Blitz: Trump Will Smash the Left and Win
Horowitz has achieved the impossible.
A review by Richard Kirk
June 15, 2020
Were I asked to write a book of around 200 pages of text that details President Trump’s major domestic and foreign policy accomplishments, provides compelling information about the Deep State coup against the president, includes little-known aspects of the House impeachment effort, and delves meaningfully into the depths of Trump Derangement Syndrome, I’d say you were asking for the impossible. That book would necessarily skim the surface of these issues or leave most of them out. David Horowitz, however, pulls off this incredible feat and offers readers in Blitz a solid description of Trump achievements while exposing the depths of Deep State treachery and its anti-democratic motivations. Along the way, we get incisive tutorials on (among other topics) the modern history of Israel, the Democratic “Terror Caucus,” K Street’s lobbyist betrayal of America, and the totalitarian Green New Deal.
The bulk of Horowitz’s analysis concerns the left’s virulent opposition to Donald Trump that started during his candidacy via Clinton- and Obama-sponsored foreign actors — the exact type of foreign intervention in America’s election that Democrats accused Trump of employing. Horowitz covers the salient and often unknown aspects of this conspiracy with a concision that allows him to paint a single jaw-dropping portrait of the breadth and depth of Democrat and media mendacity directed against the president. This portrait includes in its components the partisan Mueller probe, numerous media lies (including the “good Nazi” libel against Trump), the New York Times’ America-hating “1619 Project,” and jaw-dropping changes in whistleblower standards that allowed Congressman Adam Schiff to fabricate a baseless presidential “Impeachment by Hearsay,” employing, as Alan Dershowitz noted, Stalinist legal standards: “Show me the man, and I’ll find you the crime.”
As a long ago distinguished member of the New Left (cf. his autobiographical Radical Son), Horowitz is intimately aware of leftist tactics and networks. His firsthand knowledge of their defame-and- destroy strategy is on full display as he presents, seriatim, the blizzard of lies employed to take down candidate and President Trump. Horowitz notes that Democrats have regularly employed charges of racism against their GOP opponents (George W. Bush, John McCain, and even Mitt Romney), but Trump, the brash outsider, represented a huge threat to the “fundamental transformation” of America begun under Obama. Stigmatizing Trump as a racist was an important way to defeat him in the election and, later, to prevent him from puncturing the Democrats’ hold on ninety-percent-plus of the black vote. As a popular figure with a mostly liberal reputation prior to his entry into politics, Trump might actually be able to convince a substantial number of black voters that they have “nothing to lose” if they abandon a party that gave them decades of inner-city “corruption, crime, and poverty.” The left’s obvious conclusion: Trump (and even his “deplorable” supporters) must be destroyed!
The utter duplicity of this strategy is exposed as Horowitz reviews not only Al Sharpton’s vicious history as a racist con man whose ring all Democratic presidential aspirants must kiss, but also relevant information about Congress’s anti-Semitic “Squad.” How many folks know, for example, that Ilhan Omar’s father, “Nur Omar Mohamed, was a party propagandist for Siad Barre, the Marxist-Stalinist dictator who ruled Somalia from 1969–91 and murdered thousands of unarmed Somali civilians”? Omar’s family fled to Kenya and later migrated to the United States only after Barre was toppled.
Horowitz’s detailed compilation of Trump’s accomplishments brought together in a short space (primarily in the book’s next-to-last chapter) creates a compelling portrait lost on folks who’ve been inundated under an avalanche of media-inspired crises. Beyond the obvious employment and stock market records that existed prior to the COVID shutdowns, Horowitz provides, for example, a comparison of the growth in U.S. median income during George W. Bush’s eight years ($400) and Obama’s two terms ($1,000) with the growth in median income in just three years under Trump ($4,144). The author adds that this impressive figure “increases by about $1,400 when the tax cuts are factored in.”
Horowitz also touts in his litany of presidential accomplishments, among them the firing and replacement of thousands of Veterans’ Administration employees, actions that led to a near 90% satisfaction rating for the organization. This transformation was made possible by ditching regulations that made firing bad employees all but impossible. Another Trump success story was his massive deregulation crusade that included America’s oil and gas industries and resulted in achieving the country’s long declared goal of energy independence. Trump also began renegotiating flawed trade deals and succeeded in bringing back to the U.S. 499,000 manufacturing jobs in just 30 months — all without the aid of that “magic wand” Obama derisively said was the only way to accomplish this impossible dream. On the judicial front, Trump’s appointment of two conservative Supreme Court justices and hundreds more judges to the federal judiciary helped reverse Obama -era attacks on the freedom of religion that targeted even so benign a group as the Little Sisters of the Poor for their conscience-based opposition to Obamacare birth control and abortifacient mandates. In foreign policy, Trump quickly destroyed the ISIS caliphate and later undid America’s self-defeating commitment to the Paris Climate Accord. The president also strengthened the country’s defenses while nixing Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. Finally, Trump moved the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem — a long promised but always postponed transfer that was accomplished without the predicted Arab uprising.
