The Plot to Undermine Trump

Donald Trump holds a rally in Newtown, PA. Wikimedia Commons/Creative Commons/Michael Candelori

If it’s fair game for Democrats to call Trump illegitimate on the basis of claims about foreign influence, why is it shocking if Trump claims his opponent’s numbers are illegitimate because of noncitizens voting for her?

No one is going to compete with Trump, or any other successful politician, by making an issue of legitimacy. Policy in the broadest sense, a persuasive pitch and program for the whole country, is what matters. This is precisely what Democrats have not tried hard enough to develop since they inherited power on the back of George W. Bush’s failures. With Hillary Clinton, they entrusted the fate of their party to the notion of legitimacy. They paid a price that they will continue to pay until they learn what led Trump to win the election, fair and square.

Daniel McCarthy is editor at large of The American Conservative.

Image: Donald Trump holds a rally in Newtown, PA. Wikimedia Commons/Creative Commons/Michael Candelori

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