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Defender in Chief: Donald Trump's Fight for Presidential Power Hardcover – July 28, 2020
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––Victor Davis Hanson, the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, author of The Case for Trump
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When he ran for office, he was not a career politician, but a savvy businessman. Our country is like a business and President Trump felt he could do a better job if it was run that way. Career politicians were shocked at this and have done all they can to get rid of him. Their good-old-boy way of doing things did not set well with the new President and the liberal politicians were furious. The Democrats' fury at Trump winning quickly resulted in their many ways to try and get rid of him, none of which worked. They also tried to have him impeached but that failed too. They tried to block his nominee to the Supreme Court via a flimsy and scandalous accusation of the nominee. This too failed.
President Trump has added many jobs; built a wall against illegal immigrants; and has seen the stock market soar to some of its highest days. He has let other countries know that they cannot run over the United States and has taken steps in that direction.
He has faced a lot of opposition from the liberal community but has still managed to get many things done. Even with COVID and the riots, he has stayed calm and has done his best to keep America safe.
I enjoyed this book as it is a collection of items that President Trump has faced and his strength in not giving into the pressures constantly put upon him. I support him completely and hope to see him reelected in 2020.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
This book argues that Presidential power "actually advances individual freedom by curbing the threats of legislative...tyranny". Indeed the President is elected by popular vote (popular vote of members of the electoral college, duh), whereas senators and congresspeople don't even have an electoral college---sad! Hence presidential tyranny is much more constitutional than legislative tyranny. Why not get the tyranny from a person who is required to have been born in the USA (or Panama), rather than from legislators who have all sorts of national origins? Makes a lot of sense. John Yoo for President in 2024! (Some say he was born in S. Korea, but I am sure that is fake news. )