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To understand the right-wing mindset on reproductive freedom, I would recommend a glance at this series of tweets by National Review correspondent Kevin D. Williamson, followed by Damon Linker’s saner response in The Week. In a nutshell, Williamson urges that women who have abortions should be hanged – along with the doctors, nurses, and other staff that oversee the procedure.

A notorious blowhard, race baiter, and misogynist, Williamson evidently yearns to stir outrage (and attract attention to himself). But the magazine that employs him is well within the Republican mainstream – and as Linker explains, nobody should be shocked by Williamson’s smirking sadism, which proceeds with perfect logic from the “conservative” insistence that abortion is infanticide.

To implement Williamson’s medieval notion of justice would require a lot of scaffolds. According to both Planned Parenthood and Operation Rescue, about one-third of all American women undergo an abortion by the age of 45.

In their endless war on women, the most fervent wingnuts take no prisoners.

Trump adviser Rudy Giuliani on ITV's Good Morning Britain

Have you missed Trump counselor Rudy Giuliani lately? Maybe not. How about former Murdoch journalist and ardent Trump sycophant Piers Morgan? You may not even remember him, although he once had a CNN talk show.

But Rudy and Piers are still out there – and on Thursday morning they got into a furious tussle on British ITV, where Morgan hosts a morning show.

A man who knows which way the wind is blowing, Morgan dared to criticize Trump for inflaming public anger with stupid tweets about the George Floyd demonstrations. That enraged guest Rudy, who insisted that everything Trump has done was perfect and that he is simply the victim of "left-wing media," a category in which he laughably included Morgan.

The ensuing verbal fisticuffs are a pleasure to watch, as Morgan informs Giuliani that he's deranged and Giuliani, in Trumpish style, mocks Morgan's weak US ratings. (Voices start to rise around 3:30.)

Enjoy!