The country is literally ON FIRE.
Almost 200,000 people are dead.
Children can't go to school.

But yes, that debate over Adele's hair was very troubling indeed, Ms. Pletka.
And don't even get me started on civil and human rights violations.
I'm going to take a wild guess that Ms. Pletka doesn't routinely see family trees like mine, where the circled red x's are all people who were murdered by fascists.

But yes. Tell me more about the deadly scourge of "Manhattan-San Francisco progressive mores." family tree with certain people indicated by circled red x's
I am tired of politely arguing back to op-eds like this, and checking my white hot rage lest I be accused of seeming "unhinged."

What's happening to our country is fucking unhinged.

Op-eds rationalizing support for a proto-fascist are unhinged.

Lives are on the line.
The replies are amazing, though.

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