I’ll admit it: I’m glad there’s a Donald Trump in the mix these days.

Yes, I’m sure I’m not alone in wishing he would focus more — keeping his targets separate for separate attacks, resisting the gratuitous own-back-patting, articulating his points more without requiring interpretation, and so on.

On the other hand, I think people should generally be more humble about proposing counterfactuals.  Whether instinctively or intellectually he has some reason and his outcomes are maximized versus the alternative I would recommend if asked.

Whatever the case, I’m glad there’s somebody out there doing things like this, as Sandy Fitzgerald reports for Newsmax:

Former President Donald Trump, while speaking to reporters following his announcement over lawsuits he’s filing against the CEOS of big tech giants Facebook, Twitter, and Google, flatly dismissed the possibility of a settlement before the class-action lawsuits would head to trial.

“We’re not looking for a settlement,” Trump commented. “We don’t expect to settle. They fight and they fight hard. They’ve never had anything like this…we don’t know what’s going to happen, but we’re not looking to settle.”

Trump has announced class-action lawsuits against tech giants Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube parent company Google, over their “unlawful” censorship of him and other conservatives, after the social media giants banned him from posting in the wake of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

He fights.  In a recent podcast, somewhere, I heard Victor Davis Hanson explicating his love of Westerns, touching on their relation to Donald Trump.  Many stories in that genre are centered on a main character who is unsavory by any number of measures, but who happens to have the skillset to deal with an intractable problem (usually killing and otherwise intimidating bad guys).  He comes into town, gets the biggest moral question of the conflict right (Which side should I be on?), and then leaves, because he doesn’t fit in during the period after a happy ending.

It’s no use lamenting that he should have gotten the job done in a more friendly way, because the circumstances had strongly suggested that no such alternative existed.


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1 year ago

As the meme says, “I sure could go for a mean tweet and $1.79 gas”. Trump was not my first (or probably second) choice but he did a great job. DeSantis shows great promise, IMO.

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