After reading Horowitz’s detailed summary of Trump successes in economic, social, and foreign policy, one would think the president’s re-election in 2020 is all but certain, especially given the collapse of the Democrats’ collusion and impeachment charges. The fact that 2020 success was far from certain even before the COVID shutdowns and recent race-based riots is a testament to the power of leftist media and their Deep State supporters. Given this new economic and social landscape, it’s even less certain that Trump “will smash the left and win” in November, as Horowitz’s subtitle states. It’s worth mentioning, however, that the book never directly addresses this titular prediction — a prediction that would be much more likely were several million independent voters and disenchanted Democrats to peruse Horowitz’s eye-opening pre-COVID masterpiece.
This article originally appeared in American Thinker.
Blitz: Trump Will Smash the Left and Win
David Horowitz’s new book is a guide to the wars that are engulfing the nation.
A review by J. Christian Adams
When David Horowitz wrote his latest book Blitz: Trump Will Smash the Left and Win (Humanix, 2020) he didn’t know that ANTIFA-fueled mobs would be burning and looting cities across America, and even threatening the White House itself. Then again, knowing how Horowitz understands the Left as well as anyone else in the conservative movement, perhaps he actually did anticipate the events of the last few days.
Blitz is the go-to recap of the first Trump term, from the first days of the so-called “Muslim ban” through a deconstruction of the “partisan impeachment,” as Horowitz labels it.
Blitz is a comprehensive reset at the end of the first Trump term. It is catalog of how we got here and how the Left have lost their minds over President Trump’s new way. Horowitz diagnoses the causes and effect of Trump Derangement Syndrome. He also documents how Trump has thrived despite the unhinged hatred aimed at him.
One reason Blitz suggests Trump is unlike his Republican predecessors, is that he didn’t let personal attacks change his tactics.
Horowitz excels in structural apologetics. He is skilled at describing the architecture that separates order from chaos, barbarianism from civilization. His own background makes this an especially good read. Horowitz grew up around communist radicals and watched them firsthand, including their violence and mob tactics, Horowitz is in a place few are.
Blitz puts the battle between Trump and the radical Left in that frame.
The Left is always trying to erode our structures, and Horowitz noted they started with Trump even before he was sworn in when hundreds of leftist leaders met in a Washington D.C. hotel to plot the resistance – including the radical now-Attorney General of Minnesota Keith Ellison. One of those structures that sustain us is an acceptance of election results as legitimate. But that wasn’t going to happen with Trump. From Blitz:
The most striking feature of the Resistance and its rejection of a legitimately elected president was its departure from the political tradition established by the constitutional framers over 230 years earlier. The most pressing fear of those framers was the threat that political factions posed to a democracy. They were conscious of the fact that historically, democracies such as classical Athens had split into rival factions that eventually tore them apart and led to their demise.
And so the day after the inauguration, the nasty woman marched, with their pink hats and venom toward the new President. The “Presidential honeymoon” Horowitz describes as essential to American stability was tossed out by the Left on day one. He notes that even seventy members of Congress refused to attend the inauguration.
The structures that sustain America were under attack, right from the beginning of Trump’s term.
Horowitz decodes the Tweeting Trump, and describes the phenomena of something bigger and more important – the willingness to confront foes. On Hillary:
Deferring to Hillary Clinton as a female, as Republicans prior to Trump had done, allowed her to hide behind a veil of gentility while she launched a one-woman witch hunt against them, calling Republicans racists, sexists, deplorables, and so on. It took a Trump to look her in the eye with seventy million people watching during one of the presidential debates and say, “You are a liar and a crook,” which she was both. Everybody knew it, but only Donald Trump dared to utter it out loud.
The most fascinating part of Blitz is Horowitz getting to the essence of what makes Trump unique, effective, and so unfamiliar to the political establishment. Trump took a wholly opposite approach than most politicians.
Trump noticed that most politicians use speech either to hide what they really think or to win love and support. Trump represents something revolutionary and unfamiliar to the political classes. Horowitz says that instead of trying to win support or hide what he thinks, he uses speeches, statements and Twitter “to define the truth.”
He is describing the world as he sees it, and how events fit into that flow. Trump isn’t trying hide his true belief; he isn’t trying to win support. He’s just describing the world as he sees it. Horowitz describes it in action, and why it works.
