I have a confession. I find Donald Trump attractive.  I do – the man, as well as the politician. Vain, bouffant hairdo, fake tan and all, he is my kind of man – a leonine alpha male who will get the job done.

Granted, he set off as bit of a cartoon character, a Captain America promising to deliver his broadside against the Democratic establishment. It was fun, but could the TV star really be for real? But as he toured the Rust Belt, and his rallies breathed the Wild West and wagon train spirit, I began to see his appeal – raw and real, no pretence and no edits – as he offended against every convention, saying the unsayable and telling people they could think the unthinkable. It was shock and awe, a revolution, and undoubtedly brave and bold.

As to the later locker-room chat revelations, well, it didn’t put me off. Nor did they the majority of American women who are quite realistic about how the sexes talk about each other in private. So what? I’m happy if he likes women.

The more the media went for him, the more I felt for him. I suppose I’ve always had a penchant for the outsider or the underdog, for that somebody that people are horrified to find you could possibly like. I grant that Trump (a third-generation businessman turned billionaire) can hardly be classed as either. But from the moment he sought the Republican nomination it’s been open season on him. Disparaged and denigrated, not for what he’s done (though building hotels does somehow seem to disqualify you from office) but for who he is and what he is like, I cannot remember another politician treated with such undisguised snobbish contempt.

A weaker man might have floundered. Not The Donald. It won my admiration and had me rushing to his defence.

Yes, I admit it, I like him because the liberals hate him. Being their bogeyman is what makes him my hero. I love him because Hillary Clinton loathes him. I admire him because John Humphrys, Justin Webb, Mishal Husain, Jon Snow, Jon Sopel (I could go on and on) all despise him. The more they cast their aspersions on his ‘sheer illiteracy’ or ‘pig-ignorance’, the more they deride his ‘boastfulness’, the more they smirk, snicker and snigger, the more I’ll leap to his defence.

You can hear them thinking, how dare such a coarse self-funding billionaire, former TV reality star and distinctly ‘non-U’ vulgarian think he can be President? No slur is too bad for him, from incontinent to deranged they mock his mouth ‘puckering’,  his finger ‘key holing’, do our oh-so-very superior media commentators. He is the easiest of targets for cheap shots.

Yet how on earth do they think could he have got to where he is today (as C J said in the Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin) without being an extraordinarily able and self-disciplined man?

That such  snobbish prejudice dictates the British media’s examination of him does not reflect well on Britain at all.  It’s embarrassing to hear these superior guardians of virtue signaling morality display their own prejudices, against Trump, so openly because he is a ‘type’ they can’t digest –  a blatant, flagrant, glaring, unconcealed man that offends against their narrow ideas of  respectability. It’s depressing that under the guise of critical reporting the mean-minded attempts to discredit and delegitimise him  have proceeded unabated, resulting in, if not fake news, just one side of the story, whether its about Russian interference or migration control.

None of this has worked. As each month goes by Trump looks the bigger and our media the smaller and pettier. The inability to see beyond Trump Towers and Mar-a-Lago reflects on us, not him. And it serves the British public poorly. The idea that this Thanksgiving many Americans may be thinking they have much to be thankful will come as a surprise to people over here. But contrary to the negative narrative they hear, Donald Trump has achieved rather a lot.

The US economy is booming. Deregulation, lower taxes and a free enterprise culture are already kicking in – you can read it all here. Unemployment is at a 17-year low. ‘Insourcing’ is in and ‘outsourcing’ is out; GDP is increasing at a rate that Philip Hammond would give his eye teeth for. Trump’s creating a free enterprise culture and it looks to be working.

He’s fighting the culture wars at home – sending Obama’s war on coal packing, extracting America from the bogus Paris Climate Change deal,  eliminating the marriage penalty in his new tax code, disbanding Obama’s transgender bathroom patrol and ending his execrable war on the Little Sisters of Poor, proving himself a champion of liberty against the State. If he does not turn out to be the most effective Conservative President since Ronald Reagan, I’ll be surprised.

Abroad, he’s  proving to be my kind of man too. His defiant and articulate  defence of Western civilisation put the EU’s lily-livered leaders to shame. He has put his money where his mouth is  and  increased US defence expenditure to more $700billion (that is more than three times the defence budgets of the EU countries put together). Almost unnoticed and unreported over here, he’s just completed a remarkably successful diplomatic five-country Asian tour.

Finally he deserves our praise, not contempt, for standing firm on Iran and for repudiating his predecessor’s shameful and dangerous policy of appeasement. Yes, it has cast him against the entire US and European foreign policy establishments,  who have lined up against him in a cowardly defence of the so called Iran deal and to feebly warn against ‘provoking’ Kim Jong-un who they have so singularly failed to contain to date.

It takes a brave man to stand up for his conviction. Who would have thought that Trump would be that type of man? It is a lonely furrow to plough. But the Marvel Comics hero looks set to do it. That’s why I find this go-it-aloner so compelling – and attractive.


  1. Our disgusting, corrupt, anti-democratic elite hate him.
    Because they know he would hate them.
    So do most people outside the South-East cesspit.

  2. Well said Kathy,
    Another Trump masterstroke was appointing Betsy DeVos, an outstanding Conservative women who gets no coverage in our media. She withdrew the Obama-era letter instructing colleges to use the ‘preponderance of evidence’ standard when adjudicating sexual assault. Again virtually no coverage of that.

    • It has been said that the job of President is to distract attention away from what is really happening. On that measure “The Donald” is a rip roaring success!

