Well, this is interesting. The other day I wrote an article in The American Spectator comparing Donald Trump to Winston Churchill.
Among other things I said: “No one has been more prescient about what a Biden presidency would mean for America than Donald Trump.”
In his day – the 1930s specifically – Churchill repeatedly warned that Prime Ministers Stanley Baldwin and his successor Neville Chamberlain – both of his own Conservative Party – were dangerously incompetent in first ignoring Germany’s military build-up (Baldwin), and then believing getting Hitler’s signature on a piece of paper promising not to invade Czechoslovakia was going to avert war (Chamberlain.) Suffice to say, both were seriously wrong and Britain and the world paid a serious price known to history as World War II.
Liz Harrington, the spokeswoman for former President Trump was kind enough to tweet out my piece. And then…..
The British paper The Independent UK headlined this:
Trump’s spokeswoman ridiculed for calling him ‘the new Churchill’ in tweet of magazine article
‘Those two words should not even be in the same sentence’
What followed, predictably, was tweet after tweet that exhibited nothing but blissful ignorance of Churchill, all prompted by the all-too-predictable loathing of Trump haters.
Of course, the tweeters showed absolutely no realization that in the day Winston Churchill, like Donald Trump today, was a figure of immense controversy. He had been tossed out as First Lord of the Admiralty for his role in the Dardanelles disaster, in which the Allies of World War I had sought to take out Turkey. In fact, Churchill’s strategy was spot on – but the execution of the plan by a British admiral was the problem and it turned into a route with tens of thousands of British casualties. Churchill was blamed -wrongly – and thought his career over.
Over time he began to come back, but now with a permanent reputation as brilliant but erratic, unreliable and more. His stance in opposing India’s independence hurt him even more. Thus when he began, in laser-like fashion, to zero in on the threat from Germany and Adolph Hitler he was completely ignored. Even when it became crystal clear that his sharp criticism of Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement of Hitler was correct, there were still members of his Conservative party who opposed his becoming prime minister. They were the British version of the “RINO’s” (Republicans In Name Only) that Trump regularly attacks.
What all of these tweeters miss is that it is precisely that willingness to “never give up” (as Churchill put it) that made Churchill a great leader. Nobody has understood the massive problems that a Biden presidency would produce better than Donald Trump. Nobody. Biden has as predicted turned out to be the Neville Chamberlain of our day- and Trump spotted this early on and has repeatedly, in Churchillian style, said so.
Again, here is Donald Trump in Alabama the other night.
“I warned the entire country of the disastrous consequences of a Biden presidency. I understood; a lot of you understood it. I said Joe Biden would eliminate America’s borders in the middle of a pandemic. He did.
I predicted that he would unleash a wave of violent crime that would turn our cities into a nightmare of killing and bloodshed.
Biden failed totally on the pandemic, and he’s now overseeing the greatest foreign policy humiliation in the history of the United States of America. This is the greatest humiliation I’ve ever seen.
Biden’s botched exit in Afghanistan is the most astonishing display of gross incompetence by a nation’s leader — perhaps at any time that anybody’s ever seen.
Joe Biden was going on vacation as Afghanistan was going to hell. This is what you get when you have weakness in the White House. You can’t have weakness in the White House.
They have to respect your president. When I was president, we only had strength . . . Now they’re taking advantage of us. And remember this: This isn’t stopping, this is going to go on for a long time. This isn’t going away.”
And now Trump has released this devastating ad, Surrenderer in Chief:
The Biden presidency, precisely as Trump predicted, is turning out to be a rolling disaster – just as Winston Churchill predicted of Neville Chamberlain.
And I’ll say again what I said in my original piece.
“By July of 1939, a poster in the Strand in London asked, “What Price Churchill?”
It takes no imagination to predict that as one Biden disaster after another swamps America and the world, the call will similarly go up across America in 2024:
“What Price Trump?”