By Patrick J. Buchanan
In the 2016 race, June belonged to two outsiders who could not be more dissimilar.
Bernie Sanders is a socialist senator from Vermont and Donald Trump a
celebrity capitalist and legendary entrepreneur and builder.
What do they have in common? Both have tapped into what the bases of their respective parties believe is wrong with America.
Bernie is the Willie Nelson of national politics, a leftist voice of a
working class whose jobs and factories have been exported and whose
wages have stagnated as banksters and the Davos-Doha crowd amass mammoth
fortunes by playing games of three-dimensional Monopoly.
The 73-year-old Sanders may have no chance of beating Hillary. But the size of his crowds testifies that he speaks for millions.
Trump’s success comes from the issues he has seized upon — illegal
immigration and trade deals that deindustrialized America — and brazen
defiance of Republican elites and a media establishment.
By now the whole world has heard Trump’s declaration:
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. …
They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing
those problems to us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime.
They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
Politically incorrect? You betcha.
Yet, is Trump not raising a valid issue? Is there not truth in what
he said? Is not illegal immigration, and criminals crossing our Southern
border, an issue of national import, indeed, of national security?
Women and girls crossing Mexico on trains are raped by gangs. The
“coyotes” leading people illegally across the U.S. border include
robbers, rapists and killers, who often leave these people to die in the
“State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America”
by this writer in 2006 cited researcher Heather Mac Donald of Manhattan
Institute. She reported that two-thirds of the 17,000 outstanding
fugitive felony warrants in Los Angeles were for illegal immigrants, as
were 95 percent of 1,200-1,500 outstanding warrants for homicide.
Of 20,000 members of the 18th Street Gang operating across Southern
California, 12,000 were illegal immigrants. One of the Beltway Snipers,
who terrorized the D.C. area, shooting 13 and killing 10, was a
17-year-old illegal immigrant from Jamaica, John Lee Malvo.
The reaction to Trump’s comments has been instructive. NBC and Univision dropped his Miss USA and Miss Universe contests.
Macy’s has dropped the Trump clothing line. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is talking of terminating city contracts with Trump.
The reaction of Trump’s Republican rivals has been even more
instructive. Initially, it was muted. But when major media began to
demand that GOP candidates either denounce Trump or come under suspicion
or racism themselves, the panic and pile-on began.
As The Washington Times relates, at a July 4 parade in New Hampshire,
Jeb Bush said Trump “doesn’t represent the Republican Party or its
“I don’t assume that he thinks that every Mexican crossing the border
is a rapist. … So he’s doing this to inflame and to incite and to draw
attention, which seems to be his organizing principle of his campaign.”
Sen. Marco Rubio also found his voice. Trump’s comments “were not just offensive and inaccurate, but also divisive.”
Imagine that, “divisive” politics.
Ex-Gov. Rick Perry said Trump’s remarks were “offensive,” as
“Hispanics in America and Hispanics in Texas, from the Alamo to
Afghanistan, have been extraordinary … citizens of our country.”
But most of the Hispanics at the Alamo were in the Mexican army of
Santa Anna, not under Col. Travis, and hardly “extraordinary citizens of
our country” as Texas did not even belong to the USA then.
Sen. Ted Cruz on NBC’s “Meet the Press” took a different stance: “I
salute Donald Trump for focusing on the need to address illegal
“The Washington cartel doesn’t want to address that. The Washington
cartel doesn’t believe we need to secure the border. The Washington
cartel supports amnesty, and I think amnesty’s wrong.”
Trump “has a colorful way of speaking,” said Cruz, “It’s not the way I
speak. But I’m not going to engage in the media’s game of throwing
rocks and attacking other Republicans.” Cruz might have added, “like Jeb
and Rick and Marco are doing.”
What Trump has done, and Cruz sees it, is to have elevated the
illegal immigration issue, taken a tough line, and is now attacking GOP
rivals who have dithered or done nothing to deal with it.
Trump intends to exploit the illegal immigration issue, and the trade
issue, where majorities of middle-class Americans oppose the elites.
And he is going to ride them as far as he can in the Republican
In the coming debates, look for Trump to take the populist and
popular side of them both. And for Cruz to stand by him on illegal
Americans are fed up with words; they want action. Trump is moving in
the polls because, whatever else he may be, he is a man of action.