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Trump the Establishment: The Elitists Never Learned in 2016 Paperback – February 7, 2017
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About the Author
Don Surber is a retired newspaperman who lives in Poca, West Virginia, with his wife of 40 years, Lou Ann. They have three adult children.
While serving in the US Army, Surber worked on the Fort Stewart Patriot and the Stars and Stripes. He worked as a proofreader for the Wall Street Journal while in college, graduating from Cleveland State University in 1981.Surber has worked for the Parkersburg News and the Charleston Daily Mail, both in West Virginia. He is the author of Exceptional Americans and Exceptional Americans 2.
The rise of Donald Trump to the presidency, and the news media's inability to foresee it have greatly amused Surber. Using wit, logic, and the media's own words and predictions against them, he wrote Trump the Press: Don Surber’s Take on How the Pundits Blew the 2016 Republican Race, and Trump the Establishment, which covered the general election.
The media's refusal to accept Trump's election prompted Surber to again research what they said and compare it to what really happened. The result was Fake News Follies of 2017, which chronicles the media's ill-fated war with the most wily and successful president since Ronald Reagan. It will be published in February 2018.
Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit wrote, "You should listen to Surber, one of the few who clearly saw the Trump Train coming. Scholars of this election should read his Trump The Press. But probably won’t."
Surber maintains a popular blog at https://donsurber.blogspot.com. He welcomes comments at DonSurber@GMail.com.
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Yet in the early 2000s, I eschewed the Demos and declared Independent. I declared Democrat in 2007 again to vote for Obama. But I declared Independent again when he let Wall Street off the hook after the 2008-2010 crash instead of bringing back Glass-Steagal. As a lawyer and former banker, I had to wonder why would anyone hire the foxes who pillaged the chicken coop to guard the chicken coop? I was in shock and rage. Voted for Bernie in the primary and then wrote him in. I couldn't stand Hillary as a lap-dog for Wall Street and a salivating attack dog for endless "humanitarian" war. But I could not vote for Trump because a part of his coalition were and are alt-right racists and his stands on environmentalism were unclear.
I decided to read this book to understand the Trump victory and the rage of those who voted him in. What I discovered is that many of his voters are disaffected Democrats like me, of the cut of cloth of New Deal democrats who believe our nation is "of the people, by the people, and for the people." I hope that Surber is correct, that underneath all the MSM attack and some questionable appointments to education environmental protection, and BLM, the Donald will not betray those that voted for him. America needs a new vision and a new direction of what it means to be an American, an ideal that we all have to give some "hypthenated-identity" for, and to treat each other equally and respectfully, per our Constitution. There are no "safe places" - there are only shouting places or discussion places. The choice is ours.
I sincerely hope that if Trump can't get us there, he can at least move us in that direction.
Surber also does a good job of showing, and convinced me, that President Trump is a fighter and a winner in business and media which skills may be more transferable than not. President Trump is someone who has spent time with trades people, service staff, as well as the rich, powerful and famous. I knew he had hired the first woman foreperson on job site in NYC of all places and that had impressed me. It is these can-do and independent qualifications that he brings to the Presidency and not the belt-way qualifications of President Obama and Hillary Clinton. I am keeping an open mind now, events will tell, and eventually history will judge.
My only peeve with Surber is that he gloats too gleefully here and there. But that's understandable and it's not overdone.
What surprised me (a person who considered himself pretty well-read in matters Trump) was the number of times I found myself saying "I didn't know that".
The first chapter is a recitation of the familiar litany from "First they said he would not run." to "... but he prevailed because the American people were fed up with the elitists."
Thinking back to the early stages of the trek to the inauguration, I think I favored Marco Rubio -- I know I bought one of his water bottles from the pitch-pipe press performance of "He needed a drink of water, there goes his campaign down the drain.*"
Then (I think) I favored Ted Cruz for a number of well-founded reasons, many of which are still valid in spite of his efforts.
But somewhere in the process I realized that Donald Trump is the kind of man that resembles the kind of boss that in my lifetime I found to be the best bosses in the string of many bosses in my life. Mr. Surber's third chapter reminded me that the best of the many bosses that I have worked-for (some three or four) shared some characteristics with Mr. Trump--among them the puzzling fact that the best of them were not very well liked by a lot of people. I recall one boss about whom I was frequently heard to say "I would sure as ...l rather work FOR him than work for the guy he is fighting with."
That third chapter ("Donald Trump--CEO") is the first one that made me realize that I did not know him as well as I thought I did, but curiously, it also made me realize what I good choice I had made.
I am tempted to go through the book and review each chapter, but mercifully (because I don't write as well) I will not.
Buy the book and see for yourself. You will be glad you did. The last chapter ("The Acting President") is alone worth the price.
*It did turn out to be metaphor for the Rubio campaign--the bottle is made out of aluminum and keeps its contents at whatever the local temperature is.
The MSM were still using their old playbook of journalism and never took Trump and his millions of supporters seriously. In fact, reporters and journalists gleefully took every opportunity to sneer at Trump personally and laugh at any chance of his winning. Weekly, sometimes daily, they predicted the end of Trump (pg. 165) while helping to make Hillary the first woman president. They never saw what was brewing outside their cloistered existence and were gobsmacked on election night. "The race was over. Gone in thirty minutes as Michigan counted its votes. The number crunchers knew it, even though the television outlets would not call it until the wee hours of Wednesday, November 9." (pg. 228)
Don Surber took note and chronicled all of it -- the derogatory comments, the lies, the blatant bias, the entire appalling behavior of the MSM -- in his latest book, TRUMP THE ESTABLISHMENT.
‘“If you’re a working journalist and you believe that Donald J. Trump is a demagogue playing to the nation’s worst racist and nationalistic tendencies, that he cozies up to anti-American dictators and that he would be dangerous with control of the United States nuclear codes, how the heck are you supposed to cover him?” Rutenberg [NY Times] wrote on August 7.
‘Wait a second. If you believe all those things, then you should not be covering him because your bias is too strong to provide the objectivity the public deserves.’ [Surber’s conclusion; pg. 29]
This book is the sequel to Surber’s often hilarious TRUMP THE PRESS and just as excellent. Together they are the ultimate reference books on the 2016 presidential election.