WND's Trump Fanfiction Writer
Theodore Roosevelt Malloch manages to liken Donald Trump to God, Jesus and Aristotle -- then claims his fanboyism is "moderate and reasoned."
By Terry Krepel
Theodore Roosevelt Malloch
Malloch is also a huge Donald Trump fanboy, and WND is giving him a platform to let his Trump flag fly. His Jan. 28 column was pure fanfiction:
It is not too early, now that he is sweeping the electorate, to ask the not altogether unrealistic question: what exactly would a Trump government do, first? Imagine this creation narrative. In the Beginning...
Malloch didn't offer evidence that Trump has an actual platform that would back up these claims or detail how exactly he intends to accomplish them as immediately as Malloch longs them to be done -- indeed, in the months since, no platform or concrete action plan has been forthcoming from the Trump campaign.
Malloch toned it down a smidge in his Feb. 5 column, but it's still pretty fanfiction-y:
Trump is a strict constitutionalist and has no expectations to usurp power or to grow the government. To the contrary, he has said he will give more powers and redirect funding to the states and use checks and balances as they were originally conceived. He will limit both his own executive powers and ask Congress and the courts to do the same. In other words, power will be returned “to the people.” This is the kernel of Trump’s populism, and it is as basic as the Boston Tea Party or the shots fired in Lexington by farmer militiamen.
Again, Malloch pointed to no position paper or TV appearance in which Trump actually advocates this or explains how he will go about it.
Malloch's fanboyism sounds a lot like circa-2012 Doug Wead, who used to write for Newsmax his enthusiastic support for Ron Paul. Wead is, perhaps unsurprisingly, writing on occasion for WND now, spent part of the Republican presidential primary process slobbering over Rand Paul (for whose campaign he has served as a senior adviser). He also wrote a column on attacks on the spouses of presidential candidates that somehow neglected to mention arguably the most viciously attacked spouse in presidential history, Hillary Clinton.
But Malloch had only just begun to shill for Trump. In his Feb. 10 column, Malloch declared that "Trump is an Aristotelian perhaps without knowing it." No, really:
What is Trump’s Ethos? In other words, what makes him credible? What is his “street cred,” in the modern vernacular? You need this to establish a first line of communication, and that has to be believable. Trump ‘s credibility is tied to his business acumen and success. It helps that he is universally recognizable as the chairman of the board on a popular TV reality show.
So not quite Aristotlean in the great-thinker way -- just that he's able to give a speech competently. If Malloch thinks Trump uses "data and facts" in his speeches, he obviously hasn't heard Trump speak.
In his Feb. 15 column, Malloch insisted that "Donald Trump’s campaign remarks about Muslims were both taken out of context and decoupled from a necessary, larger framework" and that "Trump is neither anti-Muslim nor against states with majority Muslim populations." Malloch goes on to give Trump much more credit for having a thought-out plan on Muslims than the guy has actually demonstrated:
Trump understands that Islam is one of the three great Abrahamic faiths and that a minority of its adherents have hijacked Islam for violent political ends. Radical Islamic terrorists are destroying their own culture even as they strike out against everything they hate in Western civilization. The truth is Islam needs to undergo the type of reformation experienced by the other two Abrahamic faiths. Millions of Muslims throughout the world realize that the needed reformation must emanate from within Islam itself, such that it cannot be imposed on Islam from the outside.
On Feb. 23, Malloch touted Trump's appeal to the "white working and middle class," framing it as regular people vs. the elites, and that "What the Trump supporters from the WWMC want is simply restoration of the American dream!" Malloch adds: "The WWMC class needs a voice. Trump is the messenger of this voiceless group." He doesn't mention the irony of a guy who has been the epitome of elitism being the "voice" of anti-elitists.
