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Trump Is Not the Republican Party

Trump Is Not the Republican Party

One of the main narratives of the partisan left – a narrative we see played out in virtually every story emanating from the east coast elitist media – is that Trump’s worst traits – and he has them – are reflective and synonymous with the entire Republican Party.

There is one quite simple purpose in perpetuating this propaganda. 

It is a desperate effort to prevent the voters of America from putting the House – and possibly the Senate – back into the hands of the GOP.  Unfortunately, much of the left-wing east coast media is deeply involved in the Democrats strategy.  Virtually every issue they cover is anti-Republican propaganda.

Democrat leaders are savvy enough to know that the policies of the Biden administration are an overreach economically and a danger to our personal freedoms – and they are becoming increasingly unpopular with the voters.   Their best strategy is to use the media as their attack dog against the entire Republican Party.

Oh, I have seen the polls that show Biden to have a honeymoon popularity in excess of 50 percent.  God knows, the media hypes that a lot as part of their pro-left spin.  You see, it is equally true that Biden only exceeds Trump.  When compared to other first-100-day presidents, Biden is second to the lowest – closer to Trump than those other presidents.

I do personally know people who tend to idolize Trump.  They truck no criticism of him in any way.  But they are rather few.  Most Republicans who I know liked Trump’s policies but not his personality – and it is his personality that has done considerable damage to him and the GOP.

They believe that while Trump has advanced conservative policies to a great extent – but not always – they believe his personality had done harm to both the GOP and the very policies he was advancing – as do I.  It is largely due to Trump’s pugnacity that we now have a left-wing Democrat administration unraveling most of his accomplishments.

When you look at the 2020 election, why is it that Trump did not do as well as Republicans down the ballot? 

That is true whether you believe Trump actually won or not.  The Republican Party had an impressive comeback in 2020 against long odds.

Keep in mind that going into the 2020 election, Democrats were expected to easily win the majority in the Senate.  In the House, they were predicted to expand their 2020 38-seat majority even further.  That is what the pollsters told us.  That is what the pundits predicted.

Republicans are now tied in the Senate – with control technically in the hands of the Democrats because of the tie-breaking vote of Vice President Harris.  Democrats would have failed to gain control of the Senate were it not for the unusual situation of having two Senate seats up at the same time in Georgia – and then to be determined by a stand-alone election.  And even those seats may have been lost because of negative feelings about Trump.

In the House – and in complete contradiction to the pundits – the GOP made  impressive gains. 

The 2020 election cut the Democrat margin in the House to a narrow 7-seat majority. That means a switch of only four seats would give the Republicans control of the House.  Traditionally, the Party in control of the White House in the first midterm election loses significantly in the House.  Many believe that will be the case in 2022. 

An indicator of GOP strength will be the size of a win in the House – and any win in the Senate.  If Democrats maintain control of both house – and even expand their lead – then those predicting the collapse of the GOP may be correct.

Democrats and their media allies are throwing every bit of propaganda they can to discredit the Republican Party as a brand.  Trump is central to that strategy.  He is the albatross that Democrats hope to hang round the neck of the Republican elephant. 

According to left-wing messaging, Trump is bad.  Republican leaders are all bad. Republican officeholders are all bad – and even folks who vote for Republicans are bad.  And, of course, conservatives are the worst of the worst.  And as the media propaganda goes, it is all because Trump captures and capitivates the entire Party.

Entire segments on CNN and MSNBC – featuring contributors from the New York Times, the Washington Post and an assortment of other New York-based media – are devoted to constant attacks on the GOP.  They are nothing less than negative political informercials benefiting the Democratic Party.

False accusations of racism are also part of the strategy. 

Democrats want America to see every White Republican as a racist – and every Black Republican as the proverbial “Uncle Tom.”  The media fails to address the fact that most of the systemic racism we find in America is the product of Democrat urban political machines.