It showed how, by standing up to the attacks from the left, Trump was able to thrive despite their slanderous labels of “racist” and “hate monger.” It’s inconceivable that, say, Paul Ryan or Jeb Bush would have stood their ground against the “racist” smears. They would have been steamrolled by the viciousness of the left and quickly apologized for any “offense” given.
Trump’s response illustrated a basic strategy that has served him well on the political battlefield: When attacked, strike back. Strike back hard. Harder than they hit you. Use the facts concealed by political correctness, and the language of moral indictment, which progressives resort to all the time.
Trump knows there are millions of Americans who are weary of political correctness and what it has done to undermine America and conceal the truth.
This is most obvious when Trump went right at the Democrat’s stranglehold over urban African-Americans, and it worked. He called Baltimore infested. When Baltimore Congressman Elijah Cummings called him a racist, Trump highlighted video of Cummings calling his own district infested. Calling Trump a racist doesn’t affect him like it had Republicans before him.
In Blitz, Horowitz catalogs where we are, and how we got here since election night 2016. He inventories the fake scandals, the Democrat’s derangement, the sell out of the American economy to China, and what really motivates Trump.
Trump is leaving his mark on the Republican Part in a way very few of his GOP predecessors could:
Democrats have approached politics as a form of war conducted by other means, while Republicans have entered the political arena as pragmatists and accountants. But the siege of Donald Trump has begun to create a new Republican Party, passionate and combative in defense of a leader they believe has stood up for them, and—equally important—who exceeds them in his appetite for combat.
It is this willingness to fight that Horowitz emphasizes is so central to the new conservative movement in the age of Trump.
Blitz leaves readers with the “Nine Biggest Dangers to American from the Anti-Trump Left.” By my count, six of them have been roaming the streets of Minneapolis and other major cities this weekend burning and looting. “Resistance, Attacks on America’s Heritage, and Identity Politics” are but a few featured in Blitz that fuel the riots and chaos in American cities. You can always count on Horowitz to identify, catalog and define the infrastructure on the Left that desires to remake the greatest nation in history into their progressive utopia.
Blitz is a sharp guide to where we are as a nation, and what we face in the upcoming election. It is a handy inventory of the worst that has happened since election night 2016, and why it is that Trump has survived, all the while remaking the art of American politics.
This review first appeared in PJMedia.com.
David Horowitz’s Thumbs-up for Trump
June 5, 2020
Three years ago, the inauguration of the forty-fifth president of the United States was commemorated by a concert featuring Lee Greenwood and Jon Voight, a parade, three official inaugural balls, massive women’s marches, the writing of a fishy e-mail to herself by outgoing National Security Advisor Susan Rice, and the January 17 publication of David Horowitz’s Big Agenda: President Trump’s Plan to Save America. The book, a comprehensive account and vigorous vindication of Trump’s platform, became a New York Times bestseller.
Now, with the 2020 elections approaching, Horowitz has published a follow-up book entitled Blitz: Trump Will Smash the Left and Win. Short, snappy, and supremely savvy, it’s the definitive summing-up of Donald Trump’s efforts during the last three years to enact his “big agenda” — and of his enemies’ obsessive campaign to foil those efforts at every turn.
Horowitz starts with Trump’s election. During the last three years I’ve amused myself by watching different media outlets’ coverage of Election Night 2016 on YouTube, and I’ve done it so often I thought I could write a dissertation on the topic, but I didn’t know this:
Just after midnight, MSNBC political correspondent Kasie Hunt tweeted, “Lady Gaga is crying backstage, source reports.” A few minutes later, Hunt tweeted again: “Cher is also backstage crying, source reports.” A few minutes later, “Katy Perry was supposed to sing the national anthem at the Hillary Clinton victory party. Someone else took her place.”
Delicious. But quickly enough, those tears turned into rage. And instead of accepting defeat gracefully, the Hillary army, in the name of love, hope, rainbows, and lollipops, sought to destroy the legitimate winner of the election. Jettisoning all vestiges of legitimate journalism once and for all, the New York Times and Washington Post became daily hate sheets, taking the position opposite to Trump’s on every issue, big and small, that came along, including those on which the newspapers had previously taken the same side. How did Trump manage to survive it all? Over to Horowitz:
Almost unique among Republican political figures, Donald Trump had a background that provided him with a certain immunity in his own mind against such attacks. He had spent most of his public life as a supporter of liberal Democrat causes. This gave him a confidence in his core values that enabled him to avoid being intimidated by leftwing attacks on his moral character, particularly the charges that he was racist, sexist, and homophobic. Because Trump was not cowed by political correctness, he could position himself as the leader of a movement to defend traditional American values, and a critic of Democrat hypocrisies.