  3. My enemy’s enemy shouldn’t automatically be my friend.

    But Trump’s list of enemies is so impressive (and the people on it, so unimpressive) that I was very keen that he won the election and even happier now with that result than I was at the time as he is doing a lot of what he promised.

    That is undoubtedly an advantage of the American system. He won because he could appeal over the heads of the politicians and go direct to the people and the primaries. In the UK we get what we are given. May or Corbyn. I would like to ask, “have we come down to that?” Sadly I already know the answer. Yes.

    • The Donald also had/has the advantage of the First Amendment; this combined with the fact that he did/does not have to pay the piper meant that he doesn’t have to play the backers’ tunes.

      Free speech is the cornerstone of American liberty – sadly, we will never have our own Trump as we no longer enjoy that right.

  4. Whoopee, at last a spirited defence of the trump. Love it. I love the use of the word ‘appeasement’ too. That’s what so many in the West have been doing. Appeasing and using Danegeld to buy peace. It doesn’t work. Trump’s way does.

  5. France had a visit from him with all the pomp and ceremony of a visiting Monarch. No trouble, no great opposition. Trump could not set foot here as many right wing US and Canadian commentators also cannot. Mad Mullah, hate filled cleric or communist dictator no problem, please come and enlighten us and we will also crush any protesters for you to make you feel welcome.
    The rot is deep and I don’t think even Brexit will save us.

  6. They hate him because he is not a second-hander. He does not seek prestige from the eyes and mouths of other men, but has the self-confidence of one who doesn’t need their admiration, nor their blessing. Second-handers and prestige seekers recognise this sort of man instantly. They know they can get nothing from him, they cannot exist inside his mind and that makes him dangerous to their very existence.

  7. I read the National Review article and noted a couple of things.

    Firstly, of all the pro-Trump points mentioned there, I have heard either nothing at all within the UK mainstream media, or cursory reports with a decidedly anti-Trump slant. What I have heard and seen, repeatedly, have been the views of people who hate Trump, and the actions of people who hate Trump. This narrative has been so consistent that one would seriously ask how Trump could ever have got elected, since he, his personal history and all his policies are relentlessly appalling, and everyone in America detests him.

    Secondly, I have read the comments appended to the National Review article. Particularly interesting because it it seems clear that most are from Americans, who might be expected to have a better knowledge and more direct experience of events over there. So far, and it may be early days, the balance seems to pan out fairly evenly between pro and anti. But what I note is that, again so far, none of the anti comments have come up with any facts or references with which to refute those in the main article. Plenty of insults, predictions of doom and gloom, calls for Trump to be removed; but no factual refutation anywhere.

  8. Morning, all. I haven’t plugged my blog here at all for the best part of a year, so hope you don’t mind if I give it a mention today for any newcomers here. It’s changed quite a bit in the past few months. In particular:
    1. I now always use screenshots when mentioning tweets, so that even if you’ve been banned by (say) Our Owen on Twitter, you can now read his tweet too; as you also can even if he’s deleted it (which happens remarkably often with Lefties). This has also made the blog more visually appealing, as well as easier to read, as you can now see the tweets I’m referring to without having to click on a link.
    2. I now do Quick Summaries (either within Twitter’s new 280-character limit, or in separate pieces of ~250 words) of current articles (usually from the Guardian, but sometimes from the Indy and Labour List) every day, which seem to be quite popular!
    Anyway, for anyone interested, here’s a link to today’s blog, which is – literally – hot off the press (and btw does have quite a few Trump references!): https://supportourjeremy.wordpress.com/2017/11/24/leftys-selection-of-tweets-and-quick-summaries-of-articles-14th-24th-november/

    • When are we going to revert to the old Clause IV?

      Blair, the far-right tycoon-tyrant, had it surgically removed and had some anodyne nonsense substituted in its place. …the strength of our common endeavour… [for] the many, not the few… does not match up with …the common ownership of the means of production, distribution and exchange, the good old red meat that our grandfathers, great grandfathers, great great grandfathers, great great great grandfathers [jog the stuck record] fought and died for right back to the the Peasants’ Revolt and the Tolpuddle Martyrs.

      When are we going to sing the ‘Red Flag Lustily’? When are we going to march on the streets? When are we going to rebuild the Berlin Wall? That is what I want to know.

      Not all this Black Friday nonsense!

  9. Each to their own I suppose. The one thing I do find really objectionable here is this stuff about locker room talk. Firstly we don’t have locker rooms, we having changing rooms. Secondly in all my years of playing sports I have never heard anyone speak like that, and find it objectionable the assumption that when men get together the conversation descends to the level of the gutter. In fact the only time I have ever heard talk like that in a changing room was when I over heard a group of young Muslin guys disparaging western women.

      • Firstly it’s actually true, some young Muslim men do have appalling attitudes to western women. But of course that’s ok, it’s only locker room banter. They’re no different from POTUS 45. I’m – perhaps clumsily – trying to illustrate the sheer hypocrisy of giving Trump a free pass on this.

        • Whatever one thinks about Trump , his opponents who have been running the show in the USA as well as here , have been having a free pass for decades . That’s what really annoys them , they think they are the only ones entitled to run the show .

    • I imagine it has much to do with what sport is being played. I imagine footballers do speak like this, at least some of them, some of the time, depending too on whether the teams are made up from the general public or from public schools.

      • I can’t speak to your footballers, but American football players surely do, even at the high school level. Mostly, we learn to leave it there, but we’ve probably all slipped a time or two.

