Trump's Victory Was Obvious from the Outset
That is why I was convinced of Trump's victory throughout. I wrote on Sept. 12, "Deplorably, Trump is Going to Win," and on Oct. 9 added, "Trump Will Win the National Battle for Legitimacy." The elitist contempt for the aspirations of most Americans reached a peak of arrogance that Americans were not willing to countenance. Donald Trump is not an ideal candidate; his life experience as the proprietor of a family-owned company allowed him to follow wherever his whim led him, and his self-indulgence frequently showed to his disadvantage. For most Americans, voting for Trump required careful consideration, weighing the man's much-discussed faults against the simple fact that he proposed to take risks and try new things in order to restore American greatness. He is more akin to Franklin Roosevelt, I believe, than any other of his predecessors. FDR got almost everything wrong until World War II hauled America out of the Great Depression, but he held the social fabric together by demonstrating to Americans that he was willing to take dramatic steps to correct an intolerable situation.
The #NeverTrumpers showed elitist contempt for the American people and betrayed the interests of the Republican Party as well as our country. Magnanimity is not the appropriate response to this kind of betrayal. A new Republican intellectual core is forming around Claremont Review, the Journal of American Greatness and—with a word from our sponsors—publications like PJ Media. It is a time to be daring and innovative, to consider what policies will turn around the deterioration of the last dozen years, and to divest ourselves of the dead weight of failed ideologies. Hard work lies ahead of us. Let us devote ourselves to it without distraction.