Opinion

My man of the decade: Donald Trump

I have come to the realization that Trump is one of the most important presidents in U.S. history because he dares to defy political correctness.

U.S. President Donald Trump displays his signature on an Executive Order committing his administration to combating the rise of anti-Semitism during an afternoon Hanukkah reception in the East Room of the White House on Dec. 11, 2019. Credit: Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian.
U.S. President Donald Trump displays his signature on an Executive Order committing his administration to combating the rise of anti-Semitism during an afternoon Hanukkah reception in the East Room of the White House on Dec. 11, 2019. Credit: Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian.
Boaz Bismuth
Boaz Bismuth
 Boaz Bismuth is editor in chief of Israel Hayom.

Over the past decade, the world’s equilibrium has been disrupted. Social media helped advance the democratic debate, but also intensified the shaming of others, not to mention psychological warfare.

And the United States, as always, was the leader of the pack. Self-appointed clergy from the “Political Correctness Religion” have been telling us what we can say and what we cannot. If you say one bad joke, you are automatically put on trial.

But there is one person who has taken it upon himself to counter this trend using the very social-media networks that have created this problem.

His name is Donald Trump—the same person who has been dismissed all through the primaries and the general election only to prove his detractors wrong, eventually becoming the 45th president of the United States.

He has already fulfilled his most important pledges, among them the appointment of two Supreme Court justices and 50 federal judges to lower courts.

The U.S. economy is on fire, despite the ongoing spats with China. And despite the domestic problems he faces at home, he has managed to successfully amend free-trade agreements, create new alliances and successfully promote American interests in NATO and other international bodies.

He has maintained his policy of maximum pressure on Iran by withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear deal and imposing sanctions. Even the investigations into the alleged Russian interference in the election went nowhere, and now people are asking questions over law enforcement’s conduct and why Trump’s campaign was subject to wiretapping.

The Israeli public has also understood that the president has lived up to his promises, especially after his decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and recognize the Golan Heights as Israeli territory, as well as his decision to view Israeli settlements as consistent with international law and his executive order punishing college campuses for allowing anti-Jewish and anti-Israel activity.

But the media herd, the intellectuals and the fundamentalist liberals will just not let go. For them, Trump is like a red rag to a bull. They consider him a thug who has taken over the White House.

I had the opportunity to meet and interview him multiple times on the campaign trail and three times as president. I have come to the realization that Trump is one of the most important presidents in U.S. history.

In a world where boundaries are blurred, where it is unclear who is good and who is bad, it is good to know that the world’s superpower is led by a person with moral clarity—a president who knows which side creates technology and develops medicine, and which side exports terrorism. He knows that there are some who are for liberty and some who live in darkness.

We live in an era where, if you are a conservative, God forbid, you are automatically considered an enemy because you are against political correctness.

Trump is the man of the decade because he has been the leader of the good guys. Regardless of whether he wins another term, he has redefined the world and challenged the cardinals of the new Inquisition, and by doing that, changed our discourse and reality.

Boaz Bismuth is the editor-in-chief of Israel Hayom.

This article first appeared in Israel Hayom.

The opinions and facts presented in this article are those of the author, and neither JNS nor its partners assume any responsibility for them.
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