Donald Trump is lashing out in all directions

It’s not only Muslims and Mexicans he denounces... banks and big business get the biggest kicking of all

23 January 2016

9:00 AM

23 January 2016

9:00 AM



The best explanation for the Donald Trump phenomenon was given to me by a woman I met at one of his recent rallies. She’d spent the best part of three decades backing conventional Republican candidates. But, she said, ‘not again — not ever again’.

A good politician, she said, does enough unpopular things to make a difference to the nation — but not so many that they couldn’t be re-elected. The mark of a good politician is ‘which unpopular causes they choose’.

She had had enough of Republican politicians explaining to her that putting a time-limit on abortion was ‘too unpopular’. Why restricting immigration was ‘too hard’. Why cutting the benefits and entitlements of hard-working families was ‘unfortunate but necessary’. Yet those same politicians always found time, resolve and political capital to cut taxes for the rich and protect corporate perks. Republican candidates like Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, she explained, were in the laps of rich donors and the US Chamber of Commerce.

The rally in Manassas, Virginia, was extraordinary: one of the most electrifying political events that I have seen. Those present felt that they were part of something, that they had finally found a candidate whose anger matched theirs. Time and time again, the billionaire tycoon attacked big business — and the crowd loved it. Trump received sustained cheers for attacking Marco Rubio for missing Senate votes in order to attend a Californian fundraiser.

Other candidates claim to understand voters’ anger in some sort of detached, academic way. Trump embodies it. His promise to kick a system that large numbers of Americans think is rotten and corrupt rings true — because that’s all Trump does at every one of his rallies. He kicks the way Washington works. He kicks fellow Republicans. He kicks the media. And, yes, unforgivably, he kicks people like Mexicans and Muslims — scapegoating and smearing whole peoples for the sins of a few. But the more he says things that no conventional politician would ever say, the more he reinforces the idea that he’s not one of the conventional politicians who are so widely despised.

As I spoke to other Trump supporters, his campaign anthem blared out from the loudspeakers: ‘We’re not gonna take it / No, we ain’t gonna take it / We’re not gonna take it any more’. The song comes from Twisted Sister’s 1984 album Stay Hungry — which, again, captures something of the nature of the rebellion that is happening inside the Republican party.

Revolutions in history don’t normally tend to happen when peasants are starving. They happen after the worst of the crisis has passed, basic survival has been ensured — but while the memory of injustice is still strong. That’s where we seem to be now, nearly a decade after the economic crash, on both right and left. Now the ship has been steadied, people still think a reckoning is needed. Big business and big banks, in particular, need taking down a peg or two.

Conservative Brits may look on in amazement — but it’s worth remembering that Trump does have a point. It wasn’t Karl Marx who accused leading business people of being ‘all for themselves, and nothing for other people’. It wasn’t Friedrich Engels who condemned the ‘mean rapacity’ and ‘sneaking arts’ of many merchants and manufacturers. It was Adam Smith. The father of modern economics wasn’t an uncritical defender of free enterprise. He knew that markets could lead to extraordinary selfishness.

The Republican party is just one of many right-of-centre institutions that appears to have forgotten this centuries-old truth. Millions of its traditional supporters are currently providing the ‘Grand Old Party’ with a painful re-education in a basic point: what’s good for Wall Street isn’t always good for Main Street. This time, they’d like the lesson to sink in — and their vehicle for this lesson is Donald Trump.

Tim Montgomerie’s report for the Legatum Institute on the reform of capitalism can be read at Prosperity-For-All.com

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  • Cuba


    Putin ! Putin !………………..

  • douglas redmayne

    I like what Trump says about Muslims and repatriation of immigrants. I hope he wins and sets an example to the West.

  • MrJones

    Then he’s picking the right targets as it’s the banking mafia who wanted the mass immigration, off-shoring and debt-based consumption that is destroying the global economy.

  • j33per

    “The mark of a good politician is ‘which unpopular causes they choose’.”

