A day after she was escorted out of the Conservative Political Action Conference for her own safety after taking conservatives to task for supporting politicians accused of sexual misconduct, including Roy Moore and President Trump, Mona Charen doubled down in an op-ed for the New York Times. "I'm glad I got booed at CPAC," the conservative columnist wrote Sunday, noting she was initially wary at accepting the invite to speak at a conference that has, like the GOP, "become heavily Trumpified." She noted how it's felt like a "Twilight Zone episode" for old-time conservatives since Trump emerged, and that many have "succumbed with numbing regularity" to the new order. But Charen, who was asked to sit on a #MeToo panel addressing sexual misconduct, isn't willing to let "bad actors take control"—and so even though she anticipated her audience would be "hostile," she accepted the invite.
The moment Charen said she'd been "dreading … for days" came when she was asked about "feminist hypocrisy" by the panel's moderator. She answered by saying that conservatives' credibility on sexual ethics is rightly challenged when they don't stand up against people like Trump and Moore, and the boos started flying almost immediately—but, despite her initial fears, Charen actually found it "freeing." "It must be done, again and again, by those of us who refuse to be absorbed into this brainless, sinister, clownish thing called Trumpism, by those of us who refuse to overlook the fools, frauds, and fascists attempting to glide along in his slipstream into respectability," she writes. Amid the boos, Charen reveals one woman said to her as she was ushered out: "That was so brave!" "She was one of my fellow panelists," Charen writes. "I hope she's encouraged. I am." Her op-ed is here.