David French has the situation pegged.
So the anonymous guy who wrote the now-famous â€œFlight 93â€ essay â€” you know, the â€œintellectualâ€ defense of Trump thatâ€™s been talked about endlessly for the last eight days â€” is now back with a â€œrestatement,â€ where he responds to the multiple critiques of his first piece. I have the same problem with the restatement as I had with the first essay, and itâ€™s the same problem Iâ€™ve had with every single allegedly intellectual defense of Trump Iâ€™ve ever read.
Simply put, these folks donâ€™t defend the real, live Donald Trump. They create someone else entirely â€” weâ€™ll call him Fake Trump â€” and defend Fake Trump against all comers. Fake Trump, for example isnâ€™t going to embroil us in foreign wars. But Real Trump supported both the Iraq invasion and the Libyan intervention (Flight 93 dude calls Libya â€œperhaps the worst security policy mistake in US historyâ€), and during this campaign (just last week!) has supported indefinite foreign occupation for resource extraction.
Fake Trump is going to put a stop social justice crusading and defend life. Real Trump at best doesnâ€™t care about religious liberty or abortion and at worst not only declares that Planned Parenthood does â€œwonderful things,â€ heâ€™s arguably one of the sexual revolutionâ€™s most ardent practitioners.
Fake Trump, to quote Flight 93 dude again, is â€œmounting the first serious national-political defense of the Constitution in a generation.â€ This is spit-out-your-coffee hilarious. Real Trump doesnâ€™t know the slightest thing about the Constitution, but heâ€™s more than happy to suppress your free speech rights if it means the media is more compliant, and heâ€™s more than happy to take your home from you if he can replace it with a Trump casino.
Read the whole thing.