The rise of Trump in 2015-16 was depressing.
An illiterate TV celebrity.
A know-nothing who watches TV shows and does not read.
A man of dodgy, untrustworthy politics, who is just as likely to praise a dictator
as to oppose one.
A "patriot" with a history of slandering America and defending its enemies.
A "capitalist" who hates free trade.
A man-baby who says and tweets pathetic, infantile, childish things.
A disgusting sexist sleazeball
who one would cross the road to avoid.
A man of hideous appearance
and hideous manners.
Trump is all of these things.
And yet Americans picked this man as their President in 2016.
lost decade of Obama's appeasement,
I thought there would be hope for what came next.
But instead of picking a Reagan
to take on the jihad, and other threats,
Americans picked another celebrity idiot.
But ... there is a but.
Trump makes me ill.
When he speaks I am invariably disgusted and appalled.
But I will add one qualification:
His actions are 10 times better
than his awful words.
In office, his instinctive and primal hostility to entities like the UN, the PA and Iran
is wonderful to see.
It has led to good things, even great things.
If he would only just shut up, dear God shut up,
and we could judge his actions alone,
there is a lot of good there.
Way better than the last guy, Obama.
Among Trump's thousands of pathetic, babyish tweets, it is hard to highlight the most pathetic.
caught my eye.
America elected a 10 year old man-baby as President.
The US was for a time led by
President Dwayne Camacho
from the movie
My main problem with Trump is that he is an ignoramus.
He has no ideology, no core beliefs.
He knew nothing about the issues until yesterday.
I have followed the war against the jihad in enormous detail since 9/11.
In all that time, I never heard Donald Trump say anything interesting about it.
He knows nothing about it.
His vague, ill-formed positions emerged yesterday
and will be replaced by other positions tomorrow.
Anyone who believes he is a counter-jihadist will be sorely disappointed.
Trump has no plan for the jihad.
He has not got the character or learning to formulate a plan and see it through.
When he took office, Ronald Reagan had held the same ideology for decades.
He understood communism perfectly.
Trump, in contrast, knows little about the jihad, and will blow with the wind of the last person he talked to.
Andrew C. McCarthy says Trump knows nothing about the jihad:
"interviewed .. months into his campaign, Donald Trump did not know the key leaders of the global jihad.
[He] was unfamiliar with Hassan Nasrallah, the Hezbollah leader ...
Ayman al-Zawahiri, ... who has ... commanded al-Qaeda since ... 2011; and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,
self-proclaimed caliph of the Islamic State ...
[He confused] the Kurds with the [Iranian] Quds Force
Donald Trump does not have a clue about any of this, careening wildly from vows to stay out of the fray (leaving it in Vladimir Putin's nefarious hands) to promises that the earth will be indiscriminately scorched."
L. Brent Bozell says he is a fake conservative:
"A real conservative walks with us. Ronald Reagan read National Review and Human Events for intellectual sustenance; spoke annually to the Conservative Political Action Conference, Young Americans for Freedom, and other organizations to rally the troops;
... wrote hundreds of op-eds; and delivered even more speeches, everywhere championing our cause. Until he decided to run for the GOP nomination a few months ago, Trump had done none of these things".
Let's Get This Straight: Trump Is No Reagan. Jonah Goldberg, 25 Mar 2016, is baffled by
"miraculously finding Reaganism in the outbursts of a loutish and crude real-estate developer
In terms of personal character and ideological seriousness, Trump and Reagan could not be more different. Reagan was one of the most dignified politicians of the 20th century, one who turned his cheek to vicious attacks, refused to use profanity, and rarely showed an angry side. Meanwhile, Trump's crude and vengeful streaks virtually define the man. Reagan's ideological principles were derived from decades of reading, speaking, and debating. Trump, meanwhile, is winging it."
Trump has suggested that America should
kill the families of terrorists.
He repeatedly implied that women and children should be targeted and US soldiers should be ordered to commit war crimes.
When faced with criticism, he later claimed he never implied that.
Heaven knows what he believes, but there is little thought or humanity
involved either way.
Mitt Romney speech, Mar 2016, attacks Trump's character:
"Donald Trump lacks the temperament to be president.
He's not .. the kind of stable, thoughtful person we need as a leader.
He has neither the temperament nor the judgment to be president".
sums up why no conservative, classic liberal or libertarian should support Trump.
