8/02/2019

“Neocon” as a Slur

"In late June, Presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat representing Hawaii in the House of Representatives, appeared on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” There, she asserted that “The neocons in the Trump Administration,” along with the Saudis and Israel Prime Minister Bibi Netanyhu “have created a situation where it is going to be very difficult for President Trump to avoid a war with Iran.”

Gabbard didn’t bother to name who those neocons were. And there is a reason she didn’t. Unless there are secret White House employees, there are in fact no neocons working there in sufficiently senior positions to create the situation the Congresswoman is complaining about. Indeed, the vast majority of noteworthy neocons signed “Never Trump” statements prior to his election to the Oval Office in 2016. Moreover, as best one can tell, the White House is still not hiring anyone who signed one of those missives."