Trump’s lack of decorum, dignity and statesmanship

“The Left has been, for the past 60 years, engaged in a knife fight where the only rules are those of Saul Alinsky and the Chicago mob.”
– Evan Sayet

Trump’s lack of decorum, dignity and statesmanship

I don’t care. I can’t do without this President. He fights for America.
Evan Sayet

My Leftist friends (as well as many ardent #NeverTrumpers) constantly ask me if I’m not bothered by Donald Trump’s lack of decorum. They ask if I don’t think his tweets are “beneath the dignity of the office.” Here’s my answer.

We Right-thinking people have tried dignity. There could not have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W. Bush, as he suffered the outrageous lies and politically motivated hatreds that undermined his presidency.

We tried statesmanship.

Could there be another human being on this earth who so desperately prized “collegiality” as John McCain?

We tried propriety – has there been a nicer human being ever than Mitt Romney?

And the results were always the same. This is because, while we were playing by the rules of dignity, collegiality and propriety, the Left has been, for the past 60 years, engaged in a knife fight where the only rules are those of Saul Alinsky and the Chicago mob.

I don’t find anything “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper” about Barack Obama’s lying about what went down on the streets of Ferguson in order to ramp up racial hatreds because racial hatreds serve the Democratic Party.

I don’t see anything “dignified” in lying about the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi and imprisoning an innocent filmmaker to cover their tracks.

I don’t see anything “statesman-like” in weaponizing the IRS to be used to destroy your political opponents and any dissent.

Yes, Obama was “articulate” and “polished.” But in no way was he the least bit “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper.”

The Left has been engaged in a war against America since the rise of the Children of the ‘60s. To them, it has been an all-out war, where nothing is held sacred and nothing is seen as beyond the pale. It has been a war they’ve fought with violence, the threat of violence, demagoguery and lies from day one – the violent take-over of the universities – until today.

The problem is that, through these years, the Left has been the only side fighting this war. While the Left has been taking a knife to anyone who stands in its way, the Right has continued to act with dignity, collegiality and propriety.

With Donald Trump, this all has come to an end. Donald Trump is America’s first wartime president in the Culture War.

During wartime, things like “dignity” and “collegiality” simply aren’t the most essential qualities one looks for in their warriors. Ulysses Grant was a drunk whose behavior in peacetime might well have seen him drummed out of the Army for conduct unbecoming.

Had Abraham Lincoln applied the peacetime rules of propriety and booted Grant, the Democrats might well still be holding their slaves today.

Lincoln rightly recognized that. “I cannot spare this man. He fights,” Lincoln said.

General George Patton was vulgar-talking. In peacetime, this might have seen him stripped of rank. But, had Franklin Roosevelt applied the normal rules of decorum then, Hitler and his National Socialists would barely be five decades into their thousand-year Reich.

Trump is fighting. And what’s particularly delicious is that, like Patton standing over the battlefield as his tanks obliterated Rommel’s, he’s shouting, “You magnificent bastards, I read your book!”

That is just the icing on the cake. But it’s wonderful to see that not only is Trump fighting, he’s defeating the Left using their own tactics. That book is Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals – a book so essential to the Liberals’ war against America that it is and was the playbook for the entire Obama administration and the subject of Hillary Clinton’s senior thesis.

It is a book of such pure evil that, just as the rest of us would dedicate our book to those we most love or those to whom we are most indebted, Alinsky dedicated his book to Lucifer.

Trump’s tweets may seem rash and unconsidered but, in reality, he is doing exactly what Alinsky suggested his followers do. First, Trump didn’t just go after “the fake media” – and they are so fake that they have literally gotten every single significant story of the past 60 years not just wrong, but diametrically opposed to the truth, from the Tet Offensive to Benghazi, to what really happened on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. Trump isolated CNN. He made it personal, just as Alinsky suggested.

Then, just as Alinsky suggested, Trump employs ridicule – which Alinsky described as “the most powerful weapon of all.” Most importantly, Trump’s tweets have put CNN in an untenable and unwinnable position. They need to respond.

