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Exclusive with Victor Davis Hanson on his new Book “The Case for Trump”

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Today’s Top Story | Exclusive with Victor Davis Hanson on his new Book “The Case for Trump”

“In The Case for Trump, award-winning historian and political commentator Victor Davis Hanson explains how a celebrity businessman with no political or military experience triumphed over sixteen well-qualified Republican rivals, a Democrat with a quarter-billion-dollar war chest, and a hostile media and Washington establishment to become president of the United States — and an extremely successful president.”

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 [00:18]   “This is where we stood coming into the night 268 to 204 so clearly an advantage for Secretary Clinton. Take a look here. If Donald Trump wins tonight, no matter who they voted for, take a look at these numbers here. 21% say they’ll be concerned, 37% say they’ll be scared. This night is turning out to be our real nail biter. I wouldn’t call anything encouraging for Hillary Clinton at the moment to be honest with you, my friend. This is the people rising up saying, it’s time to listen to us. It’s time to listen to us. To us in Michigan and Wisconsin and work for the people.”
 [00:50] “Donald Trump shocked the world when he won the presidency. Many on the left, still wonder how anyone could support president Trump and his policies. Today we tried to answer that question. We spoke to Victor Davis Hanson, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and Stanford University. His book. The case for Trump was just released on March 5th. He explains how Trump got elected, why people support his policies and what his chances are for reelection in 2020.”
 [01:18]  Q: Without any political or military experience. Donald Trump beat over 16 well qualified candidates, Hanson argued that his unconventional background is what helped him win.
[01:31] Trump has certain skill sets about negotiating, uh, talking to people, dealing with people that don’t fit the standard hierarchy as we talked about of a politician. But he picked those up from his father, from reality television, from the things that he did. And he had an empathy. This is very radical to say, but he had an empathy with the lower middle classes when he, you talked to people in New York, when he would walk down the street and see a construction project, he would go talk to the cement workers when he went out and campaign, no Republican has ever done this, but he went to Ohio, Pennsylvania and he said things like the word he didn’t say the workers. He didn’t say you veterans. He said “Our”, you said our farm. I’m worried about our farmers. I’m worried about our vets. I’m worried about our manufacturing workers.
[02:27] And that showed an empathy as per Republican. And if you contrast Mitt Romney, he said off the record, but at least I’ll never get the vote of 47% of the country. They’re all on the Dole. They’ll never vote for me. Uh, I just have to write them off. Or Trump came back and say, well, they’re on the Dole because the government sold them out. They didn’t negotiate fair trade deals. And we can put all these people back to work with good paying job that showed an empathy and a practicality that most politicians didn’t have. And it’s quite stunning given his personal checkered history as well, uh, that he would have that empathy. But I think also to finish, he was a social outcast in Manhattan. So if you were a wealthy Manhattan socialites or another billionaire, and you looked at Trump with loud ties and the yellow hair combed over, the Orange Tan you just said, and his girlfriend, the model and then his wife, third marriage.
[03:25]  I don’t want him at my party. I don’t want him, uh, that Mar-a-Largo is garish, I just don’t like Trump Tower. It’s not refined. It’s not subtle. And so there was a class hatred of him, but they, the elite didn’t understand that a billionaire could have more empathy with a working class than a working class person. So there were working class politicians like John Kasich, but he did not resonate with his own class in a way that Trump on the campaign trail eating a Big Mac or the other day he bought athletes in from Clemson and gave them big macs and fries. And it wasn’t phony when John Kerry or Bill Clinton, they had to work at it. He, in his own life, had been a risk taker, a gambler, he failed a lot. We covered, but he never gave up. So his attitude was always, no matter how bad it is, I’m not going to get, he never gets depressed, at least publicly