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Misunderstanding Populist Trump

Reader comment on item: A Reluctant but Unhesitating Vote for Donald Trump

Submitted by Robert (United States), Aug 13, 2020 at 21:00

I liked liked Trump especially after he defeated every Republican candidate. And as a Manhattan-ite I appreciated him and his celebrity status and pursuits - all of them, including his failures. Though I was inclined to like Harvard intellectual Obama, I particular like Trump when he promised before his election to undo the damage to Israel by siding with Iran and the PLO (Palestinians).

Trump was never Bourgeois in his tastes or behavior in spite of his wealth, and I recognized early the efforts of the mainstream media to discredit him. And when he got elected I appreciated the role of the Electoral College in protecting the country against the sheer popular vote - controlled, I speculate, by the "fake" (his term).

Trump is a man of character. He loves his family, his loyal friends, and his great country, the USA. The fact that he has a huge ego does not bother me - especially since he got himself elected our President. The fact that he has taste (loves Gold, as Royalty does) which is considered garish, especially by those deemed "refined," does not bother me. The fact that he seems like a "common laborer" also doesn't bother me - being part of the American "intelligentsia" merely limits the subject of possible discourse.

What I learn from Trump is that what one needs to be a great president is not necessarily scholarly (as Obama was). Trump has the luck of being the right man in the right place at the right time.

Latest great news - Trump made a deal in which the UAE will normalize relations with Israel - as Egypt and Jordan have done. Trump is the Deal Maker as his ego has told us many times. He follows, I believe, instinctively what he learned from Kissinger. And as Kissinger observed, he came into office without baggage.

Trump instinctively lashes out at his enemies - often snobs of some sort. I don't blame him for that. He is not the master of the subtle snub, as Obama, for example, was.

So, as an American citizen, I actually "love" my President Donald Trump. Hope he gets his face at Mt. Rushmore. He may, in fact, turn out to be one of our truly great presents.

PS: In Foreign Relations, he "instinctively" turned all our enemies against each other - he is our Bismark & Kissinger in that regard. "Make America Great Again" is an appropriate slogan which reflects his Policy and Strategy. Not being an "intellectual," intellectuals like you, Dr. Daniel Pipes, can only deduce that he acts erratically; in fact, he uses those business skills he learned in Real Estate and The Apprentice to make his "new enterprise" a thriving success - his enterprise one asks? It is the good old USA - the United States of America. Humility is not a particularly American virtue; so Trump's harmless Egotism does not bother me. And what is seen as his alleged Stubbornness I see as mere Persistence and Perseverance against his adversaries - especially those who think "they are the adults in the room" or who call him an "idiot" because they imagine themselves much smarter.

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