Scholars & Writers for Trump

Scholars & Writers for America

Given our choices in the presidential election, we believe that Donald Trump is the candidate most likely to restore the promise of America, and we urge you to support him as we do.

Charles Akeman, University of California, Santa Barbara

Jeffrey H. Anderson, Ph.D., author of “An Alternative to Obamacare” and “The Main Street Tax Plan”

Hadley Arkes, Amherst College emeritus, author of “Constitutional Illusions and Anchoring Truths: The Touchstone of the Natural Law

Larry P. Arnn, Hillsdale College, author of “Churchill’s Trial: Winston Churchill and the Salvation of Free Government

Stephen H. Balch, Texas Tech University, National Humanities Medal, co-author of “Western Civilization and the Academy

Mark Bauerlein, Emory University, author of “The Digital Divide: Arguments for and Against Facebook, Google, Texting, and the Age of Social Networking

Darren Beattie, Duke University

Roger Beckett, Ashland University

Bill Bennett, former Secretary of Education, author of “America: The Last, Best Hope

Jay Bergman, Central CT. State University, author of “Meeting the Demands of Reason: The Life and Thought of Andrei Sakharov

Denis Binder, S.J.D., Chapman University, author of “Can We Secure the Hallowed Elms of Academe”

Conrad Black, author of “Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom

Daniel A. Bonevac, University of Texas, author of “Deduction: Introductory Symbolic Logic

Andrew Bostom, Brown University, author of “Sharia versus Freedom

James Bowman, Ethics and Public Policy Center, author of “Honor: A History

F.H. Buckley, George Mason University, author of “The Way Back: Restoring the Promise of America

Thomas E. Brennan, lawyer and former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Michigan

Chris Buskirk, editor and writer, American Greatness

Nicholas Capaldi, Loyola University New Orleans, co-author of “Liberty and Equality in Political Economy

Jim Capua, Ph.D., writer

Timothy W. Caspar, Hillsdale College, author of “Recovering the Ancient View of Founding: A Commentary on Cicero’s De Legibus

Lionel Chetwynd, Oscar and Emmy nominated producer, director, screenwriter of “Miracle on Ice” and “Hanoi Hilton

Lynn Chu, Writers’ Representatives, LLC

Mickey Craig, Hillsdale College

Glynn Custred, CSU-Haywood emeritus, author of “A History of Anthropology as a Holistic Science

Donn Dears, author of “Nothing to Fear

David Deming, University of Oklahoma

Marshall DeRosa, Florida Atlantic University

Michael Doran, Hudson Institute, former senior director of the National Security Council

John C. Eastman, Chapman University Fowler School of Law and the Claremont Institute, author of “Born in the U.S.A? Reassessing Birthright Citizenship in the Wake of 9/11”

Edward Erler, CSU San Bernardino, co-author of “The Founders on Citizenship and Immigration: Principles and Challenges in America

Clarice Feldman, lawyer and writer

Peter J. Ferrara, Heartland Institute, author of “Power to the People: The New Road to Freedom and Prosperity for the Poor, Seniors and Those Most In Need of the World’s Best Health Care

Burton W. Folsom, Jr., Hillsdale College, co-author of “The Myth of the Robber Barons

John Fonte, Ph.D., author of “Sovereignty or Submission

William A. Frank, University of Dallas, author of “Duns Scotus, Metaphysician

Neal B. Freeman, writer, businessman, Peabody Award-winning television producer

Bruce Frohnen, Ohio Northern University, author of “Constitutional Morality and the Rise of Quasi-Law” (with George W. Carey)

George Gilder, author of “Wealth and Poverty” and “The Scandal of Money: Why Wall Street Recovers But the Economy Never Does

Callista Gingrich, co-author of “Rediscovering God in America

Newt Gingrich, Ph.D., former Speaker of the House, co-author of “A Nation Like No Other: Why American Exceptionalism Matters

Tom Giovanetti, writer Esther Goldberg, lawyer and writer for The American Spectator

