The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Wall Street Jour­nal colum­nist David Gel­ern­ter of­fers a note­wor­thy sum­ma­tion of why the ire among Pres­i­dent Trump’s ri­vals is so in­tense.

“The real rea­son they hate Trump: He’s the av­er­age Amer­i­can in ex­ag­ger­ated form — blunt, sim­ple, will­ing to fight, mis­trust­ful of in­tel­lec­tu­als,” writes Mr. Gel­ern­ter, who sug­gests that Democrats face a bar­ren po­lit­i­cal land­scape as Trump vic­to­ries are rec­og­nized by the pub­lic.

“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,” he says.

“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,” the colum­nist con­tin­ues. “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.”

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