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Trump Battles the New Totalitarians

Well, kumbaya.

The front page of The Washington Post gasps:

GOP leaders fear damage to party’s image as Donald Trump doubles down 

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus apparently has called Trump asking him to “tone it down.” (And who leaked that story?) It has gotten so bad that all the people who believed the Bush presidencies and moderate Republicanism were the savior of the GOP have now convinced themselves that leaving the White House defeated after one term (Bush 41) or leaving with a rating in the frigid 20s after two terms (Bush 43) was a serious high-water mark.

In other words? The Republicans whose view of Latinos is formed by slipping an extra five bucks to the guy mowing the lawn now are adamantly opposed to treating the Latino community as — gasp! — equals. Fellow Americans with the rest of us regardless of color or ethnicity. This is the politics of paternalism at its worst — decidedly un-Reaganesque. Then again, the GOP Establishment kept assuring that Reagan could never win a national election because he, like, Donald Trump, was just too “extreme.” Said ex-President Gerald Ford, the moderate GOP icon, in March of 1980 — fours years after his moderate view lost the White House to Jimmy Carter: “I hear more and more often that we don’t want, can’t afford to have a replay of 1964.” 

The grass roots listened to Ford in 1980 — and rejected all moderates running that year. Reagan, the too-extreme guy, won in a landslide. So, history and reality not withstanding, here we go again.

Aside from Priebus and all those nervous nellies in the Republican Establishment who seem to glory in losing presidential elections or winning them by the grace of the Supreme Court or the skin of their teeth and then leaving the party in ruins and the White House in the hands of the far left — now one big GOP donor specifically along with Big Business and other GOP elites have amazingly joined hands with George Soros, Hillary, and the crowd that would be Media Matters and

The goal? All of them want to shut down Donald Trump and any discussion of illegal immigration. Some are out to do as much damage as possible to Trump personally, targeting his business. While the GOP donor — who was behind an anti-conservative political action committee a few years ago — is engaged in an effort to remove Trump from any Republican presidential debate. 

In one of life’s bigger hypocrisies? Some of the Trump critics accusing him of racism live in heavily segregated white communities where , according to US Census figures, the presence of Latinos — unless, apparently, they are mowing the lawns — is close to zero. 

Yesterday Rush Limbaugh called attention to a superb piece at the Federalist by Tom Nichols, a professor at the U.S. Naval War College and the Harvard Extension School. Nichol’s wrote about “The New Totalitarians” — and the article is a dead-on description of what is happening to Donald Trump.

Nichols makes the point that totalitarians are different than mere authoritarians, the latter wanting mere obedience and are a dime a dozen, from the tin-horn dictator to the boss in the executive suite. Totalitarians, on the other hand? Says Nichols:

Totalitarians are a different breed. These are the people who have a plan, who think they see the future more clearly than you or who are convinced they grasp reality in a way that you do not. They don’t serve themselves—or, they don’t serve themselves exclusively—they serve History, or The People, or The Idea, or some other ideological totem that justifies their actions.

They want obedience, of course. But even more, they want their rule, and their belief system, to be accepted and self-sustaining. And the only way to achieve that is to create a new society of people who share those beliefs, even if it means bludgeoning every last citizen into enlightenment. That’s what makes totalitarians different and more dangerous: they are “totalistic” in the sense that they demand a complete reorientation of the individual to the State and its ideological ends. Every person who harbors a secret objection, or even so much as a doubt, is a danger to the future of the whole project, and so the regime compels its subjects not only to obey but to believe.

Exactly. And this describes perfectly what has been happening to Donald Trump. In daring to speak his mind — in fact, to speak what is on a lot of minds that don’t have access to a presidential-style platform — the New Totalitarians have zeroed in on Trump. The objective? Not to discuss. Not to disagree. No, the objective is destroy him. Wreck his business. Smear his reputation. To make certain that not only will he never again have any effective platform in business or the media, but that in destroying Trump anyone else of a similar mindset will be intimidated into silence.