The key words here are “confidence in his core values.” Unlike so many career politicians, Trump actually believed in something. And belief is a rock. Belief keeps you upright and keeps you from blowing this way and that even in a strong wind. Belief made Trump dive into the swamp in the first place. And belief gave him the guts to take the battle to the heart of the Democratic base — that is, black Americans.
One demographic study after another has shown that the Democrats would never win another presidential election if they lost most of the black vote; and they richly deserve to lose the black vote, because their policies over the last half century have devastated black communities, black families, black schools, and black jobs. But Republicans, not to mention any names (*cough* Mitt Romney *cough*), have been loath to call them on this. Not Trump.
It started during the 2016 campaign. “At a campaign stop in Michigan,” writes Horowitz, “Trump called on African Americans, suffering under the Democrats’ one-party rule, to liberate themselves by leaving the Democrat Party and voting for him. No Republican presidential candidate before him had ever done that.” Quoting the remarks Trump addressed to black voters on that occasion, Horowitz comments: “It was a devastating indictment — and irrefutable. Recognizing this, Democrats made no effort to answer the charge with facts. Instead they resorted to the response they had perfected over decades, stigmatizing Trump as a racist.” And in the ensuing weeks, months, and years, they kept hurling the racist label at him, even after he signed a crime-law reform package that was praised by black community leaders and hailed by socialist Van Jones as “a Christmas miracle.”
The charge that Trump was racist could hardly have been more duplicitous. During his decades as a prominent business leader, Trump had been amply praised — and won awards — for his colorblind (and pro-woman) hiring policies. He’d singlehandedly broken the back of racially exclusionary policies at Palm Beach country clubs. Nobody had ever called him a racist — quite the opposite. Now it was Democratic dogma.
Horowitz cites a book I somehow missed – Juan Williams’s What The Hell Do You Have to Lose?: Trump’s War on Civil Rights (2018). In it, writes Horowitz, “Williams delivered the Democrat party line: ‘[Trump] wants to see black failure and misery. That view justifies his distaste for black people — some might say his racism. He locks his eyes on the worst of black American life because it makes him and other white people into victims of the trouble in black neighborhoods; he is the hero defending whites against the approaching barbarians.” Despicable, but what else would one expect from Williams, who makes his living spouting Democratic Party talking points every afternoon on “The Five”?
Horowitz also provides a forceful takedown of another book I missed — The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump by Times book reviewer Michiko Kakutani, who, in lockstep with her newspaper’s editorial page, compares Trump to Hitler and Stalin — and of an equally hateful New Yorker article by David Remnick, author of the reverential 2010 biography The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama. Nor does Horowitz forget Chris Cuomo’s constant barrage of anti-Trump rhetoric. After quoting chapter and verse from these hacks, Horowitz sums up compellingly the ways in which they failed to hold Obama “accountable for the sins they find beyond the pale in Trump.”
There’s more. Horowitz shines a critical light on some of the major media misrepresentations of the Trump years — among them the “Muslim ban” that isn’t really a Muslim ban at all; the claims that Trump’s enthusiasm for a border wall is rooted in racism and that he’s called all Mexicans rapists; the characterization of Trump’s attempt to curb illegal immigration as “anti-immigration”; the assertion that he’s weakened NATO when in fact he’s done the opposite; the whole nonsense about the Paris Accords; and, of course, the despicable charge that, as Rachel Maddow put it, “the American presidency is effectively a Russian op.”
Horowitz also says exactly what needs to be said about the he-tweets-too-much issue, the impeachment fiasco, and that famous Ukrainian phone call. Like Trump, Horowitz doesn’t shrink from calling liars liars and calling a spade a spade. He uses the word “seditious” six times and “tyranny” thrice. Nor does he pull punches about Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, noting the former’s support for a terrorist and the latter’s links to Muslim Brotherhood fronts, or about the radicalism of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal,” which he calls “Green Communism.”
As a native New Yorker, I was familiar with the story about how, in 1987, frustrated by the incompetence of municipal authorities, Donald Trump stepped in and offered to renovate the Wollman Rink in Central Park at his own expense. But I didn’t know, or had forgotten, another story that Horowitz tells — about how Trump, in 1995, kicked in a huge sum to bring the city’s Veterans Day parade back to life.
These stories, dating back to long before the Trump presidency, are important, of course, because they show the genuineness of Trump’s love for his country, its people, and its armed forces — and thus reinforce the urgency of the need to re-elect this uniquely authentic politician, uniquely capable administrator, and uniquely devoted commander-in-chief to the highest office in the world. More cogently than the work of any other commentator, David Horowitz’s book spells out the nature of Trump’s success as president and explains why his re-election is not just a desideratum but a world-historical necessity.
This review first appeared in American Thinker.