A Different Kind of Identity Politics

Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley speaks during the Republican Jewish Coalition's Annual Leadership Summit at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas on October 28, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Ten years ago, one of Twitter’s power users had a complaint—and a suggestion.

There was too much trolling on the platform, he observed. (Or too much trolling of him, at least.) He knew how to make it stop.

Donald J. Trump, civility policeman.

Ten years later, one of his challengers for the Republican presidential nomination had a complaint—and a suggestion.

Her proposal annoyed right-wing populists, a group not normally given to principled defenses of liberal values. “Nice try, Nikki,” Turning Point USA poohbah Charlie Kirk responded. “Anonymous speech is a core part of free speech—which the founders would know, since many of them (including Alexander Hamilton and James Madison) wrote anonymously.”

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