After a period of unusual calm, President Trump has taken to Twitter again to voice his discontent with the world. This time, he has set his sights on the “fresh new faces” of the Democratic party: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley. Responding to the continuous anti-American rhetoric of these women, Trump recommended that they “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
As expected, this triggered Democrats who called for impeachment and charged President Trump with racism and xenophobia. Even though the mainstream media will sound the alarms, none of this is new. This has been the script for Democrats ever since Trump took office.
Similarly, Never-Trump (or David Frenchist) conservatives have come out of the woodwork to join in the condemnation. None of them will say that they disagree with Trump per se, but that they dislike the style and tone of his tweets. In their opinion, it would be best for Trump to sit on the sidelines, say nothing, and supposedly take the high road when leftists wreak havoc on the culture. And, of course, those who disagree are just dumb Trump fanatics with no intellectual credibility.
Needless to say, this kind of thinking is wrong. Such critics never fail to take the perspective of leftists who focus on the president instead of the thing he is criticizing. In this case, he is criticizing an ungrateful, divisive attitude that poisons public discourse by turning every wholesome idea into a violent controversy.
It is also the kind of problem that only Trump and his tweets can really address since everyone in the mainstream media and in politics is complicit. They have given these people a platform. Average Americans who don’t happen to consume alternative media are thus forced to admire these people of no accomplishment and cheer on their hatred of the U.S.—or risk being blasted as bigots.
When Ingratitude Goes Unaddressed, It Corrupts the Whole Organization
In order to understand this dynamic, one can think of an elite university which, to meet some diversity quota and virtue signal, has admitted and granted full scholarships to a small group of minority students from the inner-city. These students are not academically qualified nor are they particularly motivated to learn anything; if the college didn’t admit them, they probably would have stayed in the inner-city.
Rather than showing gratitude for this opportunity, these students constantly disrupt classes and school events with protests against the school’s intolerance and the other students’ white privilege. As they do this, professors all encourage them and pass them while school administrators openly congratulate them on their courage. A few students notice this special treatment and join them. The rest of the students simply endure these outbursts quietly.
After a few years, this enabling eventually takes a toll on the university. Administrators have admitted more unqualified students from rundown areas, taken down statues and renamed buildings, discontinued school events, created new offices for diversity and inclusion, watered down curriculum, inflated grades, and have done away with all academic honors. The majority of students still say nothing, and look on sadly as their school loses its soul. All the while, the original students who campaigned against the school still regularly protest. Eventually, enrollment and endowments decline—though this fact is never mentioned out loud.
In a desperate effort to turn things around, the university hires a new president, one famous for his business savvy. Right away, he condemns the school’s lack of spirit and its enabling practices. As soon as he starts his job, professors and the legion of school bureaucrats openly defy him. Nevertheless, the university experiences improvements in its numbers, and a sense of hope appears among a certain students and professors.
After some time on the job and right before his contract is up for renewal, the president finally addresses the source of his school’s malaise and mediocrity: that small group of inner-city students staging protests. In his usual style, he verbalizes what many people have been thinking: if these kids hate the university that has welcomed them and given them a future, maybe they should go back to the inner-city.
Right on cue, those students and their supporters complain all the more, the faculty equivocates and calls for civility, and the rest of the students quietly cheer on the president, glad that someone with a voice is finally saying something.
Let the Tweets Continue
This is the situation of Americans today. Those on the Left hate Trump; those in the media (both progressive and conservative) hate his tweets; and everyone else—not just the die-hard fans—has a good reason to like the president and his tweets because of his honesty. After the collective silence during President Obama’s inept tenure, Trump’s candor is positively liberating.
The freshmen congresswomen deserve to be humiliated. They are a disgrace to their office and utterly incompetent. The media and Democratic party that encourages them also deserve to be humiliated. They continue to push narratives contrary to reality and stoke the fires of tribalism. And, worst of all, none of them are all that interesting to watch.
Furthermore, the humiliation should be direct and forceful. Conservatives have a bad habit of devoting too much thought and eloquence to these abuses. Their deep analyses and wonkish explorations of progressive stupidity is like a parent paraphrasing Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics to a misbehaving toddler. A simple “No! Stop it!” will do in both cases.
In true fashion, President Trump has since doubled-down on his original tweets, letting loose on what the Democratic party has become. Sensitive people may dislike his word-choice, his tone, or a few of his points, but they should appreciate the overall argument. Republicans can cover their faces in shame like embarrassed teenagers, and the continually affronted Democrats can continue shrieking. Meanwhile, the rest of America should kick back, relax, and enjoy the show. It wasn’t always this way and it won’t always be this way.