He sums up Trump as a
"thin-skinned, uninformed, big-government authoritarian demagogue".
Trump has insulted almost everyone on the right, including:
The leading political figures on the right,
George W. Bush,
and Paul Ryan.
The leading media figures on the right,
and Jennifer Rubin.
The leading media outlets on the right,
The National Review,
The Weekly Standard,
The Wall Street Journal.
He insults everyone who is not Trump or worshipping Trump.
And then Trumpists wonder why so many people on the right won't support him.
Trump the apologist for China:
where Trump seems to praise China's crushing of the pro-democracy protest in Tiananmen Square:
"When the students poured into Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government almost blew it.
Then they were vicious, they were horrible, but they put it down with strength.
That shows you the power of strength. Our country is right now perceived as weak ... as being spit on by the rest of the world".
Trump calls the heroic pro-democracy protest a "riot".
This has been a sad election.
Many people I admire (e.g. almost everyone at National Review)
did resist Trump.
But other people I admired were seduced by the orange con man.
It is too sad to even list them.
I'm not sure I will ever look at them the same way again.
Trump thinks Muslim women like wearing
because it avoids makeup.
He knows nothing about Islam and forced veiling.
He talks in childish generalisations, like an uneducated bar drunk.
Incredible and horrifying:
Trump is unable to condemn
famous white racist David Duke and the KKK.
discovers that Trump does know who Duke is,
and Trump has even condemned him before!
So what went wrong here?
It seems it was just Trump's addiction to rambling bullshit
that destroyed him here.
For a man who became rich through capitalism,
Trump has a remarkable hatred of the free market.
In particular, he has a hatred of the
globalisation and free trade
that has made the world so much richer.
Trump is obsessed with
viewing them as a "problem"
the same way Marxists view inequality as a "problem".
He constantly threatens US government interference in free trade.
Republicans, the party of the "market", voted for this
statist, protectionist, economic illiterate.
Trump's trade policy is stuck in the '80s - the 1680s by Catherine Rampell, May 31, 2018.
She says Trump has
"an economic philosophy that was prevalent in the 17th and 18th centuries.
In a nutshell, mercantilists believed a country should try to maximize exports and minimize imports."
Breaking, March 2018: Celebrity TV idiot discovers how to make a country rich:
Simply refuse to trade with any country with which it has a trade deficit.
Why did the learned men never think of this! It's easy!
Trump is a fraud:
He is not anti-terrorist.
he pals around with Irish terrorist leader Gerry Adams
at an IRA fundraiser in 1995.
Did Trump's donation help pay for the
IRA truck bomb in London
I debate Trump's support for the IRA
with a Trump fan
"I am pretty certain that DJT is *not* funding terrorism - at least not recently. ;o) I'm more incline to believe he is anti."
My reply is above.
Being an ignoramus, and blowing with the wind of the last person he heard,
Trump is almost as likely to attack the West as praise it.
He is almost as likely to defend the West's enemies as oppose them.
Trump is not "pro-West". He is not a "patriot".
He has a history of dodgy positions more like a right-wing Noam Chomsky.
Praise for Russia, Syria, Iran:
Trump is an American "patriot" who
the ally of Iran and Syria,
a dictator who kills dissidents and threatens American allies.
Trump is an American "patriot" who in 2016
defended Assad, (*)
the mass killer of Syrians,
a terror-sponsor who for years helped Islamic terrorists kill Americans in Iraq.
Trump also in 2016
defended Iran, (*)
an Islamic terror state that has killed Americans and American allies.
Iran is the sponsor of
Islamic terror groups Hezbollah and Hamas.
(*) Yes, later, in 2017, as President, Trump was persuaded to
turn against Syria and Iran.
in April 2017.
That is great.
But what was he doing defending them in 2016?
He has no solid principles.
Trump praises Saddam Hussein again, July 2016. More pro-tyrant crap from Trump.
He seems to think, from his extensive reading, that Saddam "killed terrorists".
"He was a bad guy - really bad guy. But you know what he did well? He killed terrorists. He did that so good."
Trump's foreign policy is
not based on any reading or philosophical foundations.
A lot of it seems to be leftist drivel
combined with Russia Today lies,
with a layer of "Make America Great".
He hasn't a clue what he is talking about.
Here in Oct 2015 he
admires Putin's horrific intervention in Syria.
