No, the reason the ruling class despises Donald Trump is because they can’t control him. Trump throws the bit. He refuses to mouth their lyrics. He won’t obey. At any moment, Trump is liable to come out with something that you’re absolutely not allowed to say: “Borders make countries. China is our enemy. Whoopi Goldberg isn’t that funny.” All undeniably true. And that’s the problem. His words hang in the air for all to see and assess. They’re a massive threat to people whose livelihoods depend on fraud and lying. Trump is the most dangerous to his enemies when he tells the truth. They are his enemies precisely because sometimes he does tell the truth.
He did it the other day. On Friday, the president gave a speech at Mt. Rushmore. He spoke eloquently about the BLM riots and what they mean for the country. Here’s part of it:
Trump: Make no mistake: this left-wing cultural revolution is designed to overthrow the American Revolution. In so doing, they would destroy the very civilization that rescued billions from poverty, disease, violence, and hunger, and that lifted humanity to new heights of achievement, discovery, and progress. To make this possible, they are determined to tear down every statue, symbol, and memory of our national heritage.
America defeated both fascism and communism. Our founders inspired democratic revolutions around the world, from South America to India. Even today, pro-freedom demonstrators in Hong Kong wave the American flag to express defiance and hope. Our economy and our schools created the world’s first, and greatest, educated middle class. Our scientists and engineers didn’t simply invent the airplane and the transistor. They transformed agriculture, and ended famine on most of the globe. The richest Americans became famous, not just for their palaces, but for their philanthropy: Andrew Carnegie built countless libraries for the poor. John D. Rockefeller eradicated hookworm in the American south.
These are not the deeds of an evil country. They’re the accomplishments of a great one. Yet, as the president pointed out, American school children learn none of this. Instead, our curricula have become a toxic mixture of lies and omissions, all designed to poison our children against the country that formed them:
Against every law of society and nature, our children are taught in school to hate their own country, and to believe that the men and women who built it were not heroes, but that were villains. The radical view of American history is a web of lies — all perspective is removed, every virtue is obscured, every motive is twisted, every fact is distorted, and every flaw is magnified until the history is purged and the record is disfigured beyond all recognition.
If you have kids in school, you know every word of that is true. What’s happening in our classrooms is a crime. It’s long past time that a sitting president said so. And then Trump kept going. Toward the end of his speech, he defended the core promise of America, the principle this country was founded on. It’s the only principle that will allow us to survive going forward: an America where all citizens are equal from birth, and enjoy equal rights and protection under the law. It’s the America our Declaration of Independence describes:
We believe in equal opportunity, equal justice, and equal treatment for citizens of every race, background, religion, and creed. Every child, of every color — born and unborn — is made in the holy image of God. (Applause.)
We want free and open debate, not speech codes and cancel culture.
We embrace tolerance, not prejudice.
We support the courageous men and women of law enforcement. (Applause.) We will never abolish our police or our great Second Amendment, which gives us the right to keep and bear arms. (Applause.)
We believe that our children should be taught to love their country, honor our history, and respect our great American flag. (Applause.)
We stand tall, we stand proud, and we only kneel to Almighty God. (Applause.)
This is who we are. This is what we believe. And these are the values that will guide us as we strive to build an even better and greater future.”
We almost never play sound bites that long. But politicians rarely give speeches worthy of it. Friday’s address at Mt Rushmore may have been the best speech Donald Trump has ever given. It was a roadmap not simply for his re-election message, but for the country itself: equality, decency, pride in our nation. Those were the themes. Naturally, the liars on television deeply hated every bit of it:
Yamiche Alcindor, PBS: There’s really a myth of America. This idea that American treated people well, they treated men and women equally, that we founded this country just by our own wit is just a lie.
Ari Melber: Much of American political propaganda, over the course of our history, has tried to completely erase, ignore, lie about the ugly parts of our history.”
Tiffany Cross, MSNBC: Mt Rushmore isn’t exactly the innocent ode to our founding fathers as described in our textbooks and it’s high time we disrupt that false narrative that far too many people believe... Here we are, celebrating the birth of a nation. Independence for white men at a sight described by one native American activist as ‘a symbol of white supremacy.’
