I am hearing a lot of this in the wake of the Donald Trump–Morning Joe tweeting scandal. In this case, “howeverism” is a rhetorical strategy being used by conservatives and Trump supporters, but it could apply to people of all parties and affiliations.
I’ll just explain it with my tweet:
— John Fea (@JohnFea1) June 30, 2017
Howeverism is an example of how politics pervades almost every dimension of public discourse. Trump’s tweets about Mika Brzezinski require complete moral condemnation. Howeverism weakens moral condemnation with an unhealthy dose politics.