New York Times columnist published an entire series about being wrong about Trump, his voters, and the Russian collusion narrative. Unless you have a paid subscription to NYT you might have missed it so I collected the highlight from NYT writer Bret Stephens and his ‘ah ha’ moment.



The series begins with “I was wrong about” and began by admitting that he was wrong to label Trump supporters “appalling”. Stephens said, “The worst line I ever wrote as a pundit” was the first he ever wrote about Trump: “If by now you don’t find Donald Trump appalling, you’re appalling.”

“This opening salvo, from August 2015, was the first in what would become dozens of columns denouncing Trump as a unique threat to American life, democratic ideals and the world itself,” he continued.

Stephens said he “regret[s] almost nothing of what I said about the man and his close minions” but that “the broad swipe at his voters caricatured them and blinkered me.”

“It also probably did more to help than hinder Trump’s candidacy. Telling voters they are moral ignoramuses is a bad way of getting them to change their minds,” he continued. “What were they seeing that I wasn’t?” he pondered.

“What Trump’s supporters saw was a candidate whose entire being was a proudly raised middle finger at a self-satisfied elite that had produced a failing status quo,” he asserted.

“I was blind to this,” Stephens admitted. “I belonged to a social class that my friend Peggy Noonan called ‘the protected’,” he said and acknowledged his own financial luxuries.

“Trump’s appeal, according to Noonan, was largely to people she called ‘the unprotected.’ Their neighborhoods weren’t so safe and pleasant. Their schools weren’t so excellent. Their livelihoods weren’t so secure,” he wrote. “Their experience of America was often one of cultural and economic decline, sometimes felt in the most personal of ways.”

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“It was an experience compounded by the insult of being treated as losers and racists —clinging, in Obama’s notorious 2008 phrase, to ‘guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them,'” Stephens wrote.

“No wonder they were angry.”

Stephens admitted the MAGA crowd’s outrage was not “unfounded or illegitimate” nor “aimed at the wrong target.”

“Trump voters had a powerful case to make that they had been thrice betrayed by the nation’s elites,” Stephens conceded. “First, after 9/11, when they had borne much of the brunt of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, only to see Washington fumble and then abandon the efforts,” he wrote.

“Second, after the financial crisis of 2008, when so many were being laid off, even as the financial class was being bailed out,” he continued. “Third, in the post-crisis recovery, in which years of ultralow interest rates were a bonanza for those with investable assets and brutal for those without.”

Stephens also cited “the great American cultural revolution” that occurred in the 2010s in which “traditional practices and beliefs” shifted.

“It’s one thing for social mores to evolve over time, aided by respect for differences of opinion. It’s another for them to be abruptly imposed by one side on another, with little democratic input but a great deal of moral bullying,” Stephens remarked.

What about Russian collusion? Well, Stephens admits it was all a scam— “the Steele dossier and all the bogus allegations, credulously parroted in the mainstream media, that flowed from it” – that marred Trump’s presidency was an “elaborate hoax” and that “there’s just no other word for it”.

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Despite this revelation, Stephens argued that he would not be “morally” wrong to “lambaste Trump’s current supporters, the ones who want him back in the White House despite his refusal to accept his electoral defeat and the historic outrage of Jan. 6.” To which I would argue that he was still falling for at least some of the rouse.

It always amazes me how, given a little time, the truth always comes out. I had written during the early days of the Russia-gate plot, as well as the end of Trump’s presidency that history will remember this very differently and I still stand by that statement.

Erica Carlin

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glenn398

Wonder if he really believes what he says but has got such a backlash he is just saying what he believes will make him look more human.

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Rooster

He’s still got us wrong. We who are for Trump are intelligent thinkers. The reason we loved Trump is because above all else he loves the United States of America and thought he could do some good. He did even though he was harassed by most of the media outlets. He was hated just because he won the election. I guess he thought the American citizens were worth all he had to go through. He did a lot of good for all of us and would have done more if allowed. I still believe he won the last election and only massive fraud stole it from him. Just look where we are now. This could definitely be the end of democracy in the greatest nation ever.

Emyee

Yes, Trump DOES love us and our United States of America. He’s NOT doing things for the GLORY. The Democrats want POWER!!! POWER is ALL they are after! They don’t LOVE America or the people that live in the USA.

Larry

Right on and read my above comment it all fits perfectly!

Soros said back in 1979 that he hates America and it’s people and guess who he was speaking for then and still does! Satan and all evil people that are ripping America apart now!

Soros said back then it was his life ambition to destroy America and I happen to know he worships Satan, no doubt about it!

