New York Times columnist Ross Douthat perfectly summed up in a tweet Friday the bias of many liberal politicians, reporters and intellectual elites currently losing their minds about the Brexit vote.
Brexit opponents reeled in shock Friday after the U.K. voted to leave the European Union, blaming xenophobic citizens and warning of imminent destruction of the economy. Absent from the conversation is one of the key causes of the outcome in many experts’ minds — the open border immigration policies many of them cherish.
Eurasia Group CEO Ian Bremmer called the decision to leave the “most significant political risk” the world has known since the Cuban Missile Crisis in a tweet Friday.
In response, Douthat tactfully reminded him of the absolutely enormous consequences of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to open EU borders to an unprecedented number of migrants pouring into Europe from the Middle East and North Africa.
“If the Western elite had reacted to Merkel’s open-borders gambit with one-tenth this level of anxiety …” he tweeted.
Merkel’s decision to lead the EU to implement radical immigration policies that amount to open borders played a key role in pushing U.K. citizens over the edge and into the “Leave” camp on the Brexit vote. EU rules severely limit the U.K.’s ability to restrict immigration without the approval of the EU governing body in Brussels.
Former CIA covert operations officer Mike Baker also chimed in on Bremmer’s tweet. “This could be my favorite #Brexit comment to exit from any academic/pundit/technocrat’s backside thus far,” Baker tweeted.
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