When Reality Is a Punch in the Face

Former President Donald Trump raises his fist as he exits the stage at the Moms for Liberty Joyful Warriors national summit at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown on June 30, 2023, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

Dear Reader (except those of you scrawling all over Antiquity),

“Why Hasn’t Anyone Punched Jonah Goldberg in the Face?” 

This was a widely asked question in the fall of 2010—and a headline at The Atlantic. The question was also asked by John Cook at Gawker, which did surprise me because we had once been friendly. And I can’t begin to tell you how many asked similar questions—and not always just questions—in my email inbox back then.

Why the sudden outbreak of Backpfeifengesicht aimed in my direction?

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