Mary Grabar, co-author of “The Crisis in American Journalism and the Conservative Response

Lino Graglia, University of Texas—Austin, author of “Disaster by Decree”

David P. Goldman, author of “How Civilizations Die: (And Why Islam Is Dying Too)

Darren Guerra, Biola University, author of “Perfecting the Constitution: The Case for the Article V Amendment Process

Susan Hanssen, University of Dallas, author of “Shall We Go to Rome?: The Last Days of Henry Adams”

Anne Hendershott, Franciscan University of Steubenville, co-author of “Renewal: How a New Generation of Faithful Priests and Bishops Is Revitalizing the Catholic Church

Phillip Henderson, Catholic University of America, author of “Managing the Presidency: The Eisenhower Legacy

Arthur Herman, Ph.D., author “Douglas MacArthur: American Warrior

David Horowitz, editor and author of “The Left In Power: Clinton to Obama

Deal Hudson, Ph.D., editor and author of “An American Conversion

Carol Iannone, editor and writer

Christina Jeffrey, Ph.D., author of “The UN/State Department Refugee Program Comes to Spartanburg”

Douglas Jeffrey, Hillsdale College, editor of Imprimis

Marjorie Jeffrey, writer

Robert C. Jeffrey, Wofford College

Brian T. Kennedy, writer, The American Strategy Group

Jack Kerwick, Rowan College, author of “Misguided Guardians: The Conservative Case Against Neoconservatism” (forthcoming)

Charles Kesler, Claremont McKenna College, editor Claremont Review of Books, author of “I Am the Change: Barack Obama and the Future of Liberalism

Roger Kimball, editor and author of “The Fortunes of Permanence: Culture and Anarchy in an Age of Amnesia

Robert D. King, University of Texas—Austin, author of “Nehru and the Language Politics of India

Michael Kochin, Tel Aviv University

Robert C. Koons, University of Texas—Austin, co-author of “Metaphysics: The Fundamentals

E. Christian Kopff, University of Colorado Boulder, author of “Virgil and the Cyclic Epics

Lawrence Kudlow, Co-author of “JFK and the Reagan Revolution: A Secret History of American Prosperity

Michael Ledeen, Ph.D., co-author of NY Times best-seller “Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies

Seth Leibsohn, radio host and co-author of “The Fight of Our Lives: Knowing the Enemy, Speaking the Truth, and Choosing to Win the War Against Radical Islam

Thomas Lifson, Ph.D., editor and writer, American Thinker

Margaret Lindsay, Ph.D., writer

Thomas Lindsay, Ph.D., co-author of “Investigating American Democracy

Robert Oscar Lopez, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, author of “The Colorful Conservative: American Conversations with the Ancients from Wheatley to Whitman

Herb London, Ph.D., author of “The Encyclopedia of Militant Islam

John R. Lott, Jr., Ph.D., author of “More Guns, Less Crime

Ted Roosevelt Malloch, Oxford University, co-author of “America’s Spiritual Capital

Ken Masugi, Johns Hopkins University, co-author of “The Supreme Court and American Constitutionalism

Daniel McCarthy, editor and writer, contributor to “Dilemmas of American Conservatism

Roger Meiners, University of Texas—Arlington, author of “Gridlock in Government

Allen Mendenhall, Faulkner University, author of “Literature and Liberty

Tiffany Jones Miller, University of Dallas

Brian Patrick Mitchell, author of “Eight Ways to Run the Country

Laurie Morrow, Ph.D., co-author of “Conversations on Philanthropy”

Steve Moore, co-author of “Fueling Freedom: Exposing the Mad War on Energy

Steve Mosher, Population Research Institute

William Murchison, author of “The Cost of Liberty: The Life of John Dickinson

Deroy Murdock, columnist and writer

Maureen Mullarkey, writer for The Federalist

George Neumayr, co-author of “No Higher Power: Obama’s War on Religious Freedom

Marita Noon, author of “Energy Freedom

Michael J. O’Shea, writer

Daniel Palm, Azusa Pacific University

Svetozar Pejovich, Texas A & M emeritus, author of “The Economics of Property Rights

