Donald Trump: What the Founders Feared

In understanding the Trump phenomenon, one of the stories that has been most helpful was written by The Weekly Standard’s Fred Barnes. Mr. Barnes attended a focus group hosted by pollster Frank Luntz. It consisted of 29 people who were Trump supporters to one degree or another. Among the things Barnes learned:

They view Trump as different from all the other presidential candidates. He’s not just their favorite candidate. Their tie to him is almost mystical. He’s a kind of political savior, someone who says what they think. Luntz asked them for the one word that comes to mind when they think of Trump. The word cited most was “leader.” [emphasis added]

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Donald Trump: What the Founders Feared

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German Wobbliness on Russia Is Real

And it long predates Trump.

The latest NATO summit got underway in Brussels this week, and President Trump brought all of his signature rhetorical subtlety to the Belgian capital. Off the bat at a meeting Wednesday with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, Trump accused Germany of being “captive” to Russia. The remark ruffled diplomatic feathers in the Western alliance and touched off a predictable freakout among reporters and pundits back home.

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