The Wall Street Journal, for years an iconic bastion of political conservatism, is no longer that. With the purchase of the institution by Rupert Murdoch, who recently handed off management of the parent company of all his enterprises, 21st Century Fox, to his left-tilted sons, things are changing. The WSJ’s Deputy Editor, Daniel Henninger, recently took a shot at Donald Trump for disputing Jeb Bush’s recent claim that George W. Bush kept the nation “safe.” You can read the first few sentences of Henninger’s piece by clicking here.
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Yesterday, a long-time friend of this blog, Jed West, wrote a letter to Mr. Henninger. With Mr. West’s permission, I’m publishing that letter here:
Dear Mr. Henninger
What you members of the Republican party elite don’t understand about Trump’s appeal to people like me (a onetime mainstream Bush-supporting Republican), is that he is an unvarnished truth teller. No one else of prominence in our party (except Carson) will tell the truth when it violates PC dogma.You accuse him of reducing 9/11 to a “campaign prop.” In fact, Jeb [Bush] introduced it to the debate so it’s fair game. More importantly, Trump is right. Bush’s reaction to 9/11 was to go to endless war 10,000 miles away but not close the gate that let the Jihadists in. Since 9/11, we have numerous terrorist attacks on our soil perpetrated by people who shouldn’t be here. His policies did not make us safer and he never addressed the fact that the high jackers were here illegally after their visas had expired.Trump (outside of Carson) is the only one of our candidates who wants to address this dangerous situation.
Trump values national sovereignty and the Republican hierarchy does not. We value national sovereignty, especially as we gaze with horror at the Muslim invasion of Europe that The WSJ does not even cover.
Finally, you might check this illuminating video of Jeb Bush feigning ignorance about the redacted last 28 pages of the Congressional 9/11 report. His assertion is preposterous, at best, since the person who was campaigned tirelessly to release those pages is Senator Bob Graham (who served while Jeb Bush was governor).