PROGRESSIVE MEDIA OUT THEMSELVES AS OPPONENTS OF WEST 'Douse President Trump with verbal gasoline,' attack Poland speech as 'white grievance', by Liam Clancy, 7/7/17, WND
WASHINGTON – President Trump’s speech Thursday in Poland elicited a frenzied reaction from many progressives, demonstrating their opposition to Western civilization. The focus of outrage was a passage detailing how the West will survive in the 21st century.
“The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive,” Trump said. “Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost? Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders? Do we have the desire and the courage to preserve our civilization in the face of those who would subvert and destroy it?”
Trump continued, “We can have the largest economies and the most lethal weapons anywhere on Earth, but if we do not have strong families and strong values, then we will be weak and we will not survive.”
Peter Beinart of the Atlantic called the passage “a statement of racial and religious paranoia.” He went on to call the idea that the West was in danger from outside forces fundamentally “absurd,” contending jihadists can kill people in the West but not topple their governments”.
Beinart did not address the growing numbers of known Islamic terrorists living across the European continent.
“As Europe burns with the flames of well over a million Shariah-compliant Muslim invaders’ passions, intent on destroying the West from within, the American left douses President Trump with verbal gasoline,” said Paul Nehlen author of the new book “Wage The Battle: Putting America First in the Fight to Stop Globalist Politicians and Secure the Borders” and a challenger to Speaker Paul Ryan in Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district.
Nehlen, who recently directed and produced the documentary “Hijrah: Radical Islam’s Global Invasion,” told WND “if the oxymoronically named Western intelligentsia truly cared about the victims of rape, torture and death, they would be siding with the citizens of Germany, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, et al.” “But that’s not the case. They’ve sided with the invasion forces. Ann Coulter was right when she called the left ‘Godless.'”
Sarah Wildman at Vox declared that Trump’s speech in Poland “sounded like an alt-right manifesto,” citing a quote from the speech, “For family, for freedom, for country and for God.” Wildman went on to state that Trump “cast the West, including the United States and Europe, on the side of ‘civilization,'” using scare quotes to imply he was wrong to do so.
But Trump never hinted the West was the only civilization, or even that it was superior to others, merely that the West is threatened by external enemies.
Josh Lowe at Newsweek took aim at the concept of Western civilization and values as well, believing the passage “painted the external struggle against threats like violent extremists as being tied to an internal struggle to defend supposed ‘Western values.'”
Lowe employed scare quotes around “Western values” to imply no such thing exists and that Islamic terrorism is not truly a threat to these “supposed” values.
Regarding Trump’s statement that every “foot of ground, and every last inch of civilization, is worth defending with your life,” Lowe wrote that he “really, really hope[s] this is a metaphor.”
Jeet Heer at the New Republic declared Trump’s speech was the beginning of “an international brotherhood of white grievance.” He also called the speech “alt-right,” claiming Trump “won the presidency with a campaign of white nationalism.” Heer said Trump “has used white grievance politics to redefine ‘the West.'”
The speech, however, was well received by Trump’s audience in Poland: The crowd erupted into chants of “Trump! Trump! Trump!” several times.
Nehlen said the Poles understood the gravity of Trump’s speech and recognized that their way of life is under threat by the rampant Islamization of the European continent.
“The Poles are wonderful, smart, hard-working, friendly, God-fearing people,” Paul Nehlen told WND. “I spent a few years in Europe running a Fortune 500 SPX division and much of my time was spent in Poland, mostly in Bydgoszcz, Gdansk, Torun and Warsaw. Poland is my favorite country outside of the United States. The Poles are resilient, staunch defenders of Western civilization. I couldn’t be more proud of President Trump and the passionate speech he delivered.”
Chris Buskirk said Trump’s speech “before a swelling crowd in Warsaw cheering him and chanting, ‘USA! USA!’ surely represents a high mark for any president but especially for this one.”
“Trump’s speech demonstrated yet again that he understands the high value of Western civilization and America’s place in it,” Buskirk said. “He recognizes that we are the heirs to a unique political and cultural heritage and that is his job as president to protect it.
“He returned again to a common theme – citizenship – when he asked, ‘Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders?’ Within that single question is the key to understanding Trump’s political philosophy. He clearly – and refreshingly – understands the unique responsibility every government has to protect and defend the rights of its citizens. Judging from the cheering crowd, the Poles get it too. This speech just may become Donald Trump’s ‘tear down this wall’ speech.”