In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome!

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Author: George Michael
Date: Winter 2016
Publisher: Council for Social and Economic Studies
Document Type: Book review
Length: 1,594 words
Lexile Measure: 1370L

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In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome!

Ann Coulter

Sentinel 2016

Donald Trump's electoral upset in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election was a political earthquake, which caught many pundits by surprise. How could a notoriously egomaniacal, bloviating, former reality television host with no experience in public office, prevail over one of the country's most seasoned politicians with nearly all of the American political, corporate, cultural, and media establishment behind her? Trump's challenger--Hillary Rodham Clinton-seemed to hold every major advantage. In her short, but highly informative book, In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome! the pugnacious conservative columnist Ann Coulter succinctly dissects the appeal of the populist GOP renegade whose ascendance could very well radically reshape the American political landscape. Released just a little over two months before the November election, it explains how this historical political upset would come about.

For over a decade, a state of angst had befallen American conservatives. Bereft of new ideas, the Republican Party languished and seemed to be headed for political oblivion. An increasingly ethnically and racially diverse electorate-effected in large part by widespread immigration--would soon render the party electorally unviable, at least at the presidential level. Inasmuch as many of the immigrants are destitute and also ethnic and racial minorities, they would naturally gravitate toward the Democratic Party which champions a strong welfare state and identity politics.

But as Coulter explains new life was breathed in the conservative movement on June 16, 2015, when Donald J. Trump announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the U.S. presidency. In a bold speech delivered at Trump Tower in New York City, he boldly pledged to deport illegal aliens and build a wall on the southern border. Furthermore, he went so far as to call some Mexican immigrants "rapists," and by doing so, crossed a political and social Rubicon. Immediately, the mainstream media repudiated Trump in the most strident terms and predicted that his over-the-top rhetoric would soon doom his presidential aspirations. But much to their dismay, the speech propelled Trump to the top of the polls. Defiantly driving a stake in the heart of political correctness, the speech unleashed a torrent of repressed resentment that had been building for quite some time over the federal government's ineffectual enforcement of immigration laws. As Coulter explained, at every rally, whenever Trump mentioned the wall, the crowds went wild earning him a sure-fire standing ovation...

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