Conservative writer Mona Charen rips conservatism's 'sophomoric clownishness' tone

Conservative columnist and author Mona Charen, who was booed at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), is bemoaning the tone of "sophomoric clownishness" she says has crept into conservatism.    

“There’s a tone of sort of sophomoric clownishness that’s creeped into conservatism now," Charen said early Monday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." 

"Last year, CPAC invited Milo [Yiannopoulos] to be their speaker, and then, at the last minute, they had to withdraw the invitation for reasons I won’t go into," she told co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.

"But there’s this ethic, this mood of trolling the opposition, that if you can create liberal tears, then anything goes," she continued. "And even to the point of inviting the granddaughter of Jean-Marie Le Pen, a Nazi, an anti-Semite from France. And what was the point of inviting her?" she asked.

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"It was again to create a response, to jab a needle in the eye of liberals," she continued.

"And they think this is a game, it’s not. It’s not a game."

Charen spoke on Saturday at CPAC, where she called out Republican "hypocrites about sexual harassers and abusers of women," which drew some jeers from the crowd.

"I am disappointed in people on our side for being hypocrites about sexual harassers and abusers of women, who are in our party, who are sitting in the White House, who brag about their extramarital affairs, who brag about mistreating women — and because he happens to have an ‘R’ next to his name we look the other way," the former CNN "Capital Gang" regular panelist said.

"This is a party that endorsed Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreSexual assault is not a game — stop using women to score political points GAO investigating after employee featured in Project Veritas video Roy Moore dismisses Kavanaugh accusation: 'So obvious' when claims come 'just days before a very important event' MORE for the Senate in the state of Alabama even though he was a credibly accused child molester. You cannot claim that you stand for women and put up with that," she added.

Security was reportedly called in to escort Charen out for her protection after the panel she appeared on ended.

She went on to write a New York Times op-ed published Sunday titled, "I'm glad I got booed at CPAC."

"There is nothing more freeing than telling the truth," Charen wrote. "And 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."