• Elite Conservatives Have Taken an Awfully Weird Turn

    8 days ago - By The New Republic

    An inkling of the Republican Party's shocking underperformance in the midterms could be seen in a literal, not figurative, crusade. Allen West, former congressman and Texas Republican Party chairman, decided in September that the time was ripe to join the Knights Templar, the infamous sect of medieval soldier-monks. Photographed standing in a white robe emblazoned with a red cross draped jauntily over his tuxedo, West-a close ally of Donald Trump-tweeted that he had taken “an oath to protect the Christians in the Holy Land.” The real Knights Templar, of course, were dissolved in 1312. The...
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