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Twittering on the brink

History will come to praise Trump not to bury him

16 January 2021

9:00 AM

16 January 2021

9:00 AM

‘When acclaimed author David Sedaris wrote that choosing between Democrats and Republicans in presidential elections is like selecting an airline meal where the stewardess offers a choice of chicken or a ‘platter of shit with bits of broken glass in it,’ the backdrop was not the election of 2016 between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. He penned the story in October 2008, when the candidates were John McCain and Barack Obama. It’s worth recalling this as Democrats froth at the mouth at the mention of Trump’s name and Republicans go green around the gills.

It’s a reminder that the dominant narrative in the media denigrates all incumbent Republicans presidents and presidential candidates. The demonisation of Trump as a reincarnation of Adolph Hitler is different only in degree to the general modus operandi. Even in the conservative National  Interest, a  2018 article explained, ‘Why Republicans Love Dumb Presidents.

Reagan had the clarity of mind, the courage of his well-grounded Hayekian convictions and the charisma to call on Mikhail Gorbachev ‘to tear down this Wall,’ and win the Cold War but the American elite still carp that he was senile, ‘misidentifying members of his own Cabinet, describing movie scenes as though they were real, changing his schedule in order to follow the advice of an astrologer, and bringing up a science-fiction movie, in which aliens cause the Soviets and Americans to come together, with such frequency that Colin Powell would joke to his staffers, “Here come the little green men again.”

Trump’s stocks are at their lowest ebb which makes it a safe bet that history will be kinder to him than the first draft now being written by propagandists masquerading as journalists.

Like all people who rise to great heights, Trump has been lucky, but few are lucky as they plummet to back to earth. In banning Trump from Twitter, CEO Jack Dorsey and his progressive, millennial minions have made the man something he could never have achieved on his own:  a martyr to free speech.  The slings and arrows of outrageous social media have not only transformed him into St Donald of the Silenced Tweet, they have brought about a miracle. In ripping out his tongue, they have made him eloquent. In a delicious twist of fate, Chancellor Angela Merkel called the move to ban Trump ‘problematic’ and said social media giants shouldn’t have the power to decide who has the right to free speech. French President Emmanuel Macron echoed Merkel and said he was shocked. Poland may pass a law that would fine social media companies $2.2 million a pop for censoring lawful free speech.

Beyond that, Trump’s record will stand him in good stead, while Barack Obama, beloved of intellectuals for his sophistry, will in time be seen to have imperilled the West.

Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accords and his removal of the obstacles that Obama erected to frustrate fracking, will eventually be recognised as the correct path to reduce emissions without saddling the economy with deadweight costs.

Trump’s withdrawal from Obama’s billion-dollar deal which turbo-charged Iran’s Islamist terrorism, while only delaying its nuclear ambitions, will be recognised as the only moral course, in the face of the ayatollahs’ implacable antisemitism and oft-tweeted determination to wipe Israel off the map.

Despite all the platitudes peddled by the Left, Trump’s Abraham Accords are the first concrete steps in decades to bring peace to the Middle East and reconciliation between Arabs and Jews. And while the elite was making a motza in China, Trump called out the offshoring of American jobs and the threat posed by the CCP to the West.

In doing this, he was the first president in decades not to drag American soldiers into new conflicts but rather used political and economic leverage to advance American interests. As Winston Churchill said, ‘Meeting jaw to jaw is better than war.’

Domestically, Trump deregulated which fostered rapid economic expansion and, in particular lifted the wages of the lowest-paid workers.

Yet the topic on which the record will be rewritten in the starkest terms is Trump’s handling of the pandemic. It is an incontrovertible fact that HCQ, the cheap, generic drug that Trump championed, or as the Democrats and their shills in the media put it, that he ‘touted’, dramatically reduces the lethality of Covid. In India, where it has been used throughout the pandemic, the per capita mortality rate is less than in the state of Victoria. In time, the health authorities that demonised the drug will be reviled and the brave doctors who risked their careers to save their patients lives will be vindicated. Trump failed to win the battle during the pandemic but eventually it will be recognised that he, unlike progressive opponents, was on the right side of history.

In the face of these achievements, how will history assess the so-called coup d’état at the Capitol that Trump is accused of unleashing? Recent events always loom largest when looking backwards. What is certain is the hyperbole of the elite already looks absurd.  Arnold Schwarzenegger claiming that the riot was America’s Kristallnacht proves that the man might be a heavyweight bodybuilder but he’s a featherweight historian.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who has been salivating at the thought of impeaching Trump since the day he was elected is keeping the dream alive but running out of time.  She also looks hopelessly hypocritical. The woman who claims to be horrified at the suggestion that the 2020 election was stolen, tweeted on May 16, 2017, ‘Our election was hijacked. There is no question. Congress has a duty to #ProtectOurDemocracy & #FollowTheFacts.’ She also went on television and said of the Trump administration, ‘I just don’t know why there aren’t uprisings all over the country. Maybe there will be.’

There’s a poetic justice that so many Democratic lawmakers were forced to endure a few hours of the lawlessness that they turned a blind eye to throughout 2020, when their constituents saw their businesses looted and city centres in flames.

On January 8, Twitter banned Trump permanently for inciting violence by tweeting that ‘The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!’ and ‘To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.’

The trouble for Twitter is that Trump’s tweets don’t sound like incitement to violence. Not compared to Joe Biden who, when he was asked in 2018 whether he would debate Trump said, no, ‘If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.’ Or a Missouri state senator who said she hoped Trump was assassinated. Or Madonna who said in 2017, ‘I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House.’ Or Robert de Niro who said in 2016 he’d like to punch Trump in the face.

The louder the left rant that Trump is the devil incarnate, the more persuasive his silence sounds. They will never admit it but that is why the chicken they offer to the voters always tastes a little like excrement mixed with broken glass.

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