Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Miles from the Mainstream
D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor

Advice to President Trump from
Winston Churchill, just 80 years ago

July 19, 2020 --

On July 4, 1940, Prime Minister Churchill sent a statement to senior members of the U.K. bureaucracy that included the following:

"The Prime Minister expects all of His Majesty's Servants in high places to set an example of steadiness and resolution. They should check and rebuke expressions of loose and ill-digested opinion in their circles or by their subordinates. They should not hesitate to report, or if necessary remove, any officers or officials who ae found to be consciously exercising a disturbing or depressing influence and whose talk is calculated to spread alarm and despondency."

President Trump should also cite this concluding sentence in the statement, altered for current relevancy:  "We shall...prosecute the [2020 campaign] with the utmost [vigor] by all the means that are open to us until the righteous purposes for which we entered upon it have been fulfilled."