Ronald J. Pestritto, Hillsdale College, author of “Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism

Fran Fawcett Peterson, writer

Paul C. Peterson, Coastal Carolina University emeritus

James Piereson, Ph.D., author of “Shattered Consensus: The Rise and Decline of America’s Postwar Political Order

Julie Ponzi, editor and writer, American Greatness

Stephen B. Presser, Northwestern University, author of “Law Professors: Three Centuries of Shaping American Law (forthcoming)”

Frank Price, screenwriter and producer, former CEO Columbia Pictures, former president Universal Pictures

Mark Pulliam, lawyer and writer

Eric Rasmusen, University of Indiana, co-author of “Measuring Judicial Independence: The Political Economy of Judging in Japan

Alfred Regnery, lawyer and author of “Upstream: The Ascendance of American Conservatism

R.R. Reno, editor and author of “Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society

D.N. Robinson, Oxford University, author of “The American Founding: Its Intellectual and Moral Framework

Erik S. Root, Ph.D., Roger Bacon Academy, author of “All Honor to Jefferson?

Milton Rosenberg, University of Chicago emeritus

Constance Rossum, University of La Verne, co-author of “Rehabilitating Rehabilitation

Ralph A. Rossum, Claremont McKenna College, author of “Antonin Scalia’s Jurisprudence: Text and Tradition

Ronald Rotunda, Chapman University, co-author of “Treatise on Constitutional Law” (6 volumes)

D. Brian Scarnecchia, Ave Maria University, author of “Bioethics, Law and Human Life Issues

Lisa Schiffren, writer, former White House speechwriter

Harold See, Belmont University

Roger L. Simon, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, co-founder PJ Media, author of “I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn’t Already

S. Fred Singer, Ph.D, author of “Ecology in Action

Scott Soames, University of Southern California, author of “The Analytic Tradition in Philosophy

Don Surber, author of “Trump the Press

Larry Schweikart, University of Dayton, retired, co-author of NY Times bestseller “A Patriot’s History of the United States

Carol Swain, Vanderbilt University, author of “Be the People: A Call to Reclaim America’s Faith and Promise

Dennis Teti, writer

Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal, author of “Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

James Trefil, George Mason University, author of “The Encyclopedia of Science and Technology

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., editor and author of “The Death of Liberalism”

Jeffrey Wallin, co-author of “An Uncertain Legacy: Essays on the Pursuit of Liberty

Bradley C.S. Watson, Saint Vincent College, author of “Living Constitution, Dying Faith: Progressivism and the New Science of Jurisprudence

Robert Weissberg, University of Illinois emeritus, author of “Bad Students, Not Bad Schools

Diana West, author of “The Death of the Grown-up

Thomas G. West, author of “Vindicating the Founders

Victor Williams, Chair, Lawyers and Law Professors for Trump

J. Eric Wise, lawyer and writer

S. Stanley Young, North Carolina State University

Scot J. Zentner, CSU San Bernardino, author of “Liberalism and Executive Power: Woodrow Wilson and the American Founders”

John Zmirak, Ph.D., author of “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Catholicism

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[Editor’s Note: Republished with permission from Scholars & Writers for Trump.]

For more on why these scholars and writers support Donald Trump please look at our symposium: Conservatives for Trump.

Conservatives For Trump: A Symposium Featuring Scholars & Writers For Trump

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51 responses to “Scholars & Writers for Trump”

    • It is. And that makes it all the more depressing. There are many I admire here, but for some reason seeing the names of Reno, Kesler, and Swain hurts the most. Shame on an America that could so frighten and appall such worthies that they choose to back this man. To those of you still at all open-minded about how cast your vote, google my name and Trump. God have mercy on us.

      • You’ve been sitting in the think tank/policy bubble for far too long Mr. Scott. Here’s to National Review and the frankly traitorous “conservative” organizations who have sold out America losing their funding and fading into total irrelevancy.

