Conrad Black: Donald Trump, the centrist, has attracted an army of disaffected patriots

The United States is now moving in high gear into the most interesting election campaign it has had since 1968, and without the constant riots that occurred throughout that election year and surely, the assassinations (of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy) that shocked the world. As Canada has had a unique ringside seat on American people and events since before the American Revolution, we might dare to hope that the Canadian media would have a more insightful view of the presidential selection process than the usual Americophobic condescensions and alarmist shrieks of the international left group-think that afflicts most of the media on other continents.

  • ntt1

    Faint hope Mr Black just read any piece by marxist propagandist Neil McDonald in the CBC sites. complete mindless regurgitation of leftist talking points ,plus totally false allegations that are just designed to smear even as they are disproven.

  • Shebel

    If Trump really wants to win
    Then all he has to do is prove that he Cool .
    His mantra satisfies people like me. He won’t win with that.
    Justin did. Obama did . They were both YOUNG.

    So you got 2 olde fuckers – pretending to be young.
    Which one of you is going to the most COOL ?

    That will be your winner.

  • H

    He’s right about Trump being centrist, I think. So was Stephen Harper, in practice at least: As others have pointed out, he governed firmly from the center, not the right. So is Canada better off than it would have been had the Libs been in power the last 9 years? Presumably, but still, I have to wonder – when was the last time a bona fide conservative was in power? In the US, would George W Bush qualify as such? Perhaps – Reagan, certainly. And Margaret Thatcher in the UK, obviously. But in Canada? I can’t think of anyone, offhand. Sir John A was a Conservative, right?!

    • Alain

      Sorry but for Bush the answer is a clear NO.

    • eMan14

      Perhaps Mike Harris?

      • Minicapt

        Also WAC Bennett and Ernest Manning.


    • DavidinNorthBurnaby

      “Sir John A was a Conservative, right?!”
      Drunken old crook was both, though his level of corruption was more than worthy of the Lieberals.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    At the beginning of this election cycle, early last year, the media were setting the stage for yet another Clinton or Bush.
    Looks like the people are tired of that.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I love reading foreign assessments of this year’s American election cycle.
    Usually they bring a bit of badly needed humor to the situation, if almost entirely unintended.
    Conrad Black has come the closest of anyone (that’s not living here) to getting it right.

    This is the Alt-Right’s seminal year, and most don’t yet even know what that term means. We are exercising a lot of demons from the temple this go around and will be smashing more than a few false idols, so please forgive the mess during our remodel.

    • Maggie

      Conrad Black is the guy who said that Trudeau deserved a chance at running Canada rather than Harper, who was a, “..sadistic Victorian schoolmaster.”

      His opinion is of no value to me.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        I only have a vague idea of who the guy is, and I know none of his history, but in this specific instance, he is less-wrong than most.
        It seems that the left in Canada still hates him for some past offense or another.

        • andycanuck

          He started a (then) conservative daily based on the British model–his news-chain then owned the UK Daily Telegraph–and one of its first scoops was uncovering corruption in the federal Liberal government involving the P.M. himself. I won’t go into more details as it will probably bore you although I’m sure the lib-left’s complaints against him are probably enumerated at his Wiki page.

        • Boris Badenov

          He may be a bit of a neocon. He has written several books including a rather ingratiating book about FDR. More recently, he took issue with Diana West’s book, American Betrayal. She responded to both his and others’ criticisms and neither he nor the other critics have been heard from since. West’s primary source material and lots of accurate footnotes have a way of defeating most objections especially when such grand figures, as FDR, are portrayed in the cold light of day. Lord Black is, to his credit, a convert to Catholicism. Both he and his wife discarded Palm Beach and its insincere residents after they behaved quite rudely to Lady Black while he was being victimized by the US legal system on fabricated charges.

  • jack burns

    I’m still shocked that Trump’s brief ‘explanation’ re his hiring of a employee as his since Goldman/Soros is not causing more of a stink. I back him because he appears to push my agenda but its clear that this man of the people thing is at least partly a schtick.

  • Petrilia

    Conrad Black’scolumn is good and thought provoking. Comments on the NP are crazy, which is why this paper won’t lastthesummer, proving that CB is correct and the National Post was nuts to go left. I can’t abide to read what was once a great paper.

    • DavidinNorthBurnaby

      “…this paper won’t last the summer …”
      Really? Wow, that would be great. I hope you’re right. I hate the MSM.

  • andycanuck

    I remember Trump had good things to say about Black eventually bouncing back after the phoney conviction and prison sentence.