        • I’m sure you could speak to our footballers: just go to a football club, for instance. However, it might be that, as you are not altogether familiar with the nuances of the English Language, you are not entirely familiar with the use of Prepositions. Did you, perhaps, mean to say ‘I can’t speak for your footballers…’, or ‘I can’t [venture] to speak on behalf of your footballers…’?

      • I’m sure that some do. However I’ve never heard it, and I played a lot of football before my knees gave up. And not at public school either.

  10. Well done, Kathy. I particularly enjoyed the line, ‘As each month goes by Trump looks the bigger and the media the smaller and pettier.’

    • I actually don’t like Trump much. However he showed the American Constitution at its best winning the “nomination” despite the Republican career politicians opposition, in reality being an independent. Winning the election through a system that tries to redress the balance between the big and small states in the union. Held to account by congress.
      He impresses as he continually barges on in the face of a barrage from every vested interest of the political “apparatus”. I imagine the career politicians and officials (from all parties) are desparate to get back to business as usual. “The Donald” certainly has held good to his claim to shake it up.

    • Mrs. May has shown her weaknesses by not standing beside him against Parliament. She will regret this in the future I am sure. He is building bridges with Russia which has not been reported in this country. He is creating a trading interest in all the growing markets and most of all he is commanding their respect because Asians really do respect straight talking. The likes of Theresa the appeaser and the slimey socialist way of wriggle room is much mistrusted in these countries.

      I fear we will have a hard lesson to learn and it will be from Mr Trump that we learn it.

  11. Trump has some strange quality that sends Leftists in to complete deranged anger. I have to say, I love it.

    He doesn’t back down like others do when confronted by the Leftist mobs that infest our institutions and who bay for every time someone says something that offends their delicate sensibilities. He exposes them for what they are: hateful, authoritarian, hypocrites.

    He also has a really good sense of humour.

    • He is a true old fashioned Conservative. It is why London and the establishment dislike him but ordinary folk love him

      • Actually Trump is a New York liberal faking it because it was the only way to the White House. But then, where Trump is concerned, the truth doesn’t matter I realise.

    • His “strange quality” is that he is a good, old fashioned Alpha Male – a leader who radiates strength, confidence and yes, he has a great sense of humour. As a woman (and pretty strong willed) what’s there not to love?

      The more he tweets, the greater the Trump Derangement Syndrome becomes. He knows this, he relishes it, he provokes the outrage but his haters neglect to notice the truth, Trump is calling the narrative and they are losing the argument. Bigly.

      Alpha Male is doing what he always does. He leads and is always one step ahead.

      Long may it continue.

  12. Good stuff Kathy. I liked Trump from the getgo precisely for the reasons you have so well articulated.

    We were visiting family in Hong Kong just before the USA elections and were talking to many American expats. Unfailingly they wanted him to win. One friend of my son went so far as to predict he would win, simply because all the women in his family loved him. They loved his straight talking and his openly appreciative love of women. He also told us that many high ranking positions in the Trump Empire were held by strong, successful women, which he told him that Trump understood people and ability.

    • We have friends in the USA. The husband is retired now but held a major position in one of the world’s largest construction companies . I was surprised and pleased when he told me he voted for Trump. So Trump’s supporters are not just the ‘deplorables’ as Hillary was wont to call them. She shot herself in the foot with that remark, so arrogant she thought the job was hers.

  13. “Yes, I admit it, I like him because the liberals hate him. Being their bogeyman is what makes him my hero. I love him because Hillary Clinton loathes him. I admire him because John Humphrys, Justin Webb, Mishal Husain, Jon Snow, Jon Sopel (I could go on and on) all despise him. The more they cast their aspersions on his ‘sheer illiteracy’ or ‘pig-ignorance’, the more they deride his ‘boastfulness’, the more they smirk, snicker and snigger, the more I’ll leap to his defence.”

    A terrible, terrible reason for liking a politician. “Those I don’t agree with don’t agree with him so he is my hero!” Pathetic, really. I despise Hillary Clinton – I really do. But I can also see that the Donald is a boorish oaf, totally unable to do the job that he fell into as Hillary Clinton was unable to work out how the Electoral College (and she could have asked her husband about as for all of his flaws, he knew how it worked.)

    • Well apparently according to this article he is doing the job very well. Few who take the prime spot, be it President or Prime Minister, come to the job with past experience. They have to learn on the job. So you are condemning him before he has really got his feet under the table.

      • And I could write an article saying precisely the opposite so we probably need to find a higher bar for success than biased articles on openly ideologically leaving websites.

        And he has also been President for nearly a year now. He has a maximum of eight years in the post. At what point are you going to accept he has had time to get his feet under the table? He should have done so by now. In fact he should have done so a long time ago.

        The opening part of his presidency has been a failure, and to suggest otherwise feels a bit silly. By all means suggest he can do better or that he will turn things around. But as we drift slowly to the end of his first year he has achieved very little.

        • “…to suggest otherwise feels a bit silly.”
          Of whom speaks the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?

          • If we all end up facing some sort of divine being when our days are done I strongly suggest we all feel a bit silly. I suspect DJT will be at the front of the queue though.