So are enough good Americans left and many more who will wake up fast to save the best Nation that ever existed on earth? I do pray people wake up now! Let’s prove him wrong and crush Soros with all of his evil minions! We have God on our side!
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JoAnn

Pres. Trump was the ONLY candidate in recent history whose net worth actually went DOWN while he was in office. That says a LOT about HIS honesty, and the LACK OF IT in most of the rest of our government officials!

JoAnn

And PS: the “Big Steal” is NOT a conspiracy theory. Slowy, in drips and drabs, the truth is coming out about all the BRAZEN cheating that went on during the 2020 election to put the conniving, America-hating Demmunists in power so they could lay WASTE to our economy and finish the job of destroying our country that they started when Obama was President. And I’ve got news for you: Obama is STILL President–which is TOTALLY illegal and unconstitutional–but he’s hiding behind the senile sock puppet PROXY the Dems installed in our White House. You will NEVER convince me that empty senile HUSK of a man won more votes than any other candidate in Presidential HISTORY.

allonright

odumdum couldn’t run a lemonade stand. He may have his ‘valerie jarrett’ hand up xiden’s backside, but there’s most certainly some shadow figures with their hand up odumdum’s backside, to be sure.

Larry

Correct on all counts and Satan is ruling Obozo he is a minion of Satan; make sure Y’all realize that!

Larry

Absolutely correct on this comment! This guy is just taking some egg off his face now! What’s the saying “The tiger cannot change its stripes” or “the leopard cannot change its spots!” Liberals are abhorrently cowards and liars!
 
 Look what he writes for one of the worst leftist propaganda rags going all anti-American commie trash for many years now; not fit to wipe my posterior with it! This is a fake news writer that “helped the lying fake news narrative” for Trumps whole presidency and then helped put this current garbage in the White House now that is destroying everything, even the leftist liberal America domain within is crumbling, as the sinking ship USS America is being torpedoed by all of its enemies!
 
Hell of a time to wake up chump! More than a day late and a dollar short wouldn’t you say, go ask Obozo how he is actually loving this mayhem; and that is your answer!

BellaBella

Being out there today is the most unselfish gift 45 is giving. He did not disappear he did not hide he has not backed down. I think we owe 45 a great deal of appreciation. This NY guy can stuff it. He knows nothing! Stupid jerk trying to get readers for the paper.

SilverRascal

I don’t suppose that this POS making his BS apologies for even one second considers he’s part of the problem and the reason that other POS BRANDON now squats in the Peoples House. What preposterous BS!

Larry

You nailed it!

Philip Hammersley

Crocodile tears from someone who wants to CYA. He still “doesn’t get it.” Like media critic Pauline Kael in 1972 who said, “Nobody I know voted for Nixon, how did he win?”

Larry

Truth and Consequences that is something these leftist liberal commies never learned and still don’t get it!

Charles

I still would have rather had Nixon, than jimmy who,,who really was a po trash from georgia, and i am a life long resident.

Ron

This clown is still wrong. We as Americans who loved trump and WILL vote for him again are the same America loving families he stood with. He saw all the political corruption and wasn’t for it. He saw how the Demonrats hate America and Americans. He saw and talked just like the rest of us USA loving people. We hate the Demonrats because they hate us. They hate Americans and our precious way of life. TRUMP 2024

Larry

The Demorat party has been invaded by satanic commie evil and some are even possessed minions of hell now! We all need to seek God’s help and take on the Armor of God to fight for our beloved America!
All these minions are working overtime with Obozo to destroy it!

Mike L

It is disgusting and shameful to “admit” this long after the damage has been done, a senile Biden and incompetent Harris have been inaugurated, voters tricked into rejecting a cognizant, engaged, effective and innocent Trump. Sadly, even this admission will likely get buried by the fake news media.

lfdale

this guy is a slimeball and it does not matter of what he says now, he’s probable lying because once a slimeball always a slimeball. d…. rats = evil and corrupt slimeballs

Larry

A leopard can’t change its spots bro! You’re right!

BellaBella

im not poor I’m not unprotected I’m a middle class intelligent person who has seen our country becoming ruined by these radicals. My Dad my husband and so many others have fought to keep the Constitution and freedom from being torn apart by power hungry dictators. And here in 2022 we are again with the Crats Soros and never Trumpers destroying our country. Along with the corrupt media.😡

Charles

We will see you again, when the truth , comes out on the stolen fraudulent election of 2020, yeah diaper joe with 81 million votes, yeah “come on man”

Jack Freeman

Once an idiot always an idiot?

Trevor Marr

The USA and the entire World goes better with Trump!

DANIEL R SMITH SR

Some people do not know a damn thing but write like they know every thing>:
Then they find out they are just stupid>:

Dr. Jay G. Otten

Ya think, Denoso, to quote Marc Harmon of NCIS. This too little, too late. Don’t self congratulate yourself in helping President Trump win. The left will be left in a polling bloodbath this November. Dr Jay

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