The era of Donald Trump has forced any number of Republican leaders and pundits to reevaluate how far they’re willing to go to abide by the most horrific iteration of conservatism that America has ever seen, and indeed whether they even still believe in conservatism after being forced to witness it in its most distilled form. Some of those Republican voices have been scared straight by it.
And that leads us do David Brooks, a popular conservative columnist for the New York Times. He seems like a decent fellow, trying to get it right, even if his conservative nature often blinds him from being able to understand why a given situation has a right and a wrong. Brooks has bravely taken plenty of shots at Trump over the past two years, even before it became cool for Republican pundits to do so. But at this point Brooks has simply had it, and he’s slamming Trump with a stunning op-ed in the wake of Trump’s decision to give highly classified intel to the Russians.
Here are some of the most choice phrases from today’s David Brooks column condemning Donald Trump: “Trump is an infantalist … He is a 7-year-old boy desperate for the approval of those he admires.” And perhaps the most damning: Trump’s thoughts “are often just six fireflies beeping randomly in a jar.”
So if you appreciate a good solid takedown of Donald Trump, be sure to read David Brooks’ column in the New York Times today (link). But more importantly, share it with your conservative friends; they’re more likely to listen to one of their own than they are to listen to you.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report