This leaves them with only two choices. They can either “go high” (as Hillary would disingenuously declare of herself, and the fake news would disingenuously report that as the truth) – and begin to honestly and accurately report the news. Or they can double-down on their usual tactics and hope to defeat Trump with twice their usual hysteria and demagoguery.

The problem for CNN (et al.) with the former is that, if they were to start honestly reporting the news, that would be the end of the Democratic Party they serve. It is nothing but the incessant use of fake news (read: propaganda) that keeps the Left alive.

Imagine, for example, if CNN had honestly and accurately reported then-candidate Barack Obama’s close ties to foreign terrorists (Rashid Khalidi), domestic terrorists (William Ayers & Bernardine Dohrn), the mafia (Tony Rezko), or the true evils of his spiritual mentor, Jeremiah Wright’s church.

Imagine if they had honestly and accurately conveyed the evils of the Obama administration’s weaponizing the IRS, to be used against their political opponents. Or its running guns to the Mexican drug cartels. Or told the truth about the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the Obama administration’s cover-up.

So, to my friends on the Left – and the #NeverTrumpers, as well – do I wish we lived in a time when our president could be “collegial” and “dignified” and “proper”? Of course I do.

These aren’t those times. This is war. And it’s a war that the Left has been fighting without opposition for the past 50 years.

So, say anything you want about this president. I get it. He can be vulgar. He can be crude. He can be undignified at times. I don’t care. I can’t spare this man. He fights for America!

Evan Sayet is the author of The KinderGarden of Eden: How the Modern Liberal Thinks.  His lecture to the Heritage Foundation on this topic remains by far the single most viewed lecture in Heritage history. This column originally appeared on

30 thoughts on “Trump’s lack of decorum, dignity and statesmanship”

  1. It’s about time a President fights for us. Long overdue. Hopefully he can stop the invasion on the southern border.

  2. Trump is an independent thinker and a pragmatist who refuses to be dragged into the groupthink of the PC crowd or the CO2 cultists. He grew up on his dad’s construction sites, talking with the workers and learning their real world problems. His dad was rich but he didn’t grow up in a bubble. No illusions.

  3. President Trump is really the US’s last chance to preserve it’s system of laws and heritage. Unless he can defeat the Deep State all is pretty much lost. The media and educational system has been perverted. They have become tools of the few that are being used to program the masses with the ultimate goal of destroying the very principles that have made the US the freest and most successful nation on earth.

    The fact that many if not most of the Republican Party has joined the Democrats in an attempt to destroy his presidency proves that we now are living in a ONE party system and our votes soon will not count in the least.

  4. Personally, I came here originally for the lack of politics. As well as the information allocated here and nowhere else. So I find it disappointing that this site, like many others, is starting to push an agenda to support Republicans. I don’t support Democrats, and don’t support Republicans. I don’t support any party for that matter.

    Divide and Conquer is the name of the game and it seemed before you were fighting that. I’m saddened to see so much support for some Rich puppet, like all the others, on a site I thought was about the direction our weather is going, not politics.

    I respect your right to think your own thoughts and post on the website you worked so hard to create whatever you wish, but I find it very disconcerting that you support someone like GWB. Trump, Bush, Obama, Clinton, ect. They’re all just a means of distracting the masses from societies true problems. A face to love or hate, its another system of control.

    I support freedom, and I still support what you’re trying to do with this site, but I do not support people who are the puppets of coorperatism, Facism, Communism, Socialism ect.. In my opinion, America was great back when we fought the imperialism of the kingdom of england.

    Paying tribute to people in control of the masses trying gain more control is not the direction I wish to see this website go.

    Please, Robert, I ask you to fight the conditioning of society and keep this site dedicated to waking others up on the subject of the weather. Anyone who would possibly give you the benefit of the doubt to learn what’s being taught on this website will easily ignore all the valuable information you’ve collected on this website, simply because your posting in support of specific political figures.

    Though I support your freedom to do so if you choose, I suggest not limiting your readers to a specific political standpoint.

