Roy Exum: Why Trump Fights Back

Monday, November 5, 2018 - by Roy Exum
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When the midterm elections are held across America tomorrow, you are going to see something of an anomaly. The conservatives will vote for Republicans but the Democrats will, as one angry mob, vote against just one man: Donald Trump.

You see the same thing I do but not until I read a story that was originally published back in January, did I fully understand why my liberal friends can barely sputter the president’s name. The real truth is that Trump fights back. The crazy Twitter insults are no more than a line in the sand that assure the liberal elites the conservative base is tired of playing nice-nice.

It will come as no surprise to anyone that I voted only for Republicans because the Democratic Party has absolutely nothing to give our country but talk. Instead of looking at our economy, our unemployed, and so much good that Trump has done in his no-nonsense way, the Left blames him for everything. And finally, as you will see, the Right is fighting back.

A great example of false blame and Trump’s vitriol took place Friday and here is part of a story by Carlos Garcia, writing on the website ‘The Blaze:’

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“YOU ARE CREATING – YOU”

President Donald Trump didn’t take kindly to a question from a reporter about political violence Friday and he threw it right back in her face with his fiery response.

“You are creating — you!”

ABC News correspondent Karen Travers asked the president to comment on a poll that said many Americans blamed his rhetoric for inspiring political violence.

“Some Americans say you are encouraging politically motivated violence with the way you speak,” she said.

“No, no, you know what? You’re creating violence by your questions,” he responded.

“Me?” she said, stunned.

“You are creating — you!” he said, pointing directly at her.

“Also, a lot of the reporters are creating violence by not writing the truth,” he explained. “The fake news is creating violence.”

“And you know what?” he continued. “The people that support Trump, and the people that support us which is a lot of people, most people, many people, most people know when a story is true and they know when a story is false.”

“And I’ll tell you what,” Trump said, “if the media would write correctly and write accurately and write fairly you’d have a lot less violence in the country.”

“The president is not placing blame”

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I THINK Trump is right. Far better, I think the reason that the Democrats are getting slammed so badly is that their candidates are hardly worthy and, as this story by Evan Sayet reveals, Donald Trump is leading a crusade of sorts for the first time in 50 years where the conservatives are “cowboying up” and refusing to be to be pushed around any longer.

Trump’s biggest contribution thus far is to put the troublemakers and naysayers on notice. If you dislike it, Miss Streisand, then please follow your heart to Canada where, no ma’am, the grass ain’t greener.

Evan Sayet, a comedian as well as a brilliant conservative mind, wrote the essay “He Fights” last year and, since, it has been heralded on the website, TownHall. It's one of the most popular he has ever written. He’s given numerous lectures on the same subject as his book – including one to the Heritage Foundation.

Andrew Breitbart called the lecture, “One of the five most important conservative speeches ever given,” – and another to the Conservative Forum, which has been recognized as the definitive explanation as to how and why the Mainstream Media has gotten, literally, every major story of the past six decades not just “wrong”, but as wrong as wrong can be.”

As troubling as it may seem, an abridged version of Sayet’s talk is now going viral on the Internet, already at a gallop. It is being forwarded like mad - most especially to conservatives. Mind you, the Internet version falsely attributes its author to a man who was the Democratic mayor of Livermore, Calif., this for 10 years until 2010.

It may be a touch too long but my belief is those who read will cast their vote in the right direction tomorrow. In my mind, this is the truth of where we are today: because this, in my mind, is the truth of where we stand today:

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“TRUMP FIGHTS” -- A SPEECH BY EVAN SAYET.

(Note: This speech was given on July 13, 2017, shortly after Donald Trump took over the White House. It is more true today and I urge you to vote for those in any party who you believe will fight for us.)

My Leftist friends (as well as many ardent #NeverTrumpers) constantly ask me if I’m not bothered by Donald Trump’s lack of decorum.  They ask if I don’t think his tweets are “beneath the dignity of the office.”  Here’s my answer:

We Right-thinking people have tried dignity.  There could not have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W. Bush as he suffered the outrageous lies and politically motivated hatreds that undermined his presidency.  We tried statesmanship.  Could there be another human being on this earth who so desperately prized “collegiality” as John McCain?  We tried propriety – has there been a nicer human being ever than Mitt Romney?  And the results were always the same.

This is because, while we were playing by the rules of dignity, collegiality and propriety, the Left has been, for the past 60 years, engaged in a knife fight where the only rules are those of Saul Alinsky and the Chicago mob.

I don’t find anything “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper” about Barack Obama’s lying about what went down on the streets of Ferguson in order to ramp up racial hatreds because racial hatreds serve the Democratic Party.  I don’t see anything “dignified” in lying about the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi and imprisoning an innocent filmmaker to cover your tracks.  I don’t see anything “statesman-like” in weaponizing the IRS to be used to destroy your political opponents and any dissent.  Yes, Obama was “articulate” and “polished” but in no way was he in the least bit “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper.”

The Left has been engaged in a war against America since the rise of the Children of the ‘60s.   To them, it has been an all-out war where nothing is held sacred and nothing is seen as beyond the pale.  It has been a war they’ve fought with violence, the threat of violence, demagoguery and lies from day one – the violent take-over of the universities – till today.

The problem is that, through these years, the Left has been the only side fighting this war.  While the Left has been taking a knife to anyone who stands in their way, the Right has continued to act with dignity, collegiality and propriety.

With Donald Trump, this all has come to an end.  Donald Trump is America’s first wartime president in the Culture War.