      • In other words, you’re a cuckservative.

    • Well, there are over 1.5 million college faculty in the U.S., many thousands more who would be identified as ‘scholars.’ 125 doesn’t even nibble at the margins of those who are strongly conservative, which is about 12%….

  1. I have studied under Dr. Folsom. If Mr. Trump becomes president, his Economic History of the United States will no doubt have another Benjamin Harrison, Theodore Roosevelt, or Herbert Hoover to add to its lessons and warnings.

  2. I suppose these lists are important to some people but is anyone really going to change their vote based on such a list?

    When a local politician who is not well known is running for office, it is perhaps informative to see who supports them. I may not know anything about the person running for City Council (for example) and have no way of finding out about them. But if their endorsement come from other trusted leaders, I can make a reasonable assumption that perhaps the candidate might be in alignment with my beliefs. I don’t get the same feeling from these endorsements(?) for Trump. Trump is probably no better known to these people as he is to me. For example, has “Scot J. Zentner, CSU San Bernardino” ever met Trump before? Does he have any better insight to Trump than I have?

    Of course I recognize that all politicians try hard to get as many leaders, organization, etc to endorse them and it becomes a numbers game whereby the other guy has to keep up. But I don’t think this has much of an impact. Just my $0.02.

    • Judging by the scorn this list is getting online, I don’t think signing this list was a smart move by these “scholars”. It isn’t going to change anyone’s mind, and it will be a stain upon their reputations and the institutions they represent.

      • Nice of you to come slumming, Dave, and give us the view from Mt. Olympus.

        Your use of quotation marks is an extra-nice touch.

      • The stains will be upon those who worked against Trump to get HIllary elected..should Hillary win. These geniuses don’t even have the brains to figure out that if Trump is as bad as they claim he’ll be- it should be easy to defeat him in four years. That won’t happen with HIllary(we were told it would with Obama) plus we know for sure how she’ll be..what her SCOTUS picks will be like..etc.

        Charlie show host in at the top of that stain list for me. His ex-wife, that he cheated on, is on Trump’s list of SCOTUS picks. He does not want that discussed at the national level. Check his twitter pro Hillary as you can get..and pro MSNBC(he’s trying to get a job there) etc.

      • Mass hystaria! Cats and dogs living together (or Hispanics and Anglos, as you would say).

      • Let scorn come from the MSM. No one trusts it any more. Watch it backfire!

  3. I see that some dear names from Hillsdale and Claremont are in, even Spengler is. Good for all of them to step to the fore at this important moment in our history.

  4. This list has a very specific Christian/Conservative angle. Take away those two aspects, and how many writers and scholars would there be?

    Well, it doesn’t really matter. A similar list either against Trump (much bigger) and pro HRC would number in the thousands. Easily. And that list would include ALL religions as well as atheists, and every side of the political spectrum, including conservatives.

    Really, this is foolish.

    • “A similar list either against Trump (much bigger) and pro HRC would number in the thousands. Easily.”

      And there’s glory in being a lemming!

    • Why not include pro pedophilia & Nambla members to expand your list of Anti Trump people?

      Perhaps you fall in that category? No need for scholarly articles when you could just kartrashianize and Dennis Hastertize your list. Go for it. We’ll be waiting

  5. We run a libertarian book outlet and find this list useful. We will be removing any titles we may stock from these authors. We are libertarians, not authoritarians.

    • Yes, you ought to burn those books for sure. Good thinking.

      • They’re our books, we can do with them what we want. It’s called property rights. Of course, Trump doesn’t believe in property rights for others, which is why he’s used government to try to confiscate private property from others so he can build casinos. You Big Government types are all alike.

      • Absolutely. Nobody said you couldn’t. You are free to make a knee-jerk, histrionic reaction if you like! Books that were of value before now should be burned due to the author supporting trump! Sounds well reasoned and thoughtful too! Just as your overbearing and I spotted assumption that I – who you know absolutely nothing about (you don’t even know if I support trump! Let alone my thoughts on political ideology. Lol) – am now labeled a “big government type” – who are of course “all the same”. Yes fine thinking indeed.

