How do you condemn the left wing in this country, while maintaining your positive standing among them?
You write this – the last three paragraphs of Bari Weiss’s op-ed piece for the New York Times, in which she condemns the left’s “slut shaming” of United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley:
For years, the fundamental complaint of the right in the culture wars has been that the left is hypocritical, and the Nikki Haley episode perfectly confirms the point: A prominent Republican woman is smeared. The author who does the smearing is celebrated by all the A-listers, including the most prominent Democratic woman in the country, who herself has a history of giving a pass (or worse) to men accused of sexual assault and harassment. And yet the arbiters of American culture cheer the Democrat and, in the words of the actor Don Cheadle, tell the Republican who has the gall to defend herself: “Sit down, girl. You’re drunk.”
In the Trump era, the left has smartly and justifiably seized a moral high ground that the right has abandoned by its embrace of the president. That’s a high ground the left cannot hold if it embraces subtle double standards that it would never accept for a moment if the woman in question was a Kirsten Gillibrand or a Kamala Harris.
When Matt Lauer subjected Hillary Clinton to a harsh interview, within 24 hours it was common knowledge that it was evidence of misogyny. But when Nikki Haley is smeared with the most base, sexist lie, it’s met with little more than a collective shrug.
If you eliminate that second paragraph, Ms. Weiss has it 100% correct. The hypocrisy of the left – which, though she would never say it, includes venues like the New York Times – is breathtaking.
But the second paragraph is there, sandwiched by the other two. So your disgust with “the left” is supposed to be tempered by its smart and justifiable seizing of the moral high ground. “See, I don’t really have a problem with you guys, you’re on the right side of things and you’re nailing Trump good, you just got it wrong this one time”.
Here’s a suggestion for Ms. Weiss: list out all the entertainment, media and, yes, political personalities who have had to go bye-bye due to their sexual indiscretions, starting with harvey weinstein and continuing to the present. Add in the ones who have protected sexual predators at all costs for their personal benefit (a famous political woman with a very famous political husband, who was very involved in the 2016 election, just might come to mind). Put them in two columns: Republican/right and Democrat/left. See which column has more names. Then get back to us about the justifiable moral high ground.