    • You’ve just helped make Kathy Gyngell’s point when you say that Mr Trump is “a boorish oaf, totally unable to do the job that he fell into”. Rather than swallow the truth – ‘ contrary to the negative narrative, Donald Trump has achieved rather a lot’ – you would rather join the British media in taking ‘cheap shots’ at him. I dare say, if you were in America at thanksgiving, you would find some friends amongst those who’ve been advised by other sanctimonious virtue signallers to do all they can to ruin thanksgiving dinner by imposing their anti -Trump ‘feelings’ on those present. ( You know this is true!). Look placidly on America, remember the spirit of Ronald Reagan, and try to stop falling into the trap of using British media-style personal insult.

      • I remain unsure of what Donald Trump is meant to have achieved. His legislative agenda has largely gone nowhere; his foreign policy seems as much to be gaffe as anything substantial or meaningful. He has given some fearsome handshakes though – yowzers! And to mention him in the same comment as Reagan seems staggering. He has yet to earn the right to be considered in the same context as Bush Junior, let alone Reagan.

        And as for calling him a boorish oaf… if the man wants to look presidential he could do. Turning off that Twitter account would help. As things stand, though, he comes across in particular on that medium like a boorish oaf. And unable to do the job he fell into – again, I am not seeing successes for The Donald thus far. And he did fall into the job; those contesting the Republican primaries last time out were pretty poor (Jeb!) and defeating Hillary is hardly a great achievement – and he didn’t even manage that properly given the result in the popular vote.

        Trump is a boorish oaf who thus far has wasted his presidency. He may yet turn that around, but he has offered precious little to suggest he will. At the moment he has “one term” written all over him. And by all means disagree, but you will need to give a flavour for what a Trump achievement is because they are startlingly lacking on the ground unless you genuinely see aggravating North Korea as something to aspire to.

          • Congratulations! You’ve reverted to type as Anti-Trumpers always do: imply, or in more honest moments, call those who support Trump outright thick.

          • No. If you read what I have said at no point do I call anyone thick. What I was actually having a dig about is how a lack or verbosity for the followers of President Twitter makes sense.

          • There is nothing grand or worthy in verbosity. In the military it was usually described dismissively with the pithy phrase, “bullsh!t baffles brains”

        • As he himself has said on more than one occasion, ‘without Twitter, he would not be President’ and now, without Twitter all the USA would hear of him would be the narrative of the media who almost without fail despise him.

          He uses Twitter to bait his opponents and the media. They simply HAVE to react to him. He’s driving the narrative.

          • I remember reading in the history books about how FDR made that famous speech – “we have nothing to fear but fear itself. #innit #fear #FDR for the win”

            There are some things that should be beneath the office of the President. Trolling people on Twitter should be one of them.

            And there has seldom been a better an argument against Twitter that DJT saying that without it he would not be President.

            Oh and finally even his Twitter ramblings are reactive. If there is anyone driving the narrative relating to the Trump presidency these days it’s Robert Mueller.

          • So you’re saying that potential politicians should only use methods of communication which can be filtered, edited and selectively quoted by a third party before being put out to the voters.

            Twitter are already doing their best to be irrelevant come the next election cycle with their entirely partisan censorship and account banning. If gab.ai keep up their good work and win their lawsuits against the big boys they’ll be the go to social network.

          • No I am saying that Presidents should try to be Presidential. Goading and trolling on Twitter is not Presidential. And frankly a lot of his tweets are an embarrassment not just to the office, but also to him. He shouldn’t be on a rush to the bottom; of ensuring he hits those worst expectations of him.

          • Every time I see yet another hysterical attack on Trump I am reminded of a quote attributed to Margaret Thatcher which was along the lines, “Were I to walk across the Thames I would be derided for being unable to swim.”

          • Again such a gulf between Thatcher (genuine conservative icon) and what we have seen of Trump (incompetent idiot.) Don’t belittle the former with comparison to the latter.

          • She was many things – some arguably worse than being someone who hawked tobacco. Doesn’t change the fact that anyone describing Trump in the same breath as Thatcher in anything approaching a complimentary way is doing a disservice to the latter. Thus far Trump’s career can be seen largely as one of failure while Thatcher, based on Conservative parameters for success, did far, far better.

    • I think Kathy Gyngell produced quite a few other reasons for appreciating Donald Trump, not just the fact that he is despised by the despicable. America needed a President who was not confined by the Beltway. If Trump’s tweets and mannerisms offend people in Malibu, Park Avenue and certain neighbourhoods in Virginia, that’s no bad thing.

      The previous administration wilfully subverted the American economy, the rule of law and America’s defences (and, as Kathy Gyngell points out, we owe a huge debt to the US for the latter in particular, since our own governments cut defence spending even in wartime). Obama actually promoted gun-running to Mexican drug cartels. He flew pallets of Swiss Francs to Tehran, to subsidise the mullahs’ nuclear weapons project and their geopolitical ambitions in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen. He weakened the US military. He weaponised the intelligence services for use against political opponents, but nobbled their ability to keep tabs on terrorists. He betrayed America’s allies: Israel, Egypt, Poland, the Czech Republic. He used the Internal Revenue Service to persecute people seen as malcontents. Obama endlessly stoked the fires of racial division, despite promising to do the opposite. He sabotaged American industries, in the name of modish dogma, and corruptly shovelled huge sums to cronies.

      But that’s all OK. Obama was kewl. He wasn’t a “boorish oaf”. He was, though, insufferably conceited and painfully inarticulate; he couldn’t reach the second half of a sentence without at least two teleprompters to hand. He was a friend of terrorists and the muslim brotherhood . He was a bigot and a hypocrite. He was notoriously lazy. He could barely open his mouth without lying.

