And then he came to California, I talked to a bunch of farmers and asked if he was here, and did he have straw and caterpillar caps on his face?
No, she had this black suit, it was 105 degrees, she had a Queens accent. So I said, in other words, he’s not Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden, “keep all of you in chains.” He did not change his acting. I said he was genuine and he represented the middle class, so I thought he had a very good chance.
As far as your other question, yes, I lost all those friends.
Tucker Carlson: Really?
Victor Davis Hanson: I quit National Review This year is 20 years later and I think they were also happy to see me leave.
Tucker Carlson: Why did you leave? National Review?
Victor Davis Hanson: Because there were some issues that would pop up from time to time, and I could predict what the answer would be. Covington kids. I just felt that people would come and condemn us before we knew it. Or access Hollywood tape-
Tucker Carlson: Man National Review Has Covington condemned the children?
Victor Davis Hanson: I think there were some people in the Republican movement or organization who felt it was their duty to police themselves internally, and that’s a good sign on the left.
We are a part of your class, we share the same values as you, and we keep our madness. And they are not empirical.
You saw it in January. But within two weeks, I told myself that the real Babbitt had been shot unarmed and that we knew nothing about the policeman, we knew nothing about the report. When a policeman shoots someone unarmed, there are pictures everywhere.
TUCKER CARLSON: No warning.
Victor Davis Hanson: They are lying to Officer Sicnic in the state, but I want to know where is the evidence that he was killed? He was not killed, he died of a stroke –
Tucker Carlson: National Review Wasn’t it?
Victor Davis Hanson: No. An “armed rebellion.” No weapons were found in the possession of those arrested.
Not even charging them and trying to send. They are sitting in the restroom.
So I was angry about these things, and I tried to convey that anger, but I think … many of them felt that it was their duty as Republican founders to tell the world that they did not approve of Donald Trump’s tweets. Or his cruelty.
My message was always: But, it’s good for the middle class.
He’s like Shane or Magnificent Seven or High Nun, he’s a gunman we hired and we are city dwellers who are impotent and he brought some skills. And he’s starting to have success and now we have the luxury of saying that we don’t like the fact that he has six guns. But he has to go to sunset.
But they didn’t – there were a few more things that I think they thought were more important, so I think it was a good separation for both of us.
Tucker Carlson: What did they think was important?
Victor Davis Hanson: I don’t know, I think a lot of Republicans in politics have an image and they represent a conscientious and fair way of looking at the world, and we are adults in the room.
And it’s more about culture than an ideal.
The real Republican conservative movement, I thought, should go back and look at the Constitution, when Jefferson said that if you pile up everyone in the cities, it won’t work because they will be the victims of mass hysteria. Or de Talkville, and you see some idea, I thought this was us.
I thought they would be middle-class champions, but I don’t think they were. I don’t think they wanted to be.