Monday, June 25, 2018

How to Re-Elect Trump


OPINION

By The Editorial Board

The Wall Street Journal


Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, left, walks past White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, right, after speaking to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Monday, June 18, 2018. Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press


You’re so deplorable you can’t eat in their restaurants.

Hillary Clinton lost the Presidency in 2016 for many reasons but one was surely because she called people who disagreed with her a “basket of deplorables.” Millions of Americans knew who she meant, and nearly 63 million voted for Donald J. Trump.

The political left is now repeating that mistake as its cultural and political vanguard sends a message of condescension, hostility and now ostracism to anyone who voted for Mr. Trump or has worked with or for him for the good of the country. Their relentless contempt might end up re-electing him.

On that score don’t underestimate how the refusal by a restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, to serve White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will resonate politically. 

Ms. Sanders had taken a seat at the Red Hen with several others on Friday when owner Stephanie Wilkinson asked her to leave. Ms. Wilkinson told the press, which is turning her into Rosa Parks, that her restaurant “has certain standards that I feel it has to uphold, such as honesty, and compassion, and cooperation.”

Except toward people who don’t share Ms. Wilkinson’s views. Rest assured every Trump supporter in America will be reminded of this episode from here to November. The message: Now you’re so deplorable they won’t serve you in their restaurants.

Meanwhile, hecklers ran Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen out of a Mexican restaurant in Washington, D.C. last week. Protesters are also harassing Ms. Nielsen at home, blaring audio of crying children detained at the border and shouting “no justice, no sleep.”

Then there’s actor Seth Rogen, who bragged on TV that he recently refused to take a picture with Paul Ryan and the House Speaker’s sons. He delivered a lecture instead. Apparently rudeness to children is now a badge of courage.

No doubt some on the right behave as badly—though when they do they don’t become media heroes. But the irony is that the main beneficiary of all this is Donald Trump.
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But Republicans and other voters also know when they are being sneered at and marginalized. 

They don’t think it’s un-American to ask if maybe immigrant parents shouldn’t take their toddlers on a dangerous illegal trip across the border. 

They may not like Mr. Trump personally, but they do like that he stands up to the cultural arbiters who hate them. 

Mr. Rogen and his fellow political censors won’t admit it, but they are playing into Donald Trump’s hands.