by David Horowitz
My response to a critic of Trump’s presidential style.
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First let me say I agree with everything you say about desirable presidential style and the importance of a unifying leadership. I believe this was the entire impetus behind the Republican impeachment of Clinton - that he had disgraced the office to such a degree that children had to be kept away from TV sets etc. In retrospect, I think the Republican impeachment effort was misguided, though what Clinton did to the Oval Office remains unforgivable.
I’m sure that under different circumstances Trump would be very capable of performing the tasks you set for a president. However, something extraordinary has happened to our national debate that cannot be overlooked, that makes repairing the divide in our country much more difficult and that is a direct result of what has happened to the Democratic Party. This is a party now that has a Hamas caucus in the House, supported by the Democratic leadership. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are fund-raisers for and political agents of Hamas, repeating such Hamas lies as that Palestinians provided a safe haven for Jews, when in fact they allied themselves with Hitler, blocked Jews from seeking refuge, and laid plans for an Auschwitz in the Middle East to get rid of them. Yet the Democratic Party has closed ranks around the pair, despite their overt Jew hatred and service to the terrorists. Worse, they have given them positions of influence. Both have presided over the House for example, and though Omar appears to have entered our country fraudulently, thanks to Pelosi she sits on the Foreign Affairs Committee where she accuses America of “atrocities” at its border.
The personal attacks which broke the comity essential to a democracy began during the 2016 campaign with Hillary accusing Trump of being the leader of a constituency that was racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic and xenophobic - "deplorable” and “irredeemable” and basically unAmerican. She questioned his sanity and said he was “unfit” for the office. It was an unprecedented declaration of war, which the Democratic Party and its media allies took up and have never stopped prosecuting. His inauguration was boycotted by 30+ members of the House, and the Democratic leadership announced a formal “Resistance” to his administration, a resistance which has gone on for almost 3 years now. “Resistance” amounts to a pledge to obstruct and sabotage a duly elected president. Such a political strategy has no place in a democracy like ours. According to Gallup, an incoming president normally gets a seven month “honeymoon.” Trump didn’t get 10 seconds. Even before he entered the Oval office, they were calling him and his closest advisers racists, sexists, white nationalists, white supremacists, anti-Mexican and anti-Muslim bigots and so forth. He was also viciously attacked by the Bush family and its allies, and a Washington GOP elite in the same uncompromising (and untrue) terms as those of the Democratic resisters.
In sum, Trump has had to fight off a seditious political party and a seditious media, while attempting to secure our borders, stop the fleecing of American taxpayers through unfair trade policies, defend Israel in a way that no previous president Republican or Democrat has been willing to do. I am with you in wishing Trump would forgo some of his decisions to get down and dirty with his political opponents who are distorting almost everything he says and does, beginning with his border policies which are neither anti-immigrant nor racist nor anti-Muslim. But amazed as I am that he has been able to withstand these attacks and steer our country in a positive direction, I am loathe to criticize him harshly when he attempts to defend himself.
I hope you will take this in the spirit it is offered. I sympathize wholly with your concerns, I just don’t see an easy way out while the Democrats are pursuing impeachment of the president for obstruction of justice in the case of a crime (collusion) that never took place.
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David Horowitz is a conservative thinker and writer who has authored dozens of books over the course of his lifetime. He began his political career as one of the founders of the New Left in the 1960s and served as an editor of its largest magazine, Ramparts. As described in his bestselling autobiography Radical Son (1997), Horowitz was forced to confront some difficult truths about the political left after a close friend of his was murdered by the Black Panthers, and ultimately found a political and intellectual home as a conservative activist. Well-known conservative author and economist George Gilder described Radical Son as “the first great autobiography of his generation.”
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