Pitney skillfully analyzes Trump on honor, service, military, morals and honesty, among attributes.
Pitney begins the book by teaching his readers the most important features of the American political tradition and then proceeds to meticulously demonstrate, point by point, how Donald Trump’s entire life, including his short-lived political career, has been a repudiation of everything that makes America great. Pitney’s book is important and effective because it dissents from the two dominant political tribes in America. To Trump’s “conservative” Republican supporters, who claim to be patriots that love America and its Founding, Pitney shows with devastating detail how Trump represents the antithesis of everything they claim to believe in. To Trump’s “liberal” Democratic opponents, who claim that America is fundamentally racist, misogynistic, and nativist, Pitney shows that the American creed formulated by the Founders is actually committed to natural rights, human equality, self-rule, and limited government. Trump is not the embodiment of the American political tradition. In truth, he is the most un-American president in history.
2/13/21, USA Today: John Pitney and book are featured in article by David Jackson, "Trump impeachment trial reopens GOP battle lines."
5/25/20, Keen on Democracy podcast: "John J. Pitney, Jr.: How Hard Is It to Be a Conservative Right Now?"
6/2/20, Jonah Goldberg's The Remnant Podcast: "I Don’t Have Courage, I Have Tenure."
4/24/20, The Bulwark opinion piece: "Donald Trump, Un-American: Again and again, the president has rejected America's founding principles."
4/28/20 USA Today opinion piece: "Trump's science denial is un-American. Just ask Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. Link: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2020/04/28/coronavirus-trump-flouts-science-core-american-value-column/3033941001/
6/1/20 USA Today opinion piece: "Conservative: I'd take Obama over Trump in an instant, especially after the day we just had"
5/11, The Bulwark opinion piece: "Trump, Reagan, and “Mourning in America”"
6/1/20 USA Today opinion piece"Conservative: I'd take Obama over Trump in an instant, especially after the day we just had" Link: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2020/06/01/trump-attacks-governors-pals-around-with-putin-column/5311227002/
5/6/20 In MinnPost, an opinion piece and preface of the book profiles ‘Un-American,’ a scholar powerfully describes ‘the fake patriotism of Donald J. Trump’ Link: https://www.minnpost.com/eric-black-ink/2020/05/in-un-american-a-scholar-powerfully-describes-the-fake-patriotism-of-donald-j-trump/
6/4/20, NBC News “Trump lacks the consent of the governed” Link:
5/13/20, The Great Battlefield podcast, hosted by Nathaniel G. Pearlman. Link: http://www.resistancedashboard.com/node/717