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  • A slew of powerful Republicans and allies of President Donald Trump rallied behind New York Times opinion editor Bari Weiss after she announced her resignation from the paper on Tuesday. 
  • Weiss wrote in a resignation letter that she resigned over the Times’ “hostile work environment” and censorship of centrist and conservative views. 
  • GOP Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas called Weiss’ resignation “eloquent, profound, incisive—and true.”
  • The president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., claimed Weiss’ resignation exposed the “rampant attacks on anyone who breaks from the far-left narrative.” 
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A slew of powerful Republicans and allies of President Donald Trump rallied behind New York Times opinion editor Bari Weiss after she announced her resignation from the paper on Tuesday. 

Weiss, who joined the Times as an opinion editor in 2017, announced her departure in a resignation letter posted on her website. She lambasted the Times for what she described as a “hostile work environment” where “intellectual curiosity” is “now a liability” and argued that she faced discrimination as a result of her center-right views. 

The decision comes after the controversial editor was slammed by some of her former colleagues over a series of tweets last month in which she claimed the paper was in a “civil war … between the (mostly young) wokes the (mostly 40+) liberals.” Weiss’ tweets were posted amid strife in the newsroom over the publication of GOP Sen. Tom Cotton’s op-ed calling for the military to be used to control nationwide anti-racism protests.

“Op-eds that would have easily been published just two years ago would now get an editor or a writer in serious trouble, if not fired,” Weiss wrote in her resignation letter. “If a piece is perceived as likely to inspire backlash internally or on social media, the editor or writer avoids pitching it.”

Republicans have for years escalated claims that traditional media outlets, including the Times, have an anti-conservative bias. The president and his allies have repeatedly attacked the Times as “failing” and “fake news.” 

Sen. Ted Cruz, a conservative Republican from Texas, encouraged his Twitter followers to read what he called an “eloquent, profound, incisive—and true—letter,” adding that “sadly, there are no liberals anymore.”

“They’ve been replaced by authoritarian statists demanding complete uniformity & subservient obedience to government,” Cruz tweeted. “No free speech. No civil liberties. Just totalitarian tyranny.”

Similarly, Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia called the letter an “incredible & important read that sheds light on the pervasive cancel culture that is eroding the fabric of our country.” 

Donald Trump Jr. echoed the lawmakers’ sentiment in his own tweet: “NYT editor @bariweiss resigns in STUNNING fashion & exposes the Times’ rampant attacks on anyone who breaks from the far-left narrative.”

Meghan McCain, the daughter of former Sen. John McCain and a conservative commentator, called Weiss “a true original” and “a fearless thinker” in a tweet describing her exit from the Times as “another nail in the coffin for diversity of thought in mainstream media.” 

Other influential conservative commentators, including Ben Shapiro and Andrew Sullivan, both of whom recently left their respective roles at The Daily Wire and New York Magazine, also voiced support for Weiss. 

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, who has accused tech companies like Facebook and YouTube of silencing conservative speech and co-sponsors a GOP bill that would allow users to sue social media companies, also posted Weiss’ letter on Twitter, calling it “powerful.”

Weiss also found support among some Democrats, most prominently former presidential candidate Andrew Yang, who argued the Times “should make some real changes” in the wake of Weiss’ exit. 

 

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