R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. is the founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator. He is the author of The Death of Liberalism, published by Thomas Nelson Inc. His previous books include the New York Times bestseller Boy Clinton: the Political Biography; The Impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton; The Liberal Crack-Up; The Conservative Crack-Up; Public Nuisances; The Future that Doesn’t Work: Social Democracy’s Failure in Britain; Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House; The Clinton Crack-Up; and After the Hangover: The Conservatives’ Road to Recovery.

He makes frequent appearances on national television and is a nationally syndicated columnist, whose articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, Washington Times, National Review, Harper’s, Commentary, The (London) Spectator, Le Figaro (Paris), and elsewhere. he is also a contributing editor to the New York Sun.

Melania, There Is Hope


Washington Have you noticed the sudden popularity of books about fascism? It is amazing. I would say such books are even more popular than books about rock & roll, though they are not as well written. I have in mind: How Fascism Works, Fascism: A Warning, The Road to Unfreedom, and Can It Happen Here? […]

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The Democrats: The Party of Resistance


Washington One explanation for the ferocity of modern politics is that The Political Party That Is Never Wrong is getting a frightful drubbing today. Moreover, it is coming from a man who has only sought political office once in his life, our president, Donald J. Trump. Congratulations, Donald! He is beating the Democrats with policies […]

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Rev. Ellis, You Have Done Nothing Wrong


Washington I was watching Fox’s coverage of the Aretha Franklin funeral last week and enjoying the celebration. I thought Stevie Wonder was particularly good and very moving. He is a marvelous singer, but for my money he is an even greater pianist. He really trips his fingers across the keys and too gorgeous effect. At […]

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Should the Pope Resign?


Washington Many years ago in the early 1980s I was drawn ever so transiently into the bureaucratic intricacies of the Roman Catholic Church in America. There was a saintly priest at Indiana University, Fr. James Higgins, who was driven from the university’s Newman Center to a parish some 20 miles away from campus. The archbishop […]

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Death of a Historian, Robert H. Ferrell


Washington On August 8 one of the great historians of his generation, and — for a certitude — one of the great teachers of any generation, passed away, Robert H. Ferrell. He was 97. Some thought he was too old to die, but nonetheless he worked to the end. When he retired from Indiana University, […]

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An Open Letter to the Catholic Bishops


One of the most important responsibilities of our society is to nurture, teach, and protect our children. We are failing our children at many levels, especially because we are not protecting our youth from pedophiles and predators. Last week, a Pennsylvania grand jury reported that several hundred Catholics priests might be predators. The Catholic Church […]

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Lay Off Boris Johnson — and Us for That Matter


Washington A fellow Spectatorian is under enemy fire, and we all must rally around him, particularly because he has done nothing wrong and because if those attacking him triumph we shall all suffer. The cause is free speech. The free speech that is endangered is in Great Britain, but if the forces of censorship win […]

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How We Got Here


Washington Did you see this Wall Street Journal front-page headline on Monday? It read, “Profits Soar as Economy Advances.” That headline will probably be the most important headline of the week. It certainly is of colossal importance. Our economy is robust. The rest of the world is not doing so well, for instance, China. Yet […]

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His Critics Have Not Blamed Him for the California Fires Yet


Washington It has been a pretty good week for Donald Trump. The economy is growing faster than anyone on the left or in the middle or among the Never Trumpers believed possible. Inflation is low and employment is at record highs. Moreover, the President and the European Union reached an understanding on trade last week […]

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Future Site of the Never Trumpers’ Museum


Washington Here is my World Exclusive for the week. The Secret Service adores its boss, President Donald Trump. Some government employees may be a bit wobbly in their loyalty to the President but not the Secret Service. Never Trumpers, remember the Secret Service’s steadfast loyalty, when next you contemplate a coup! For that matter, George Will, […]

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