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IT took the Left couple of years to see how some of its most avowed representatives jumped on Trump’s ship for various reasons.

Tiberiu Dianu

First, we had journalist Piers Morgan, who said he would not vote for Trump in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. As a U.S. permanent resident from England, he could not have voted anyway. However, later, in 2017, he defended the president’s so-called “Muslim travel ban”).

Then actor Steve Harvey came. He was criticized by his black community for his decision to meet with then-President elect before his inauguration. Later, Harvey admitted on his talk show that he hopes never to run into Trump again.

Actress Roseanne Barr soon followed. A self-proclaimed socialist, she voiced her support for Trump in a June 2016 interview, and actually she voted for him.

Next was lawyer and academic Alan Dershowitz, a Democrat-turned-libertarian who campaigned against the election of Trump. Then Dershowitz defended the president against his fellow Democrats’ personal attacks and impeachment attempts.

After that rapper Kanye West stepped into the scene. Kanye disliked Trump’s travel ban, but in April 2018 he reassured his support for the president when he said “I love Donald Trump.” West then posted a picture wearing a Make America Great Again hat alongside a series of tweets defending the president. He tweeted also his support for Blexit conservative activist Candace Owens, herself a former liberal.

All these people, coming from the left, have shown that they like to think with their own head and to stand up for what they believe in.

Some other celebrities claimed they didn’t dislike Trump. However, when they had backlashes from their liberal fan base, they quickly caved in.

Singer and actress Marie Osmond, although a Republican, chose not to perform in January 2017 at inauguration, claiming that she doesn’t “get political.” But she and her brother, Donny, definitely decided to “get political” in 1981, when both of them performed at Republican President Ronald Reagan’ inauguration in January 1981.

The same goes for country singer and songwriter Garth Brooks. Brooks faced strong criticism from some of his conservative fans who were “very disappointed” that he would not perform at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, on January 20, 2017. He claimed “It’s always an honor to serve” but “I wasn’t asked at that point” and that he was in the middle of a two-year worldwide tour, anyway.

The latest example in the gallery is singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. Swift voted for the first time in 2008 for Barack Obama, but she endorsed candidates for public office for the first time only prior to the 2018 midterm elections. Then she expressed her desire for LGBT rights and gender and racial equality. The “studiously apolitical” Swift (as the Politico journal put it), also a self-declared feminist, pro-choice and anti-white supremacy activist, spoke out against Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, who was supported by President Trump. Blackburn was eventually elected for the U.S. Senate.

All these celebrities seem to have forgotten their fellow artists’ bad experience in criticizing Republican presidents followed by their fan base reduced to half. And they still don’t get it. Why don’t they just stick to whatever they are good at, stop playing bad activists doing a poor job, and stop lecturing the American people with their progressive agenda? They have no clue what a “progressive” society really looks like, but they keep on yapping about it. If they were to have a clue, they would know that in utopian societies everybody has everything and nothing at the same time.

The celebrities’ self-sufficiency and ignorance in terms of politics is so crass that it almost hurts. Country singer Allan Jackson put it very nicely in his song about the 9/11, “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning): “I’m just a singer of simple songs/I’m not a real political man/I watch CNN, but I’m not sure I can tell you/The diff’rence in Iraq and Iran/But I know Jesus and I talk to God/And I remember this from when I was young/Faith, hope, and love are some good things He gave us/And the greatest is love.”

So, what has been going on in the meantime?

New phenomena have emerged before and after Trump’s election as a President of the United States. In 2016 nobody knew about the “Hillbilly elegy,” the “forgotten men and women” in the rural areas, and the “fly-over people” in the Midwest. They were simply invisible for the elite and mainstream media. After November 2016 they have become very visible. America was turning back from Village People to the people in the village.

In 2017, the Blexit emerged. Blexit is a massive migration of Black voters from the “Democratic plantation” to Trump’s greener pastures, with Candace Owens of Turning Point USA leading the way. Minorities, the traditional captive electorate of the Democratic Party, had grown tired of their party’s empty promises in universal welfare. More minority young voters (blacks, Hispanics, and Asians) have started to consider voting Republican.

The African-Americans’ support for Trump has grown from under 10 percent in 2016 to almost 40 percent to date. Why? Maybe because unemployment rate for blacks has been scoring historic lows during Trump’s years of economic recovery. Or because violence rate for blacks continue to score high in the cities administered by Democratic mayors, like Chicago, Detroit and San Francisco. Or because under Democratic administrations two thirds of the black families continue be single mothers, while Democratic black leaders are busy criticizing “the orange man.”

Given the circumstances, President Trump has launched the minorities an offer (that they can refuse, but to their disadvantage): “You’re living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58% of your youth is unemployed – what the hell do you have to lose?” https://www.cnn.com/2016/08/19/politics/donald-trump-african-american-voters/index.html

Answer: nothing. If minorities consider they are cheated, they can start voting Democrats again. But they should give Trump a shot. They should try to live a life in Trumplandia for a while. For the sake of sanity and common sense.

To the liberals’ great disappointment, 2016 was the year when the rural beat the urban, and the regular Joes and Janes of America have taken their country back.

Welcome to Trumplandia!

Note: The article is part of the author’s incoming book, TRUMPLANDIA: https://www.amazon.com/Trumplandia-Populist-Nationalism-Tiberiu-Dianu/dp/1680532235/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=tiberiu+dianu&qid=1579811495&sr=8-1

Tiberiu Dianu has published several books and a host of articles in law, politics, and post-communist societies. He currently lives and works in Washington, D.C. and can be followed on Medium. https://medium.com/@tdianu

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