THE EMER­GENCE OF ‘TRUMP CUL­TURE’

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Pres­i­dent Trumpre­cently at­tended five ral­lies in five states, per­son­ally step­ping on stage to talk of Amer­ica and cheer­ful things — in con­trast to dire cov­er­age from the news me­dia and grim pre­dic­tions from Democrats. Through his ral­lies and pub­lic pres­ence, Mr. Trump has cre­ated a cul­ture of unapolo­getic glad­ness, pa­tri­o­tism, in­ner met­tle, re­silience, can-do spirit and op­ti­mism among his fol­low­ers. Granted, such qual­i­ties were al­ready a vi­tal force in Amer­i­can his­tory, though it is now chic among cool-minded lib­er­als to dis­miss them as nos­tal­gic or worse.

Mr. Trump has rein­vented this force for a com­pli­cated age. Crit­ics have ei­ther scorned or ig­nored the phe­nom­e­non.

Some 65 mil­lion Trump vot­ers, how­ever, have em­braced the heart­land Trump cul­ture — so far from the bleak dol­drums and noisy skir­mishes of Capi­tol Hill. And it is best de­scribed by one man who was part of an enor­mous throng of Trump fans who showed up in John­son City, Ten­nessee on Mon­day for a “Make Amer­ica Great Again” rally. Though they waited for most of the af­ter­noon out­side the arena, the man and his fam­ily did not make it into the rally, or even the over­flow area just out­side. He loved it any­way. “We got there about 2:30, and un­for­tu­nately there was about 60,000 peo­ple in front of us in line. But we de­cided to stay — and had a great time. I spent four hours in line. It was so fes­tive and happy and well­man­nered. It was just a great place to be. It was fun. Ev­ery­one was wav­ing Amer­i­can flags,” the Trump fan told talk ra­dio host Rush Lim­baugh in a brief on-air con­ver­sa­tion Tues­day.

“Did you see any de­pres­sion, sad­ness, de­featism over the fact that the Democrats are go­ing win ev­ery­thing in Novem­ber?” Mr. Lim­baugh quipped.

“No, sir. There was none of that. There was no protesters. I’m telling you, every­body had a great time,” the guest replied. di­rec­tion even among the wider pop­u­la­tion,” coun­ters Ed Mor­ris­sey, se­nior ed­i­tor of HotAir.com.

He also points out that a new Har­vard-Har­ris poll found that 69 per­cent of re­spon­dents called the Ka­vanaugh hear­ing “a na­tional dis­grace,” with 55 per­cent agree­ing that Democrats were “com­pletely par­ti­san” in the way they han­dled it.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Lo­cal fans re­cite the Pledge of Al­le­giance at a rally be­fore Pres­i­dent Trump speaks in John­son City, Ten­nessee.

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