This is a guest post by reader Gingermuse. It’s a review of the film, Darkest Hour, about the early days of WWII as the Nazis close in on Britain.
Having seen the recently released film Darkest Hour, I was grateful that I had just gotten far enough into the Winston Churchill biography The Last Lion by William Manchester to have read about the events portrayed in the film. But throughout the film I was also struck by the similarities between Churchill and Donald Trump.
History provides perspective to those willing to study. Churchill was the right man at the right time and quite possibly the only man who was capable of saving the world. He spent his entire adult life preparing himself for the moment in history when he alone would lead the world to victory.
The film opens with members of parliament agonizing over who should replace Neville Chamberlain after his resignation as prime minister. Neither houses of parliament wanted Churchill. He had been on the outs with the government for years. In the end, Churchill was their only choice going forward.
The British system of government differs from the U.S. of course, but considering how the powers in both the Republican and Democrat parties despise Trump, the comparison is inevitable. While Churchill spent his entire life in politics, Trump only recently entered politics after a life in business, but each rose to their respective pinnacle in electoral government in spite of almost total political opposition.
After Churchill becomes prime minister, the film portrays the difficult decision of whether to further negotiate with the Nazis or to fight, with many in parliament hoping to avoid war by giving in. There was nothing in Churchill’s being that could or would accept the idea of giving in. His “never never never never give up” attitude did, in fact, save the world. Churchill was a man of action. He wasn’t perfect and he hasn’t been canonized—yet. But there was no one else on the planet at the time that could have done what he did leading up to and during the war. To this day, there are many who are unwilling, because of political bias and outright hatred, to give to Churchill the credit he is due.
Churchill literally ran everywhere he went and was tireless in his quest for victory over the Nazis. He often came off as inconsiderate, saying things that were at best considered impolite. He also had a quick wit and great humor. As for public speaking, Churchill was both a master speech writer and orator. While the subway scene in the movie is a dramatic characterization, he was also a man who regularly talked with and connected to the people.
Trump is known as a 20-hour- a-day guy and is tireless in his quest for winning and for America to be great again. Trump comes off as brash and rude, and yet, people who know him describe him as very warm, friendly and loyal. Trump may not have the greatest delivery when giving prepared speeches, but he is a master of messaging—a brilliant marketing tactician. And funny.
In his own way, Trump has also spent his entire life preparing himself to seize upon the critical moment in history when the country and even the world needed his unique abilities. Trump has been keenly observing the political and economic environment of the U.S. and the world for years. The time had come to fight for dramatic change in the direction of the county. For Trump, and those of us paying attention, it was “now or never.”
He knew that the only way to win the nomination and the presidency itself was to go directly to the people, blowing past both of the corrupt and entrenched political parties as well as the biased, insider, cultish news media. The bull-in- the-china- shop strategy meant that he was going to break things—but only that which needed breaking, i.e., political correctness, status quo campaigning, establishment malaise, big government bureaucracy, biased news media, hypocritical Hollywood and more. Like Churchill, Trump isn’t perfect. But like Churchill, Trump is a man of action.
With all the accomplishments of his first year as president, we already see that he won’t be given the credit he deserves as the economy improves, bloated government shrinks and foreign leaders sit up a little straighter in their chairs. No one else on the planet could have beaten back his own party, the opposition party, the anointed candidate Hillary, the news media and the Never Trumpers. No one.
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