GINGRICH: President Trump, Bud Light, Target and the LA Dodgers 

Gerald Garth, left, stands with members of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Sister Unity, center, and Sister Dominia as they honored during LGBTQ+ Pride Night prior to a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants Friday, June 16, 2023, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Millions of Americans’ negative reactions to the indictment of President Donald Trump are not all related to his personal appeal. They are responses to the cultural civil war being waged by an aggressive, immoral and potentially dictatorial elite minority. 

There is a parallel between what is happening to Trump and the American people’s rejection of woke brainwashing. 

Do not be confused: The Biden team would force Americans to buy Bud Light, shop at Target and applaud the L.A. Dodgers’ celebration of an anti-Christian hate group if (or when) they could. 

The entire strategy of the elite minority is based on coercing the American people into positions they would not voluntarily reach on their own. 

One of the most striking lessons from polling and focus groups we have done at America’s New Majority Project is how many Americans reject the coercive wokeness embraced by the Democrat Party, academia, establishment media, the federal bureaucracy and corporate America. 

For example, 89% of Americans support parents’ rights to know what’s being taught in schools over the elite minority’s effort to brainwash children. Importantly, this includes 87% of Democrats. Meanwhile, no House Democrats voted for the recent Parents Bill of Rights (HR 5) despite voters being more than 8:1 in favor. 

The elite minority argues that race is the most important personal characteristic ― and that discrimination today should be used to correct past discrimination. Meanwhile, 91% of Americans favor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assertion that it is the content of our character, not the color of our skin, which matters.  

The elite minority wants to maximize the number of people dependent on government. Our surveys indicate 74% of Americans favor a work requirement for able-bodied adults who get welfare benefits. 

By 91% to 6%, Americans oppose discriminating against other Americans to provide special help for African Americans. Despite all the efforts to argue for reparations and other special advantages, even African Americans favored race neutrality by 72%.  

On one of the elite minority’s biggest issues, Gallup recently reported that 69% of Americans say transgender athletes should be restricted to playing on sports teams that conform with their birth gender. This is compared to 62% in 2021. Two years of vigorous debate have only hardened opposition to biological male athletes competing with women. 

Here’s the most important, practical takeaway from all this: The elite minority is a minority. 

It desperately wants to change America in profound, fundamental ways. It knows that it will never convince the American people to voluntarily adopt its woke patterns and principles, so it has decided to seize the key elements of power and coerce the American people. 

If parents want to protest brainwashing in their child’s school, they are called potential terrorists. The FBI opened a “Snitch-line” (their term) at the National Threat Operations Center specifically for this. 

Parents who want to be involved in their child’s thinking about gender identity are being threatened by a new bill introduced in the California legislature to make such supposed meddling child abuse. Meanwhile, more than half the country believes conducting gender transitions on children is child abuse. 

You want the freedom to use a gas stove? Not in New York where Democrats are banning them in new constructions. 

Gas-powered lawn equipment will be outlawed in California in 2024. New gas-powered cars will be outlawed in California by 2035. 

If you publicly disagree with the elite minority, you can be coerced into learning and adopting its woke racism, sexual ideology and revised history. Look at the efforts underway in the military to replace patriotism and war fighting with Maoist-style woke mantras. 

Ironically, June 8 was the 74th anniversary of the publication of George Orwell’s famous novel “1984.” Orwell was writing about an emerging totalitarianism in Great Britain. His book did not take place in Moscow or Beijing. He knew that all centers of power could be corrupted and become totalitarian (a potential about which Friedrich Hayek also warned in “The Road to Serfdom”). 

The modern woke fanatics have no idea how much they resemble Orwell’s tyrants. 

People ask me about the specifics of the indictments against Trump. This question entirely misses the point. The indictments are an act of cultural war against the man the elite minority fears most.  

Every indictment strengthens Trump with his base because it reminds them that they are being coerced and overridden by a totalitarian elite minority in America. 

And they are not the only ones.