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Kierkegaard’s Ghost is proud to publish this editorial by our distinguished guest contributor, Rudy Giuliani, America’s Mayor and attorney for president Donald J. Trump.
Dear United States of America,
Let me dispense with the pleasantries and get right to the point. Donald Trump is your president today and will be after November 2020. Get used to it.
Please don’t bore me with your recitations of all of Donald Trump’s moral deficiencies, corruption and incompetence. I know all about that and so does his base. We don’t care. Let me be blunt: Donald Trump’s base is dumb as a bag of hammers. You heard Donald himself say his supporters were so hopelessly stupid that he could commit a murder in public and they would still love him. Anyone with two brain cells to rub together would have known then and there that they had just been insulted. Not these ever Trumpers! Donald Trump could torture a puppy to death in the Oval Office on national television and they would still adore him. So Trump’s critics can shout facts at his base all they want. He’ll just tell his followers that its fake news cooked up by the press and the deep state. They, for their part, will swallow it hook, line and sinker, turn around and dismiss the facts as lies. They believe what they want to believe which is always what Donald Trump tells them.
And here’s the thing. As goes the base, so goes the party. It’s no secret that even moral ciphers like Mitch McConnell are somewhat concerned about the outrages of our president. But they will back him no matter what comes out of the impeachment hearings. They will do that because the Trump base is the soul of their party. There is nothing left of the Republican party beyond adoration of Donald Trump and they know it. Crossing Trump is political suicide. Ask Jeff Flake. That’s why Mitch follows Donald into the rose garden nuzzling his pant legs like a stray cat looking for dinner. That’s why Trump can call Ted Cruz’s wife ugly and his father a murderer, yet still Ted comes whimpering to lick the boots of his president and plead for an endorsement. As the Good Book tells us, the sheep know the vice of their shepherd.
“The truth will prevail,” you say. Let’s have a little talk about truth, shall we? I have to confess that I love watching politicians and the press go into conniptions whenever Donald Trump says something that is obviously inaccurate. “How does he keep getting away with it?” they ask with exasperation that amuses me to no end. They just can’t get it into their elite brains that facts don’t matter. Truth is conveyed, not by facts, but by pictures. Pictures deeply ingrained in the hearts and minds of white Americans-and not just those within Trump’s base. Frightening, disturbing pictures. Pictures of taxes eating away at their hard earned savings to feed social programs for people too lazy to work. Pictures of lily white daughters seduced by the sons of black Americans, dark skinned immigrants and foreigners with unchristian faiths-or no faith at all. Pictures of a nation where faith, family, patriotism and the flag no longer matter. Call Donald Trump ignorant, incompetent and inarticulate. But he knows instinctively how to summon up these pictures and employ them to convince white Americans that the America they know and love is being taken away from them-and only he can take it back. You can make all the fact based rational arguments you want to the contrary, but it’s the pictures white Americans will take with them into the voting booth. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words.
And one more thing. After 2020, it’s no holds barred. The press, the instigators of impeachment and disloyal members of this administration will-let’s just say “go through some things.” “What about the rule of law?” you ask. “What about the United States Constitution?” Let me tell you something about the almighty Constitution. It’s just a piece of paper. In fact, it’s so frail it can’t survive outside of a helium-filled case in a darkened room at a temperature of 70 degrees and constant humidity of 25 to 30 percent. Expose it to the open air and the light of day and it will fall apart like a cheap shirt. That’s your Constitution. And the rule of law? Law is only a matter of words. Truth, the only truth that matters, is in the pictures: blood, soil, race, nation.
You, America, are not the only people driven by these pictures Donald Trump so skillfully evokes. You saw what happened in Britain with Brexit. You see what is happening in Hungary, Italy, Brazil and Argentina. You see the populist tide rising in Germany, Scandinavia, the Netherlands and other places around the globe. This time there will be no alliance of democratic states to stop it. Trump is the future. Join that future or be crushed under it.
Sweet dreams America,
Your Beloved Mayor,