    I thank you for all the hard work you’ve done and hope that you, as well as many others, see through the ruse of politics.

    • Exactly in what way do you think that “the weather” and “the climate” has not already been so completely politicized, that it can be separated from the other aspects of politics? If you don’t see value in an article – don’t bother to read it! Read the parts and articles of the site that makes you happy and gives you that little boost you are looking for. But if you don’t understand that the attack of “climate change” is a leftist’s weapon, you don’t think.

      Nothing personal, just stating reality.

      • Nothing personal taken, but to say I don’t think is presumptuous. That’s also probably the most insulting opinion one could have about me. But, putting that aside..

        My point is, the fact that it’s so politicized is part of the problem. From my perspective, a focus on a specific political face, one of the many divisions that controls the people through mass media, is not going to help the fight against AGW. Only a focus on the facts of what is going on in the world with the weather,
        specifically, will wake people up.

        This opinion comes from the fact that this site, as well as my own skeptical mind, helped to wake me up to what’s going on in the world.

        I was also suggesting that if he wants this site to continue to educate people who question the “consensus” of our planet’s climate, he should keep the website focused on the larger subject of the occurrences of the weather, and scientific scholars, that disagree with said “consensus”.

        I also specifically stated that I support his right to post whatever he wants, and I also support my right to post whatever I want and your right to post whatever you want, on his posts.

        I respect your opinion, but it appears you can’t understand mine. I do critical thinking, instead of just thinking. I understand the relationship between the climate and politics, but I also understand the relationship between politics and society. I was only giving my opinion, I don’t say things like “If you don’t see the purpose in a comment, don’t reply.”

        I’m not trying to antagonize, but it seems your only issue with my comment is me stating my opinion on a post of a website I hold dear. I have no problem with your comment, other than your problem with mine.

    • And you can only have him for one term because we will need him in Australia after that – perhaps countries can start booking him in to make their own country great again!!

  5. As a Trump voter, I have always considered the Bush family criminal garbage. He and every one who voted for the Iraq war are criminals not much different from the Clinton and Kennedy.

    I’ve talked to leftist over the years and none of them are moral, decent, or care for any facts, logic, or reason.

  6. For someone who apparently doesn’t buy into the lies of climate change, why do you buy into the phony left/right story of politics? The federal government, whether “left” or “right”, does nothing for your benefit, and everything it does is to your detriment, eventually. And the same can be said of all the state governments.
    The noise about presidents is just meaningless theater to keep you entertained and distracted.

  7. Saul Alinski’s book ‘Rules for Radicals’ needs to be exposed to the public. A complete public airing of his totalitarian thinking will turn off any American citizen not enmeshed in Postmodernism. Jordan B. Peterson is doing a good job of exposing Postmodernism for the totalitarianism that it is. If the tenets of Postmodernism are given a good public airing, it will die. The lying, dissembling and obfuscation of the global warming true-believers is the result of their embracing of Postmodernism.

  8. “The Left has been engaged in a war against America since the rise of the Children of the ‘60s.”

    That turns out not to be the case. The leaders of the left in the USA have been out to quash what America was intended to be ever since 1776 and may be earlier than that. Then again stamping out the USA is just part of a bigger agenda to stamp out European peoples, Christianity and the institutions and ideals derived from the same…

  9. One little historical correction—Ulysses S. Grant was not a drunk—he suffered from migraine headaches. Those caused him to appear drunk. Other than that, he was one of the most decent men ever to serve in the military and presidency (though too trusting of scammers).

    You’re right, this is a war. One of the Marxist deep state fascists against the people. The reason that the Bushes (Papa Bush and Baby Bush), Mitt Romney and John McCain were ineffective, is because they are/were members of the deep state. One of the practices of the Marxist deep state is to lie, lie, lie. They even lie that other leftist followers of Karl Marx are “right wing” or even “extreme right wing”.

