He Fights

In this Nov. 13, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, in Washington.

By Published on November 15, 2018

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 ever been a nicer human being 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.

The Culture War

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.”

During wartime, things like “dignity” and “collegiality” simply aren’t the most essential qualities one looks for in their warriors.

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.

‘I Read Your Book’

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.”

It’s wonderful to see that not only is Trump fighting, he’s defeating the Left using their own tactics.

General George Patton was a vulgar-talking, son-of-a-gun. 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 b******s, 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.

Going After the Media

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.”

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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 High Road

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.

The problem is that, as CNN has become more and more hysterical, it’s become more and more obvious.

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.”

What CNN Chose

This is, obviously, 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 it 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” (to release 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, there would have been no reason for CNN to have made their “deal” with him public.

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.

He Fights

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.


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.

Originally appeared at Townhall.com. Reprinted with permission.

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  • Conservator

    I, like many others did not care for Trump when he first came into the political arena but I loved what he did to the left wing media (which is almost all media). I was so sick of their smugness, hypocrisy, and outright lying and President Trump was having none of it. I don’t know how he puts up with the constant barrage of hate and slander directed at him. I pray for him regularly as he fights for our Republic. I also pray for God to open the eyes of people to the evil that is threatening our country from the left. President Trump stands alone against those that are hell-bent on tearing down this great nation to build what. . .?? Some sort of socialist utopia that has never worked and never will?? Oh yeah, they’ll get it right this time.

    Keep fighting President Trump and may God raise up leaders who will fight for our nation like you do. Christians, get on your knees and engage the forces of evil in the spiritual realm because ultimately that is where the battle will be won.

    • apollo

      I think Trumps mission is over. His duty was to expose the debt and breathe of corruption in the media and government. The rest is NOW up to We the People.

      • Paul

        My main support for Trump revoved around SCOTUS. I think he’s got at least one more appointment so that mission is far from over.

  • tz1

    To rewind, we did have a Dignified fighter. Dr. Ron Paul. But in 2012, the same people said he was “unelectable”, even though he was far more constitutional than anyone not in the libertarian party, more pro life than ALL, smarter than everyone else, and nice and quiet, and married to his high school sweetheart and a veteran. Known as Dr. No, he would never vote for anything he thought wrong or unconstitutional, lots of 454-1 votes so he would deliver like Trump.

    Why unelectable? The only thing I can find is he would get us out of foreign entaglements – like Saudi Arabia – and stop the wars, and wasn’t a bloodthirsty berzerk warmonger like “nice” Bush.

    And the GOP machine attacked Paul as bad as Hillary attacked Bernie.

    So the GOP and the cucky right was responsible for “no more mr. nice guy”.

    • Dave

      Ron Paul was/is a good boy

  • This is one of the best takes on the Trump era I’ve read. The thrill so many conservatives get from Trump is exactly this, he fights. I love it!

  • sone

    Think about this… it can all come to a crashing end if we do not have the same if not more energy from future republican candidates like Trump. If another mushy republican takes office they will no doubt vacate all the Trumpian officials in the administration like George Bush Sr did to Reaganites and thus the following POTUS from that will be a 100x like Obama. Trump has set the bar.

  • Dave

    Is this the exact same article that was published 17 months ago?

    • Patmos

      I don’t know. I do know that your posts are all the same troll posts though.

  • Chip Crawford

    I unabashedly see God at work in all of this. Mr. Trump’s non political bent may make up for his faults in self justification and the like. Do you realize how powerful that is? He has won already in many contests in his chosen field previously. He rightly sees no reason to back off some of these fights. It’s that comeback that has sent the opposition to the mats — like we HAVE to get rid of this guy, being spoken on the record by at least one politician. What is so encouraging is the bowing out of all those scared Republicans, hence, having the dross or swamp creatures gone soon and a heartier breed coming on board. I predict one of the hidden elements of this new Republican caucus is its STRENGTH more than its numbers. Oh, Get Flake home and safe by his fire or whatever it is he needs to feel secure. It helps to keep the faith when you can see into what is really going on. And it is good and it is of God. That is, God is working good. Never be blinded by just looking at a man.

    • Caitie


  • Caitie

    Great article and having grown up in one Chicago like bastion of Democrat rule Jersey City, NJ I instinctively see what he’s been doing and saw what Obama was up to.. Maybe the mid west not so much so its great how you laid it out.
    Praying for him continuously.

  • John

    I am very glad Trump is a fighter. The struggle for survival is a natural law known as the Second law of Thermodynamics. It will always be true that nothing exists or endures without a fight. If we who have the Spirit of God don’t fight, the trend will always be toward disorder.

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