The Case for Trump by VD Hanson excerpts

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Excerpts from The Case For Trump by Victor Davis Hanson, 2019

Introduction

MEET DONALD J. TRUMP

The outsider offered no apologies for promising to be the first successful presidential candidate to have no political experience … Trump arrived with few if any campaign handlers … He boasted that he would pay for his own campaign … by Election Day, Hillary Clinton would raise almost a half a billion dollars more than Donald Trump.

Unlike most all politicians, Trump did not hide that he was egotistical … I listened to determine whether Trump have any persuasive arguments. He did. Lots of them, even if not all were relevant campaign issues … He was capable of saying anything … yet he had a unique ability to convey a truth, even as he exaggerated details …He sounded neither orthodox Republican, nor consistent with his own liberal past.

Most politicians routinely called for “comprehensive immigration reform” [as] a way of avoiding the unspeakable word “amnesty” … In fact, at home in California’s vast Central Valley I knew a lot of Mexican nationals who laughed at American stupidity … before 1993, my home was often broken into and vandalized [until] I built a six-foot tall, 550-foot block circuit … I have never seen a Malibu home without a wall and gate … When one finds dead game cocks and rotting fighting dogs, along with stripped-down trucks in one’s own orchard … or goes to the emergency room only to encounter waiting families of Bulldog gang members squared off against their Surenos rivals, Trump’s rants reflected lots of Americans’ realities.

[Trump] would secure the border and stop illegal immigration. Trump either promised to win optional wars or more likely, not fight them … Middle-class populism – less government, doubt over overseas military commitments, fears of redistribution and globalization, and distrust of cultural elites – was as old as the Athenian land revolutionaries of 411 BC … Trump himself played an ancient role of the crude, would-be savior [or] more like a frenzied Martin Luther (“Sin greatly, but believe still more greatly”).

Trump was unapologetic about America’s past. The future, not yesterday, mattered … Trump’s use of superlatives envisioned decline as a Nietzschean matter of choice. Sinking into oblivion was not fated … For Trump, it was all a simple matter of will, not means. Such thinking was anathema to politicians.

Trump displayed an uncanny ability to troll and create hysteria among his media and political critics. In their anti-Trump rage, they revealed their own character flaws, instability, insecurities and ignorance … Trump was an interloper who planned to hijack the Republican Party and recalibrate it as his own, a sort of virus whose DNA would take over the host.

Trump should not have an outside chance of winning the presidency … Many warped their own institutional protocols, their training and their professional to construct what they wished to be true so that it might become true. Those who loudly warned against “groupthink” fell willing victims to it … Trump’s critics loathed him … the antipathy to Trump seemed class-driven … Queens accent made him especially foul-tasting to the coastal elite Left … Worse still, Trump campaigned as the anti-Obama.

The Washington and New York conservative establishment grew to despise Trump more than his progressive enemies … Trump’s foreign policy was to put of out of business the bipartisan foreign policy establishment … Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria were not shining examples of American interventionism.

I grew up in the same house where I now live, and in a farming Democratic household … that would have have voted for a yellow dog on the ballot if it had just registered Democrat. All my siblings in 2016 either voted for Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton; all no doubt assumed that Trump marked something ominous – and perhaps their own brother too for voting for him … My late mother as a Jerry Brown judicial appointee would not have appreciated … her son’s vote for him in 2016 and his support for most of the Trump record since then.

 

The Two Americas, some Obama quotes

“Still, there was something about him that made me wary. A little too sure of himself, maybe. And white …” — autobiography Dreams of My Father

“I can no more disown him than I can my own white grandmother.” “She is a typical white person.” — March 2008 speech supporting his racist preacher Jeremiah Wright

“They cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustration.” — describing the white working class after losing the PA 2008 primary

“Typically, when people feel stressed, they turn on others who don’t look like them.” “If you’re in the United States, sometimes you can feel lazy, and think we’re so big we don’t really have to know anything about other people.” — 2016 speech in Laos

 

On Devin Nunes, who is suing Twitter for $250M for defaming him to further the Mueller hoax, and for censoring conservatives:

Nunes grew up on a dairy farm (not far from my own farm.) Worse still in the eyes of the elite, he majored in agricultural business at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo … Coastal critics focused on Nunes as the proverbial rustic dunce.

MSNBC analyst Elise Jordan equated farming with inability: “Why are Republicans trusting Devin Nunes to be their oracle of truth? A former dairy farmer who House Intel staffers refer to as ‘Secret Agent Man,’ because he has no idea what’s going on.” Jordan apparently assumed the intelligence and savvy required to run a small farming operation did not equate to those of a capable TV talking head.

 

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