EDITORIAL: Donald Trump’s momentous idea
But Trump may not be on hand for next year's tournament. He’ll be busy working 27 miles down the Potomac in the White House.
That was not a scenario that those who gathered at the Trump club in Loudoun 17 months ago seriously considered at the time. A small contingent of golf writers and the Times-Mirror came to check out the championship course Trump was opening.
We followed Trump around that course in a golf cart, stopping with him on each hole as he explained the slope, the distance, the placement of bunkers and the break of the greens. Charming and informed, Trump was impressive: a consummate marketer even as he invented his own history for the property.
There on the lush fairways and manicured greens, Donald Trump revealed his true brilliance: the ability to see what others can’t. Trump knew the lay of the course in a way no other person could. It turns out he also read the landscape of the nation like no other presidential candidate could.
Two days before the presidential election, Trump returned to Loudoun County to put a bookend on his improbable campaign. At a rally at the county fairgrounds in Leesburg, he forecast an historic victory.
Again, he was right.
While voters in Loudoun County weren’t so sure -- only 38 percent of them voted for Trump, and the incumbent member of Congress from the 10th District, Republican Barbara Comstock, distanced herself from her party's nominee -- no one can argue with his precognition.
While the insults, vulgarities and divisiveness of a contentious campaign still sting, we are compelled to embrace President-elect Trump’s call for unity. Donald Trump was right about a momentous idea: Disaffected Americans would bring disruptive change to our country. On Tuesday, voters validated that idea.
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