It is hard to even believe that such hyperbolic bull dung would find credibility in the minds of anyone with an IQ of more than a winning hockey score  – but it does work to an extent.  They would – and do – have folks out there who believe Republicans are the authoritarian party that are on the verge of ending 232 years of American constitutional democracy.  Gullible people apparently believe that stuff.  Go figure.

The Republican Party is not characterized by a few nutcases that the media put forward to malign all Republicans.  That broad-brush slander is propaganda 101.

It is a form of projection – attributing to others one’s own traits and actions.  Republicans – and especially the conservative variety – are genetically opposed to big, powerful central governments – the essential structure of authoritarianism.  Which party shifts more and more powers and programs from state and local governments to the more distant federal government – where they are out of the reach of the common citizen?  Which party consumes more and more tax money – and more and more regulatory control?  

So, which party LOVES powerful central governments run by an elitist class of public officials and bureaucrats in Washington? 

Well duh!  The Democrats.  If you do not see that you are hopelessly partisan or just … sorry to say … not too bright.  Limited government and maximum personal freedom – including the greater ability to influence our so-called public servants – is the bedrock of conservative Republican philosophy. 

Conservatives are largely Republicans because that is the vehicle by which we can best advance our principles of democracy and self-government.  Trump was elected to advance those principles – and he mostly did.   Biden was elected to advance the nanny state and promote exaggerated victimization – and the acceptance of one-party rule.  And that is what he  is mostly doing.

BUT … Trump is not synonymous with the Republican Party.  There is no such thing as Trumpism among the vast majority of Republican voters and elected officials.  The Republican Party is NOT a cult of personality – the big lie that the left tells over and over.  That is nothing less than the cynical Machiavellian philosophy of Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels – tell a big lie over and over and the public will come to believe it.

Of course, they blame EVERYTHING on what they describe as Trump’s big lie about the election results.  But that is not what drives the grassroots.  Some Republicans believe Trump won the election, some believe he did not – and some like me are not sure one way or the other.  Republican voters will vote the future, not the past.   The mission is to defeat dangerous left-wing autocratic polices of the Democratic Party.

Trump loyalty is NOT driving Republicans – will not be a major influence in GOP voting. 

What is driving the appearance of Trump loyalty is the same thing that got this controversial and flawed person elected President of the United States in the first place.  It is opposition to the left-wing socialistic policies of the Democratic Party.  It is our opposition to the Democrat leadership’s attempts to be a permanently ensconced one-party ruling class. 

In many ways, Trump’s influence over the GOP – and the voters – is being promoted more aggressively by the left than by Republicans.  They are attempting to demonize Trump – and then claim that he is synonymous with the Republican Party.  No! Trump is a factor – as is any past president.  He does have loyal followers, but he does not own the GOP.  No one person does.

If Trump wins the Republican nomination in 2024 – which I personally doubt — I will most likely vote for him as I did in the past.  Not because he was my favorite candidate, but because the prospect of a Democrat victory was more dangerous to our federal Republic and the Constitution – a least in my judgment.  I assume that would be true again in 2024. 

In 2016, the choice was in the abstract – which candidate would do what.  Now we have seen what the increasingly radical Democratic Party does when given power.  That makes me – and hopefully millions of other voters – determined to defeat the left-wing agenda in 2022 and 2024. 

Trump is not a cult leader.  He is not a dictator.  His influence over even the GOP is limited.  Trump is a player on the political stage – judged differently by different people. 

Democrats and the media – who are working overtime to make Trump and the GOP one entity — may be surprised to discover that those 75 million folks who cast ballots for Trump were voting for conservative policies and against oppressive Democrat policies – and not exclusively for Trump the man.  And … in 2022, it will again be about policies and issues.  That is what scares Democrats more than anything.

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. MikeyParks

    Hold on there Hoss. Trump did NOT lose the election.