This is no longer about Donald Trump. What we have here is a collective effort by the Ruling Class — the New Totalitarians — to shut down the grass roots base of the GOP over illegal immigration. The immediate goal: wreck Donald Trump’s business and remove him from the GOP presidential debates. All because Trump has had the temerity to raise the issue of illegal immigration — and is surging in polls. As if the Sanctuary City murder of Kathryn Steinle by an illegal immigrant who was a seven-time convicted felon and five-time deportee weren’t bad enough.

So. Who are these people? Who exactly is revealing themselves to be a member of the New Totalitarians?

There is the GOP Establishment’s and Big Business’s odd but totally logical new “ally.” Who knew that hearts at places like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable could quietly love Angelo Carusone, the Executive Vice President at Media Matters? Media Matters, the George Soros creation that is run by Hillary acolyte David Brock. Carusone, the moving force behind campaigns to “Stop Beck” and “Stop Rush,” is now, but of course, pushing a “Dump Trump” campaign. Carusone is infamous for manipulating social media to bamboozle businesses into thinking there is a wave of consumer opposition to conservative X, and that they should drop their sponsorship of the target’s radio show. 

Carusone’s “Plot to Get Rush,” as discussed here three years ago, was in operation long before the episode with Rush and Sandra Fluke. Rush himself looked into Carusone’s activities and explained how the game of intimidating businesses is played. The report to his audience said, in part, this:

The Stop Rush group claims to be made up of ordinary consumers unhappy with Rush Limbaugh’s comments. The group claims to be “grassroots,” just concerned consumers who won’t shop at businesses that advertise with Rush Limbaugh. In truth, however, there are no potential customers here, just a small number of hardcore political activists founded by Angelo Carusone, EVP of Media Matters for America.

It’s remarkably tiny. Only 10 Twitter users account for almost 70% of all StopRush tweets to advertisers, amplified by illicit software. In addition, almost every communication from a StopRush activist originates from outside the State of the advertiser. Thus, these activists are not and never would have been customers… their only role is to harass small businesses in an attempt to interfere with their operations, as long as they are advertising with Rush.

A small number of politically motivated out of-state activists are distributing target lists indiscriminately, and annoying small businesses until they give up the advertising deals that help them grow, or risk being unable to conduct business at all. It’s not even activism… it’s blackmail,” according to Brian Glicklich, Rush Limbaugh Show spokesperson.

And now? Check in here at Carusone’s “Dump Trump” twitter feed and sure enough — there he is. Out there organizing his social media campaign to terrify Trump’s various business partners. Boasts Carusone, “I keep getting asked who Donald Trump’s remaining business partners are. So, I just put together a list.” In other words — while Carusone failed to stampede Rush Limbaugh off the air, he is now trying to stampede Trump’s business partners into dropping him.

More disturbing is the eager willingness of the New Totalitarians to play the race card as exhibited by various business executives who, whether they understand it or not, are doing Carusone’s bidding. Ironically, in doing this what has surfaced is a spotlight on these executives and their own conduct on the race issue. 

Take Marcus Lemonis, the CEO of Camping World and the host of CNBC’s The Profit. As seen here at TMZ, Lemonis is also busily playing the race card — attacking Trump as a racist and a bigot for having the audacity to say a well-documented fact — that illegal immigrants, as illustrated in the Steinle case and in a mere 40 other cases documented here at the Media Research Center, are repeatedly violating the U.S. southern border and committing crimes. Said Lemonis in a letter to NASCAR CEO Brian France:

Last year, our NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Awards Ceremony was held at the Trump National Doral in Miami, and due to recent and ongoing blatantly bigoted and racist comments from Donald Trump in regards to immigrants of the United States, I would like to inform you that I will not, nor will any representative of Camping World, participate or attend in the ceremonial event if it is held at any Trump property.

I would hope that the entire NASCAR organization would agree with my sentiments.

