That’s not the truth. I am not here to defend neoconservatives like Bill Kristol, but rather to correct the record. Most, if not all, neo-cons have been what has been called the intellectual class, most were Jews, and all fell out with the Democratic Party with the emergence of the new left who have hijacked the party. Socially Liberal (progressive) and geo-politically conservative the neo-cons moved right and supported Ronald Reagan. Some, like Irving Kristol (Bills father), David Horowitz, Roger Simon and others are reformed communists, but patriotic Americans and all took a lot of abuse from their former left wing soul mates. Most, if not all, the nevertrumpers are of this class except for David Horowitz who remains a staunch supporter of President Trump. Here’s a pictorial of the neo-con #nevertrmpers.

  2. Ms Kelly, I say it again. Your columns are a delight to read. Thank you

  3. Democrats and their paid media muppets, have already caused more death and destruction to many cities and individuals by conspiring to whip up the rancor of any ethnic group that is gullible enough to succumb to their relentless lies and fabricated “news”.
    The latest examples are the inflammation of the mourners from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school massacre.
    And, the scum bag Debbie BLABBERMOUTH Schultz used the memorial for the families of the slain students to hawk her Party’s gun ban campaign, and agitate the fragile emotions of the aggrieved families for her political agenda.

  4. Biggest question: why would a pro-Russia , Russia-colluding Trump make America an energy exporter, rebuild our military and fight Russian-backed insurgents in Syria? The first two are deadly to Russia’s economy and the latter deadly to its plans for control in Syria. Gives lie to any narrative about Trump being puppet of Putin or in league with him or getting help from him.

      • The Trump administration informed lawmakers Monday that new Russia sanctions called for in a bipartisan bill passed last year are not necessary yet because the measure is already “serving as a deterrent.”

        You sure?

      • So? It was signed in August so, yes I am sure.

        Do you have a point or just want to voice your rage?

      • He has the right to decide when to implement these newest round of sanctions after Obama, in last minute fashion, had already put through some hefty sanctions in 2016.

      • I didnt say I have the answer that is why i asked the question in the first place.

      • Yes, The Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill to impose new sanctions on Russia and to make sure the Trump administration doesn’t change course without congressional buy-in.

        The Founders believed that law execution and a residual control of foreign affairs, the two most important executive branch functions, were best overseen by a single, responsible, independent chief executive.

        Because the Constitution nowhere assigns or shares foreign-affairs powers, they remain part of the executive power granted to the President by the Executive Vesting Clause.

  5. Here’s some past “wisdom” from Bill Kristol
    “Maybe I’m wrong about this,” Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol said on Morning Joe in December 2015, “but I have enough faith in the Republican primary electorate that they will select a talented politician over a talented demagogue.”
    Dec. 26, 2015: “Donald Trump’s mystique would disappear with an Iowa loss… I don’t think he will be the nominee.”
    May 29, 2016: “There will be an independent candidate–an impressive one, with a strong team and a real chance.”
    David French? Evan McMullin?
    May 2, 2016: “I think he’d be a terrible nominee… Trump will lose the election.”
    Trump secured the delegates necessary to clinch the nomination before the end of May, foreclosing the possibility of a last stand against him that summer. But that didn’t stop Bill Kristol from tweeting just weeks before the event, “Prediction: 2016 GOP MVP will be @Reince, who steps up, ensures open convention, saves party from Trump and produces ticket that wins in Nov.”
    Oct. 20, 2016: Trump is “a failed, fluke presidential candidate… who should be ignored on election night.”

    As to Max Boot
    Following Trump’s win in the Indiana primary, Boot wrote “The Republican Party is Dead…. Trump will lose by a landslide.” (LAT, May 8, 2016)
    Can anyone have been more wrong?

  6. “selective tax cuts are strategically redistributing money from blue-state professionals to red-state parents.”

    See, Frum thinks that all money is the governments. Changing the tax code doesn’t change how individuals pay their taxes but how government “strategically redistributes” it. How someone who holds this view can be described as any kind of conservative, neo or otherwise, is beyond me.

  7. The hyperventilating, bloviating liberal press (and their minions in the comments section) have scaled new down-the-rabbit-hole heights. In their upside-down world, Russia declared war on us. Trump is to blame. Clinton was robbed.

    Keep it up folks. The sane and rational among us rather enjoy seeing you become a ridiculous parody of a ‘loyal opposition’. It bodes well for an increased R representation in congress come Nov.

    On the other hand, the nation is not well served by such folly. We wish ALL to be held to account by a vigilant press and a two-party system that opposes, negotiates, and compromises. The fact that both have largely abandoned their role, leading the tumble from objectivity and loyalty to perversity and folly, is the greatest shame in this torrid affair.

    That a small-time effort to support anti-clinton candidates, pro-and anti- trump rallies (most of which are after the election) is elevated to an act of war is perhaps the greatest proof offered yet that Dems are panicked, scared, and understand that they are implicated alongside the Elect Clinton Cabal in the suborning of justice, the weaponization of federal agencies for political gain, and obfuscating truth seeking. That is an act of hostility against the pillars of our liberal democracy- and the accountability train has left the station. Drain the swamp.