NEW YORK — On Tuesday, the New York Times brought together feminist dissident Camille Paglia and Bravo host Andy Cohen for a "Times Talk" moderated by columnist Frank Bruni. Bruni kicked off the discussion by asking Cohen and Paglia for general thoughts on President Trump, eliciting strong responses from both panelists. Paglia, who cast her ballot for Jill Stein in 2016, said she believes the president is headed for re-election.
"My feeling is that an election occurred," Paglia said, "and it's incumbent on the defeated party to pull itself together."
When Bruni asked Paglia whether Trump will win in 2020, the professor replied, "I feel like he's going to get re-elected. I feel like the Democrats have overplayed their hand."
Detailing a time she came across the popular videos made by Trump supporters Diamond and Silk shortly after the Republican debates kicked off, Paglia recalled, "I thought 'oh my God,' I suddenly saw the populism, from that moment forward."
An iconic contrarian, Paglia cast a share of blame on President Barack Obama for Hillary Clinton's historic loss, naming specifically his administration's transgender bathroom policy as a turning point that prompted her to predict, "There's the election, right there."
It was the "wrong moment to approach a radical new idea," she declared.
Bruni pushed Paglia to comment on whether identity politics hurt Democrats. Without hesitation, she called them "tremendously responsible."
Paglia also told the audience Joe Biden "would have won" the election and called on Democrats to "put some candidates forward from a younger generation."
Emily Jashinsky is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.