Notice how the game is played? Lemonis doesn’t say what Trump says — “illegal immigrants.” Let alone does he even acknowledge the well documented problem, as noted above. No, Lemonis makes the subtle change by dropping the word “illegal” and simply using the word “immigrant.” As if Trump, the grandson of immigrants, were suddenly turning on his own family heritage and the entire history of America as a nation 100% composed of the descendants of immigrants. Legal immigrants. So who is the real bigot here? Or is this merely evidence that Lemonis is, when it comes down to it, just another member of the New Totalitarian praetorian guard, demanding obedience to the ideological ends of various elites?

Curiously, Mr. Lemonis, according to the public prints, lives in Lake Forest, Illinois. And what, per chance, is the racial composition of Lake Forest — where his name has been connected to the ownership or sale of this or that mansion? According to the U.S. Census for 2010, Lemonis — he who charges Trump with bigotry because Trump opposes illegal immigration — lives in a community that is 92.1% white, and all of 2.8% Latino. That’s right. And there’s more. Specifically, that 2.8% Latino population in Lemonis’s neck of the woods is 1.1% Mexican.

So the obvious question: If Marcus Lemonis is so pretentiously accusing Trump of racism against Latinos, what is Lemonis doing living in a community that is a virtual white wall of segregation against Latinos generally and Mexicans specifically? Should customers of Lemonis’s various businesses start to boycott his business because of this racial hypocrisy? Are Camping World customers and CNBC viewers unknowingly fueling this racially segregated lifestyle that Lemonis lives? 

Then there’s Macy’s, the store that stopped selling Trump’s ties and other items. You’ll love this one. Macy’s issued this statement on Trump:

We welcome all customers, and respect for the dignity of all people is a cornerstone of our culture. We are disappointed and distressed by recent remarks about immigrants from Mexico.… In light of statements made by Donald Trump, we have decided to discontinue our business relationship.

Note that as with Camping World’s Marcus Lemonis, Macy’s plays the word game, dropping the word “illegal” and just using the word “immigrant.”

Sitting on Macy’s Board of Directors is one Stephen F. Bollenbach, the Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors KB Home. Mr. Bollenbach has been a financial supporter of Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid. Reid — as revealed here by Daniel Horowitz over at Conservative Review — “was Donald Trump before Trump was uncool.” After two attacks in 1993 by illegal aliens — one on the CIA (where two CIA agents were killed) and a second in February of 1993 on the World Trade Center — Harry Reid introduced the Immigration Stabilization Act of 1993. In the accompanying press release Reid assailed illegal immigrants as “freeloaders and scam artists,” adding: “Even worse, Americans have seen heinous crimes committed by individuals who are here illegally.” 

Which, of course, is exactly what Trump has been saying. But there was not only not a peep of outrage from Bollenbach, he made a point of donating to Reid after Reid said all of this. And oh yes. Bollenbach was said to live in the East Gate Bel Air section of Los Angeles. Here’s a tour on YouTube of the neighborhood by a real estate agent. Once one drives through the gate (although, says the agent, it doesn’t really make this a “gated community”), the homes in the area are frequently hidden behind — yes — walls. The demographics? Over 80% white and a mere 4.6% Latino.

The CEO of Macy’s is one Terry Lundgren. Like Marcus Lemonis, Lungren too is making much of Trump’s opposition to illegal immigrants. Mr. Lundgren may “welcome all customers” — but like Marcus Leonis, when it comes to his own life he has made certain that he lives otherwise. This site identifies the mansion pictured in Osprey, Florida as Lungren’s home. And the 2000 census says that the population of Osprey is 97.59% white and 1.40% Latino. The Ku Klux Klan is more ethnically diverse than Osprey, Florida.

And on and on this kind of blatant racial hypocrisy goes. The head of NASCAR? Which, at the urging of Lemonis, has suddenly cut ties with Trump? That would be Brian France who lives in Daytona Beach, Florida. Daytona Beach is also overwhelmingly white, its Latino population a mere 6.16%.

