The reason the establishment/media/left do not like him is because he defends himself and the country:
It was perhaps only a matter of time, Julius Krein appeared in the new York Times…again…to declare he is so disappointed in Trump that he had to now pull his support from Trump, and regret his vote for Trump.
How easy a thing to do. It is frankly a quick way out to cut and run at the first hint of a problem. Of course, Julius Krein was a part of the now defunct Journal of American Greatness, and the website abruptly folded when the heat got too hot, making up an excuse that it was all a joke. While we do not know if he was a part of that retreat or the cause of it, it does make one suspicious to the point that this now seems like a pattern.
Krein breathlessly proclaims that,
Far from making America great again, Mr. Trump has betrayed the foundations of our common citizenship. And his actions are jeopardizing any prospect of enacting an agenda that might restore the promise of American life.
It’s no longer early. Not only has the president failed to make the course corrections necessary to save his administration, but his increasingly appalling conduct will continue to repel anyone who might once have been inclined to work with him.
From the very start of his run, one of the most serious charges against Mr. Trump was that he panders to racists. Many of his supporters, myself included, managed to convince ourselves that his more outrageous comments — such as the Judge Gonzalo Curiel controversy or his initial hesitance to disavow David Duke’s endorsement — were merely Bidenesque gaffes committed during the heat of a campaign.
Oh, so Krein means Trump is a racist? Apparently so, and the fact he keeps doing the wrong thing on this score, means he has proved his “harshest critics” right. And just who are those critics? The Left, the Media, and #NeverTrumpers, of which now Krein has decided to throw in his lot. Perhaps, this is the joke he wrote about when he fled from JAG?
Krein’s argument is weak, and imprudent, because, it seems that now he believes an Hillary Clinton presidency would have been better. That makes his decision foolish.
Over at the Federalist there is a thoughtful piece about the reason why Conservatives should not play the game of the media when it comes to the condemnation of whatever racist condemnation they are demanding. The reason is because it is a trick that cannot be won.
When a Republican does condemn the violence the press wants condemned, then they get the football yanked from them like Lucy and Charlie Brown, having their motives and sincerity questioned. It’s a no win game, yet many continue to do it: Rubio, Bush, McCain, Romney, etc.
The author of the piece claims that Trump should not play that game either, and instead say something like this:
“White supremacy is not an ideology that falls on the extreme right end of the American political spectrum. Just like violence in the name of leftism, white supremacy is nothing other than hatred and idiocy masquerading as ideology and conviction. Those who espouse these views have not taken the principles of one political party and corrupted them. They have simply embraced the doctrine of demons—the belief that man can build utopia by aiming violence and hatred at his neighbor.
“Therefore there is no need for whataboutism today. I don’t need the media or Democrats to rebuke the terror of self-identified leftists before I can speak against the violence of those who claim to be members of the Right. White supremacists already stand condemned according to the law of God, and that’s all I need to condemn them as well.
“In conclusion, I’d like to say something to those who approve of the hatred that we saw in Charlottesville last weekend. And I will speak loudly and clearly, so that they can hear me above the rumbling of the washing machine in their mothers’ basements: I am not your friend, and I oppose your agenda. If you want to air your diseased doctrines before the world in a peaceful manner, you have that right and I trust that the marketplace of ideas will leave you irrelevant.
“If, however, you want to pair those hateful thoughts with hateful deeds, you should trust that my administration will leave you in prison as we continue to Make America Great Again for all her citizens.”
The problem with this is that Trump has already said much of this. It does not matter. The author suggests that not responding to these accusations by the media and others would be appropriate. But, the time for silence is long gone and passed. It never worked.
What we need for public deliberation is public defenses. In that, Trump is pitch perfect.
Both sides were violent in Charlottesville, but Trump was right about describing the violence in general. The media, on the other hand, is covering up for a leftist violence that seems to be aligned with the Democrat Party. The only difference between the groups is which identity they identify with.
Charlottesville looms large, but this is one of the most statesman-like speeches of Trump: