How can Donald Trump possibly be considered to be Churchillian?

If you are going to talk about the similarities between the late Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Donald Trump you would be hard-pressed to find the Churchillian of the former in the bombastic other. However, don’t go away without reading about where these two men come together. Don’t worry, it is not as complicated as you might think.

As Written By Patricia McCarthy for the American Thinker:

Comparing the late Prime Minister Winston Churchill to President Donald Trump is guaranteed to elicit scorn from intellectuals, for one was a prolific man of letters, while the other speaks in the vocabulary of the common man.  One was a journalist and scholar, while the other is a builder, deal-maker, and master persuader (as Scott Adams argues).  And one smoked and drank prolifically, while the other abstains from both.

But beneath the veneer of literary styles, there are obvious historical similarities between Winston Churchill’s becoming prime minister and Donald Trump’s shocking election to the American presidency.  It is hard to watch the film Darkest Hour, about those terrible days in May 1940 when Churchill became prime minister.  At that moment in time, it seemed that the U.K. would have to surrender to Hitler.  Three hundred thousand British troops were trapped on the beach at Dunkirk without any apparent means of rescue.  Hitler was on the march and had taken Norway and Belgium; France had capitulated to the Germans without a fight.

Chamberlain resigned, and Churchill accepted King George VI’s appointment to the position of prime minister, but the king, and both parties of Parliament, loathed Churchill.  They, both sides, also knew he was the only man to lead at that moment in time.  Neville Chamberlain’s unfortunate good-will gesture at Munich had been a disaster. Only Churchill realized and had incessantly warned about the evil that was Hitler’s regime.  FDR, hoping to avoid U.S. intervention in the war, was not helpful or forthcoming with military aid just yet.  Roosevelt eventually rose to the occasion but had not fully discerned the evil that Hitler represented to the world.  Churchill did.  FDR was not the wartime leader Churchill was.

To the horror of our 2016 establishment, Donald Trump was elected.  He has been as loathed as Churchill was when he took on the P.M. job as the catastrophe at Dunkirk was unfolding.  Like Churchill, Trump is a bit reckless with his…….


Trump: The Unlikeliest Churchillian

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