No, Trump doesn’t need to change his demeanor or style of communication
This essay must start with a human and personal point, which is that I value and have often enjoyed and profited from the writing of the conservatives I’ve been reading throughout my life. Nothing here is about attacking or despising other writers. For what it’s worth, I think everyone in this mix is doing the best he or she can, at a time when things are happening that are much bigger than we are.
Donald Trump isn’t the reason for the big happenings. He is, rather, a beacon in them, a sort of lighthouse that keeps dragging us back to reality through the fog of our elaborately constructed viewpoints, and against their powerful underwater currents. As a force, he isn’t what our cognitive baffles expect to see. He is what we need to see.
The prompt for this article is a piece by Conrad Black at NRO, posted on 9/11/2019. In it, Black opens with these words: “This is the time for President Trump to deprive his enemies of the last weapon that could be employed against him that could cause him any harm: the largely false, but still troublesome, issue of his personality and routine behavior.”
Black finds much to praise in the effects Trump is producing, and he makes the point in fairness that “In Trump’s defense, no president since Richard Nixon’s last days in office has been subjected to such malicious and widespread hostility as this one.” Allegations of wrongdoing by Trump keep coming to naught as well, whereas some against Nixon remain unadjudicated. The sheer unfairness of the malice and hostility against Trump is unprecedented.