[Rushtalk] The Real Reason Trump Is Hated............

John Quayle blueoval57 at verizon.net
Sun Oct 28 22:49:42 MDT 2018

  The Real Reason They Hate Trump

    He’s the average American in exaggerated form—blunt, simple, willing
    to fight, mistrustful of intellectuals.


David Gelernter
Oct. 21, 2018 3:01 p.m. ET
President Donald Trump sits in the driver’s seat of a semi-truck in 
Washington, D.C., March 23, 2017.
President Donald Trump sits in the driver’s seat of a semi-truck in 
Washington, D.C., March 23, 2017. Photo: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images

Every big U.S. election is interesting, but the coming midterms are 
fascinating for a reason most commentators forget to mention: The 
Democrats have no issues. The economy is booming and America’s 
international position is strong. In foreign affairs, the U.S. has 
remembered in the nick of time what Machiavelli advised princes five 
centuries ago: Don’t seek to be loved, seek to be feared.

The contrast with the Obama years must be painful for any honest 
leftist. For future generations, the Kavanaugh fight will stand as a 
marker of the Democratic Party’s intellectual bankruptcy, the flashing 
red light on the dashboard that says “Empty.” The left is beaten.

This has happened before, in the 1980s and ’90s and early 2000s, but 
then the financial crisis arrived to save liberalism from certain 
destruction. Today leftists pray that Robert Mueller will put on his 
Superman outfit and save them again.

For now, though, the left’s only issue is “We hate Trump.” This is an 
instructive hatred, because what the left hates about Donald Trump is 
precisely what it hates about America. The implications are important, 
and painful.

Not that every leftist hates America. But the leftists I know do hate 
Mr. Trump’s vulgarity, his unwillingness to walk away from a fight, his 
bluntness, his certainty that America is exceptional, his mistrust of 
intellectuals, his love of simple ideas that work, and his refusal to 
believe that men and women are interchangeable. Worst of all, he has no 
ideology except getting the job done. His goals are to do the task 
before him, not be pushed around, and otherwise to enjoy life. In short, 
he is a typical American—except exaggerated, because he has no 
constraints to cramp his style except the ones he himself invents.

Mr. Trump lacks constraints because he is filthy rich and always has 
been and, unlike other rich men, he revels in wealth and feels no need 
to apologize—ever. He never learned to keep his real opinions to himself 
because he never had to. He never learned to be embarrassed that he is 
male, with ordinary male proclivities. Sometimes he has treated women 
disgracefully, for which Americans, left and right, are ashamed of 
him—as they are of JFK and Bill Clinton.

But my job as a voter is to choose the candidate who will do best for 
America. I am sorry about the coarseness of the unconstrained average 
American that Mr. Trump conveys. That coarseness is unpresidential and 
makes us look bad to other nations. On the other hand, many of his 
opponents worry too much about what other people think. I would love the 
esteem of France, Germany and Japan. But I don’t find myself losing 
sleep over it.

The difference between citizens who hate Mr. Trump and those who can 
live with him—whether they love or merely tolerate him—comes down to 
their views of the typical American: the farmer, factory hand, auto 
mechanic, machinist, teamster, shop owner, clerk, software engineer, 
infantryman, truck driver, housewife. The leftist intellectuals I know 
say they dislike such people insofar as they tend to be conservative 

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama know their real sins. They know how 
appalling such people are, with their stupid guns and loathsome 
churches. They have no money or permanent grievances to make them 
interesting and no Twitter <http://quotes.wsj.com/TWTR> followers to 
speak of. They skip Davos every year and watch Fox News. Not even the 
very best has the dazzling brilliance of a Chuck Schumer, not to mention 
a Michelle Obama. In truth they are dumb as sheep.

Mr. Trump reminds us who the average American really is. Not the average 
male American, or the average white American. We know for sure that, 
come 2020, intellectuals will be dumbfounded at the number of women and 
blacks who will vote for Mr. Trump. He might be realigning the political 
map: plain average Americans of every type vs. fancy ones.

Many left-wing intellectuals are counting on technology to do away with 
the jobs that sustain all those old-fashioned truck-driver-type people, 
but they are laughably wide of the mark. It is impossible to transport 
food and clothing, or hug your wife or girl or child, or sit silently 
with your best friend, over the internet. Perhaps that’s obvious, but to 
be an intellectual means nothing is obvious. Mr. Trump is no genius, but 
if you have mastered the obvious and add common sense, you are 
nine-tenths of the way home. (Scholarship is fine, but the typical 
modern intellectual cheapens his learning with politics, and is proud to 
vary his teaching with broken-down left-wing junk.)

This all leads to an important question—one that will be dismissed 
indignantly today, but not by historians in the long run: Is it possible 
to hate Donald Trump but not the average American?

True, Mr. Trump is the /unconstrained/ average citizen. Obviously you 
can hate some of his major characteristics—the infantile lack of 
self-control in his Twitter babble, his hitting back like a spiteful 
child bully—without hating the average American, who has no such 
tendencies. (Mr. Trump is improving in these two categories.) You might 
dislike the whole package. I wouldn’t choose him as a friend, nor would 
he choose me. But what I see on the left is often plain, unconditional 
hatred of which the hater—God forgive him—is /proud/. It’s discouraging, 
even disgusting. And it does mean, I believe, that the Trump-hater truly 
does hate the average American—male or female, black or white. Often he 
hates America, too.

Granted, Mr. Trump is a parody of the average American, not the thing 
itself. To turn away is fair. But to hate him from your heart is 
revealing. Many Americans were ashamed when Ronald Reagan was elected. A 
movie actor? But the new direction he chose for America was a big 
success on balance, and Reagan turned into a great president. Evidently 
this country was intended to be run by amateurs after all—by plain 
citizens, not only lawyers and bureaucrats.

Those who voted for Mr. Trump, and will vote for his candidates this 
November, worry about the nation, not its image. The president deserves 
our respect because Americans deserve it—not such fancy-pants extras as 
network commentators, socialist high-school teachers and eminent 
professors, but the basic human stuff that has made America great, and 
is making us greater all the time.

/Mr. Gelernter is computer science professor at Yale and chief scientist 
at Dittach LLC. His most recent book is “Tides of Mind.”/

Appeared in the October 22, 2018, print edition.

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