He Fights

Trump Wave

Evan Sayet                                                                                                                       Jul 13, 2017

My friends 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: George W. Bush.
We tried statesmanship: John McCain.
We tried propriety: 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.


I don’t find anything “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper” about Barack Obama’s lying about 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.”

The Left has been engaged in a war against America since 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 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.

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 propriety.

General George Patton was a vulgar-talking, son-of-a-bitch. In peacetime, this might have seen him stripped of rank.

Lincoln rightly recognized that, “I cannot spare this man. He fights.”

Trump is fighting. And what’s particularly delicious is that, like Patton, he’s shouting, “You magnificent bastard, I read your book!” 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”, 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 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.

First, instead of going after “the fake media”, 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.”

Everyone gets that it’s not just CNN, CNN is just a piker. Trump’s tweets have put CNN in an untenable and unwinnable position. They cannot simply stand pat. They need to respond. This leaves them with only two choices.

They can either “go high” 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 problem for CNN 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.

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.”

This, obviously, is 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 makes 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 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” 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.

So, to my friends, 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.


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5 replies

  1. I still say that Trump is DELIBERATELY putting out the cloud of tweets for the purpose of distracting enemedia criticism of his policies. In so doing, he is defeating both the Dems and the enemedia, making them often look foolish. Trump knows how to play these guys. He’s done it for years in building his brand.

    I hated the cruel way he won the nomination, and was thus late to finally decide to support him with my vote about the same time Ted Cruz did. The binary choice between guaranteed absolute malevolence with Hillary and potential problems with Trump was just too stark.

    I agree that he can be boorish, but part of that is the nature of Twitter where you have to make your point in 140 characters. Brevity can become brutality. But I don’t want him to stop going over the heads of the enemedia gatekeepers.

    Now he needs to prevail upon Sen. McConnell to eliminate the one Senator “hold” on nominations that is allowing the Dems to effectively filibuster 2/3s of Trump’s nominees.

    See? I could never expressed all that in 140 characters. LOL!!


  2. Great article and post! The only thing I disagree with is that I don’t see the office of the presidency as a zero sum situation. I agree that Obama’s “charm” couldn’t overcome his evil intent and policies, and although Bush was better, he became too wimpish to fight back and I’ll always fault him for that. Trump is a fighter and I like that, but I don’t give him a pass on his buffoonish antics because some of his actions are good. There is really no need to look like an ass just because you fight back. So many of Trump’s wounds are self-inflicted. it’s a shame that he’s not a little more self-controlled so as not to give his enemies more ammunition.

    He’s probably too far gone to listen, but his kids ought to convince him that he could become as “worshiped” as Ronald Reagan as a great president if only he’d bite his tongue and would “think before speaking” some of his more outlandish statements.

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  3. Evan always says it very well, doesn’t he? You really need to read his book: “The KinderGarden of Eden: How The Modern Liberal Thinks“! It’s a very detailed analysis of how the liberal system works and I think he is right. Great book.
    He’s a good comedian. He’s an even better conservative.

    Great post!


  4. There definitely is something wrong when people hold a scheming, lying weasel like Barack Obama in high esteem but detest Trump because he’s vulgar and crude. It reveals a very warped sense of priorities and values. Such people ought to be marginalized and ignored, and yet turn on any cable news show that has discussion panels and there they are.

    Having said that, I am one of those who doesn’t like it when Trump is vulgar, and I think I’ve earned the right to my criticism because I wasn’t one of those who’ve given other politicians a pass for worse behavior. When I say “vulgar” I’m talking about his references to his physical endowments, nasty remarks about other people’s appearances (although if they make fun of his appearance I suppose they’re fair game)…stuff like that. I don’t care if he’s brutally honest. Honesty, even when brutal, is respect worthy. Vulgarity – not so much. And above all Trump should strive to be respected, even is he is not loved by all. It would serve him well and be a good thing for the office of the presidency.


  5. The American people said they wanted someone different and they got it. In his 7 months Trump has made some good advancements and stopped some of O’s ridiculous and unlawful garbage. Somehow he manages to stay focused on his goals, but still tweets out the never-ending stupid stuff. With this guy, we have to pay more attention to what he does and less attention to his tweets.

    Now if we could make the CNN stories and the whole Russian saga go away, I for one would be a lot happier. It’s enough that he has to fight the Dems AND the Republicans without the trash ginned up in the media. If this keeps up, it’s going to be a very long four years.


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