    The reason Trump’s ridicule is so effective is because his ridicule is accurate, unlike that of that criminal Saul Alinsky. Many of us grew up hearing “the most trusted man in America” Cronkite lie to us when we didn’t have alternate news sources to tell us the truth; now when we see Cronkite’s followers get skewered for their dishonesty, we rejoice.

    The tie to climate is that the deep state is pushing “global warming” aka “climate change” to try to scare people into giving up their freedom. It’s good to see someone fighting against the deep state.

    • After all Richard it is almost the Fourth of July so you are 100% correct in posting an article praising a patriot like President Trump even on a science site.

      It is hard to overstate the danger that this country is in. Like all socialist revolutions they have already started to destroy all of the monuments to our past.

      My biggest fear is not the Democrats will run a candidate that can beat President Trump but that the Republican never Trumpers will run their candidate in order to siphon votes away from him and elect a deep state Democrat.

  10. have read the comments. This is not ablout Republican vs Democrat as one above states. Steven Rowlandson’s comment that the war against America went back much further in history, may be right, but I think Robert wanted to emphasize how it got so much bigger in the 60s onward, thanks to opposition to the Vietnam War ( I was one in opposition), which gave Saul Alinsky a platform! And I am sure, having read and re-read The Great Revolt by Salena Zito and Brad Todd, that the struggle for the people and for the real America, will go on with our without Trump! It is very much pertinent to this site on climate,
    It is pretty hard to find a left-wing radical who isn’t adamant about man-caused global warming! That issue was the critical one in swinging me strongly away from liberalism. If free discussion of climate is banned well I at once stop being a liberal! Freedom of speech is so important to me!

  11. Trump appears to uses language carelessly, IMO it’s just an effect. He often does this to infuriate his opposition while reassuring his home supporters on thorny issues. He is adept at using different styles that he believes will best get his message across to his intended audience — the key is to understand at who he’s really aiming his comments.
    At heart he’s a salesman and deal-maker so he understands the nuances of language and publicity. Something that appears to be entirely lost on the Democraps.
    I remember watching videos of him years ago when he had some problems building a golf course in Scotland. The statements he made to the public were simple and direct. Later that week a recording of his speech to Scottish councilors and officials at a dinner was far more erudite, charming, and humorous.
    Of course those video, and radio broadcast (or transcripts) are long lost, buried under the MSM’s spiteful anti-Trump campaign.

  12. When you need a PIT BULL, only a Pit Bull, or maybe a German Shepard, will do. (I’m not enough educated in “dogness” to know which is the tougher breed, to tell the truth.)

    But Trump is THE Pit Bull we need. … And not a moment too soon.

    His “manners” are, for the most part, irrelevant. In fact, I find him to be more than a little reserved and maybe TOO polite, given the urgency of our current situation. But he does seem to be trying to “play by the rules” as much as possible so he cannot be reversed by any legalistic, procedural interference.

    Frustrating for some of us, yes. But the LAST thing we need is for Trump to start acting like those nay-sayers say, that he’s a wanna be dictator. Or be reversed on a technicality as soon as he leaves office.

    It might take more time than we want to get the swamp drained, but ALL the possible loose ends need to be well covered in great detail, or we’ll just see a resurgence of the worst of the Deep State, Military / Industrial / Academic / Banking Complex once Trump leaves office.

    Although, given the situations we all face after decades of being sold out by the Globalist Elite Presidential Poodles (Carter, Bush Sr. / Jr., Billary Clinton, Obama, and their many underlings like Dick Cheney, Zbigniew Brzezinski & Henry Kissinger) I think Trump is being FAR more than polite and reasonable, and well measured, in his responses to their civilization-destroying nonsense.

    Personally, I have NO problems with his Tweets or rhetoric or whatever. He is saying what needs to be said in a direct, matter of fact way, speaking to the Hearts & Minds of REAL Americans, most of whom never got anywhere NEAR Harvard or Yale or any “proper” political etiquette. They were much closer to the wheel of a semi-truck or levers of manufacturing or agricultural equipment. …

    And probably have a LOT more common sense than the more “well educated” among us.

    And from Colorful Queens, no less!

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