By Elaine Magliaro
Bill Kristol–neoconservative political analyst and commentator, founder and editor of The Weekly Standard, and clueless pundit who is wrong about everything–got into a heated discussion with Bloomberg’s Politics Editor John Heilemann on Morning Joe Wednesday. Kristol had warned about “a campaign to disrespect the memory of Confederate soldiers in the wake of the South Carolina church massacre.”
Brendan James of TPM said that Kristol–in several tweets that he posted yesterday and on Morning Joe earlier today–“accused ‘the left’ of trying to tear down Confederate statues and ban the teaching of speeches by Abraham Lincoln” after retailers like Amazon and eBay announced that they would discontinue selling Confederate memorabilia.
Heilemann responded, “Nobody is talking about any of those things. Literally, I know of no one. This is the classic exercise of straw man building and knocking down.” He then added, “And I know it’s fun for you. You are trolling by doing these things, because no one on the left is suggesting what you’re suggesting.”
Echoing remarks that he had made in his tweets, Kristol told the Morning Joe panel “that he disliked the ‘cheap self righteousness’ of ‘the left’ and asked whether it was now inappropriate to honor Robert E. Lee or Confederate monuments at Gettysburg or Arlington.”
The Left’s 21st century agenda: expunging every trace of respect, recognition or acknowledgment of Americans who fought for the Confederacy.
2:54 PM – 23 Jun 2015
Kristol complained that the left is using what happened in Charleston last week to push its agenda. He said, “Do we think Amazon and Walmart should not sell memorabilia of the Confederacy?” He added, “I don’t think they should not sell Mein Kampf. It is an important historical document. People need to read it to understand the Nazi regime.”
Heilemann disagreed with Kristol, saying, “If I understand your ideology right, you’re a big fan of the free market, and that companies should make decisions in their rational self-interests about what they should and shouldn’t sell. If Amazon and Walmart decide it’s in their business interest not to sell any given product, they should not sell it. So let’s leave it at that.”
Kristol shot back, “Let’s not leave it at that…”
“They’re responding to the free market!” Heilemann snapped.
You can watch Kristol’s and Heilemann’s verbal interchange in the following video:
Bloomberg’s John Heilemann Gets Into Shouting Match With Bill Kristol