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When the brilliant screenwriter David Mamet described “the Chicago way” in The Untouchables (1987) in a meeting between Chicago beat cop Jim Malone (Sean Connery) and Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner), the audience instinctively knew Malone was right. Taking liberties with that superb dialogue, here is how Jim Malone would tell Big D how to handle the media and The Swamp:
Malone: (talking privately in a church) You said you wanted to get The Swamp and the mainstream media. Do you really want to get them? You see what I’m saying is, what are you prepared to do?
Trump: Anything within the law.
Malone: And then what are you prepared to do? If you open the can on these worms you must be prepared to go all the way. Because they’re not gonna give up the fight until one of you is gone.
Trump: I want to drain The Swamp and make the media report the truth! I don’t know how to do it.
Malone: You wanna know how to get the media and The Swamp? They pull a knife, you pull a gun. They send one of yours to the hospital, you send one of theirs to the morgue. That’s the Chicago way. And that’s how you get the media and The Swamp. Now do you want to do that? Are you ready to do that? I’m offering you a deal. Do you want this deal?
Trump: I have sworn to drain The Swamp and reform the media with all the legal powers at my disposal and I will do so.
Malone: Well, the Lord hates a coward. Do you know what a blood oath is, Mr. Trump?
Trump: Yes. I took one when I was sworn in on January 20, 2017.
Big D’s performance in his first 18 months makes it clear that he takes his blood oath seriously. He is at times egotistical, vain, brash, crude, and anything but gentle. The tough New Yorker is also a workaholic problem-solver who bristles at delay and excess process.
In other words, Donald J. Trump is the perfect foil for those in the media who degrade our politics and our culture. He’s also the antidote for the do-nothing politicians and the know-nothing bureaucrats who control The Swamp.
Big D is the only one of the 17 candidates who sought the 2016 Republican nomination who is thick-skinned enough to withstand the avalanche of personal slurs and hysterical rants by media types angered by the defeat of their preferred candidate, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Big D has not sent anyone to the morgue yet, but he has met the media and The Swamp on the field of battle. He has called them out as no other politician in recent history.
The Swamp dispatched the top management at the FBI and DOJ to destroy Big D as a candidate. As a fallback “insurance policy,” Brennan, Clapper, Comey, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Rice, Power, Rosenstein and other high-ranking Swampsters began a phony counterintelligence probe enabled by FISA warrants issued under false pretenses, all culminating in the appointment of Robert Mueller as Special Counsel. Mueller staffed his office with Strzok, Page, and lawyers who were Clinton supporters and contributors.
So far, The Swamp has failed to bring Trump down. The IG report has exposed the illegitimacy of the Mueller appointment, but like Captain Ahab, Mueller continues to pursue Big D to the ends of the earth.
The mainstream media has buried reports and stories about Trump’s successes: North Korea negotiations, the massive tax cuts, the booming economy, elimination of stifling regulations, appointments of conservative judges, and confronting China for its theft of American companies’ intellectual property and its purposeful trade imbalance. They’ve sensationalized the tragedies at the Mexican border, vilifying Big D for policies that are much the same as his predecessors.
Utilizing “the Chicago way,” Eliot Ness finally got Capone. Big D has implemented his personal version of “the Chicago way” to fight The Swamp and the media. The conflict has not been elegant or high-minded, but Chicago cop Jim Malone would be proud.