Putin is helping with the indiscriminate slaughter of Syrians,
but Trump cares nothing for the human cost.
He wants Assad, who has killed 100,000 people, to stay in power.
And he says it would be better if Saddam (who killed 2 million people) and Gaddafi were in power.
There are good points to be made about the dangerous alternatives to these foul dictators, but Trump does not make them.
Neo-cons make them.
Trump displays a simplistic isolationism
that thinks if America abandons the Middle East and lets dictators like Assad and Putin run rampant,
and refuses to defend liberals and democrats in the region,
then everything will be fine.
Trump defends Putin killing journalists:
"Well I think our country does plenty of killing also".
An America-hating commie could not have said it better.
Matt Drudge, 7 Nov 2016, promotes interview of radical left traitor Julian Assange by radical left traitor John Pilger.
"moved to tears .. hero",
says Drudge about a man who spent years
releasing American classified information
to its enemies.
Trumpists are Chomskyite traitors to America.
Even if Trump had good ideas (which he does not)
there would still be the problem of his low character.
He is a rude, boorish, vulgar, classless, sexist, offensive, petty, childish bully
who drags the level of political discourse into the gutter.
He is hyper-sensitive to criticism and has no self-control in his attacks on critics and opponents.
He is a sleazy man of low moral character,
unfit for leadership.
I am mystified how any decent conservative could vote for him.
I thought conservatives stood for decency, manners and civility.
"The Best Words".
Ad from American Future Fund about Trump's foul language.
"Offensive. Out of Control. America Can do Better."
has been a real disappointment.
He spent years complaining about the destruction of traditional values by Hollywood and the left,
and promoting classic values like honour, loyalty, restraint, civility and decency,
only to throw it all out the window when he saw Trump.
If you support a vulgar, childish, bullying, ignorant sexist creep for President,
you can never again complain about debased discourse in public life.
James Kirchick, April 11, 2016:
"I do not respect anyone who considers himself or herself a "fan" of Donald Trump.
Yes, the economy has not been kind to white working-class voters ...
Yes, the PC police .. have gotten out of hand.
Yes, it is true that world leaders have taken President Barack Obama's mettle and found it severely wanting.
None of these things, however, justifies voting for an authoritarian, misogynistic, epically narcissistic man-child whose election would clearly be a disaster for the country."
Trump boasts about sexually assaulting women:
"You know I'm automatically attracted to beautiful - I just start kissing them. It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait.
And when you're a star, they let you do it, you can do anything. ... Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything."
We then had the hilarious spectacle of Christian conservatives telling us that this is normal "locker room talk",
and all men talk like rapists.
And rape is great fun altogether.
And all this from conservatives who spent years claiming to defend "decency" and moral "values".
They threw it all away the moment the orange conman showed up.
David French, 10 Oct 2016, makes the points that are totally obvious to anyone except Trump-maniacs:
"I played in school and community basketball leagues for decades. I joined the Army eleven years ago. I served in Iraq with an all-male combat arms unit. I know "locker-room talk" better than the average person, and in all those years I've heard lots that is crude and crass.
But I've never heard a man brag about assaulting a woman, grabbing her whether she wanted it or not.
Typically, the man's point was to boast about how much women wanted him. A sexual predator was a creep and a criminal."
A Trumpist says that Trump is
"a gift from God to our beloved nation."
God apparently is some kind of sexual pervert.
(To be fair, the Old Testament tried to warn us of that.)
Appeasement of Iran.
Support for the Muslim Brotherhood.
The abandonment of Iraq to the jihad.
Syria and Russia running rampant.
The emergence of the Islamic State.
Genocide in Iraq and Syria.
Freedom in the world going backwards.
She was a terrible Secretary of State
and would make a bad President.
But the fact is, she would be better than Trump.
At least she is not insane.
I think she would be better than Obama too.
These are low bars, I agree.
Anyway, once Trump finally won the Republican race,
Clinton rolled out the brutal attack ads that the Republicans never dared to.
They are devastating.
The ads about Trump write themselves.
Trump has created a massive rift on the right.
So much so that I am now blocked on Twitter not just by pro-jihad leftists (see my site's footer)
but also by anti-jihad people who have joined the cult of Trump.
The Trump era is the era of the fake counter-jihadist.
The "counter-jihadists" who get angry if America takes action against tyranny abroad.
Who blame America for 9/11,
who say American troops commit war crimes,
who piss on the American mission in Iraq,
Trump is the ultimate fake counter-jihadist.