    Does she mean a politician that on the election trail promises one thing and once in office does the other. Ahh OK…

    “Republican candidates like Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, she explained, were in the laps of rich donors and the US Chamber of Commerce.”

    As in Hitlery Clinton taking $600K in fees for speaking at Goldman Sachs events?

    “Now the ship has been steadied.”

    Which ship would that be exactly? We’re in a more perilous economic set up now than in 2007.

  • WFC

    If you are going to cite Adam Smith, do so properly.

    Adam Smith wasn’t living or writing during a period of free enterprise or free markets. He was writing during a period when big businesses (the chartered monopolies like the East India, Hudsons Bay, P&O etc) were hand in glove with the political establishment of the day. When bribes flowed freely from one to the other, in return for statutory privileges.

    Rather like nowadays, in fact. (What Trump, and others, call “crony-capitalism” … a long way removed from a free market.)

    • Ivan Ewan

      Or more accurately/definitively, corporatism.

      • oldoddjobs

        I’ve always preferred “jobbery”. 😉

  • Marvin

    Donald Trump will not be allowed to be President, “THEY” do not want all the “Wrongs” to be “Righted” It will put a barrier up against the Islamisation of the USA like what is happening in Europe and Britain. But it is too late for this spineless lot.

  • Tamerlane

    Shades of 1980 US Presidential election. The madman maverick loony tunes Hollywood imposter called Ronald Reagan dares to take on the darling liberal of the metropolitan status quo Jimmy Carter.

    You’re all going to look very stupid when Hilary’s skeletons are put on public display post-Democratic nomination and President Trump sweeps in on a landslide.

  • Fulgentian

    Why is it unforgivable to suggest that Muslims commit violent acts?

    • Steed

      It’s not, but blaming all Muslims can be seen that way. Personally I think you can justify a sharp reduction in Muslim immigration (we need a tough line against a group that is not aligned or beneficial to western societies), but an outright ban is bound to fail.

      • berosos_bubos

        what is the definition of a moderate muslim ?

        • Steed

          According to me it’s a Muslim who really isn’t that religious, like someone who says they’re a Christian but never goes to church. According to the PM it’s probably someone who wants to bring Sharia to the UK.

          • Little Black Censored

            i.e. the only good Muslim is a bad Muslim.

        • WTF

          Its an oxymoron, as there’s no such thing as a moderate Muslim as to become moderate in ones views you have to dump Islam but then you’re not a Muslim. The left don’t get that simple concept.

        • Caviar luvvie

          a NON Muslim, clearly

        • Icebow

          There are two sorts: the deluded and the deceptive.

      • mohdanga

        “…but an outright ban is bound to fail.” Why? Japan has about 3 Muslims and allows no Muslim immigration and yet they continue to be amongst the world’s most advanced nations and not made a pariah by the rest of the Muslim loving Western politicians.

      • Cyril Sneer

        Blaming all muslims? Can’t we just take the assumption that we don’t blame all muslims, just most.

  • NickG

    And, yes, unforgivably, he kicks people like Mexicans and Muslims — scapegoating and smearing whole peoples for the sins of a few.

    No, Tim Montgomerie is outright lying here. In both cases – Muslims and Mexicans -Trump qualified his point carefully, so as not to tar an entire categories of people, whilst pointing out the very real problems correlated firstly by mass illegal immigration from Mexico and secondly from Muslim immigration.

    It’s this sort of disingenuous media dissembling that people notice. This only adds to The Donald’s support. It also underpins the neologism


    which would seem appropriate for Tim Montgomerie too.

    It’s the same this side of the Atlantic. The only way to stop the Islamicallisation of the UK – and the cost that this is causing in future terror, strife, compromised social capital – is to stop Muslim immigration.

    Trump is dropping truth-bombs and the people are responding.

