On January 7, 2021 I was driving home to Florida after the January 6th Rally in Washington, DC. Not one to normally listen to talk radio, I did that day. I was still in shock from the disconnect in the news between what tens of thousands of us experienced, and what the news was reporting. And I was trying to put together the pieces for myself—and release the sadness that had gripped me, at the same time bracing myself for the vilification of all of us that would likely come.
Whatever talk show I had tuned into, I don’t even remember the host’s name. But one thing a woman caller said—an insightful evaluation she made—struck me that day, and has remained with me ever since. It was so powerful that the seed it planted gave rise to the solution I wrote in the novel “White King and the Seat at the Table.” I did not even know that day I would be writing a novel about our current global free-fall, let alone be directed in my looking and research by something a complete stranger said to an unknown talk show host.
Here’s what she said to the man. She was trying to tell him that she didn’t like being told that she and others like her were just “Trump,” following in the “Trump Cult.” In a brilliant analysis, she explained to the smart but cocky radio show celebrity that all the media and pundits had it wrong in their characterization of Trump’s supporters. “We are not Trump. We are not mindless people trying to be ‘Trump.’ Trump is us. That’s why we love him.”
And in those simple sentences this ordinary American citizen put her finger on why 75 million Americans voted for him, and why his supporters still stay united and determined. You may not understand this, but his supporters do. Trump took the time to listen to the citizens of this country—no matter what party or status in life they were in. He clearly identified with the people, and people in turn came to love him.
I don’t think the elites in Washington or anywhere else truly understand what a Populist is. He was one of us. Wealthier, sure. More influential, sure. But he possessed a stunning empathy and respect for the greatness of the American people. We are not a weak people to be governed on behalf of. We are the people who give consent to those who govern. In the halls of universities, in Congress, in think tanks and in cable news networks, they don’t really seem to understand that fact. Trump reflected the values and wishes of the American people. Not the other way around.
But there are those who fueled hatred toward the President from the very beginning. The attacks we all know were 24/7 and were brutally punishing and disruptive to a man who was simply trying to serve–every day in every way–the American People. He truly put us first—whether we voted for him or not.
Far worse though is this: there are enemies of our Constitutional Republic who do understand what I just said. Though their attacks were aimed directly at him, these people clearly understood that he was us. It was you and I—Americans all—that they were attacking. He was just the man in the middle who was willing to take the blows.
So, although you might have missed it, and despite all the bellowing from the mountain tops, it is not Trump that the world’s elites hate. It is us. If you want to know why his “base” is remaining so solid, I think it is because we realized long ago that one man can’t be such a lightning rod for hate. He’s not. He’s the shield in front of the real target. On a gut level we know that we are the hated ones. We are the target. We are the ones who have to be silenced and stopped. And we love the man who was willing to stand up for us, as one of us.
It is the values of the American People, the talents of the American People, the brilliance and work ethic of the American people that very real enemies hate. Those who would reduce this country to a lawless tyranny and end our form of government don’t really care what party you are in—what jersey you wear. They care about their own power globally. And we the people are the only thing standing in the way of their authoritarian vision for the future.
We have far more that unites us than divides us no matter what the relentless propagandizing of the Media pounds us with daily. Fortunately there is hope. These people are so stupid that they believe we are mindless cult followers—with no vision of our own. They believe we are Trump and can be dumped on the same trash heap they want to dump him on. But they are wrong. They are blind. We are who the American people have always been, and Donald J. Trump is one of us. He exemplifies us.
So, the next time you are tempted to join in the Trump bashing, echoing their cliched criticisms, just remember it is not Trump they hate. It is you. What they say about him is how they feel about you. They know he reflects you. We do not reflect him. And the enemies of our Republic, both foreign and domestic, just can’t abide the American People. It is just that simple.
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