The Claremont Institute is a fascist think tank, and it's standing behind the Trump-Eastman coup - 2022-07-26
The premise for examining the Claremont Institute, a far-right think tank that nobody ever much heard of before they began a precipitous lurch into extremism, is the embarrassment of having one of their key leaders, John Eastman, exposed as a dirty rotten traitor who was trying to overthrow all of American democracy with a plan that consisted of "Trump's vice president should just say that the electoral votes in Biden-won swing states don't count, therefore we win." Eastman is a seditionist. He was one of the key architects of a plan to overthrow the legitimately elected United States government because Donald Trump wanted to, and because an extremely fascist sect of Republicanism has now convinced itself that the need to impose their version of America is so existential for the country that maintaining democracy itself can't rank in comparison.
But the Post's premise is undone pretty quickly, because Eastman may have engaged in an act of sedition, but he is not in any way an outlier inside the Claremont Institute. They're not just standing by the man who heads their "Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence," and yes that is what they really call it, but pretty proud of it. The Post's report contains only vague wisps of sometimes-anonymous, sometimes-just-asserted embarrassment over Eastman's role, but it's clear that the "Institute" itself doesn't feel particularly put out by Eastman's new fame.
On the contrary—the Post really is going out of its way here to downplay the group's key role in promoting a fascist agenda—not a "conservative" agenda, but an anti-democracy, destroy-our-enemies fascist version.