The Corner

Trump’s Fans

Bret Stephens writes, “If by now you don’t find Donald Trump appalling, you’re appalling. . . . Mr. Trump is a loudmouth vulgarian appealing to quieter vulgarians. These vulgarians comprise a significant percentage of the GOP base. The leader isn’t the problem. The people are. It takes the demos to make the demagogue.”

I don’t agree with this. Some of Trump’s fans are, I’m sure, jerks, as is true of any large group of people. But I don’t think it’s very hard to see why a decent, intelligent person might find Trump appealing–even if you think, as I do, that he would be a very bad choice for the Republican nomination or the presidency.

(disclosure)

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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