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Chronicle of a Heart-Stopper
President Trump on Oct. 30, 2020 (Tia Dufour/Official White House photo)

Popcorn reserves have been depleted all over the free world. It has been so exciting that, glued to the TV screen, I have managed to put my cigarette out in my drink several times and have tried to drink from the lighter. I can’t remember such an electrifying night since the last time I nibbled on the wires from a broken socket. For starters it occurs to me that we ought to do something nice for all the pollsters and editorialists at most of the media outlets in Western society: give them Putin’s coronavirus vaccine.

The battle of Florida was epic. Just like something out of some old chivalric romance novel, I envisioned Trump walking as he basked in heavenly glory, over the remnants of Biden’s shrouded socialism during the final stretch of the race. It was not an easy bet. But if you flee Cuba and Venezuela because socialism has ruined your country, and you settle in the United States to breathe freely, the last thing you actually feel like doing is giving your vote to Kamala Harris’ extreme Left and fantasizing over the slight possibility that maybe this time socialism will be different and get things right, for the first time in history. The fact that Obama can dance salsa is not a compelling enough reason for Florida to surrender to the charms of Joe Biden, which on the other hand are yet to surface, just like the Loch Ness monster.

During the campaign, the Democrats used the slogan “Battle for the soul of the nation,” and instead of appearing to be an opportunity for American liberation, coming from Biden and Harris it seemed more like a threat of diabolical possession. On the other hand, there is no longer any doubt that Trump would have won comfortably if it weren’t for the outbreak of the coronavirus, a virus of communist origin that is ravaging the world while the Chinese regime’s propaganda-peddlers boast about how in Wuhan they are already doing the lambada in ballrooms all over the city.

But it will not be easy to forget how voters in the big cities have had to visit their polling stations under a tense pre-war atmosphere, with storefronts boarded up and fenced over, for fear of a violent reaction to a hypothetical Republican victory. The Left has two faces: Joe Biden’s grizzly bear grin and the burning cities of Antifa. Unfortunately, they are two sides of the same coin. And, in Biden’s case, with his program of tax-killing the middle classes, the coin has most likely been taken from your pocket.

Trump’s first election victory is not having lost. Reading the European press and much of the American press, it seems astounding that anyone could vote for Trump without being under the influence. Apparently, there were a few. Analysts had been convincing each other that their wishes coincided with reality. More Putin shots over here, please!

But Trump’s great victory goes far beyond this election. Trump’s true triumph has been to build a wall of contention against the hegemony of progressive ideas and the moral superiority of their leaders, to give them a face and open up debates that were hitherto outlawed. And he has done so against everything and everyone. Like an old-time American hero. The lone ranger. When my Spanish ancestors began the reconquest to win back Christian Spain and expel the Muslim invaders, it seemed an impossible battle. They were few and far between and occupied a tiny corner on the map, with almost the entire country taken by the enemy. Somehow, Trump has embodied that courage of old and launched himself into a crazy and seemingly impossible enterprise. And that made him a winner before he won. He defeated fear, and with it the whole free world can breathe better and shed the ideological gags that cultural Marxism imposes on us — to hell with the criminal ideology that the Left defends! Remember: socialism has only brought with it hunger, misery, division and ruin! After Trump’s heroic deed, we can all shout these things unafraid in the streets without having to down three bottles of whisky first. No fear.

In other regards, it is once again a demonstration of how the elites, the media, and the big corporations might very well rule the world. But they are nonetheless a minority, or they would not be elites. And as long as there is democracy, their vote is very loud but worth just the same as anyone else’s. The hysterical screaming vote of Kamala, the braggadocio Obama ballot with his Hollywood millionaires, and the vote of a quiet, humble farmer are all worth the same — just wait ’til they find out at CNN!

Itxu Díaz is a Spanish journalist, political satirist and author. He has written nine books on topics as diverse as politics, music, and smart appliances. He is a contributor to the Daily Beast, the Daily Caller, National Review, theAmerican Conservative, The American Spectator, and Diario Las Américas in the United States, and is a columnist for several Spanish magazines and newspapers. He was also an adviser to the Ministry for Education, Culture, and Sports in Spain. Follow him on Twitter at @itxudiaz or visit his website:

Translated by Joel Dalmau

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Itxu Díaz is a Spanish journalist, political satirist, and author. He has written 10 books on topics as diverse as politics, music, and smart appliances. He is a contributor to The Daily Beast, The Daily Caller, National Review, American Conservative, and Diario Las Américas in the United States, as well as a columnist at several Spanish magazines and newspapers. He was also an adviser to the Ministry for Education, Culture, and Sports in Spain.
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