These are the same people who’ve spent the last month telling you that the riots you saw live on TV were actually “mostly peaceful” protests against racism. That was a lie. They knew it was a lie when they said it. But they said it anyway because they hate the country. America deserves to be in flames. That’s their view. This weekend, they said it out loud. Mount Rushmore, they told us, must go. It’s illegitimate — just like the country it celebrates:
Leyla Santiago, CNN: President Trump will be at MT Rushmore standing in front of a monument of two slave owners and on land wrestled away from Native Americans.
Joshua Johnson, MSNBC: With these founding fathers, with these monuments we don’t want to forget, what do we do with them? Maybe they don’t stand in the town square but should they stand anywhere? Should we demolish them?
Gyasi Ross, podcast host: It’s been polluted. It’s been desecrated by putting these slave owning, racist, horrible horrible white men in 60 foot statues on this wall.
Cal Perry, MSNBC: When you look at this place, this land, the black hills, the history is a dark one.
Trymaine Lee, MSNBC: It’s not just the land that has been stolen in a place like Mt Rushmore and the black hills, it’s the theft of history, the theft of the narrative.
MSNBC Reporter: It’s worth reminding folks that the man who carved the monument behind me had deep ties to the KKK.
Chris Cuomo, CNN: The mother of all photo ops, MT Rushmore, and we know why this president cannot resist going there.
Mt. Rushmore is now evil. Where is this going? As writer Matt Taibbi put it, “CNN even put “Independence” in quotes when describing the holiday. This will end with Wolf Blitzer, dressed in a daskiki, pulling the switch to dynamite the Statue of Liberty.”
It’s getting easier to imagine that. On the morning of July fourth, The Washington Post summarized the president’s speech this way. Quote: “President Trump’s unyielding push to preserve Confederate symbols and the legacy of white domination, crystallized by his harsh denunciation of the racial justice movement Friday night at Mount Rushmore, has unnerved Republicans who have long enabled him.”
That’s not an opinion piece. It was a news write-up, written by two Washington Post reporters. They described the president’s defense of equality under the law as quote, “Trump’s push to amplify racism.”
Local politicians joined the chorus: The mayor of Nashville, canceled the city’s Fourth of July fireworks, but allowed BLM protests to continue unimpeded. In Richmond, city officials ordered a construction site to remove an American flag. It was too provocative, they said. Meanwhile, the statue of mass murderer Vladimir Lenin stands unmolested in the city of Seattle tonight. Officials see nothing provocative about it.
Where is Joe Biden on all this. Biden is supposed to be a moderate. Remember? That was his chief appeal. But there was nothing moderate about Biden’s Fourth of July statement. It was a full throated attack on the country:
Biden: Our country was founded on an idea. ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’ We’ve never lived up to it. Jefferson himself didn’t. He held slaves. Women were excluded...
American history is no fairy tale. It’s been a constant push and pull between two parts of our character. The idea that all men & women, all people are created equal and the racism that has torn us apart...
We have a chance to rip the roots of systemic racism out of this country.
This is the man who could soon be our figurehead. And how about the actual presidential candidate, Biden’s vice presidential pick? Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois is a top contender for the job. You’re not supposed to criticize Tammy Duckworth because she served in the military. Most people just ignore her. But when she does speak in public, you’re reminded what a deeply unimpressive, silly person she is. Here’s Duckworth from over the weekend, telling us it’s time to get rid of George Washington:
It’s long been consider out of bounds to question a person’s patriotism. We try not to. But the evidence is now overwhelming: these people hate america. There’s no longer a question about that. At the same time, they desperately want to control America. Can you really lead a country you hate? Good question. Ask yourself: What kind of parent would you be if you hated your children? Would kind of officer would you make if you didn’t care about your troops? It would be ugly. It wouldn’t work. Loving the people you lead — deeply caring about other — is the most basic prerequisite of leadership. The leaders of today’s Democratic Party don’t. They despise our country. They’ve said so. That’s shocking. It’s also disqualifying. We can’t let them run a nation they hate. Imagine what they’ll do to it.