  2. Pat

    Really? Trump’s personality is what people didn’t like? What a lie that is. He is human. He is Trump. He had a great personality for most of the Conservatives. BECAUSE he WAS us. He acted down to earth. He was more like real human beings like us. He treated us with respect in the long run and the sort run. He knew what we needed. He knew what we wanted. He is our friend. Biden is like our enemy and a corrupt one at that! Larry, I will take Trump over any candidate for president and even over you. You don’t seem to want us as YOUR friends due to the anti understanding you always show in your articles. What happened to you in your life to make you so derogatory? Please don’t take it out on us anymore.

    • Ben

      I love that you, as a Republican , destroyed Larry’s essay in a single well worded post! We Democrats love that you conservative voters love trump so much. You demonstrate that the “big tent party” is only big enough if you genuflect to dear leader. Your party is already the minority party, the purity test will only make it more so. You are doing more damage to your brand than the “elite liberal media” could ever do.

      So the trust fund billionaire that has 5 kids by 3 women and cheated on all 3 of his wives, that got his start by borrowing a “couple of million dollars” from daddy, and bankrupted a casino is more like you than the guy from Scranton who had a blue collar upbringing and rode the Amtrak most of his career?
      Any Larry thinks you aren’t a cult.

      • Mike

        There you go again, Larry. Equivocating. Of course most of the Republicans you know don’t like Trump’s personality. Virtually all the true conservatives I know loved Trump’s policies and his no-holds-barred willingness to fight for us and our values. And he did it in an entertaining way. He was blunt, funny, and, almost always, right.

        Trump made a lot of bad appointments. I’m not sure why. But to me that was his biggest flaw. He was still a great President. I hope he runs again, and I hope he picks better people to help him.

        None of your RINO heroes can save this country. And they can’t get elected in the first place. We’ll never vote for a Romney, McCain, or Bush-like RINO again. No way in hell.

  3. Richard Hennessy

    President Trump isn’t the Republican Party. President Trump’s conservative policy positions are the REAL Republican Party. Leftists, including the media, try to paint the support of President Trump as a personality cult. Rather, it’s based on PRINCIPLE, which leftist’s, including the media, don’t understand or recognize.

    • Rivahmitch


    • Anonymous

      I agree with you, Sir.

    • Larry P Horist

      Richard Hennessey. You are exactly correct. While I do not like Trump’s personality … and his tendency to get into needless fights with unimportant people. I do like his determination on ISSUES and POLICIES. As I have often written, Trump has been a better conservative President than anyone with the possible exception of President Reagan. For me it is always about issues … never personalities. That is why I have been so critical of those who let dislike for Trump have them turn their back on conservative issues. Those who aided and abetted the left wing Democrats are not conservatives — no matter what they claim,. It is what you do, not what you say that matter. On the other hand, I do not understand those who see anyone … like me .. how does not like the Trump personality as an enemy of conservatism. My consistent goal is to advance =conservative principle wherever possible.. even through people I do not admire personally. I like Trump the President … not so much Trump the man.

  4. Dennis Hollowell

    It’s not TRUMP that’s the problem with the Republican party it’s Rinos like you if I could zoom view you I’d tell you like 80 million more of the silent majority kiss my ass you demoncrat fucking rino

    • Ben

      Dennis, you are NOT the majority, and you certainly aren’t silent.

  5. BigEd

    Ordinarily, I agree pretty much with the things written by Larry Horist, but in this case I feel someone has his head up his ass. I don’t believe any person who thinks doesn’t know, think or believe Trump was screwed on November 3. When I get a cogent answer to the question, “Why did they have 6.2 million ballots when only 6 million people voted in Pennsylvania?”, I might consider the possibility Biden won fair and square. The Democrats are squealing like pigs and yelling voter suppression for the changes made in Georgia, when all they did is eliminate the possibility that dead people and people no longer living in the state not vote and added conditions for mail-in ballots (proof of ID)-“Why”? Democrats are also squealing about the audit of ballots in Maricopa County, Arizona-“Why”? Trump got 75 million votes-more than any other Republican in history, so he most definitely Is the conservative branch of the Republican Party. Most of the rest of the Republicans are RINOs and may as well be Democrats.

