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David Brooks: Loathing for the People

February 5, 2017 --

David Brooks, in his January 24 New York Times column wrote that he “loathed Trump’s inaugural: It offered a zero-sum, ethnically pure, backward-looking, brutalistic nationalism.” It cannot be expected that David Brooks, in discussing President Donald J. Trump, would have any reaction other than loathing.

In hia March 18, 2016 column, Brooks had this to say of candidate Trump (and this is only part of the hatred Brooks expressed toward Mr. Trump in that column): “Donald Trump is an affront to basic standards of honesty, virtue and citizenship. He pollutes the atmosphere in which our children are raised. He has already shredded the unspoken rules of political civility that make conversation possible. In his savage regime, public life is just dog-eat-dog war of all against all.”

The column opened by recognizing that Mr. Trump would likely be chosen by the Republican party to be its presidential candidate. Brooks continued, “And in a democracy, victory has legitimacy to it.” Brooks went on to suggest that the Donald J. Trump should not be given the “deference…generally paid to the candidate who wins.” Every Brooks column on the Trump presidency will drip with the such venom. “ The title of the piece: “No, Not Trump, Not Ever.”

Mr. Brooks, in his March 18, 2016 column, confessed that Mr. Trump’s victory taught Brooks that “he did not listen carefully enough” to Trump voters. Brooks added: “For me, it’s a lesson that I have to change the way I do my job if I’m going to report accurately on this country.” Talk about whoopers.

LPR has a hunch that if David Brooks dropped the anti-Trump tone in his Times column, he would be out of his Times job. LPR”s evidence? The loathing of Mr. Brooks for the populist inaugural address given by President Trump that included these words: “For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth.”

This statement, LPR believes, is a variation on a theme from Federalist No. 57, that refers to “that class of citizens which will have least sympathy with the mass of the people, and be most likely to aim at an ambitious sacrifice of the many to the aggrandizement of the few.”

President Trump then declared: “That all changes starting right here and right now, because this moment is your moment. It belongs to your, It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across American.” To “everyone,” that is, dismissed by David Brooks, Hillary Clinton and their Old Order as ”deplorables.” As of noon, January 20, 2017, our founding legacy of freedom was revived and the flame of liberty in America again glowed brightly.