In July, for The Wall Street Journal, Ken Dryden compared the election tactics of Donald Trump to those of one of his most formidable former hockey opponents: the Philadelphia Flyers. In September, in the pages of the Toronto Globe and Mail, the Hall of Fame NHL goaltender and former Canadian Liberal Party MP offered up this take:
In our Internet-fueled world, where anything you say can be captured and dragged out by anyone, anywhere, any time, he is a perfect target. He has lived his life in public; he has insisted on attention. His record of outrageous doings and misdoings is outrageously lengthy, there to haunt him at every step. Yet to be embarrassed is to be weak, so Mr. Trump rejects embarrassment. He knows you can’t fight every argument with counterargument, every charge with counter charge. You can spin, create doubt or not give a darn. He chooses the last. Unhauntable, he is the post-Internet person.
One of Dryden’s arguments throughout the 2016 U.S. election campaign has been that Hillary Clinton’s game was not strong enough. Today, he is offering up some post-election analysis in the Toronto Star; for those who voted for Hillary, this may be a good place to stop reading. From Dryden’s latest op-ed:
They-Clinton and the media-didn’t understand that the people who supported Trump, and who kept supporting Trump, hate them. They hate everything they are and stand for. They hate that in the big cities where Clinton-people live, with the jobs they have, and the education they have received, they can see a future for themselves. The Trump people aren’t so sure. …
For the first time, these voters had a horse to ride, a horse that hadn’t been put down in the primaries. Sometimes the devil you don’t know is the devil you want. Trump supporters aren’t likely any more racist, xenophobic and misogynistic than anyone else. They supported Trump because everyone else made them feel small.
Granted, that generalization about Trump supporters is a bit of a stretch, arrived at more easily north of the 49th parallel, far from the U.S. trenches. But overall, Dryden is a voice worth reading. He also recently taught an innovative course at his Alma Mater, McGill University.
Pictured: March 14, 2016 issue cover of Time magazine