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Conservatives Like Me an Endangered Species in Manhattan

Conservatives Like Me an Endangered Species in Manhattan

Protesters in front of Trump Tower on November 20, 2016, in New York.(Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images)

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 11:59 AM Current | Bio | Archive

I represent an endangered species in Manhattan. I lean conservative on most economic and foreign policy issues. That’s anathema to many Manhattanites, who fancy themselves enlightened progressives with a monopoly on "Truth."

Also anathema in liberal Manhattan was to dare question whether a candidate with Hillary Clinton’s long record of corruption, mendacity and repeated displays of poor judgment belonged in the White House. The liberal New York Daily News ran a pre-election editorial entitled: "Bury Trump in a Landslide." And Mr. Trump was indeed buried in a landslide — in New York City. 86 percent of my fellow Manhattanite voters ended up casting their votes for Hillary. She received 79 percent of the votes across all five boroughs of New York City.

After much of the rest of the country, between the two coasts, ended up rejecting Hillary in favor of Donald Trump, denial and anger set in amongst huge throngs of New York City liberals. Just after the election, thousands of New Yorkers took to the streets, blocking traffic while proclaiming, "Not my president." Encountering one such protest march, I was tempted to ask the protesters whether they were referring to Barack Obama. However, given the boiling anger in the crowd, I decided to resist making such a snide remark and just walk on by.

Indeed, many New Yorkers were so bummed out by Donald Trump’s victory that The New York Times decided to run an op-ed article right after the election, entitled "Ten-Step Program for Adjusting to President-Elect Trump." The Times’ advice column for all the snowflakes lamenting Hillary’s upset loss started out with this "observation": "Well, wow. We’ve got a president-elect who a great many Americans regard as the spawn of Satan. A dimwitted, meanspirited spawn embodying the nation’s worst flaws, failings and nightmares." More like a "great many" New Yorkers and their counterparts in California.

Progressive New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio decided that it was a worthwhile expenditure of taxpayers’ dollars to offer counseling to municipal employees trying to deal with post-election stress. "Many New Yorkers may be feeling distressed or vulnerable following the election results. ... We have seen the concerns expressed on social media and we are monitoring them closely," the mayor wrote in an email message to city workers. Would it really be too much to ask Mayor de Blasio to focus instead on the problems in the city bothering most New Yorkers, whatever their political beliefs, such as rising homelessness in the streets, deteriorating schools, allegations of corruption in his own administration, and the constant traffic jams and construction everywhere?

While Donald Trump has been reviled nearly every day in The New York Times and Vice President-elect Pence was booed on Broadway, Hillary Clinton continues to be treated like royalty in New York City. For example, she received a "sustained standing ovation" from the sold-out crowd at the recent final Broadway performance of The Color Purple, The New York Times proudly reported. "Mrs. Clinton has emerged from the Chappaqua woods with her husband and family in tow, much to the delight of New Yorkers who have embraced her as a battle-scarred heroine," a fawning Times reporter wrote last week.

New Yorkers brag all the time how we have overcome one disaster after another, including blackouts and blizzards, not to mention 9/11. We have also had to endure many heartaches seeing our local sports teams go down in defeat year after year. Surely, my fellow New Yorkers should be able to get through their ten-step program and deal with the reality of a Trump administration. Then again, surrounded by unforgiving, intolerant liberals who view virtually all conservative ideas as racist, homophobic, Islamophobic, transphobic, misogynist, or all of the foregoing, the rare conservative such as myself living in Manhattan will need extra doses of Fox News and talk radio to stay grounded in reality.

Joseph A. Klein is a featured author for FrontPage Magazine and the United Nations correspondent for Canada Free Press. He has also authored the books "Global Deception: The UN’s Stealth Assault on America’s Freedom" and "Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, the United Nations & Radical Islam." Klein, a Harvard Law school alumnus and practicing attorney, has been a guest on many radio shows as a commentator and has appeared on several TV shows including "Fox & Friends." For more of this reports — Click Here Now.

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