      If Trump carried on all of these abuses, he’d deserve the opprobrium heaped upon him, but he is making serious efforts to end them. Let’s remember that almost every member of Abraham Lincoln’s cabinet disdained him as a supposedly unlettered, rustic yokel. At least since Calvin Coolidge (one of the greatest Presidents), every Republican occupant of the White House has been derided for his supposed stupidity and oafishness, even Reagan, who won the Cold War, and Eisenhower, who played a pretty big part in defeating the Austrian bloke.

      If all Trump does is no more than to undo the damage inflicted by Obama, his Presidency will be a success.

      • Yes, and unfortunately those other reasons don’t really stack up either.

        You are also falling into the trap of assuming that criticising the incumbent of the Oval Office means an endorsement in some way of his immediate predecessor. Obama is an example of someone who set himself up as God prior to election and then spent 8 years proving why he was anything but. His bitter struggle to defeat Mitt Romney in 2012 was not the work of a political colossus. It was the work of a desperate man who was out of his depth. Seriously, a Lyndon Johnson against a Romney would be the same as a Reagan against a Mondale – a total bloodbath. Obama believed his own hype, and no doubt hated watching it evaporate as he hit the high office he was unexpectedly elevated to. Part of the problem with Obama does appear to have been the work ethic thing. Much like his successor.

        And to talk about Trump in the same paragraph as Reagan and Lincoln in a complimentary way is just silly really. The same with Eisenhower. All of them comported themselves with a certain dignity while in office. Not the same with The Donald. He is boorish, abrasive, and unable based on what we have seen to be Presidential. As for Silent Cal – well a key point is in the first point of his nickname. Silent. Just imagine if Trump managed to shut up, get off Twitter and do some governing? What could be achieved? Oh, I guess we will never know, because there is someone out there somewhere needs a-trollin from The Donald!

        Which leads me nicely to the final point. He won’t undo the damage done by Obama. Look at his first attempt – repealing Obama-care. How’s that one going?

      • Thats a big ask, Obama has been a disaster and it will take years to get his malign influence out of government.

      • Me too Jim. After the first one I understood why he was going to win. He loves America and he wants us to be happy.

        He has already done so much at home and abroad, and he has a great deal more to do. We are fortunate indeed that he has chosen to serve.

        • Which probably explains why he is factually the most unpopular president, at this stage in office, of any president since records began. In his homeland that is. Goodness knows how unpopular Donald must be amongst those from other lands.

          • If you take your info from the Democrat supporting MSM you will remain as ignorant as many other leftists.

    • I can’t believe you people. You sound just like the North Koreans bigging up Jong-Un Kim. As fascinating as it is credulous and incredible! Extraordinary stuff.

      • Perhaps we compare him to the Democrats and Rino’s and realise he is head and shoulders above the corrupt opposition that is the Democrat party.

  14. Well said, Kathy. I feel the same and “Go Donald” at the TV screen as the mealy mouthed MSM try to down him at every occasion. Another important thing he is trying to do is defund Planned Parenthood, the abominable industrial scale abortion giant who harvest baby parts by killing children at the point of birth.
    I was in a school helping a few weeks ago and Donald was mention in a derisory way commenting he should never have been elected. I knew I was a definite minority but I just commented “he would not have won if there had been anyone else decent to vote for”. It was as if a stone had dropped in a bucket. And we had no more discussion.

  15. At one point in his career on television, Donald Trump was part of a promotion for the World Wrestling Entertainment corporation. Pro wrestling, it should come as no surprise, trades in the whole “heel”-versus-“face” simplified “You must like THIS one/you must hate THAT one” delineation of its “characters.” But obviously, even heels have THEIR fans, or large arenas would not fill up to watch the heels being heels. This is not to say that Donald Trump is, at bottom, a “heel,” but rather, like professional wrestlers, has cultivated a “heelish” image of sorts.

    The M.O. of “rasslin” has always been “Kayfabe,” i.e., “Always appear in character and never appear to cotton onto the seeming ludicrous surrealism of the whole promotion.” I would argue that Trump is a bit “meta” in this and has nodded and winked, to anyone who had the astuteness to notice, that he is putting much of this on for the benefit of “comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable” in the political, as opposed to the religious, sphere. In other words, he likely DOES have some basic desire to accomplish that which he says he wants to (negotiable as to how, which may dismay some of his more ardent supporters, but recall, he DID put his name on a book called The Art Of The Deal), but he’s more the showman in how he conducts himself whilst doing it– and more frank about it than other politicians.

    Oddly enough, the WWE, based in Stamford CT, a distant New York City suburb, has had a connection to Connecticut politics (no pun), as the wife (Linda McMahon) of the proprietor (Vincent McMahon) was a twice-unsuccessful candidate for the US Senate as a Republican (more sacrificial lamb than anything else in a heavily-Democrat state), and she has been rewarded in the Trump Administration with the post of Director of the Small Business Administration.

  16. Trump is a complex individual. He is tough, smart and charismatic. He is also shallow, narcissistic, lacking in values and integrity, of low character, a racist, a misogynist, a compulsive liar, and has the emotional maturity of a 15 year old. Do I personally find him attractive? No. Not at all. Quite the opposite. But do I find him interesting? Fascinating even? Yes I do.

        • Haha thank you. Just one more thing… it has been debunked, seriously. It’s a non-issue, and furthermore I’d posit that anyone who sees anything racist or misogynist in Trump is more likely looking in the mirror at their own insecurities. How come he’s been a celebrity for decades and literally only as soon as he stood against Hillary Clinton did these vile slanders come out? If you want to see real misogyny, look at any hardcore “feminists” who seem to hate everything about true femininity! Nothing whatsoever racist about Trump, utter defamation and baseless namecalling from people stuck in some major OCD loop. Thanks for engaging though.

