CPAC got weird, and not for the reasons you’d think. Yes there was the requisite guru-ification of Trump and the sorely outdated chants of “lock her up,” but that was all to be expected.
It was conservative writer and a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center Mona Charen who defied expectation and actually took a surprisingly reasonable – and therefor unpopular – position on a panel called #UsToo: Left out by the Left.
When asked what gets her “riled up” about modern feminism, Charen surprised (and then pissed off) the crowd with this hot take.
“I’m actually gonna twist this around a bit and say that I’m disappointed in people on our side,” Charen said. “For being hypocrites about sexual harassers and abusers of women who are in our party. Who are sitting in the White House. Who brag about their extramarital affairs. Who brag about mistreating women. And because he happens to have an R after his name, we look the other way, we don’t complain.”
Watch her comments here.
She specifically mentions the Roy Moore endorsement. Audience boos.
When she launched into criticism of Republicans for supporting Roy Moore, a known pedophile, that’s when things started to break down. The crowd started yelling back at her things like “it’s a lie,” and, “it was a witch hunt.”
Things devolved from there. Charen also criticized the conference for inviting the French right wing extremist Marion Le Pen to speak, calling the Le Pen name a disgrace and her grandfather a Nazi. That elicited angry jeers as well.
Now we know what happens when a right wing thinker tries to introduce even the smallest inkling of critical thinking, reason, or logic into a discussion with the Republicans: they shout her down and force her to be escorted out by three security guards afterwards for her own safety.
Not that Mona Charen is a paragon of liberal virtue or even reasonable thought when it comes to just about any of her positions. She’s published pieces for National Review that take a problematic stance on the rest of the #MeToo movement, a twisted point of view on pro-life arguments, and plenty more that would make any intelligent person with a pulse nauseous. But if Republicans won’t even listen to reason when it’s being pitched to them by one of their own, there’s no hope for enlightening them at all.