Gay conservative: Liberals are misguided in thinking there's "some sort of fascist element in power"

Journalist Chadwick Moore hits liberals' "misinformation and misunderstanding and the lack of inquisitiveness"

Carrie Sheffield
March 7, 2017 11:45PM (UTC)

Chadwick Moore, a gay conservative writer who has written for Out, The New York Times and The New York Post, said liberals have created histrionic, myopic narratives about a nefarious Trump administration that don’t comport with reality. People on the left are "really truly convinced that there is some sort of fascist element in power right now,” he said.

“I think there’s just such little understanding. I do believe that most rank-and-file lefties, most comrades, are really truly convinced that there is some sort of fascist element in power right now,”


“And I do think they’re fighting for people's lives. It’s the just the level of misinformation and misunderstanding and the lack of inquisitiveness of wanting to learn more, it’s so much easier to be emotional and to react, rather than to learn," Moore said in a Salon Talks interview. "Most people don’t ever leave their politics that they sort of develop when they’re starting to think about these sort of things. And to do it really takes reason and thinking and criticizing and looking at what's going on. That happens less and less these days, it seems.”

An Illinois native who came out at age 15, Moore said there many similarities between coming out in past generations and announcing conservative leanings today, particularly in a deeply liberal place like New York City.

“You know when I came out as gay, I suddenly had this whole support network,” he said. “Of course, the liberals come to you and all these new friends and it sort of becomes this political issue. I got all new friends and it was just a really wonderful, lovely experience. Coming out as conservative has been both that, but initially it was scary because you know, much like being gay 50 years ago, you face employment discrimination if you come out as a Trump supporter, you lose friends and family members, people get angry with you. Politics are so violent at the moment. So that was really, really scary, and I wasn't sure what was going to happen to me when I decided to make this announcement.”


Moore talked about how the conservative community welcomed him. He also mentioned that he sees conservatives as inclusive and tolerant.

“[S]imilar to coming out gay, I’ve had this whole new world that’s opened up to me, all these wonderful people coming forward. Also that same sense of newness and excitement for things that are ahead,” Moore said. “And not all conservative are going to agree with me on this, but the way I see it, I like the term ‘conservative’ as this umbrella term for essentially a very diverse coalition of political thought: the religious right, the Tea Party and the establishment republicans, and libertarians and classical liberals.”

Carrie Sheffield

Carrie Sheffield is a Salon Talks host, founder of Bold and adviser to Lincoln Network. She previously wrote editorials for The Washington Times, covered politics for POLITICO and The Hill and analyzed municipal credit for Goldman Sachs and Moody's Investors Service.

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