    • Hayekian

      It’s amazing too how so many people in the UK and Europe are convinced that Americans are incredibly stupid and that we Europeans are enlightened geniuses. They then parrot carefully edited quotes as evidence of extremism.
      Think what fun we could have with selected historical quotes used this way. I think we all remember when Jesus implored the crowd to “cast the first stone” and when Churchill admitted defeat by acknowledging “there is no survival”.
      Europe has a much larger native extremism problem than the US, perhaps we should just shut up.

      • 123b4

        Please do not, shut up we need people like you to sound your voice against the winds of destruction. We Americans appreciate our cousins like you; for you have an untold support from us here, and now. Many are blind to the facts, and can not see.

    • John

      I noticed this line too. It aptly demonstrates how today’s conservatives are also in thrall and bow to leftist ideology.

      Ultimately it’s the fear of the worst sin – the fear of being called a “racist” – that drives their continued. acquiescence

  • Gilbert White

    The hacks are getting desperate?

  • King Kibbutz

    “…but it’s worth remembering that Trump does have a point”

    Rather odd then, that every Spectator article about him is headlined in such a way as to embed in the passer by and the further reader alike, that here is a man who is a dealer in both evil and buffoonery.

    In truth he indeed does raise points that give voice to millions, as does our own Nigel Farage, and to similar media reception.

    The question those media commentators should be asking themselves is: why is our political system so dysfunctional that all mention of the truth of the current situation is left exclusively to ‘evil buffoons’?

    • oldoddjobs

      The Spectator exists to sniff out heresies and punish dissent. They can’t help themselves, to be honest. They don’t necessarily WANT to be cheerleaders for say, David Cameron’s latest attempt at social engineering, but there it is. They’ve got bills to pay etc

    • 123b4

      Because they control the Media, and since 2008 have Hate speech laws in Europe.

      • King Kibbutz

        Forgive me: which they?

        • 123b4

          The EU

          • King Kibbutz

            I see, thank you.
            Fully concur.

  • sfin

    Trump is merely trying to kick into touch the progressivism that has gripped Western politics since the Clinton/ Bush/ Obama/ Major/ Blair/ Brown/ Cameron years…

    The partnership between big business and politics has always been a poisonous one (as we we should have learned from the turn of the 20th century USA). The politicians involved though do tend to get very rich! (has anyone asked a career politician like Mandelson how he can afford his London properties?)

    Trump was born rich. He expanded his fortune by, amongst other things, smooching with the Democrats in New York. He knows the current system and he can see how rotten it is. Above all he sees how the current system allows second raters to lead Western democratic states.

    I will apply for asylum if he wins.

    • Pioneer

      “I will apply for asylum if he wins.”

      Will you be a refugee fleeing the EU?

      Maybe sense will prevail and your country will exit the poisonous EU.

      • sfin

        I certainly will…

        …and my country no longer exists.

        • mohdanga

          Nothing unusual about your decision. A good friend of ours in Alberta, Canada employs a young woman from Sweden…this young lady told our friend that her parents are thinking of getting out of Sweden and trying to claim refugee status in Canada because the horrendous increase in crime and rape since the Muslim enrichers were allowed into Sweden! The world has gone mad.

        • 123b4

          Come to the States, I have plenty of room for cousin or two. I have a feeling we are going to see in the future mass immigration to the States from Europe in the future

  • UnionPacificRX

    Few things about Trump
    His dad told him never to invest in the city of New York for it will ruin him. Trump did invest in Manhattan and became a success

    During the 1980’s, and well before Donald Trump wanted to enter politics, a farmer committed suicide because he could not pay the debts and mortgage. His letter stated that he hoped that his death would make the life insurance pay this debt , but life insurance do not pay on suicides. that appeared on the news. Trump saw that, paid off the debt and the mortgage. He invited the Widow and family to come have dinner with him in New York where they burned the mortgage note.

    Trump did that because he cared. He was far from being in any politics and I have not read of politicians willing to do what he did.

