Donald Trump won. You lost. That seems like a simple and abrupt message, but it's obviously necessary now that the usual suspect Democrats, leftists, and even plenty of Republican critics somehow feel emboldened to tell President-elect Trump who is and isn't acceptable as he puts together his White House team.
It's a classic case of the losers thinking they can dictate terms to the winners. That's not how it works. But this pushback is likely to produce the opposite result. Call them the "White House Deplorables" or even the "Goon Squad," it's obvious Trump actually needs to put together the most strident and tough Cabinet and advisory team as possible to shut down an unusually intolerant opposition.
It started already with the announcement that Trump had appointed Breitbart News co-founder and top Trump campaign architect Steve Bannon to the post of "senior counselor and chief West Wing strategist." That move has spawned several days worth of hackles from the same Democrats, Republicans, and supposed experts that Trump and Bannon just humiliated in the election.
They've smeared him as antisemitic and racist, and tried to pass off Breitbart as some kind of white supremacist news site. None of that is true, and Bannon is now being defended by people like former Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz. But the smear is likely to stick.
Of course, the Bannon-haters real beef is that he wiped the floor with them, their candidate and their ideology. And they fear more of the same. They should. Just like President George W. Bush used his campaign architect Karl Rove in the White House and President Barack Obama used Rahm Emanuel as an enforcer, Trump is going to need a tough "goon" like Bannon to cover him in this political climate.
But it hasn't stopped there. The same critics feel justified in screaming bloody murder over reports that Trump might appoint either former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani or former UN Ambassador John Bolton as secretary of state. You could probably call both of them no-nonsense, politically incorrect "deplorables" who are an offense to the generally accepted notion that the State Department's job is to "make nice" with our shaky allies and staunch enemies alike.