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US President Donald Trump's most trenchant critics are not to be found on the political left. The most effective assaults are coming from the political right, where "Never Trumpers" are openly supporting Joe Biden, the Democratic challenger in November's election. NEW YORK – For a while now, the most interesting critiques of US President Donald Trump and Trumpism have come from the right. By right, I don’t mean alt-right, radical right, evangelical right, or racist right, but true conservatives who have voted or worked for Republican presidents in the past. Understanding the Pandemic Stock Market Drew Angerer/Getty Images

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US President Donald Trump's most trenchant critics are not to be found on the political left. The most effective assaults are coming from the political right, where "Never Trumpers" are openly supporting Joe Biden, the Democratic challenger in November's election.

NEW YORK – For a while now, the most interesting critiques of US President Donald Trump and Trumpism have come from the right. By right, I don’t mean alt-right, radical right, evangelical right, or racist right, but true conservatives who have voted or worked for Republican presidents in the past.

These Republican “Never Trumpers” include the journalist David Frum and Peter Wehner (like Frum, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush), and the members of the Lincoln Project, whose trenchant videos have gotten under the president’s skin. Conservative columnists, such as Ross Douthat or Bret Stephens of the New York Times, or the Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin, should be included as well – and they have also been consistently more thought-provoking on Trumpism than their more progressive colleagues.

Why?

Above all, I think the anti-Trump conservatives don’t moralize as much as people on the left tend to do, and there is less snobbery. Trump is pilloried constantly in the higher liberal end of American journalism for his vulgar tastes, coarse manners, and primitive grasp of the English language. But these aspects of the man, though distressing, are not the most dangerous things about him.

Ian Buruma
Editor of The New York Review of Books, author of Theater of Cruelty, Year Zero: A History of 1945, and Their Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War

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