Charles Krauthammer's Interesting Take on President Trump: He's a Pragmatist -Incorrect Attribution!
Charles Krauthammer’s Interesting Take on President Trump: He’s a Pragmatist –Incorrect Attribution!
Summary of eRumor:
Charles Krauthammer wrote an interesting take on President Trump in which Krauthammer argues the president isn’t liberal or conservative — he’s a pragmatist.
A column by political activist and commentator Mychal S. Massie has been incorrectly labeled “Charles Krauthammer’s Interesting Take on President Trump.”
The column appeared at Massie’s personal blog site, The Daily Rant, in 2016 under the headline, “Trump is Not Conservative, He’s a Pragmatist.” By early 2018, the column was being circulated under the headline, “Charles Krauthammer’s Interesting Take on President Trump.”
Mychal Massie describes his blog site as “Christian, conservative opinion.” Massie, an African-American and ordained Christian minister, has gained popularity in some conservative circles for his outspoken views on race in America. He founded the Racial Policy Center (RPC) in 2015, a think tank that advocates for “a colorblind society.” Massie has also been a vocal critic of President Obama and an outspoken supporter of President Trump.
It’s not clear how Massie’s column on President Trump being a pragmatist came to be attributed to Charles Krauthammer, but Krauthammer’s name has been incorrectly attached to political commentaries in the past. Columns about President Obama’s group Organizing for Action (OFA) and the Clinton Foundation being “organized crime” were also attributed to Krauthammer.
As a Pulitzer Prize winner, Krauthammer is one of the most trusted voices in conservative political discourse. It’s likely that his name has been incorreclty attached to these columns on purpose to make them appear more relavant to those who are familiar with Krauthammer’s work.
Charles Krauthammer’s actual views on President Trump have varied. He wrote in July 2017 that revelations Donald Trump Jr. and other members of Trump’s presidential campaign contacted Russians during the 2016 election could be evidence of collusion, noting “This is an email chain released by Donald Trump Jr. himself.” But in August, Krauthammer warned that impeachment would be a “catastrophic mistake.” Krauthammer has been out of the public’s view since having an undisclosed surgery in August 2017. He hasn’t published any commentaries since that time, including this one.
Collected on: 03/19/2018
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
Trump Is Not A Liberal or Conservative, He’s a “Pragmatist”
By Charles Krauthammer Trump Is Not A Liberal or Conservative, He’s a “Pragmatist”. (Definition: A pragmatist is someone who is practical and focused on reaching a goal. A pragmatist usually has a straightforward, matter-of-fact approach and doesn’t let emotion distract him or her.) Viewing problems from a Liberal perspective has resulted in the creation of more problems, more entitlement programs, more victims, more government, more political correctness, and more attacks on the working class in all economic strata. Viewing things according to the so-called Republican conservative perspective has brought continued spending and globalism to the detriment of American interests and well being, denial of what the real problems are, weak, ineffective, milquetoast, leadership that amounts to Barney Fife Deputy Sheriff, appeasement oriented and afraid of its own shadow. In brief, it has brought liberal ideology with a pachyderm as a mascot juxtaposed to the ass of the Democrat Party. Immigration isn’t a Republican problem, it isn’t a Liberal problem, it is a problem that threatens the very fabric and infrastructure of America. It demands a pragmatic approach not an approach that is intended to appease one group or another. The impending collapse of the economy wasn’t a Liberal or Conservative problem, it is an American problem. That said, until it is viewed as a problem that demands a common sense approach to resolution, it will never be fixed because the Democrats and Republicans know only one way to fix things and the longevity of their impracticality has proven to have no lasting effect. Successful businessmen like Donald Trump find ways to make things work, they do not promise to accommodate. Trump uniquely understands that China’s manipulation of currency is not a Republican problem or a Democrat problem. It is a problem that threatens our financial stability and he understands the proper balance needed to fix it. Here again, successful businessmen like Trump who have weathered the changing tides of economic reality understand what is necessary to make business work, and they, unlike both sides of the political aisle, know that if something doesn’t work, you don’t continue trying to make it work hoping that at some point it will. As a pragmatist, Donald Trump hasn’t made wild pie-in-the-sky promises of a cell phone in every pocket, free college tuition, and a $15 hour minimum wage for working the drive-through at Carl’s Hamburgers. I argue that America needs pragmatists because pragmatists see a problem and find ways to fix them. They do not see a problem and compound it by creating more problems. You may not like Donald Trump, but I suspect that the reason some people do not like him is because: (1) he is antithetical to the “good old boy” method of brokering backroom deals that fatten the coffers of politicians; (2) they are unaccustomed to hearing a president speak who is unencumbered by the financial shackles of those who he owes vis-a-vis donations; (3) he is someone who is free of idiomatic political ideology; (4) he says what he is thinking, is unapologetic for his outspoken thoughts, speaks very straightforward using everyday language that can be understood by all (and is offensive to some who dislike him anyway) making him a great communicator, for the most part, does what he says he will do and; (5) he is someone who understands that it takes more than hollow promises and political correctness to make America great again. Listening to Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders talk about fixing America is like listening to two lunatics trying to “out crazy” one another. Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Marco Rubio are owned lock, stock, and barrel by the bankers, corporations, and big dollar donors funding their campaigns. Bush can deny it, but common sense tells anyone willing to face facts is that people don’t give tens of millions without expecting something in return We have had Democrats and Republican ideologues and what has it brought us? Are we better off today or worse off? Has it happened overnight or has it been a steady decline brought on by both parties? I submit that a pragmatist is just what America needs right now. People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance, but that is common among those who have never accomplished anything in their lives (or politicians who never really solved a problem, because it’s better to still have an “issue(s) to be solved,” so re-elect me to solve it, (which never happens) and those who have always played it safe (again, all politicians) not willing to risk failure, to try and achieve success). Donald Trump put his total financial empire at risk in running for president and certainly did not need or possibly even want the job; that says it all. He wants success for the U.S. and her citizens because he loves his country!