All good populist demagoguery needs a villain. President Trump hardly has the market cornered on this. Both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton studied Alinskyite community organizing. The organizer, a self-styled renegade against The Establishment, is instructed to avoid abstractions when picking an opposition target. You’ve got to make it personal, to polarize the adversary in stark terms. Trump’s persona is to hit back harder than he is hit. No surprise, then, that he is a practitioner of this demagogic art, since he is also the Left’s No. 1 target.
Most Republican villains the Left selects (the Bushes, Mitt Romney…) respond by trying to prove they’re not really villains. This is a futile strategy. The demagogues making the accusation already know it’s not true. They do it because it always works. Or at least it used to. It’s different with the president, who is from the Leo Durocher School: “I come to play. I come to beat you. I come to kill you!” Trump vexes the Left because he revels in the mud wrestle. Sure, he craves admiration, but he wants to win more, and he doesn’t in the slightest mind winning ugly. In that the Left must see a lot of itself, but that doesn’t mean it has figured out an effective response.
Overall, this Andrew McCarthy column is good, as is usual, and I don’t disagree with most of it. But I can’t say the same about the headline, nor the point he makes towards the end about not taking the “send her home” chants too seriously. I consider packing her off to her true home to be no more than she deserves; let her revile America from there, if the daily struggle for survival in that hellish shithole will allow her the spare time for it. I assure one and all that I am just fine with sending her back. Although if a DA can be found in Minnesota or DC willing to prosecute her ass for her serial criminal offenses, I’m good with packing her off to a Stateside hoosegow for a long stretch, too.