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Trump Can Defeat Left by Firmly Staying the Course

Trump Can Defeat Left by Firmly Staying the Course
Omarosa Manigault-Newman attended The Hollywood Reporter's annual 35 Most Powerful People in Media event at The Pool on Thursday, back in April of this year, in New York.Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Monday, 13 August 2018 11:57 AM Current | Bio | Archive

It becomes increasingly obvious that Robert Mueller’s special prosecution of the Trump administration is never going successfully to prove that the president himself, or his men, wrongly colluded with Russians to defeat Hillary Clinton — putting Mr. Trump in the Oval Office.

Wiser Democrats realize that Mrs. Clinton was a deeply flawed candidate, but the canard that the presidency was stolen is good for exciting the Democratic base. Exciting the base is of course the only way to retake the U.S. House of Representatives.

In this way, a purely political impeachment battle against Donald Trump would commence.

The hopes that had been pinned on Mueller are coming to naught. The special counsel may notch a few convictions in matters clearly unrelated to any Russian collusion, but they will not amount to much.

Therefore, something else must be found to bring voters for Democrats to the polls for the crucial 2018 midterm election. As if on cue, enter Omarosa Manigault-Newman with a tell-all book from her abortive career as a White House staffer.

A tome to peddle, along with the sensational charge that she knows for a fact that Mr. Trump is a liar and a racist.

Ms. Manigault-Newman purportedly has heard a tape where Mr. Trump uses the "N"-word (irrefutable proof for the left that he is, indeed, a racist), and, she assures us, Mr. Trump’s policy pronouncements are lies — that he is a stranger to the truth.

Ms. Manigault-Newman’s credibility, the president and his staff point out, is not high, and, it appears, she was sacked from the White House staff for abusing the perks of her office.

Lately Mr. Trump has referred to Ms. Manigault-Newman as a "lowlife."

A very interesting question is why, since she was well known to the president from the time they both were involved with his TV reality show, she was hired in the first place.

The obvious answer is that she is an African-American, and some of his people must have thought that it was important for Mr. Trump to have someone like her who could reach out — on his behalf — to that community.

There is no evidence that she was successful in that endeavor, or possessed any particular talent in that regard. It is those facts, in addition to her misconduct, which no doubt precipitated her removal.

The lesson in all of this is the futility of the Trump administration stooping to conduct the kind of "identity politics" which is so instrumental to his opponents. Maintaining their virtue-signaling with regard to identity politics explains why it's so important for Democrats to be able to accuse Republicans of racism; charges that are fanciful at best, and divisive and poisonous at worst.

Mr. Trump’s success, in fact, can be explained by his rejection of the deleterious politics of identity, and, in particular, his coming out against political correctness, of which identity politics is such a huge part.

Democrats apparently still believe there is much to be gained by assuring minorities and women that they are entitled to more of the spoils of office and governmental largesse, but Mr. Trump helped Republicans (and many voters) to understand that returning the judiciary to the rule of law, lowering taxes, reducing unemployment, and reducing federal over-regulation was a better and more productive political platform.

In this Mr. Trump has had much success. The stock market is much higher than it was when he took office, in large part due to reduced taxes and regulation. His appointments to the judiciary have been superb originalists — in the mode of Justice Antonin Scalia— a commitment to returning judges to their role as enforcers, not frustraters of existing law.

Mr. Trump ought to counter the charge that he is a racist not simply by exposing the falsehood of Ms. Manigault-Newman’s assertion or her personal failings, but by reminding minorities that their employment is at historically high levels, and that his administration is committed to doing all that it can to ensure that all Americans enjoy greater prosperity.

The left’s identity politics conceives of the federal government as an ever-expanding engine for redistribution of resources to groups historically disadvantaged, and, in particular, minorities and women.

This redistribution ethic owes much to the basic Marxian proposition "from each according to his ability to each according to his needs." It's a socialist idea is trumpeted still by such avatars as Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

This certainly has appeal to the untutored, but it has never been successful in the long-term.

The left clings to its romantic hope, that somehow in this country we can achieve a successful socialism that has never occurred on earth.

It's a fantasy, as is the notion that our current president is a racist. All Donald J. Trump needs to do, to defeat the left, is to stay the course he's on, while celebrating his achieved successes.

Stephen B. Presser is the Raoul Berger Professor of Legal History Emeritus at Northwestern’s Pritzker School of Law, the Legal Affairs Editor of Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture, and a contributor to The University Bookman. He graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and has taught at Rutgers University, the University of Virginia, and University College, London. He has often testified on constitutional issues before committees of the United States Congress, and is the author of "Recapturing the Constitution: Race, Religion, and Abortion Reconsidered" (Regnery, 1994) and "Law Professsors: Three Centuries of Shaping American Law" (West Academic, 2017). Presser was recently appointed as a Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy at the University of Colorado's Boulder Campus for 2018-2019. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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The left clings to its romantic hope, that somehow in this country we can achieve a successful socialism. It's a fantasy, as is the notion that our current president is racist. All Donald J. Trump needs to do, to defeat the left, is to stay the course he's on.
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