    If Trump is lashing out in all directions it could be that he is being hammered by all directions The elite fear him, the media is run by the elite and he is a refreshing surprise.

    • Pioneer

      He does a lot of that kind of thing – bailing out small business in trouble, sending his plane to help sick children, etc. He has been doing those kind of things for a long time. Not covered by the MSM, of course.

      • UnionPacificRX

        Thank you. that is the “man” Donald Trump. he has been doing this far longer than he ever thought of being a politician. That alone tells a lot
        Now Compare him to other rich people and what little they have done IN a PERSONAL WAY to help those who are less fortunate?

    • John

      Didn’t know about that. He seems to be an all-round great guy. Trump is one of those rare breeds; a job and wealth creator, a positive force for development and progress. And he cares.

      He tries makes the world better through creating, not through hateful divisive political ideology, like the Marxists Clinton or Obama.

      • UnionPacificRX

        Always keeping in mind that Mr. Trump is human and will make mistakes if he becomes President, he is not a career politician, never has been. That would address your last sentence. As I see it Trump is approaching the problems of the US from the stand point of a business man. I guess He sees that being “hired” to be President would make that difference. that is the pragmatist I see in him.

        Personally I have been “burned” by the double talk of so many past candidates that I hold some level of reservation on anyone who wants to be POTUS but in that sense of misgiving Trump comes out the best.

        • Mary Ann

          Can you imagine Trump the diplomat, if it wasn’t so serious we could all laugh out loud.

          • UnionPacificRX

            Very easy. I had to actually live through 7 years of Obama pretending to be one. I started to laugh at his “fickle fanny” foreign policies and his clownish tactics with world leaders but I ended up crying.
            Trump is the head of 500 corporations across the world
            He has to deal with massive egos, shark like competition from rival CEO’s and win. That takes both diplomacy and strength and when to use them.

          • 123b4

            I can see Trump holding Europe, and other supposed Allies feet to the firer to pay for there defenses of their Countries. Even pulling out, Troops etc to prove his point; and having direct talks with Putin.

    • Mary Ann

      The man has billions, but it was a good publicity stunt, bit like giving a penny to a beggar and being praised for it.

      • UnionPacificRX

        that only holds true if every billioniare did what he did. If even every millionarie did what he did. but they do not. that is the difference.

      • William Brown

        Not unlike St. Corbyn, and his attendant press crew, visiting Calais.

  • WTF

    So, if the cap fits and all that !

  • Solar

    Have you noticed that nearly every picture of Trump (excepting the Spectator’s here) tries to show him with a silly expression. It’s a desperate attempt by the established media to tar him with the loony tag.
    The bottom line is Trump has always had to face the real issues in building his business. I’d rather a guy like him, who’s proved his ability out in the real economy (what’s left of it after the cronyism) over someone like Clinton or Obama who’ve never done a proper days work in their lives – who make their money from politics.

    • Johnnydub

      Trump’s no great prize. Its just the rest of the GOP candidates (bar Ted Cruz) are utterly worthless.

  • Polly Radical

    And yet every time I see what Trump has actually said, it makes reasonable sense.

    Every time I see what Hillary Clinton has said, she sounds completely insane.

    • Little Black Censored

      Won’t Hillary Clinton’s association with a lifelong criminal hold her back at all, let alone her own shady dealings?

      • Johnnydub

        And her commitment to feminism seems pretty phoney (like much else about her) when you look at how she destroyed the women who complained about Bill Clinton… especially Juanita Broderick.

      • Dr Strangelove


        • Little Black Censored


    • Johnnydub

      I saw a recent interview she gave we she was quizzed on her email stupidity.

      She just babbled.

      I thought – surely she’s not trying the Chewbacca Defense?


  • zanzamander

    I am standing up and applauding this piece. Finally.

    Trump is lashing out in all directions because everywhere you look there is nepotism, corruption, media chicanery, crony capitalism, Islamophilia, lack of public scrutiny and wanton disregard for public concerns, safety and well being. University students have gone feral, our privacy is being compromised, our liberties have been snatched – all in the name of being nice to those whose only wish in life is to destroy us.