      • No. Just amazed that his ‘base’ still seems to. Perhaps they will start to see through him at some point. He is clearly conning them.

        • The only people being conned is leftists like you and his base are the working and blue collar classes of America that voted for him in a landslide.

          • Yep that is the ‘base’ I am referring to. Trump is playing them for suckers. And so far very successfully one has to say. Perhaps this is because they are suckers and he is secure in that knowledge. Incredibly enough, I would not totally discount the possibility of him winning again in 2020. If there is one thing America is not short on it is unevolved suckers. Sad!

    • You really are full of leftist tosh aren’t you? you can’t see beyond your own prejudice and rather pathetic intellect.

  17. Good article. Nobody’s got any serious criticisms of his policies, just people don’t get his sense of humour. I get it perfectly, it reminds me of Columbo. he allows people to underestimate him and annoys people precisely because he is so skilled at saying things that reveal people’s own demons. What people hate in Trump is really self-loathing for those parts of themselves that they are trying to run away from. I’ve said many times that many on the left are closet racists or sexual perverts, either in denial or going through cognitive dissonance of some sort, this explains the absolute obsession the left has with all this crap – normal people spend no more than a few seconds navel-gazing before getting on with the important stuff such as earning money and looking after their families, and Trump reflects this. As Scott Adams said, it’s like two different movies showing on the same screen. People’s reactions to the movies reveal more about themselves than Trump. Successful,.happy, progressive and imaginative people like myself (ahem) “get” Trump, we see him as the most forward-thinking and genuinely innovative President for years, the Twitter thing being almost a self-parody, an Eminem-style persona purpose-built to say the unsayable, but with a nod and a wink for those tuned in enough to get the joke. Those watching the other movie have their own demons – their own latent sexism or racism or otherwise negativity – and Trump brings it to the surface in them. However, rather than looking in the mirror (case in point the appalling behaviour of Antifa), they simply project all their self-loathing onto Trump.

    He is the right man for the age. He’s been in office for nearly a year and America is doing great. There is nothing substantive to complain about, really if the truth be told.

        • People on this site keep lauding him with credit for economic growth (but then the world economy has been growing similarly) to the fall of ISIS (defeated mostly by Syrian, Kurdish and other troops on the ground with air support from America and several other nations) but never explain what laws he has enacted or policies he has implemented which can be held responsible for or led to his purported successes.

          It’s all very weird and possibly mythological as far as I can see.

          To me the Emperor still seems dressed in his birthday suit.

          (And it’s not a pretty sight.)

          • He has repealed thousands of regulations that were hamstringing American business and dumped the Paris Climate con and sacked the EPA head in America for producing fake data for Paris.

          • And removed the USA from the greater Pacific co- prosperity sphere. He is also doing something to rectify the gross liberal bias of the judiciary and is in the first stages of putting up his wall against illegal immigration.

            All of that as well as asserting the Christian nature of the USA and beginn8bg the roll back the dominance of Political Correctness.

  18. Kathy, welcome to our world. We started out watching in disbelief, and supporting our various candidates (mine was Cruz, I still like him, but Trump is miles batter). As we watch him fight off everybody, most of us decided he had something we could support.

    As much time as I spend debating Brits, I’ve come to the same conclusion, although the way I phrase it, is simply that he is an actual authentic American. How he managed to thrive in the corridor is unimaginable, but speaks to his toughness, if nothing else.

    I’m quite sure similar tut-tutting was heard about Jenny Jerome, not to mention Nancy, Viscountess Astor, the first woman elected to Parliament, and also an American, as was her husband’s heritage.

  19. Kathy you nailed it once again. Trump stands for the rednecks, the shavs, the normal., ornery common man, and he stands against the GOP, against the Democrats, against the Academics, against the Media, and against the Elite and the globalists. And I would vote Trump in a heartbeat.

  20. I agree. Especially that he isn’t Hillary Clinton. There was a clip of her and Bill at the start of their campaign to make him President, in a TV programme this week about Trump’s decade of the 90’s, and ti was obvious that a. Hillary believed Bill was a serial cheater and b. that she accepted it as the price for her own political ambitions. The best thing about Trump is that he is not a hypocrite (like so many on the Left).

  21. It was hard to follow the campaign as most of the media appeared to be anti-Trump. But to the ordinary person he was someone who spoke his mind, even though he might sometimes be wrong; in fact he was just like the average person and not full of meaningless “politician speak”.
    And Clinton, what was her policy? To me it seemed to be “It’s time the US had a female president and I’m that female”.
    I’d have voted for Trump in the knowledge that he is a good businessman and such people can be tough but invariably consult with experts before making a major decision.

    • Whatever one might think of it, the radical right (aka ‘extremists’ in BBC speak ) is worrying flabby left liberalism all over Europe. No surprise there then, in the circs.

      Strangely, or perhaps not so strangely come to think of it, far leftists like Corbyn are never referred to as ‘extremists’ by our balanced and impartial media.

  22. ‘His defiant and articulate defence of Western civilisation put the EU’s lily-livered leaders to shame’.
    You clearly are desperate.

  23. This article is a new low, even for you, Ms Gyngell.

    If you have any daughters or grand-daughters, I hope they give you a right b*llocking for this.

