The Decent Drapery of Our Political Life

by Rich Lowry

Trump’s tweet about the press being the enemy of the people consumed much of the weekend. I think there are a couple of salient points: 1) I doubt Trump is aware of the Jacobin overtones of the phrase; 2) Whenever anyone complains about how nasty our political debate is getting, it’s worth remembering that people used to assault one another on the floor of the Congress; 3) That said, we are ripping up the decent drapery of our political life — the old standards, often depending on artifice and sometimes highly annoying, that softened the edges of our political conflict. This trend didn’t start with Trump, nor will it end with him, but he now has a large hand in it.

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