THE EMERGENCE OF ‘TRUMP CULTURE’
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.
Local fans recite the Pledge of Allegiance at a rally before President Trump speaks in Johnson City, Tennessee.