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WSJ Op-Ed Cracks The Code: Why Liberal Intellectuals Hate Trump

Via Zerohedge


As pundits continue to scratch their heads over the disruptive phenomenon known as Donald Trump, Yale computer science professor and chief scientist at Dittach, David Gelernter, has penned a refreshingly straightforward and blunt Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal explaining why Trump has been so successful at winning hearts and minds, and why the left – especially those snarky ivory-tower intellectuals, hate him.

Gelernter argues that Trump – despite being a filthy rich “parody of the average American,” is is a regular guy who has successfully resonated with America’s underpinnings.

Mr. Trump reminds us who the average American really is. Not the average male American, or the average white American,” writes Gelernter. “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.”

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. –WSJ

Gelernter then suggests: “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?“.

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The Real Reason They Hate Trump via the Wall Street Journal.

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

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 Republicans.

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 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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Add to that, he’s a New Yorker.

Ray Joseph Cormier
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Trump embodies that long held stereotype the rest of the World knew years before Trump arrived on the scene. The Ugly American. His style is Brinkmanship, and betting the whole Nation. like playing a poker hand. We all know the House, aka, a gambling Casino never looses, except when Trump owned them. The Present Danger is Brinkmanship can lead to disaster or worse. For good and right reasons, some People oppose Trump watching his minions transforming The Environmental Protection Agency into The Environmental Pollution Agency. With more sick People the Republicans are trying to eliminate pre-existing conditions and Universal Health… Read more »

john vieira
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You are making the big mistake that most without the slightest idea about the velocity of money make. Tax cuts brings home the money…which HAS to be invested to make more money…yes the rich get richer but the spin offs are great…Before this the rich were still getting richer by investing “offshore”…and due to the exporting of manufacturing the economy was going nowhere and unemployment was skyrocketing…

Ray Joseph Cormier
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If workers don’t have money left over to spend, after paying for the cost of living to work, Business won’t invest. Investing in the betterment of the workers, will generate the buying power that cause Business to invest. What the rich spend on themselves doesn’t expand the Economy. It’s now 122 years since this was in a Political speech. There are two ideas of government. There are those who believe that if you just legislate to make the well-to-do prosperous, that their prosperity will leak through on those below. The Democratic idea has been that if you legislate to make… Read more »

Sunflower
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Sunflower

Says the Liberal Intellectual that this article is describing. You still don’t get it. Hate kills the hater.

marrabella
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marrabella

Yes…. talk about snooty virtue posturing. lol

marrabella
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marrabella

Another brainwashed MSM troll. Actually, the world mainly admires Trump. I work with many internationals and by and large, they can’t remotely understand Obama (except as a commie power monger). This is what most of them escaped from. They love America and all that Trump stands for.

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” . . .Reagan turned into a great president” ? That happened when the condiment-in-chief defined ketchup as a vegetable for public school lunch purposes. Isn’t it really simpler than what’s described above? The Trump haters see Trump as a genuine reflection of American culture as it really is. He’s the fun house mirror that reflects reality. And that’s ugly. Who wants to be perceived as part of that? Soooooooooo. Trump is a member of the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Hall of Fame. Obama received a Nobel Peace Prize for . . . uh . . . what was it… Read more »

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Sunflower

We’re not ugly out here. We’re beautiful people filled with love. PS. I don’t watch WWE, but it does bring a lot of joy to some people I know as does Nascar, college sports, and motorcycle riding. I’m a conservative intellectual who also is a down-to-Earth genuine person who loves everyone.

Demeter
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Demeter

I never read such Never-Trumper drivel that tries to act so innocent and virtuous, and is neither.

The people are not sheep, Mr. Gerlenter. But those Hillbots–that’s another flock! They will believe any fairy tale, and kill for it.

Sunflower
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Sunflower

I believe in the sheep paragraph that he was describing how Hillary and Obama think of us average American citizens. I’ve found that the intellectual liberals I know look down on others in that way. One told me that he was the “most enlightened person he knew.” In other words, I was NOT enlightened. Thing is he is a blithering alcoholic who has ruined his health, career, and relationships because of alcohol, and I’m healthy with a great job and happy relationships.

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“The economy is booming and America’s international position is strong”

Hahahaha, the US economy has been in decline for years, nothing has fundamentally changed since 2016. It sucks. The same is true for Washington’s so-called “international position” — the empire is terminal decline. Trump is no different than Obama, just like Obama was no different than Bush. As for Trump’s personal behavior, I could not care any less.

Sunflower
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Sunflower

Our GDP is over 4%, unemployment is low, and everywhere I look in my county I see lots of new development, new homes, new businesses, plus people driving new cars and getting new jobs and raises…something I haven’t seen in over a decade. Things have changed tremendously since November 2016!

HenryCT
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HenryCT

David Gelernter, who is ironically a “snarky ivory-tower intellectual” stereotypes the “average American.” I frequently canvass my working class neighborhood. My neighbors defy stereotyping. They are complex and individual, but far from boorish, vile, misogynist and racist like Trump. Gelernter’s arrogant fantasy has nothing to do with the reality of the people who live in the city in which he works. Like Donald Trump, Gelernter assumes his privilege gives him insight. It does not. His rant is sparse on facts, infantile and contemptible.

Marrabella
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Marrabella

I am a college educated (ex) Democrat. And a woman. I find it insulting that the author speaks so disparagingly of Trump supporters. Common sense tells one if you want a plumbing job done – you get the best plumber you can find. Never mind his politics. Trump has shown he wants the best for America and the world. All he asks is fairness. The hateful, jealous left knows no bounds. From sending bombs to themselves (to posture as victims), to the ridiculous caravan heading for the border (where HUGE trucks drive them 90% of the way and money is… Read more »

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