The rap on Donald Trump — especially if you believe the media — is that he is only supported by the “great unwashed.”
Besides misjudging those “flyover” people drastically — remember what William F. Buckley Jr. said about entrusting the government to the first four hundred names in the Boston phone book over the Harvard faculty — it turns out that there are a fair number, and growing, of noted scholars and writers who actually do back Donald Trump in the current election.
F. H. Buckley, a professor at George Mason University Law School, has spearheaded the assembly of a list of, as of now, 125 such people at a new website, debuting Thursday, September 25, 2016: Scholars and Writers for America.
Some of the signatories are well known, like former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former Secretary of Education Bill Bennett — both of whom have been quite prominent supporters of Trump in the media. Some names are less public, but all are distinguished in their fields.
I am pleased to say several of those signatories are or have been associated with PJ Media: Michael Ledeen, Roger Kimball, David Goldman, Andrew Bostom, Mary Grabar, Lionel Chetwynd and myself. (I hope I’m not missing anybody.)
Simultaneous to the debut of the website, an ongoing symposium of members is being published giving their reasons for their support that can be found at American Greatness. It’s worth reading.
I would add one thing. Having been slightly involved with the formation of this list, I have been aware of the considerable courage of certain people (not me!) in allowing their names to appear. Bravo for them.