Actor George C. Scott portrays Gen. George S. Patton in the movie "Patton." (AP Photo)

A Lesson From George S. Patton to Donald Trump

In his famous speech, memorialized in the greatest movie ever made, General George S. Patton tells the Third Army,

Americans love to fight. All real Americans love the sting and clash of battle. When you were kids, you all admired the champion marble shooter, the fastest runner, the big-league ball players and the toughest boxers. Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win all the time. That’s why Americans have never lost and will never lose a war. The very thought of losing is hateful to Americans. Battle is the most significant competition in which a man can indulge. It brings out all that is best and it removes all that is base.

Donald Trump has been cheered on by fans because Americans love the sting and clash of battle. Americans love winners. Until now, Donald Trump has been a winner.

But with his statement last night about not recognizing the validity of the election and his doubling down today that he’ll only accept the outcome if he wins, Donald Trump does not sound like a winner, but like a sore loser.

Americans “will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win all the time.” Trump does not sound like he is playing to win now. He sounds like he is playing to lose poorly and weakly. His voters signed on for a winner who fights, not a whiner who complains.

*Yes, I know that is George C. Scott playing Patton. It is my favorite movie of all time.

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