Author: David Giffin

The Evolution of the “RINO”

Conservatives have, for the longest time, thrown around the word “RINO” to characterize Republicans who aren’t in step with their values. The term, which stands for “Republican In Name Only,” has become a common part of our political language. However, with the rise of President Trump and his allies, do we all need to rethink what “RINO” means? Why “RINO” Works The phrase “Republican In Name Only” works because, for the longest time, the GOP was the party of conservatism. Virtually et members of the GOP knew this, and embraced that position openly. It was easy to label non-conservatives in the GOP as...

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RedState and Shrinking the Middle

RedState’s recent staff purge shocked many in the conservative movement. It’s also left me wondering just how much further the “political center” can shrink before it disappears. What Happened? For those unfamiliar, RedState is a conservative commentary and reporting site founded in 2004. The website grew in popularity, becoming a major voice in conservative media following the rise of the Tea Party. The site saw a minor decline in traffic after the 2016 election, as did most political outlets. However, it has remained a consistent and important voice in the conservative sphere. The site contracts with writers from a wide geographic area and has had a valuable...

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No, Emma Gonzalez Didn’t Admit to Bullying the Parkland Shooter

Since the horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School earlier this year, a handful of students led by David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez have decided to not, to borrow Rahm Emmanuel’s infamous quote, let the crisis they experienced go to waste. Their aggressive policy proposals have many Second Amendment supporters (rightly) concerned. However, some have decided that it’s appropriate to smear these students. Gonzalez in particular has been targeted by photo-shopped images and other provably-false claims. One recent claim, that Gonzalez admitted in a speech to “bullying” the Parkland shooter, Nikolas Cruz, is also demonstrably incorrect. The Claim One of the first people to write on...

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“Not Illegal” Isn’t An Argument

Over the last few days, the debate over the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russian interests during the 2016 election took a decisive turn. Many of Trump’s die-hard supporters are perfectly happy with justifying it–and that’s not OK. The Story Of The Emails For those now lost in the morass of the 24-hour news cycle, here’s a quick recap. Over the weekend, the New York Times reported on a meeting between a Russian attorney, Natalia Veselnitskaya, and Donald Trump Jr. On Sunday, the Times released a second story regarding emails between Trump Jr. and British publicist Rob Goldstone. Allegedly, Goldstone informed Trump Jr. that...

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No, YAF Didn’t Abandon Coulter Over UC Berkeley

The latest campus speech controversy has been unfolding over the past few weeks on the campus of UC Berkeley. And now, speaker Ann Coulter has thrown the Young America’s Foundation under the bus for its part in the events. Is that fair? Did YAF really back off in its support of Coulter? No, and here’s why. The Speech That Didn’t Happen For those who haven’t followed this story, here’s a quick recap. UC Berkeley recently cancelled an April 27 speech by right-leaning author and pundit Ann Coulter. The UC Berkeley College Republicans and YAF both backed the speech, which would discuss...

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