  24. Even Jon Sopel now admits he will be re elected
    You would not think it from Jon’s attacks
    The problem is whilst doing that Sopel misses most of the important news in the US of A

  25. They mocked Ronald Reagan and called him the ” Disneyland President ” and he turned out be one of the best they ever had .

    • True, although Reagan comported himself with far more dignity than Trump has done. I agree that he gets excessive criticism, but some of that is self-inflicted. Don’t give your enemies free shots. He doesn’t understand that. Maybe next year he will calm down.

  26. So KG manages to scrape up a few odd traits to find ‘attractive’ in him after 18 months or so – and to paraphrase: he
    …cannot control his mouth
    …is not gay
    …is not a Democrat
    …is disliked by the BBC
    …has spoken but not acted on the Iran deal
    …had a slanging match with a kindred spirit.
    …cannot comprehend Science
    ….has taken office during a continued period of economic upturn.

    These do not make him an exemplar, Ms Gyngell, no more than his dark history and misdemeanors make him fit for office; far from it, and I doubt very much whether you would want him to give your daughter a lift home, keep a secret, or lend him £100 whether attracted to him or not.

    • Is it now your turn to experience the anger and despair felt by lovers of self-determination and the nation state for the past 20 years?The drift towards Global government(championed by the Clintons) must be halted and reversed or your /my daughter may not have a choice whether to accept or decline a lift home.

    • He has a massive IQ, far higher than yours, he understands what is bull sh*t science perfectly, he knows the effect of importing millions of illiterate Mexicans into America and the depressive action on working class wages and he knows that congress is corrupt through and through and must be reformed with new, untainted and honest representitives. He has also dumped thousands of useless regulations that were hamstringing American businesses, put in place tax cuts to boost industry and the working classes and taken on the corrupt MSM and beaten them. Not bad for a non politician. Go Trump we are all with you.

      • That he is obsessed by an unpublished IQ test is childish, and if this impresses some people that’s even sadder. I suspect there is some form of projection or compensatory effect happening here with Trump.
        When asked what his own IQ score was, Stephen Hawking said he had ‘no idea’ and that people who boasted about theirs were losers.
        I’m with him.

        • It’s noticeable that those who think things through are very often not good with articulating them verbally..

          Conversely, or almost, one often finds that those who are good with words, aka Bull, are the worst at actually doing anything.

          Sadly, it is generally the Bull merchants who get listened to.

  27. Is The Donald really a conservative? Or is he a corporatist Democrat running on a Republican ticket? I don’t trust him enough to seek an honest answer. If Trump wants to be a successful Republican candidate, then he had better hope the investigations into alleged collusion with Russia turn up nothing. The fact that he has been under investigation for most of this year is a self-inflicted wound that he ought not to have conceded, particularly given how much criticism he receives.

    My strong and instinctive dislike for Clinton (even whilst I was left-wing) and everything she represents means that I feel no remorse for the election result. Trump’s victory represented something bigger than him (if that’s possible). It was a thorough and long-overdue rejection of the entire political establishment. That includes the establishment right-wing as well as the left, both of whom had detached themselves from the people they were elected to represent. But perhaps America has chosen a man in a rough package who actually will do some good. My boss’ husband likes Trump to some extent, claiming that Trump might take all the criticism against him and use it as motivation to succeed. No one can deny his business acumen.

    His much-derided Wall and Travel Ban appear more and more sensible given the spate of terrorist attacks in 2017, of which the bombing of an Egyptian Sufi mosque claiming 235 lives is only the latest example. At least Donald Trump does not appease or excuse terrorists. On the other hand, he continues to pander to the Gulf States, who sponsor that terrorism. I wish that his Travel Ban would include the Saudi’s and co. Other ideas of his that are good are his actual support for Israel (although once again, his famed boldness escapes him when it comes to relocating America’s embassy to Israel’s true capital, Jerusalem), for which we can also thank the tough and articulate Nikki Haley. Trump has stood up to Kim Jong-Un, and it has been amusing watching the media try and blame him for the North Korean dictator’s madness, rather than the Swiss-cheese guzzling murderer himself. Trump has called time on Iran’s deceit– again, I agree with him here. He wants to promote American business, thus reversing the damaging trends of globalisation. Again, he can be supported here.

    Whether he will simmer down and focus on his goals instead of engaging in cheap Twitter spats with nonenities is another issue altogether. I still don’t think he has the caliber for the Presidency, but perhaps he will prove me wrong. It’s too early to say what effect Trump has had on the economy, because he has not even completed one year in office. The economic trends were rising at the end of Obama’s administration, and until Trump’s budget is in force, we cannot tell what his own effect will be. Anyway, I will have an opinion on his Presidency at the end of his second year.

    • That’s a hard call. Nobody has quite figured it out. My feeling is that he is a practical man, reasonably conservative, but like Reagan, recognizing that some principals matter and others can be temporarily put aside. One of the things Americans are looking at are his judicial appointments, not least because they are lifetime, during good behavior, but almost impossible to impeach. They have been stellar, from Gorsuch on down, and that will matter in 30 years because many of them are young.

      The economy, well yes, it’s too soon to tell really, but what has changed is that we have become much more optimistic, and that is what underlies the economy more than anything.

      • I think Trumps econmic future has a lot of dark clouds ahead.

        For one thing, bringing jobs back to the USA will work for a while but these jobs are going to go anyway because of computerisation and robot technology. Even Chinese factories are getting rid of employees, 90% of them in some cases, and replacing them with robots.

