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The ‘Spectre of Donald Trump Hangs Over Davos’ – HotAir

Apparently the good folks who will be gathering at the World Economic Forum onanistic gathering in Davos are worried that Donald Trump might become president again.

Boo hoo. The world’s Bond villains do not favor Donald Trump. What a shocker.

LONDON, Jan 12 (Reuters Breakingviews) – The most talked-about person in Davos next week will be nowhere near the Swiss mountain resort. As politicians, financiers and chief executives converge for this year’s World Economic Forum, Donald Trump will be 7,500 kilometres away in Iowa, starting his quest to win the U.S. Republican Party’s presidential nomination for the third time. Even so, his possible return to the White House will pervade Davos discussions on topics ranging from Ukraine, China, trade, and climate change.

I’m unsure why this is breaking news, or as Reuters put it, “Breaking Views,” since it is a commentary piece.

Donald Trump, although he has visited the confab in Davos in the past, it was only because he wanted to blow a raspberry in their general direction. Trump doesn’t like the transnational elite, and the feeling is mutual.

Trump’s theme in speaking with the glitterati, whose views about ordinary people range from “they need to know their place” to “they should eat bugs and die young,” was “America First.”

For a group that consistently pushes the idea that the elite who run the world need to be transnational, this was never going to be a message that resonated with the Davos crowd.

I have a sneaking suspicion that Peter Thal Larsen, the author of the piece and the editor of Breakingviews, is a secret Trump supporter.

After all, his message that Trump is unpopular in Davos is a free advertisement for Trump directed at Republican primary voters. It is possible, I suppose, that an editor at Reuters and a former Financial Times reporter might not understand that shouting to the world that the Davos set hates Trump is a point in his favor with the American electorate, but it seems unlikely that he could be that dense.

But then again, he is a member of the MSM, and the MSM is filled with people who are so divorced from the rest of us that they think that calling somebody an “expert” is an endorsement of their views. For the rest of us, it makes our spidey sense tingle.

The irony of using the term “specter” is not lost on me; it echoes the most famous use of the term. Karl Marx’s Communist Manifest opened with the famous lines:

“A specter is haunting Europe—the specter of Communism. All the powers of old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this specter; Pope and Czar, Metternich and Guizot, French radicals and German police spies.

I occasionally point out that believing that the World Economic Forum intends to run the world and destroy our freedoms is not a conspiracy theory. It doesn’t take a particularly inventive mind to see that this is so for the simple reason that the World Economic Forum keeps telling us this.

Don’t believe that the WEF wants us to eat bugs? Go to their website, and they will tell you that. A simple website search confirms almost any accusation you hear leveled at the organization. And if you doubt their influence, a look at the attendees of the Davos gathering confirms that they are every bit as influential as they claim to be. Leaders and businessmen around the world flock to the gatherings–as do prostitutes–every year. The UN has a formal partnership with the organization.

Is it any surprise that the WEF hates Trump with a passion? Anybody whose primary message is “America First” is by definition hostile to transnationalism, although were they just a bit smarter, they would stroke his ego, and he may reverse course, as he did with Gavin Newsom, whom he likes more than any Republican governor.

But the dirty little secret of the transnational elite is that they are powerful but rather dimwitted. You don’t win friends among the working class by insisting they give up steaks and bacon and start eating crickets.

And if you don’t want Trump elected, you certainly don’t tie your “eat bugs” message with an announcement that you hate Donald Trump. It reminds ordinary voters why they supported him in the first place.


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