If Trump Succeeds, He'll Have Clueless Democrats to Thank

Peggy Noonan says president has gotten lucky with his enemies
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2017 9:00 AM CDT
Trump's Great Good Luck: His Bumbling Enemies
President Trump speaks in the Oval Office on April 27.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Peggy Noonan isn't sure whether Donald Trump will wind up being a successful president, but if he does it might be due in part to what she sees as a stroke of good luck for him: clueless Democratic enemies. As she writes in the Wall Street Journal, top Democrats have resorted to dropping f-bombs and other curse words in interviews, apparently in a bid to appeal to millennials. (She calls out Democratic National Committee chief Tom Perez and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on this, and notes Rep. Maxine Waters' description of Cabinet members as a "bunch of scumbags.") Wasn't Trump "supposed to be the loudmouth vulgarian," wonders Noonan. "They are aping what they profess to hate. They excoriated him for lowering the bar. Now look at them."

Noonan also takes issue with what's happening on campuses, "that most entrenched bastion of the progressive left," where those with opposing views aren't even allowed to speak. "It is a hysteria—a screeching, ignorant wave of sometimes violent intolerance for free speech." Perez displayed a similar lack of tolerance when, speaking about a Democratic mayoral candidate who had supported pro-life bills, he declared that such views had no place in the party. It all smacks of desperation, writes Noonan. Democrats have no coherent strategy, short of hoping Trump "blows up" before their own party does. Trump "may not be lucky in all of his decisions or staffers, or in his own immaturities and dramas," writes Noonan. "But hand it to him a hundred days in: He’s lucky in his main foes." Read the full column. (More President Trump stories.)

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