        Then there is the impending demise of the dollar and the re emergence of gold. Russia and China cut a deal on oil supplies bypassing the Petrodollar. The Yuan Russia gets can be exchanged for gold in Shanghai. Other oil producers anxious to be paid in real money and not a depreciating dollar will follow,

        Because of the Petrodollar, most other trading is in dollars also. If the Petrodollar declines, so will the dollar in other trading.

        The net result will be a flood of foreign held dollars, no longer necessary for trade, back to the USA. If fewer people want the dollar, the USA’s ability to pay its bills by printing them will be curtailed.

        This will result in a sharp fall in USA living standards because all those goods still imported and paid with printed dollars will rise in price.

        • World trade was in dollars long before oil became all important, before that it was in British pounds. We do many things besides being the world’s largest oil producer, for instance feeding most of the world, which is in dollars, exporting coal, even to China.

          Russia and China are not our friends although we can work together in many ways, they will do their best to undermine us, no surprise there really.

          Computerization and automation will change the job market, to be honest, it already has, that’s why the rust belt is the rust belt. Low skilled labor jobs are pretty much gone, never to return. That’s why the key to the future is education. I routinely do things that my dad, who had the same job titles, wouldn’t have a clue how to do.

          If Trump makes a difference, long term, it will be by curtailing the worst features of the welfare state, because that will kill the economy, as it has the UK’s moribund. What;s helping here is the flexibility to try new and different things, it’s always been one of our strengths, and the last few decades the USG has forced us to downplay it.

    • “If Trump wants to be a successful Republican candidate”

      Of course he does not want to be a Republican. They are over, he’s making them new, in his own image.

      • The current Republican establishment hates and despises Trump.

        He can’t be all bad then

        The parallels with Farage in this country are real.

  28. He has also brokered a deal between Israel and Saudi Arabia so that the Saudis took part in air defence exercises in Israel as the Saudis forge ever closer bonds and finally dump the Palestinians of whom they have grown tired of financing. Other Arab countries are looking to forge closer links with Israel, recognising that the Israeli defence umbrella will defeat even Iran if they cause a problem. Even Syrian Arabs are crossing into Israel for medical treatment, defying Hamas and Isis to do so. Donald trump brought this all about by some straight talking with the Arabs as onlya non politician can which makes Mays sacking of Pritti Patel look pretty foolish and obviously provoked by the Arabists in the out of touch Foreign Office who are still standing behind the failed treaty with the Iranians. Trump has achieved the impossible and peace may at last be there for the Middle East as long as Iran and the British foreign Office are kept at bay.

  29. “without being an extraordinarily able and self-disciplined man”? Four bankruptcies with total debts of over $5.5 billion. Certainly an extraordinary ability to get out from under a bus. Paid no tax for decades. Smart – in a very low moral kind of way.
    He’s a carnival huckster who occasionally delivers a good line. A lot of the time it’s incoherent rambling.
    He is what he seems. There’s no hidden depth. He’s all tanned, bouffant idiocy.

  30. I have always thought that a man who has built hotels and cut deals with the locals all over the world has a much better handle on what these locals are like, and the nitty gritty realities of life in general, than most of the sneering members of the book- learned commentariat will ever have.

    Miss Marple knew the world through her intimate knowledge of the goings on in St Mary Mead. Likewise Trump knows the world through his intimate knowledge of the hotel business.

  31. I simply don’t believe you, dear. But hey, it’s the sort of copy that gets clicks and comments.
    PS: If you really think Trump is an “alpha male” you have clearly led a very sheltered life.

  32. It’s biology and Is connected to Laura’s recent article about science showing why left wing men are wimps – or more correctly why wimps are left wing. Practical, self reliant and independent minded males evolved to literally go out and kill the beast to provide for their family. They recognised that co-operation with other males was sometimes necessary, but the spoils of the kill got divided up according to Alpha male status. Meanwhile, their womenfolk ensured that the returns were then equally divided within the family unit. Today’s modern feminist politicians (male and female) seek only redistribution without consideration of who is going to kill the beast in the first place. It is the lesson of (the failure) of collective farming that refuses to be learned.
    The original US settlers didn’t survive because the native Americans helped them, that is modern sentimentalist revisionism, they survived (and hence Thanksgiving) because they abandoned the nonsense of the commune, where the spoils were divided equally within the whole community rather than the family unit – the weakest and least productive farmer and their family got just as much as the strongest and most productive. Production had collapsed and the settlers were starving and stealing from each other. They survived because they changed back to allowing the farmers to retain their surplus and trade it and it is that strain that runs through so many of the voters in ‘fly over country’. The politicians live on the coasts where they reward themselves for redistribution without care of who creates the wealth in the first place. They are surrounded by supplicants, lobbyists for corporate welfare and the full QWERTY keyboard of minorities demanding welfare and special treatment.
    Trump is Alpha male and speaks the language of resilience, hard work and looking after one’s family that has been abandoned by the political ‘elites’. The priorities of the people that voted for Trump are jobs, a roof over their head, decent affordable education, decent affordable healthcare, protection from criminals and terrorists. They are the priorities of the family unit and they want government to help ensure the best environment for that. The policies offered by the coastal politicians are all redistributioist; diversity, gender pay gaps, affirmative action, transgender toilets and climate change. It’s not that the ‘ deplorables ‘ are against these things per se, it’s more that they are way further down their list of priorities and as Hilary found out, ignoring people’s priorities and insulting them when they don’t agree with yours means you lose – even to Donald Trump.

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