What Trump Needs to Lose in Order to Win in November | Opinion

Conservative social media has lit up the past few days with the sharing of and commenting on a segment from CNN Tonight with Don Lemon. The clip shows Lemon and his guests, Republican consultant Rick Wilson and contributor Wajahat Ali, laughing hysterically while sardonically joking about how ignorant Donald Trump and his supporters are about geography in particular, and everything else in general, complete with an insulting and bigoted Southern accent.

That Lemon was engaged in laughter so forced CNN might as well have been pumping nitrous oxide into the studio is no surprise. We all know he hates Trump and his supporters; we just wish he'd openly admit it. It's that "conservative" Wilson is doing the joke-telling that's relevant to this particular political moment.

Wilson and other Republicans like him have made their disdain for Trump's "America first" movement clear. They didn't support him in 2016 and won't again in 2020.


Politicians are in the habit of figuring out ways to attract voters. They sit with paid consultants and media professionals and ask questions like: How do I appeal to minorities? How do I reach the 2A voter? What will resonate with the middle class? What politicians don't do is pay people wearing Brooks Brothers suits and Wolf & Shepherd shoes to tell them how to alienate a voting bloc. In 2020, however—one of the strangest political years in American history—that might be exactly what the Trump campaign needs to do.

They should be asking the question: How do we publicly alienate ruling-class Republicans?

Wilson, along with Bill Kristol, is the personification of everything wrong with the traditional Republican Party. After a mostly successful career working on behalf of Republicans as ideologically divergent as George H.W. Bush (globalist) and Rudy Giuliani (not a globalist), he settled in after 2016 as a media "conservative" who hates on Trump and his supporters. He has written two books trashing the president: Everything Trump Touches Dies and the recently released Running Against the Devil. With no hyperbole in either title, Wilson positions himself as the "reasonable" conservative.

A political synonym for "reasonable" is "submissive." Wilson, Kristol and their ilk are submissive to the established Washington power structure; submissive to the coastal and globalist cronies who seek personal profit at the expense of American workers; submissive to the lobbyists who broker the use and abuse of American tax dollars and government regulations; and submissive to Democrat media complex, which permits Republicans loyal to the ruling class to maintain their offices and titles in exchange for their cowardly acquiescence.

Meanwhile, Trump and his followers are growing in numbers and enthusiasm by the day. Standing in stark contrast to the sanctimonious sell-out wing of the Republican Party, they are the real resistance, and now they know how to fight back, thanks to the president. They are also the people who for decades have been voting for the kind of Republicans Wilson loves, who have betrayed the American people time and time again once they take office.

The Wilson mentality is symptomatic of the general ruling-class mentality that can be found in and around Washington, D.C. This is where the power, influence and money that controls American politics are concentrated. Two of the four wealthiest congressional districts in the country can be found in Virginia adjacent to Washington, D.C., and all of the top 10 wealthiest districts are now represented by Democrats. So much for the party of paupers and the working class. In plain terms, the personal wealth surrounding our nation's capital is composed of taxpayer dollars lining the pockets of people actively working against the interests of the taxpayers.

This is the system to which people like Wilson are beholden. People have long been aware of it, but until Trump there was little we could do about it because every politician was a member. There was no alternative.

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President Donald Trump walks to board Marine One at the White House in Washington, D.C., on January 30, as he departs for Michigan and Iowa. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty

At TPUSA, we have in the past successfully used the imagery from the blockbuster series of novels and movies The Hunger Games and the protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, as a way to rally students against the abuses of an all-powerful, centralized government. Students can quickly relate to pop-culture references, and they immediately know and understand the story of how Katniss, through her individual courage, was able to get the masses to revolt and take back their liberty.

Trump and his team need to turn the ruling-class Republicans and the power brokers of Virginia's 10th and 11th Congressional Districts into the Hunger Games' districts of Panem in the minds of the voters. The president needs to show people he isn't just fighting Democrats; he's also fighting the people pretending to fight Democrats. As the late, great Andrew Breitbart warned, the threat to our country isn't just from "the left." It's from those who pretend to be on our side but are not. People like Rick Wilson.

So, Mr. President, use your advisers to come up with a plan to alienate a large bloc of voters and make sure that the execution of the plan is transparent. Then, when Wilson goes on CNN and makes fun of your voters, you'll win. When he goes to snobby D.C. cocktail parties and makes fun of you, you win. When he helps Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert write their monologues, you win. Be the public butt of jokes and snarky remarks between the Wilsons and the Kristols of the swamp, and egg them on in every deliberate way you can. Make Don Lemon turn sideways in pain from laughing too hard every night of the broadcast week.

If you do, Mr. President, come November 3, 2020, the joke will be on them.

Charlie Kirk is the author of the upcoming book The MAGA Doctrine: The Only Ideas That Will Win the Future (Harper Collins, March 3) and host of The Charlie Kirk Show.

The views expressed in this article are the writer's own.

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