    • El Felix

      I finally figured it out. Larry has Trump Derangement Syndrome and those that have it, like Larry, lose all semblance of perspective, judgment and rationality. It will be proven: Trump won a resounding victory bc of his indefatigable efforts to defend the Constitution and thus defend us. Crying Democrat shills can whine all they want but When this fraud is exposed and corrected, they will have no excuses. Democrats are a dying party.

  6. Rivahmitch

    Larry: I’m sorry but you’re as wrong as can be. Trump was not my first choice in 2016 but he rapidly gained my favor because it became most apparent to me even before the primaries that it would take someone capable of being a real prick to attack the lefties in DC (aka “swamp”) and no one else had that capability. They were all too close or too much a part of the DC politically correct scum.

    When you need someone to remove mountains of garbage, an interior designer or even a house cleaner can’t handle the job. My only problem with President Trump is that it took him too long to fully realize how corrupt the entire DC imperium (including republicans) is. He spent too long relying on such as Boehner, Paul Ryan, etc and not realizing that they too were totally tied to the growth of the swamp.

  7. Ben

    So the verdict is in, your conservative readers vehemently disagree with you. Trump IS the Republican Party and trump voters ARE a cult.

    It seems with each passing article, you expose yourself as more and more of an out of touch old man. Your romanticized view of the Republican Party as a big tent, personal freedom, less government political machine with room for nuance and disagreements is obviously not based in reality.
    I love that your own reader proved my point. This is awesome!

  8. Mike

    Thank you, Ben. You summed it up perfectly.

    • Mike

      But Ben, what you said earlier is complete BS.

      • Ben

        Now I understand why you vote Republican.

        I have been consistent in my stance;
        Trump’s party of cult members, insurrectionists,alternative facts and grifters is bad for America.

        Regardless of me using straight talk, sarcasm, or satire, there is NEVER any doubt of where I stand in this battle to preserve our democracy. Well.. except in your feeble mind.

    • Ben

      Mike, you dimwit, I told Larry that only in his dreams was the Republican Party good… and you agreed with me.
      Seriously, with voters like you, there is no hope for America.

  9. Frank Perry

    If trump wins 2024 the Republicans still need to win the house Senate. Or nothing will get done. What needs to happen is Pelosi and Schumer and the other liberals need to be voted out perhaps we could pray for that and they be replaced by conservatives Thank you Frank.

  10. Ben

    In a recent rally in the Florida Villages , Matt Gaetz and MTG had this to say;

    “Tell me, who is your president?”” Greene shouted after walking out onto a ballroom stage in front of hundreds of supporters wearing “Trump” T-shirts and “Make America Great Again” red ballcaps.

    “Trump!” the mask-less crowd of retirees wearing MAGA red yelled back.

    Joking that he was a “marked man in Congress … but a Florida man,” Gaetz called former President Donald Trump “the undisputed leader of the Republican Party“

    So ‘tis

  11. Ben

    Between the slew of posters on this site and the National Republican politicians the eagerly proclaiming the Republican Party as the party of trump, I realized something. You’ve written several articles over the last month or two that have declared things that are at odds with reality.
    That got me thinking. That type of thinking is indicative of Republican voters at large. If they don’t see it, it’s not real. If it doesn’t impact them or their circle, it’s of no concern. Racism? Doesn’t happen to this old white guy, let’s write an article about how it’s not real. None of your friends are poor, write an article about boot straps. And so on…
    There doesn’t seem to be much nuance to republican thinking. And even less empathy. It seems as if everything is black and white, with little understanding of others thought processes.
    I don’t know, I could be wrong, but it just seems as if the Republican platform is mean spirited and fearful of others, others that are “less than”.

  12. Ben

    I watched a video today where a man was pulled over by police, had a verbal confrontation with them. Luckily he had a dash cam that caught it all. The best part was when he started Praying for help… yes Praying to … Donald J Trump!!!!
    Man, I love technology!