So political junkies looking for the latest in Trump-cheering can check CNN for Lord’s often-creative approaches to defending the indefensible. Or! They can check out his new book, “What America Needs: The Case for Trump” (Regnery Publishing).
Here is a list of moments in the book:
1) Bash the pundit class. Lord is never more exacting than in his introduction, where he turns the clock back to mid-2015, when various pundits — George Will, the Wall Street Journal, for example — predicted Trump’s political demise. The problem, according to Lord, is that the elites don’t get Trump. “The media might mock Trump for saying, ‘We will have so much winning if I get elected you may get bored with winning,’ but to the American people it seems like we haven’t ‘won’ for a long time, let alone had a president who put our nation’s security and prosperity first, and Trump, at least, is willing to try.”
2) No offense to Megyn Kelly. After the Fox News host at the Aug. 6 Republican presidential debate seared Trump with a question about his treatment of women, Trump ripped her on CNN, saying, “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.” Critics interpreted that remark as a suggestion that Kelly was tough on him because she was menstruating. Not the case, writes Lord: “For the record he meant to say ‘nose’ — and never came close to saying what his critics suggested, which perhaps says more about them than him.”
3) Quote family. To bring perspective to Trump’s candidacy, Lord quotes Ivanka Trump: “My father’s not politically correct, he says what he means and he means what he says, and I think that’s the way the American people are.”
4) The evil left: “Political correctness is more important, to the Left, than are American lives,” writes Lord.
5) What does Trump want to do? Everyone has seen the red hats with the Trump campaign slogan. They’ve really made an impact upon Lord. “Donald Trump, if elected president, would kowtow to no leftist piety. His very election would be a victory for liberty, a blow against the Left’s stifling political correctness, its innate racism — and the first step to making America great again.” Or: “When Donald Trump talks about ‘making America great again,’ it is no empty rhetoric, no idle boast.” That comes in the context of Trump’s role in the renaissance of New York City. At another point, Lord takes flight this way: “I believe that Donald Trump, as president, will not only make America great again, he will remake the Republican Party as a true conservative party open to everyone who believes. . . .” In the following formulation, Lord gets a little creative with the boosterism: “Trump wants to unify America as well, rallying our fellow citizens to the restoration of American greatness.” In the context of Trump’s prowess as a builder: “Now he wants to take on the biggest building project one can imagine: making America great again.” In the introduction, Lord writes that Trump understands “the average American’s priorities — he wants to make America great again, after more than a decade of apparent decline.” Apparent decline? Can’t a bona fide Trump guy write more definitively than that?
6) Reagan, Reagan, Reagan. Lord served as a political director in the Reagan White House, meaning that he knows better than most operatives just how to thread the Great Communicator’s legacy with his candidate’s record. A sample: “If Reagan was an extremist, a cowboy, and an actor with no business running for president, Trump to his critics is also an extremist, a garish billionaire, and a reality TV star who similarly has no business running for president.” To carry the parallels onward, Lord cites the work of Post reporter David Weigel, who wrote that Trump was “the candidate talking most directly about the loss of manufacturing jobs to foreign countries.” Again Lord went back a few decades: “It was the conservative Republican Ronald Reagan who was endorsed by the Teamsters Union in 1984. Donald Trump is the Republican most likely to appeal to such blue collar workers in 2016 — updating the Reagan Democrats to become twenty-first-century Trump Democrats.”
7) Poor Trump. In the acknowledgments, Lord shows his appreciation for his candidate: “And last but not least, thanks to Donald Trump. He has stepped into a fray he does not need, is subjected to relentless attacks that are as base as they are untrue, and stays true to his love for an America that allows all of us to live our individual lives in freedom and liberty as we see fit.”