And a bunch of other fakes, like Paul Joseph Watson, have joined him.
in pursuit of his defence of Assad,
hosts the pro-Assad conspiracy theorist
("PartisanGirl", "Syrian Girl").
shows she hates Israel,
and cheers the death of American soldiers.
More hideous stuff from her here.
Paul Joseph Watson, 2003, says the US government did 9/11.
Evil America bombed itself.
of Order Out of Chaos (2003) by Paul Joseph Watson.
He despises America, the American military and its missions.
He has contempt for the liberation of Kuwait and the toppling of Saddam.
He says the American military commits war crimes.
He is a right-wing Noam Chomsky.
of the above.
Watson attacks Israel in 2014
as it defends itself against the jihad.
What kind of fake "counter-jihadist" attacks Israel?
Using pathetic left-wing talking points too.
He casually says Israeli soldiers commit war crimes, just as he casually says American troops commit war crimes.
He is a version of Noam Chomsky.
A "counter-jihadist" who attacks Israel ("the Zionist state") using jihadist-leftist propaganda.
Still from the video above.
The man is a total fraud.
American Trumpist "conservative"
parrots extreme left Chomskyist history of the Iraq War as if it is truth, March 2022.
Loony conservative meets loony communist in horseshoe theory.
So I have told you why I hate him.
I need to list the good things President Trump does.
In office, his instinctive and primal hostility to entities like the UN, the PA and Iran
has led to him doing good things,
and appointing people who do good things.
The following list has grown so long that it is beginning to outweigh his sins.
Trump's greatest achievement: The Israel - Arab countries peace deal.
For all Trump's apparent stupidity, this was a genius move in the Middle East.
To ignore the "peace process" and the "two state solution", none of which led anywhere.
To ignore the Palestinians
and ignore their rejectionism,
and workaround with a peace deal between Arab states and Israel.
"Screw the Palestinians. Let's make money."
The best thing in the Middle East in decades.
Most of these countries are oppressive states.
(UAE, Bahrain, Sudan,
Egypt and Oman
are all ranked
"Not Free" by Freedom House.)
We're not saying the Arab world is fixed.
But this is still great news and a glimpse of a new world.
And yes, a lot of it is a Sunni alliance against Shia Iran and its allies.
But Israel will take it.
Since when has it been invited to join a Sunni alliance before?
And well done Trump!
Worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize.
Can I forgive Trump his multitudinous sins because of the above?
With gritted teeth, I would say Yes.
Yes I can.
Droning Iranian terrorist leaders has got to deserve some credit.
Especially when compared with giving a platform to the Iranian regime, like Twitter does.
If I had to choose between Trump and the people who run Twitter, I would choose Trump.
Israel-UAE photoshoot, Sept 2020, after the peace deal.
Israeli model May Tager with the Israeli flag,
Dubai-based model Anastasia Bandarenka (from Russia) with the UAE flag,
in a photo shoot in Dubai, Sept 2020.
This is wonderful. So wonderful. The people who made this happen should get the 2020 Nobel Prize for Peace. This is a glimpse of a new world.
I was looking forward to not hearing Trump's offensive drivel any more.
But I also thought Biden
would also be a return to centre-left Obama ideas.
Trump loses, Nov 2020:
I have mixed feelings. It will be a relief not to hear Donald Trump's hideous voice any more.
I did think his Arab-Israel peace deal was worth getting 4 more years.
This was his greatest achievement. But I totally understand anyone who hates him.
What a weirdo.
Blocked on Twitter by the regressive left and Islamists:
I love debate.
I love ideas.
But the Western left
and their friends the Islamic right
do not return the favour.
Their response to opposing ideas, whether expressed politely or robustly, is often to block.
See Who blocks me on Twitter.
I will debate almost anyone.
Stick to ideas and I will debate you.
But I do have rules.
See Who I block on Twitter.
The Twitter dark age, 2016 to 2022:
I am on Twitter at
Twitter was a great place for debate before 2016.
You could meet everyone in the world, and argue about ideas.
Starting in 2016,
Twitter became increasingly broken.
It became full of reporting and bans and censorship.
In 2019, Twitter even started
for no reason that was ever explained, or could be appealed.
arrival of Elon Musk
in 2022, Twitter's dark age of censorship may end.
Let's hope so.