May 2: Victor Davis Hanson, Trump: Tragic Hero . . . or Just Tragic?

April 17, 2019  | 1 min read

Victor Davis Hanson-Pepperdine University

Join the School of Public Policy on Thursday, May 2, 2019, at 6:00 PM at the California Club in Los Angeles for its annual Patricia Tagliaferri Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series.

Victor Davis Hanson, award-winning historian and political commentator will discuss his new book, The Case for Trump, where he explores how a celebrity businessman with no political or military experience triumphed over sixteen well-qualified Republican rivals, a Democrat with a quarter-billion-dollar war chest, and a hostile media and Washington establishment to become president of the United States. Trump saw a political opportunity in defending the working people of America's interior whom the coastal elite of both parties had come to scorn, Hanson argues. And Trump alone had the instincts and energy to pursue this opening to victory, dismantle a corrupt old order, and bring long-overdue policy changes at home and abroad. Hanson contends that while we could not survive a series of presidencies as volatile as Trump’s, after decades of drift, America needs the outsider Trump to do what normal politicians would not and could not do.

The Patricia Tagliaferri Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series was established through an endowment for the School of Public Policy by benefactor Dr. Gus Tagliaferri. From its founding, the School of Public Policy has uniquely considered the role the Great Ideas play in shaping sustainable policy and great leaders. 

**Registration is required as seating is limited.** Reception will begin at 6 PM, lecture will begin at 6:30 PM.

To learn more and register, please visit the event page.

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