During wartime, things like “dignity” and “collegiality” simply aren’t the most essential qualities one looks for in their warriors.  Ulysses Grant was a drunk whose behavior in peacetime might well have seen him drummed out of the Army for conduct unbecoming.  Had Abraham Lincoln applied the peacetime rules of propriety and booted Grant, the Democrats might well still be holding their slaves today.   Lincoln rightly recognized that, “I cannot spare this man.  He fights.”

General George Patton was a vulgar-talking, son-of-a-*****.  In peacetime, this might have seen him stripped of rank.  But, had Franklin Roosevelt applied the normal rules of decorum, then Hitler and the Socialists would barely be five decades into their thousand-year Reich.

Trump is fighting.  And what’s particularly delicious is that, like Patton standing over the battlefield as his tanks obliterated Rommel’s, he’s shouting, “You magnificent bastards, I read your book!”  That is just the icing on the cake, but it’s wonderful to see that not only is Trump fighting, he’s defeating the Left using their own tactics.

That book is Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals – a book so essential to the Liberals’ war against America that it is and was the playbook for the entire Obama administration and the subject of Hillary Clinton’s senior thesis.   It is a book of such pure evil, that, just as the rest of us would dedicate our book to those we most love or those to whom we are most indebted, Alinsky dedicated his book to Lucifer.

Trump’s tweets may seem rash and unconsidered but, in reality, he is doing exactly what Alinsky suggested his followers do.

First, instead of going after “the fake media” – and they are so fake that they have literally gotten every single significant story of the past 60 years not just wrong, but diametrically opposed to the truth, from the Tet Offensive to Benghazi, to what really happened on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri – Trump isolated CNN.  He made it personal.  Then, just as Alinsky suggests, he employs ridicule which Alinsky described as “the most powerful weapon of all.”

Everyone gets that it’s not just CNN – in fact, in a world where Al Sharpton and Rachel Maddow, Paul Krugman and Nicholas Kristof are people of influence and whose “reporting” is in no way significantly different than CNN’s – CNN is just a piker.

Most importantly, Trump’s tweets have put CNN in an untenable and unwinnable position.  With Trump’s ability to go around them, they cannot simply stand pat.  They need to respond.  This leaves them with only two choices.

They can either “go high” (as Hillary would disingenuously declare of herself and the fake news would disingenuously report as the truth) and begin to honestly and accurately report the news or they can double-down on their usual tactics and hope to defeat Trump with twice their usual hysteria and demagoguery.

The problem for CNN (et al.) with the former is that, if they were to start honestly reporting the news, that would be the end of the Democratic Party they serve.  It is nothing but the incessant use of fake news (read: propaganda) that keeps the Left alive.

Imagine, for example, if CNN had honestly and accurately reported then-candidate Barack Obama’s close ties to foreign terrorists (Rashid Khalidi), domestic terrorists (William Ayers), the mafia (Tony Rezko) or the true evils of his spiritual mentor, Jeremiah Wright’s, church.

Imagine if they had honestly and accurately conveyed the evils of the Obama administration’s weaponizing of the IRS to be used against their political opponents or his running of guns to the Mexican cartels or the truth about the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the Obama administration’s cover-up.

This makes “going high” a non-starter for CNN.  This leaves them no other option but to ratchet up the fake news, conjuring up the next “nothing burger” and devoting 24 hours a day to hysterical rants about how it’s “worse than Nixon.”

This, obviously, is what CNN has chosen to do.  The problem is that, as they become more and more hysterical, they become more and more obvious.  Each new effort at even faker news than before and faker “outrage” only makes that much more clear to any objective observer that Trump is and always has been right about the fake news media.

And, by causing their hysteria, Trump has forced them into numerous, highly embarrassing and discrediting mistakes.   Thus, in their desperation, they have lowered their standards even further and run with articles so clearly fake that, even with the liberal (lower case “l”) libel laws protecting the media, they’ve had to wholly retract and erase their stories repeatedly.

Their flailing at Trump has even seen them cross the line into criminality, with CNN using their vast corporate fortune to hunt down a private citizen for having made fun of them in an Internet meme.  This threat to “dox” – release of personal information to encourage co-ideologists to visit violence upon him and his family -- a political satirist was chilling in that it clearly wasn’t meant just for him.  If it were, instead, CNN – playing by “Chicago Rules” – was sending a message to any and all: dissent will not be tolerated.

This heavy-handed and hysterical response to a joke on the Internet has backfired on CNN, giving rise to only more righteous ridicule.

So, to my friends on the Left – and the #NeverTrumpers as well -- do I wish we lived in a time when our president could be “collegial” and “dignified” and “proper”?  Of course I do.   These aren’t those times.  This is war.  And it’s a war that the Left has been fighting  without opposition for the past 50 years.

So, say anything you want about this president – I get it, he can be vulgar, he can be crude, he can be undignified at times.  I don’t care.  I can’t spare this man.  He fights.

ADDENDUM: Evan Sayet is the author of The KinderGarden of Eden: How The Modern Liberal Thinks.  His lecture to the Heritage Foundation on this same topic remains, some ten years later, by far the single most viewed lecture in their history.  Evan can be reached at contactevansayet@gmail.com.

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‘BEAR' BRYANT ON WHAT IT MEANS TO FIGHT

“I have always tried to teach my players to be fighters. When I say that, I don't mean put up your dukes and get in a fistfight over something. I'm talking about facing adversity in your life. There is not a person alive who isn't going to have some awfully bad days in their lives. I tell my players that what I mean by fighting is when your house burns down, and your wife runs off with the drummer, and you've lost your job and all the odds are against you. What are you going to do? Most people just lay down and quit. Well, I want my people to fight back.” Alabama football coach Paul Bryant

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