08 Nov 2016

Everyone Has a Dark Side Rooting For Donald Trump

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It does not look like Trump is going to win, but even those of us who recognize just how unqualified he is with respect to experience, intelligence, and character have had moments enjoying fantasizing just how unhappy the smug establishment community of fashion would be were Trump to win.

I can personally agree on this much with Damon Linker:

A small, irresponsible part of me would be pleased by a Trump victory. …

The part of me that as a young child longed to kick down the tower of blocks my playmate from down the street had so carefully and meticulously constructed would crack a smile at the ominous news. …

[S]ome of the consequences of a Trump triumph would be salutary, and I would enjoy seeing them happen. …

Progressives would learn that “history” is not on their “side.” Progressives believe in … progress. It’s their ideological faith, held as deeply as any religious creed. “Which side of history are you on?” — that’s the rhetorical question progressives are always tempted to pose when some event or trend seems to belie their providential convictions, and that’s very much been the case with the rise of Donald Trump. With Barack Obama, they believe, or want to believe, that the arc of history bends toward justice (with justice defined in such a way that it perfectly conforms to progressive assumptions about morality and government). Since I don’t believe that history has “sides” — and think that those who do are often led by their faith to make foolish mistakes — I would enjoy seeing the presumption flouted by a Trump victory, much as I enjoyed watching the surprise outcome of the Brexit vote send progressives on both sides of the Atlantic into hysterics. …

Hubristic Democratic elites would be humiliated. The establishment of the Democratic Party rallied around and nominated a deeply flawed candidate this year — one who is highly likely to preside over an administration continually dogged, and ultimately consumed, by scandal. Imagine the post-1972 Nixon White House for four years (assuming, of course, that Clinton manages to avoid impeachment and/or indictment for that long). It’s a sign of how much I detest Trump that I’ve consistently favored her over him every single day since he won the nomination. But on this one day, in this one column, I will admit that a small part of me would love to see the Democrats go down to a painful, humiliating defeat next Tuesday as comeuppance for their dumbass decision to coronate a Clinton this year instead of fielding a candidate who could have wiped the floor with Trump.

I’m able to safely entertain that outcome because it remains unlikely to happen. Clinton will probably win. Trump will probably lose. And most of me — the better part — will delight in the outcome. I’ll be especially thrilled if Trump defies the current polls to lose in the landslide I predicted two months ago and that seemed to be in the offing until Clinton predictably (and with just a little help from James Comey) managed to screw it up.

But even in that case, the thrill will be mixed with just a touch of disappointment.

Read the whole thing.

I’m back from the polls, btw. I wrote in Evan McMullin.

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5 Feedbacks on "Everyone Has a Dark Side Rooting For Donald Trump"

Jake

Not a dark side I support Trump easily over Hillary. I support most of Trump’s policies.

Anyone who reads knows Hillary is the most corrupt politician ever to run for President.



Bunny

Hillary might just represent the darkest energy in the universe. A vote to put the brakes on is a vote for light and nothing to be ashamed of.



Caroline

I’ve spent a lot of time on your site and others defending Ted Cruz to both Trumpers and Rubio supporters alike, and I voted for Donald Trump today. It wasn’t the easiest vote I’ve ever cast, but we don’t choose our circumstances. I do believe we should make the wisest decision we can even if no outcome is particularly palatable. I would like the rule of law to return to immigration — we’ve had 8 years of continually accelerating non-enforcement. If Hillary Clinton becomes president, I believe both the GOP and state sovereignty will be unable to recover from this gross negligence paraded around by Democrats. For the sake of the country and for the life of the party that best represents my ideals, I voted for Donald Trump. I’m hopeful that he will be the next president of our nation.



Nori

Well,as Iowahawk said,Hillary got her barely literate Orangutang as an opponent…and she LOST to him…God Bless America,we are a cantankerous bunch.



Scullman

Zinc-
Blow it out yer’ ass.

Love,
America.



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