Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Books: Ann Coulter Makes The Case For Trump

In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome!
by Ann Coulter

Leading conservative commentator Ann Coulter makes the case for Donald J. Trump, the Republican nominee for President.

Coulter lays out the reasons conservatives fell in love with Trump when he declared he would run for the Presidency in June 2015.

In Trump We Trust opens by saying that "until June 16, 2015, every conservative felt four things:
1. We're losing.
2. The fight wasn't fair - it was over before it began, and the rules were rigged.
3. Our allies have abandoned us.
4. This loss is permanent. We're not getting it back.

Coulter furthers this point when she goes back to Mitt Romney's loss to President Obama in 2012 and how damaging that was to Republicans, in which she writes:

"In 2012, the most attractive candidate Republicans had run for president in three decades lost in a blowout defeat to President Obama, a feckless incumbent who wrecked health care and whose foreign policies had resulted in Islamic lunatics murdering the American ambassador in Benghazi less than two months before the election. There was no way to minimize what a disaster Mitt Romney's loss was. Looking ahead to possible 2016 presidential candidates, it was a gun-to-the-mouth time.

"It's just been wave after wave hitting the bow. Americans were huddled on the battleship Missouri, having surrendered everything they believe in, hoping it would all go away.

"Is it really any wonder that when a space capsule crashed to earth and Donald J. Trump stepped out, he was given a warm welcome?

"Trump is the first hope Americans have had in a very long time that it may not be over yet. Perhaps the country isn't finished. Maybe we could begin to reverse our losses. And then, many years from now, when we have our country back, we will join the little girls in pink party dresses and be appalled by a presidential candidate who calls Rosie O'Donnell a 'fat pig' and sends out juvenile tweets at midnight."

Coulter has been widely credited as having been at the forefront of the Trump phenomenon and one of his earliest and most fervent supporters. Coulter's stance against illegal immigration, as laid out in her book Adios America played a big role in Trump's own thinking on the issue and in his electoral success. According to The Atlantic's David Frum, Trump found the message that would upend the Republican primary and beat establishment figures like Jeb Bush.

Coulter writes of Trump's presidential announcement when he detailed his position on illegal immigration:

"Trump announced he was running for president in a speech talking about Mexican rapists, pledging to deport illegal aliens and build a wall. He said America was getting ripped off in its trade deals with  China, Japan, and Mexico, and that he was running because the country would soon be so far gone, it would be unsalvageable.

"The media reacted as if he'd called for gas chambers, but that speech propelled Trump to the top of the polls. So the pundits furrowed their brows and explained that Trump was 'riding a wave of anger against Washington,' there was 'anger sweeping America,' his supporters are fed up with the status quo,' he was appealing to 'this very visceral, very angry populist working class blue collar worker.' (Actual quotes - I'm too busy to footnote.) Evidently, voters were angry. Lots of anger. Fiery pits of anger. The 2016 electorate would have made Sam Kinison president.

"On the other hand, if it was tough talk the voters were hungering for, why didn't Governor Chris Christie go anywhere? He wasn't exactly Cary Grant on the campaign trail.

"One must consider the possibility that it was Trump's policies the voters liked. His announcement speech about Mexican rapists and building a wall may have appalled the media and the political class, but the voters were ecstatic."

One of the main themes of the Trump campaign has been "America First," that he will fight for the country like no president has in quite a long time. This is coupled with talk of protecting American identity and culture.

Coulter writes of that and American heritage, "Why shouldn't Americans fight to preserve their culture? All of us have a place that we think of as home. People from the most economically depressed, physically dilapidated, stultifyingly boring, intellectually backward places will always say of their hometowns, 'It was a good place to grow up.' Los Angeles's public TV station KCET runs a beloved TV program called Things That Aren't Here Anymore, featuring great Hollywood restaurants of yester-year, a park for pony rides that used to be in the middle of Beverly Hills, and so on. All of us, no matter what our circumstances, feel powerfully connected to our home.

"Other people are allowed to have a home. Americans traveling abroad are encouraged to leave as small a footprint as possible, especially where there's a so-called indigenous population. We're terrified of trampling on the dominant culture or being seen as Clem from Texas. To the average liberal, 'ugly American' is redundant...

"Conservatives correctly point out that once a species is gone, it's gone. There's no getting it back. As Western Europe is discovering, the same is true of countries. If Trump loses, at least we'll finally know: it was too late. The left had too much time to bring in ringers and change the country's demographics. Between Teddy Kennedy'a 1965 immigration act and the media making it a thought crime to want to preserve our culture, they've destroyed America.

"Until June 16, 2015, there was no one to oppose them. If Trump is not elected president, it will be gone and Americans will be homesick forever.

"I just want to have my answer. Is the country already finished?"

Coulter feels that conservatives, moderates, and even disgruntled Democrats should set aside their doubts and embrace Trump, and why his agenda will lead to a victory in November. She feels it comes down to three things:

Trump ended Republican pandering to Hispanic activists with his hard-line policy on immigration. Americans of all ethnicities finally have a champion against open borders and cheap foreign labor.

Trump has overturned the media's traditional role in seeing the agenda and defining who gets to be considered "presidential."

Trump has exposed political consultants as "grifters and hacks, who know less about winning elections than any mammal on the North American landmass."

Whether you agree with her or not, Coulter is a very entertaining writer with lines that will definitely make you laugh.

This book is definitely for conservatives, Trump devotees, and political junkies on both sides who want to know all they can about the Republican nominee ahead of the election on November 8.

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