As a tremendously successful conservative blogger, author, commentator, and businesswoman, it’s no surprise that Michelle Malkin is often attacked by those on the left as a fringe extremist. Recently, however, she has come under fire from a new source: the neoconservative establishment, or “Conservative Inc.”
Malkin has taken a firm stance on the America First side of the current GOP power struggle, and the frenzied backlash from the beltway establishment has been palpable.
Amidst calls for Malkin to distance herself from and disavow young conservatives concerned with mass migration, she took the podium at a UCLA Young Americans for Freedom event Thursday night to make her position clear:
I’ve done YAF events for nearly 20 years. Usually, such speeches are aimed at the left and the Democrats to show how they’re wrong or evil or have double standards or how they’re the real haters or the real racists. All those things are true and I have made these arguments in earnest many, many times over the years. But tonight is not about you, Lefties. Tonight, my remarks are directed at the young men and women of this country who identify as America First conservatives. How many proud Americans standing up for American freedom and sovereignty do we have in the room?
I know what it’s like to be in your shoes, feeling marginalized on a crazy college campus for standing up for your pro-life, pro-gun, pro-free speech, pro-Western values and fighting for your country. I also have two teenagers who have been through experiences like you have, sitting in classrooms where abject stupidity and emotionalism have replaced logic, reason, and the pursuit of truth.
Malkin went on to reference attempts by the establishment to brand young, Trump-supporting America First conservatives as lonely, ignorant incels:
That is why I will not be using my platform and my position to insult you, marginalize you, and shout you down. Just a couple of days ago here on this very campus, former Fox News hostess Kimberly Guilfoyle sneered that young conservative men in MAGA hats asking inconvenient questions were rude losers who could only get dates online and who were embarrassing their parents. Another YAF speaker, Ben Shapiro, repeatedly denigrated an entire movement of young men who watch a YouTuber named Nick Fuentes and are seeking answers to tough questions about where America is headed as masturbating losers in their basements who share memes. As a mom with brilliant right-thinking kids who, yes, live in my basement, and, yes, share memes, I found these obsessive references to young people’s dating lives and habits by prominent conservative media personalities much older than their targets to be tellingly defensive and touchy. Also: creepy.
Here’s my message to the new generation of America Firsters exposing the big lies of the anti-American open borders establishment and its controlled opposition operatives: If I was your mom, I’d be proud as hell.
For these thought crimes, Malkin was described by former National Review editor and “NeverTrump” stalwart Jonah Goldberg as “having lost her mind” in a vitriolic rant about the “alt-right.”
Goldberg went on to allude that Malkin, a minority woman he claims to have known “for 25 years,” was “in league with the alt-right and in league with anti-Semitism.”
Oh, hey, it's Jonah Goldberg @JonahDispatch trashing me as anti-Semitic & saying I've "lost my mind" (that's the officially sanctioned #openbordersinc talking point) on immigration, when I've remained vocal & consistent for the 25 yrs he has "known" me.https://t.co/cob8golMkU
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) November 15, 2019
Malkin retorted by pointing out that her positions on social issues and immigration have not deviated over the course of her career in public life.