This is 100% a cover that a future Atlantic editor will have to disavow in an uncomfortable interview like “That was, uh, a different time,” while nervously pulling his collar and changing the topic to Ta-nehisi Coateshttps://t.co/Nx289rKoAr
— Hamilton Nolan (@hamiltonnolan) March 11, 2019
Not The Onion: the subhed is “If Liberals Won’t Enforce Borders, Fascists Will“.
Now that TNR is effectively defunct, perhaps we should change the sarcastic tagline to #EvenTheLibertarianTheAtlantic…
Weird to blame the rise of fascism on the existence of immigrants and not 18+ years of endless war nationalism, but then again if I wrote the "Axis of Evil" speech and was rehabilitated to polite society I guess I'd make a career out of pretending that speech never happened, too.
— Kelsey D. Atherton (@AthertonKD) March 11, 2019
Add David Frum to the list of people who pine for the old overtly racist immigration laws while refusing to discuss the fact that they were overtly racist pic.twitter.com/2LolrEFMbl
— Tom Scocca (@tomscocca) March 11, 2019
The only thing I am going to say about the Frum essay is that I do not understand the claim in this sentence at all and would need to read the case at much more length. pic.twitter.com/fgJuFbpRXq
— Dara Lind (@DLind) March 11, 2019
Best rebuttal I’ve seen so far:
i blogged the bad Frum bloghttps://t.co/9UIE9ucnFu
— Albert Burneko (@AlbertBurneko) March 11, 2019
… David Frum is an elitist by both profession and temperament and has been cloistered among America’s tiniest percentiles of rich, blood-drenched scumbags literally for longer than I’ve been alive. He has no fucking clue what “voters” want or will do, beyond what he can glean from election results cherrypicked to support his argument that border enforcement trumps all other political values—and that Donald Trump’s ascension expresses specifically this, rather than a broader systemic breakdown that allowed a minority white-identity party to claim an election it otherwise definitively lost. That’s why last autumn’s kayfabe panic over the migrant caravan gets credulous treatment in his analysis, but the immediately subsequent ass-kicking the nativist Republican party took in the midterm elections, at the hands of the comparably immigration-tolerant Democrats, scores nary a mention.
Which is to restate the obvious: David Frum is not speaking for, cannot speak for, “voters.” He is speaking for himself, and for some fellow members of his small and absurdly overrepresented social class. What he is saying is Rich establishment conservatives like me would rather go fascist than tolerate brown people. He is talking himself into supporting Trump in the 2020 election. He wants you to know that, when it happens, it will be because immigrants gave him no choice. It must be nice to be able to do that in the pages of The Atlantic.