Archive for December, 2016


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What Their Reactions to Monday’s Attacks Reveal About Trump and Obama

December 20, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Monday’s horrors—the attack on a Christmas market in Berlin and the assassination of a Russian diplomat in Ankara—offer a natural experiment. Since they occurred during the brief window every four or eight years in which America has both a president and a president-elect, they provoked two sets of statements, one… Read the Rest »

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What His Pick for Ambassador to Israel Reveals About Trump

December 19, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

To understand why Donald Trump chose David Friedman to be his ambassador to Israel, it’s worth reading a story written by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency’s Uriel Heilman this April. With the New York Republican primary only days away, a group of Orthodox Jewish activists came to meet Trump at his… Read the Rest »

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The Day My Father Lost His Country

December 16, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

A few days after Donald Trump won the presidency, my father told me a story about his childhood.

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Why I Refuse to Call Steve Bannon an anti-Semite

December 14, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Last week, a journalist I admire asked me a question: Why won’t I call Steve Bannon an anti-Semite? He had seen me on television debating two GOP-leaning Jewish commentators who were eager to defend Trump’s chief strategist from the charge. Why hadn’t I leveled it?  

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Why Trump’s Republican Party Is Embracing Russia

December 12, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Through his public statements and presidential appointments, Donald Trump is remaking Republican foreign policy in two fundamental ways. The first concerns Russia. Previous GOP leaders like Mitt Romney and John McCain described Moscow as an adversary. Trump describes it as a partner. The second concerns Islam. Previous GOP leaders—most notably… Read the Rest »

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Glenn Beck’s Regrets

December 12, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Glenn Beck looks like the dad in a Disney movie. He’s earnest, geeky, pink, and slightly bulbous. His idea of salty language is bullcrap. The atmosphere at Beck’s Mercury Studios, outside Dallas, is similarly soothing, provided you ignore the references to genocide and civilizational collapse. In October, when most commentators… Read the Rest »

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American Jewish Establishment Stifles Free Speech to Silence Zionism’s Critics

December 7, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

With every passing year, the American Jewish establishment poses a greater threat to free speech in the United States. The reason is simple. With every passing year, Israeli control of the West Bank grows more permanent. And so, with every passing year, more American progressives question Zionism.

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Trump Era Heralds Final Collapse of American Jewish Center

December 1, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

To understand what American Jewish politics will look like in the age of Donald Trump, look closely at what happened at New York’s Grand Hyatt Hotel on the evening of Sunday, November 20. Inside the hotel, the Zionist Organization of America held its annual gala. Never heard of the ZOA?… Read the Rest »