I recently wrote a column about why I believed Trump should not run in 2024. I was wrong. I allowed my distaste for Trump’s personality to override his virtues, which are considerable. Some people want Trump without his vices. I was among them — until yesterday, when I watched and listened to Tom Klingenstein’s speech titled “Trump’s virtues.” It was masterful and shamed me that I did not make the distinction between Trump’s character and his virtues, the former being deeply flawed, the latter being almost perfect. I need to man up in my defense of the former President’s virtues. The speech was among the most pointed I have heard and deserves some exposure.
I found Matthews’ admission encouraging because I believe his previous thinking reflects that of many people. The media and D.C. establishment has so relentlessly attacked every aspect of President Trump’s person and life for the past seven years that it is not surprising many people are unable (or unwilling) to consider if they might have misjudged him.
Thomas Klingenstein is the Chairman of The Claremont Institute. This is an excellent and insightful presentation. I’d like to comment on it, but I don’t want to take away from your ability to watch it fresh. Perhaps I will do a separate video about it over the weekend or next week.
I hope you find this video helpful and encouraging.