(Malloch gets some credit for managing not to make his racially charged argument look as nakedly racist as fellow WND columnist and Trump fanboy Kent Bailey did. In his Feb. 22 WND column, Bailey touted Trump as "the tall, blond and Nordic 'warrior extraordinaire'" and "Viking warrior who is simultaneously a rich and powerful celebrity and a vicarious hope for the legions of struggling white guys out there" who "have no protective warrior class to fight for them in the Oval Office, the Congress, or anywhere else in our feminized American society." As a bonus, Bailey complains about "the left’s glorification of interracial dating and mixed race marriage" and is particularly upset that black males are allegedly portrayed in the media as "cool, masterful, hypnotically sexual and heroic in capital letters.")
On March 6, Malloch portrayed Trump as a "principled actor" in politics, again ignoring his actual history:
For Trump, to exude confidence not only inspires others to confidence, but becomes a self-fulfilling act. But the truth is that to make America great again, one has to believe that one is a partial expression of that greatness. Trump wants all Americans to be included in that greatness he sees as possible for America, and he dares to extend his reach beyond party, class, race, gender and region.
Ignoring reality is the stuff of fanfiction, and Malloch appears to have that down cold. So much so, in fact, that he redefines honesty to fit the notoriously dishonest Trump in his May 2 column:
It is perhaps Orwellian that Trump’s truth is at times taken as the opposite.
Malloch then quotes from Shakespeare as he proclaims Trump to be the most noble person in America: "The closer we come to God’s purpose for us, the more satisfied our lives become. Trump realizes this and is himself sacrificing to return America to its original path." He adds: "Trump’s noble purpose is aligned with what he says he will do. Trump, in a word, will execute. What he promises will become manifest."
Can't handle criticism
Malloch went to Canada's Regent College to give a speech, and was aghast that some students criticized his Trump fanboyism. As Malloch described it in his April 21 WorldNetDaily column, "I was treated rudely, disregarded and accused of hate."
Yes, Malloch really is claiming his Trump fanboyism -- which, again, imagining Trump's first six days in office would parallel that of God's first days of creation and likening Trump to Aristotle -- is "moderate and reasoned" and "fairly argued."
Malloch went on to sneer at the name of the college's newspaper, noting that it is "named “&c,” whatever that means." Well, it's an alternate rendering of "et cetera," something you'd think a guy with a doctorate and enough pretentiousness to insist on being called by his entire full name, two of which belong to another man to whom he may or may not be descended from, would know.
Malloch then took potshots at the entire country of Canada in apparent revenge for being treated so rudely there:
Trump supporters agree America is not a sovereign nation as long as the southern border with Mexico is left open and largely unguarded.
Malloch also serves up some of that so-called "moderate and reasoned" Trump fanboyism. He stated that "Trump has made it clear he intends to defend the national interest to bring jobs back by negotiating better trade deals," then adds: "Isn’t that what Americans expect of a leader? Is it authoritarian or hateful to suggest and enforce real policies, or is it the responsibility of a leader who truly wants to serve his people? In the great tradition of Western civilization, the notion of a servant leader, expressed in Christ, is a model to follow and uphold not decry."
Yep, Malloch really is suggesting the thrice-married Trump is Christ-like.
Malloch concluded by whining about "students who appear to hate Trump as much as they hate the idea of a traditionally moral Christian America dedicated, as our Founding Fathers understood, to Christian morals that supported profitable business founded with an understanding of spiritual capital."
Yeah, that massive logical leap was totally moderate and reasoned.
As much as Malloch is touchy about criticism a la WND editor Joseph Farah, he's just as self-aggrandizing. In a May 10 column, he reviewed potential vice presidential candidates for Trump and humbly offered himself up:
THEODORE ROOSEVELT MALLOCH, Republican extraordinaire, Oxford professor, Ph.D., best-selling author, earliest Trump supporter (see: WND archive), international political economist of some renown, accomplished corporate strategist, served on dozens of boards, held ambassadorial position for President Reagan in the U.N., worked in the State Department and in the U.S. Senate. No skeletons, great namesake and very good-looking.
Malloch could be joking here, but it's hard to tell. He does pompously invoke a dead president's name as part of his own, after all, which means he's certainly pompous enough to seriously think of himself as vice-presidential timber.