    Trust in the media, politicians and academia has been lost completely. Trump brings hope and change…yes, not like that impostor who is counting days in the White House playing fast and lose with the US constitution to “preserve” his legacy. What legacy?

    Go Trump.

  • Cyril Sneer

    Do you smell that establishment fear? Aaaah that’s change in the air.

    • outlawState

      Establishment candidates are always hypocrites, whatever party they belong to.

  • berosos_bubos

    Interesting in today’s DT Caine is described as ‘lashing out’ as well, trying to distract from the content of the message.

  • berosos_bubos

    Strange how murder rates are up but only in London and the South-East, I wonder what is different about those areas ?

    • Dr Strangelove

      Population density

    • rtj1211

      Try Salford – it’s up there too….

  • Sean L

    One lashes out at Islam not for the sins of a few – what PC garbage! One lashes out as one would lash out at such Marxist inspired political correctness as yours, because it’s a system of belief at odds with one’s own native culture and institutional arrangements.
    As to peasant revolutions, please name even one – Chairman Mao’s? The only authentically working class revolution, certainly not peasant, was against socialism in Eastern Europe 25 years ago. The original Russian Revolution entailed the untold slaughter of peasants.

    And Adam Smith never claimed “markets could lead to extraordinary selfishness” – absolute garbage. Of course people are selfish for all kinds of reasons. His point was that without effective law enforcement businesses would collude and cheat, passing on their costs to others, effectively bucking the market. Properly understood a market is a means of making people accountable for their own costs. But that can only happen where people obey the rules. And that requires obedience to the law which in turn requires shared beliefs, a common culture, government by consent: the very things threatened by the mass incursion of peoples from incompatible cultures, precisely what Trump is railing against. Of course such people can be absorbed in limited numbers. But there must come a point where the numbers threaten the very stability that attracts the incomers in the first place. That fear is what Trump is tapping into.

    • sidor

      Any industrial revolution is a slaughter of peasants. That is its purpose. In an industrial society less than 5% are employed in agriculture. What is your point?

    • sidor

      “And Adam Smith never claimed “markets could lead to extraordinary selfishness” – absolute garbage.”


      Forget this popular Smith’s rubbish. Learn games theory. Von Neumann and Morgenstern proved that the market game has no solution, that is no coherent strategy is possible in the market. No stable coalition can exist. Market cannot regulate anything: it has to be regulated from outside by the non-market forces.

  • Count Spencer

    “It’s not only Muslims and Mexicans he denounces… banks and big business get the biggest kicking of all”
    I think he actually gives politically correct jobsworths, like the one who wrote this article, the biggest kicking of all.

    • Liberanos

      If all that is true, then it sounds like Mr Trump has it exactly right in most people’s view, I’d say.

  • Spivy

    Yes, and we await the rise of a European Trump who will be lashing out the Cultural Marxists and the PC brigade over here. We won’t have to wait long. The peoples of the Western world fought for free speech, democracy and unity that ensured a degree of peace among us. The Elites, idealists and Ivory Tower left-wing imagined they could impose policies of mass immigration as part of their blind drive for economic paradise: Bring in a new servant class; let the bankers off their criminal activities; allow the rich to get richer; impose austerity on the masses; turn politics into a corporate sycophantism. Well, it’s all come back to bite them. Frankly, I can’t wait to see it all blow up in their faces.

    • Mary Ann

      The left wing favour allowing the rich to get richer, Where do you get your ideas from, it is the left that want to reduce the ever increasing gap between rich and poor.

