Tuesday, July 18, 2017

On 'Whataboutism' And Its Moral Hazards

Sometimes it's useful. Other times, it's immoral.
On Wednesday morning, President Trump tweeted out his most important defense to accusations about Donald Trump Jr. attempting to collude with the Russian government: hey, but Hillary. 
This has become the all-purpose alibi for all Republican malfeasance. Some call it “whataboutism.” What about Hillary Clinton? What about the media? What about Bill Cinton or Teddy Kennedy?
There’s a raging debate on the Right about the nature of this defense. Is it just excuse-making for bad behavior? Or is it a legitimate reminder that politics is a dirty game, and that we don’t choose the rules of engagement? This morning, Byron York of The Washington Examiner explained:
This seems inadequate. Whataboutism takes three basic forms, some of them useful, some of them counterproductive. Let’s run through them. -->
Read the rest from Ben Shapiro HERE.

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