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HORIST: Helping the left understand why people don’t join the Trump Resistance Movement

HORIST: Helping the left understand why people don’t join the Trump Resistance Movement

Virtually every left-wing personality and panelist on CNN and MSNBC wonders why so many Americans do not join their hate-Trump party – why we are not part of the political vigilante impeachment movement.  Allow me to offer an answer.

Anyone who follows my commentaries knows that I am no fan of Donald Trump’s pugnacious personality.  In short, Trump is a classic bull pooper – and not a good one, at that.  If he was a good one, it would not be so obvious.  His tendency to describe himself and the events around him in superlatives – the first, the only, the greatest, the most, the biggest – is not only shameless bragging, it is too often provably wrong.

I must admit that his name-calling and petty feuds seem to have a certain appeal to some people – but not me or most people I know.  He seems to have only one demeanor – angry, combative and humorless.  If Trump has a political Achilles Heel, it is his personality.

Trump’s irrefutable personality flaws are pounced on by his critics, exaggerated by the #NeverTrump Resistance Movement (disgracefully dishonest themselves) and wincingly ignored by those who find the largely conservative policies of his administration to be more important.

Having said all that, people still wonder why a nice person like me would defend Trump.  According to the #NeverTrump Resistance Movement, folks like me are either mindless knuckle-draggers or evil incarnate.  But there is a different – and more accurate – truth.  To the question, why do so many people stick with Trump, allow me to provide an answer.

  1. It’s the policies, stupid.

Yes, I am one of those who rolls his eyes at some of those tweets but smiles when I think of all those strict constructionist judges filling the vacancies on the federal courts.  We like what Trump’s conservative agenda is doing for America – fighting to secure the border, defeating ISIS califate, withdrawing from bad international deals, re-negotiating trade agreements, cutting taxes, economic growth, record low unemployment, soaring stock market, rising wages, getting our NATO allies to pay their fair share,  providing better medical care for veterans, putting in a real effort to eliminate nukes on the Korean peninsula, pushing back at Russian influence in the Middle East and ending Vladimir Putin’s efforts to take over the entire Ukraine.  We applaud his efforts to end Iranian support of international terrorism, and his firm support for Israel.

And did I mention filling the vacancies on the federal courts with strict constructionist judges?  Yeah, I did – but it is worth repeating.  As Joe Biden might put it, “It is a big (effing) deal.”

  1. It’s the broader administration.

The presidency is more than one person – and we generally approve of his appointments, especially those that the radical left hates as much as they hate Trump, himself.  We approve of the job Betsy DeVos is doing at the Department of Education and the push for school choice.  Despite the left-wing media browbeating, we tend to like what Ben Carson is accomplishing at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.  We are thrilled to see deregulation across the federal bureaucracy. We approve of the policies Alexander Acosta at the Labor Department and, yes, what William Barr is doing at the Department of Justice.

We really like his judicial appointments.  (Thought that is worth mentioning again.)  I could go on, but you get the point.  For folks like me, it is a matter of substance over style – and we look at the big picture.  While the elitist media does a great disservice to the people – including those on the left – by myopically focusing on Trump, Trump, Trump, there are a lot of things happening beyond the attention of the biased press.

  1. We do not buy into the scare tactics.

One of the mainstay strategies of Democrats and their media allies is to make everything Trump says or does an existential life-threatening or democracy-ending issue.  According to the Resistance Movement, thanks to Trump we suffer a constitutional crisis almost every day – when, in fact, we have not had a constitutional crisis since the Civil War – or when President Franklin Roosevelt tried to pack the Supreme Court.  Yes, there are constitutional issues between the White House and Congress – as there always have been — but they are being well handled by the Supreme Court.

None of it is a crisis because the Constitution is working as it was crafted to do.  The hyperbolic claim that Trump is a threat to the Republic, the democracy –and just about everything great about America– is partisan political nonsense.  It is difficult to tell if the Trump-haters are reprising the role of Chicken Little or the Boy Who Cried Wolf.  In any case, at least half of America ain’t buying it.  That’s right.  The blue sky is still above, and there are no wolves in sight.  You folks on the left may be scarring the children – like actress Julianna Margulies, who claims she wakes from screaming nightmares about Trump (mercy, mercy) – but sorry to tell you that you are NOT scaring the adults in the room.

  1. We are sick of the insults and character assassination.

We are sick and tired of your self-righteous pompous arrogance.  In an effort to make yourselves feel superior, you take to the airwaves to malign us with hints, innuendoes and even accusations of ignorance, dishonesty and evil intent.  You stereotype all who say anything good about Trump or his conservative policies as sexism, xenophobia, religious zealotry and homophobia.  You put accusations of racism as the knee-jerk response to every legitimate policy disagreement.  You are abusively intolerant of any opinion not in line with your own narrow philosophy and prejudicial judgments.  Your very reference to what you broadly define as “Trump’s base” is expressed in the most negative contexts and with less than subtle implications.  Like most Americans at the grassroots – left and right – we are honorable and decent people who are capable of civil discourse and tolerance for those with whom we might disagree.  In short, we are neither the ugly American nor the “basket of deplorables” that you so falsely describe in your constant criticisms.

  1. We do not like you or your policies.

Yes, despite all of Trump’s fallibilities, the radical left #NeverTrump Resistance Movement that dominates much of the Democratic Party and too much of the so-called news media is far more offensive and dangerous in our view – in policy, style and even integrity.  The major issue is policy.  As conservatives, we are not favorably inclined to a highly regulatory and enormously expensive central government you seem to prefer.  We believe in maximum personal freedom without Big Brother or some nanny state looking over our shoulders and excessively limiting free choices.

We believe in the Tenth Amendment that states that all powers not SPECIFICALLY granted to the federal government are to be retained by the states and the citizens thereof.  We believe in capitalism and free enterprise as the best means of fulfilling consumer desires and providing the highest standard of living for the vast majority of our citizens.  We believe that law trumps power as the basis of governance – and that public policy rises from the will of we the people, not from a political overseer establishment in Washington.  We believe in secure borders and legal immigration.

We protect our freedoms from foreign threats with a strong military.  We believe that patriotism is a unifying force in our exceptional American culture.  In other words, we do not like what the radical left is offering – and if that means defending Trump’s conservative policies against a foreboding prospect of socialist and authoritarian policies, we are there.


No matter how many times the spokespersons for the radical left choose to malign millions of wonderful Americans, we will not accept your character assassination and we will not play the victim in your mendacious strategy.  You claim not to understand us.  That is obvious. It is not President Trump that we defend, but the traditional American values and conservative principles of governance that he represents – warts and all.   You may not understand middle America but be aware that we do understand you and your intentions.  And that is what keeps us defending the Trump presidency.

So, there ‘tis.

About The Author

Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. Marysia Wojcik

    Well said, sir!

  2. Elizabeth Voelker

    You are a level headed, true American Citizen! Thank you for saying what most
    Americans think! We are very tired of being told what to do and how to do it! We are very happy of a President who loves our Country and is doing his best to keep us safe and maintain our Constitutional Republic! It s very disappointing to have so many former Government elected people who swear to uphold our Constitution and Bill of Rights and to obey our Laws purposely trying to reform OUR FREE Country into a Socialistic Dictatorship! We, the People pay you to work FOR us, not against us! Go Trump, keep America Great, Safe, and Free!

  3. J E C

    AMEN and AMEN!!!!!! In a nutshell and very pointed. Thanks from AMERICA