      • 123b4

        That’s a lie, they are on the side of Industrialist wanting cheap labor

      • Chamber Pot

        The hard left which includes the global political class (Obama, Cameron, Merkel, Juncker, Rompuy, Lagarde et al) and their bureaucracies at the UN and the EU, along with the multinationals and banks and SJWs and communists, all want a nightmare globalised borderless world. Capitalism and Communism as internationalist creeds both want the same thing.
        So, as fellow internationalists, they are working hand in glove against you if you love your country, your church, and your religion.

      • Freddythreepwood

        Where were you hiding during thirteen years of Labour rule when the banks and bankers were running rings around Tony and Gordon while they busied themselves ‘rubbing the Right’s nose in diversity’?

  • John

    Trump is the triumph of common sense and reason against the reigning, irrational leftist ideology in the west.

    Ordinary people are now recognizing this globalist, communo-capitalist ideology for what it is: an ideology of nihilism, destruction and hate. And that’s why I support Trump.

  • Mary Ann

    Trump denounces big business, Isn’t his money made from big business. And the Americans will let him get away with that.

    • rtj1211

      His money is made from property development. Sort of…..His own business……sort of.

  • Torybushhug

    Trump reeks of coal face empathy, as does Farage.
    Take a typical example today;
    Radio 4 Women’s Hour were framing Calais immigrants as victims in need of compassion.
    I arrive at work to be greeted by a Turkish couple wanting advice. They have to tell me everything otherwise I cannot help. Completely typical scenario; neither pays tax, both claim all manner of benefits and yet here they are wanting to buy their 3rd house to let out as rooms (for cash rent).
    The liberal elite are profoundly deaf and blind to reality.

  • 123b4

    What many do not realize is political correctness can at times causes whole countries to ignore the facts; even to the extent of ignoring National security issues. Why, because many people are afraid to speak out, for being labeled Racist, bigot. Trump has broken that mold, that many have placed people in. Legal and illegal immigration is being uses to change voting demographics in this Nation, and others across the pond. They are Ignoring National security issues at the same time. Why? Some type of social engineer going on? Is Islam Radical or otherwise using it Too? These question are legitimate question to ask. Hate speech laws want to stop it from being asks, by the power Elites that in power. Why?

  • Frank Natoli

    And, yes, unforgivably, he kicks people like Mexicans and Muslims — scapegoating and smearing whole peoples for the sins of a few.
    I wonder if Montgomerie is aware that the vast majority of Latin American illegal immigrants into the U.S. are unskilled indigents who inevitably become dependent on the unlimited welfare state and thus Democrat voters. I doubt it.
    I do not wonder if Montgomerie is aware that there is an existential problem in the West with Muslim immigration. He might ignore it but cannot be ignorant of it. Latin Americans may be a drain on the welfare state, but they are not intent on mass murder, nor religiously adverse to cultural assimilation, and until those problems are understood and prevented, a President Trump will halt further threats.
    Everything wrong with America, EVERYTHING, is self inflicted, and while Democrats have done the inflicting, Republicans are too scared of their own shadow to fight back. Trump convincingly promises to do that, and THAT is why Montgomerie should start writing “how to deal with four…or is it eight…years of President Trump”.

  • mandelson

    I agree with the analysis that all of the Beltway, Westminster and bien pensant of the political class and their media cheerleaders just dont understand how Trump can be so popular. They think that all they have to do is trot out some sort of forensic analysis of policy inconsistencies. But that is not how anyone votes, rather its tribal and Trump has created a new tribe. If you watch a Trump speech what you get is someone who can reach out and connect with people feelings. He is genuinely liked irrespective of the simplicity of his message. He talks straight he has guts and people believe it when he says he is going to get the job done. Go Trump.

  • King Zog

    The Donald has the hair of David Bowie, and the face of Ludwig van Beethoven.

  • DaviddeAngelis
  • AQ42

    I read something that suggested that one of Trump’s attractions *is* that he is a billionaire — which means that he is financing his campaign out of his own money and, if elected, is not going to be in the debt of big corporate sponsors like most recent presidents.

  • MickC

    Montgomerie is just a Westminster Bubble shill, and always has been.