For 7 years, Never Trumpers have complained about his style. I haven't. I like it. He is combative. Pugilists throw punches. Wusses say, "Please clap."
I can see why his style is off-putting. Conservatives are not used to elbows being out. They want Reagan the Grandfather.
But we have Trump who is crazy as a fox. That's the reality.
And the reality is a Reaganesque Trump would not work in today's political world. The shared experience of World War II is long gone. Elitists shun patriotism and their wannabes agree. Today's liberals respect no one, not even themselves. They run every institution in the United States, and they ruin every one.
Trump had to take them all on at once. That required a combativeness never witnessed on the American political stage.
In a video, Tom Klingenstein, Chairman of the Claremont Institute, explained Trump's Virtues.
Klingenstein said, "Trump thinks we can vanquish all comers if we just put our minds to it, and he's right… Courage never demands perfection… Trump over and over said exactly what political correctness prohibits one from saying... Trump said Haiti is a shithole and that representative Maxine Waters has a low IQ. These were not racist lies. They were uncouth, politically incorrect observations that most of us would agree with but would not dare say."
Trump is a keen observer of the media. He knows how it works. His kissing up to gossip columnist Liz Smith in the 1970s made him a billionaire a decade later, and spared him from becoming a pauper in the 1991 recession when the banks wanted to foreclose.
He saw how they tore into Sarah Palin like dogs attacking a chew toy. And when her vice presidential campaign was over, AP and the Washington Post hounded her out of the governor's office. There were 26 fake ethics complaints against her. Legal fees almost bankrupted her. The media cheered when she resigned.
The press are shills for the deep state and the deep state will never forgive him for winning -- and us for electing him.
Trump is a businessman, not a politician. He delivers.
Klingenstein said, "Unlike most politicians, when Trump sees a problem, he goes out and fixes it. He fixed our porous borders. He moved our Israeli embassy to Jerusalem after decades of inaction. He eliminated hate-America critical race theory in his administrative agency. He developed a vaccine in record time. He achieved energy independence and much, much more."
Now some of us want Ron DeSantis. He's young and fresh. He is just as combative. He took on the largest media conglomerate in the world -- Disney -- and made it cry.
Maybe Trump will step aside and give the nomination to him.
And maybe my wife and I will have another child at age 68.
Trump said last weekend, "If I stayed home, if I announced that I was not going to run for office, the persecution of Donald Trump would immediately stop. But that's what they want me to do. And you know what? There's no chance I do that."
The constant badgering by the press and the intelligence community have not stopped him.
They have made him stronger.
Given the circumstances of ballot harvesting, media manipulation and a government willing to destroy America to maintain power -- the pandemic panic proved that -- who is our best hope to save America again? We need someone who can fire up the base and withstand the heat.
Klingenstein said, "A large part of Trump’s appeal was that he was a bona fide outsider. He distrusted the experts who believe they knew better than the average American how to run the country. This distrust was appealing to Trump’s base who believed, and with good reason, that the experts created the despotic mess in which we find ourselves."
The real insurrection was Obama inciting a resistance by Civil Service-protected Democrats.
The real insurrection was the FBI spying on him.
The real insurrection was luring a few Trump supporters into the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
This is what Trump is up against. Its technical name is evil. I admire his willingness to battle the intelligence community, the bureaucracy, the media, the RINOs, the lobbyists and all the rest.
What would Jesus do? Overturn tables and chase the bastards out with a whip of cords.
Klingenstein's message was so persuasive that M.B. Mathews wrote, "I was wrong about Trump."
The column began, "I recently wrote a column about why I believed Trump should not run in 2024. I was wrong. I allowed my distaste for Trump’s personality to override his virtues, which are considerable. Some people want Trump without his vices. I was among them -- until yesterday, when I watched and listened to Tom Klingenstein’s speech titled Trump’s Virtues. It was masterful and shamed me that I did not make the distinction between Trump's character and his virtues, the former being deeply flawed, the latter being almost perfect. I need to man up in my defense of the former President's virtues. The speech was among the most pointed I have heard and deserves some exposure."
Trump's character is no more flawed than anyone else's. Show me a man who never made a mistake and I will show you a nobody.
His style suits the time we live in.
Americans need a champion. He's it.