Then there’s GOP donor John Jordan of the Jordan Winery in Healdsburg, California. As noted here in the Wall Street Journal, Jordan says:

“I am pro-choice and in favor of gay marriage. I am a centrist,” he said, describing the November election as “an epiphany” that revealed to him how the GOP had to turn to “moderate centrist reasonable people who have the best interests of the country at heart.”

In other words, he is one more timid moderate of the kind that has led the GOP to one defeat after another by trying to be liberal-lite. Now? Now Jordan, exhibiting exactly the kind of contempt for the grassroots that exemplifies the New Totalitarian mentality, says:

“Someone in the party ought to start some sort of petition saying, ‘If Trump’s going to be on the stage, I’m not going to be on there with him,’” Jordan told the AP. “I’m toying with the idea of it.”

And Jordan is far from alone in this mindset. As this Politico story illustrates vividly, Trump does indeed “terrify” the GOP Establishment and they are determined to do anything and everything to stop him. If that means being a silent partner with George Soros, Media Matters, and and leftist thugs — well so be it. Wow.

So. What do we have here? 

What we have here is a leftist organizer for Media Matters, a headquarters of the New Totalitarians, replete with a petition drive by Carusone on MoveOn.Org deliberately if unsurprisingly mis-portraying Trump’s views as anti-immigrant instead of anti-illegal immigration and demanding that various companies break their business ties with Trump. Trump today, Rush yesterday, and, count on it, someone else tomorrow. Predictably, since the American left depends on racism to fuel the progressive cause, Carusone plays the Latino race card. 

Then we have all these sanctimonious business leaders, their chain yanked by leftist Carusone, quickly doing the bidding of George Soros’s Media Matters and the MoveOn crowd. In the process revealing that by their own suddenly professed concerns they themselves hypocritically retreat at night to homes safely walled off from a world not just of illegal immigrants but from Latinos — period. 

And then there’s GOP contributor Jordan — an ex-Navy Seal for heaven’s sake — exhibiting all the characteristics of an intolerant leftist activist, musing about making sure his donor bucks halt any debate with Trump on illegal immigration or for that matter anything else. Nice. Maybe he needs illegals to pick the grapes in his vineyards.

Meanwhile, Trump surges in the polls. A stunning new poll released yesterday from Public Policy Polling shows Trump now leading the GOP field in North Carolina.

Why? Now in addition to the substance of what he’s saying — a substance underlined in only the last handful of days by the cold-blooded murder of Kathryn Steinle by a five-times deported illegal in San Francisco, the murder of a Laredo, Texas woman by a four-times deported illegal, and the DUI that injured three at the hands of a six-times deported illegal — Americans are seeing something else. 

That something else is a gutsy Trump standing unbowed as all these assaults by the New Totalitarians on his business empire pile up. What is disturbing here is the realization that simply discussing the issue of illegal immigration results in the savaging of a man’s hard-earned business success. This is precisely what is happening in Oregon, where the owners of a small bakery have not only been fined $135,000 for exercising their religious liberty rights not to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding but silenced with a gag order as well, thus losing their right to free speech. It is the same thing that happened with the pizza shop in Indiana that the left tried to shut down for saying they, too, would not cater a gay wedding by reason of religious liberty.

This is exactly the “New Totalitarians” in action. You will agree with them — or else. The “or else” in this case means Trump must be punished by losing his businesses and being kept off the debate stage. In this would-be New American Order, leftist Media Matters thug Angelo Carusone is Camping World’s Marcus Lemonis is Macy’s Terry Lundgren and Stephen Bollenbach who are GOP donor John Jordan.

You will do as they say.

Or else.

To which Donald Trump — and millions of other Americans — are replying: Not just no, but hell no.

Jeffrey Lord
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Jeffrey Lord, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is a former aide to Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. An author and former CNN commentator, he writes from Pennsylvania at His new book, Swamp Wars: Donald Trump and The New American Populism vs. The Old Order, is now out from Bombardier Books.
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