    • You sound like the illiberal left. This kind of typical american moral narcissism that justify punishing socially/economically people you disagree with is exactly what the left is doing in the academy and the wider society to people like you. It’s good to know you are no better.

      • How is us NOT selling books by a handful of academics “punishing socially/economically people” and what is a “socially/economically” person. That’s incoherent, which fits with your big government candidate. Actually your entire second sentence is incoherent.

      • punishing people socially/economically. Clearer ?
        Haven’t you realised that conservatives / libertarian views have been slowly purged from academia and that the left is getting people with wrong think fired.

        The point is that you don’t need a illiberal government to punish people holding non dominating views, only an intolerant society.

        While I would not endorse Trump, I understands the authors points. How are Democrats less authoritarian, it’s just democratic elitism and stealth hegemony, moral narcissism with a veneer of fake constitutionalism and lip service to liberal values. What makes Trump dangerous is actually the fact that liberals and establishment have created an unconstitutional unbounded executive. But this is also the main argument for Trump : give the elites the very emperor they don’t want and will try to restrain rather than the emperess that represent them. Too dangerous for my liking,

      • The size of government is something Obama and the “democrats” exploded. Trump is for minimal government. Go do some reading you sad excuse for an American

    • JPeron is some libertarian. Are reeducation camps next? Ever read Fahrenheit 451?

      • Thanks for demonstrating the irrational paranoia of the lunatic right that supports Trump. Suddenly, my not wishing to carry these books is compared to reeducation camps and burning the books others own—which is something conservatives have OFTEN recommended. Exactly which candidate has said that when he’s president the press won’t be free to criticize him? Who has repeatedly threatened critics with law suits?

        When a conservative refuses to sell a “gay cake” that’s called when freedom of association. When I refuse to sell a book it’s being taunted as the equivalent of reeducation camps. Apparently only conservatives have freedom of association. You all are a bunch of hypocrites and liars—authoritarians pretending to defend freedom, but your vision of freedom is that it’s only for the people you like and never for those you hate—which is such a long list of people.

      • You are a fascist and a disgrace to libertarianism.

      • You do realize that JPeron’s choice to not sell certain books is the epitome of Libertarian ideals, right?

      • really? so I guess J Peron would rather support a pedophile warmonger instead of a man who will bring peace!

    • Your virtue-signaling is duly noted.

  6. Professor Paul Gottfried has written that your list has been purged of certain folks you find, shall we say, “deplorable.”

    “A few dozen friends asked me over the internet why my name had not
    turned up on this list. As the author of thirteen books with publishers
    that include Princeton, Cambridge, and MacMillan and as the writer of
    numerous scholarly articles in German and French as well as in English, I
    would certainly qualify as a scholar, at least as much as any of the
    signatories featured on AmGreatness.”

    Tsk, tsk, tsk.

  7. More like “scholars” and “writers,” amirite? Or how about “cranks and bitter old white people?”

  8. Deeply shameful, Dr. Robinson. I expected you to hold a much higher standard of morality in your judgement of our candidates.

  9. As this shows, the term “scholar” can be used with many meanings, some of which are diametrically opposed to each other. In this endorsement, scholar is used to mean a mere “amasser of data” and not its essential meaning of a life-long student of humanity.

  10. One you rule out the guys who are not scholars and those who have not been to prison, you have a very small list of right-wing extremists.

  11. Wow. Both Newt and Callista! And an amazing brain trust that they are part of. Trump should be proud that the literary lions of America are in his court. Of course: they’re NOT.

  12. Good to see that I have four past professors on this list!

  13. None of you folks will have the guts to admit what a disaster Trump is. Shame on all of you.

  14. Congratulations for aligning with the alt-right and the neo-nazis.

    This reminds me of a certain time in history….