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A popular e-mail forward about Donald Trump wasn't written by Peggy Noonan, nor was it published in the Wall Street Journal.

Claim: Peggy Noonan penned a 'Wall Street Journal' piece lauding Donald Trump.

Incorrectly Attributed

Example: [Collected via e-mail, January 2016]

Is the below article really by Noonan?

Peggy Noonan wrote about Trump this
Weekend in her Wall Street Journal Article

Trump - Things You Might Not Know About Him

Trump, hopefully, is waking some of the RINOs up. The criticisms of
Trump are amazingly missing something. They are lacking in negative
stories from those who work for him or have had business dealings with
him. After all the employees he's had and all the business deals he's
made, there is a void of criticism. In fact, long term employees call
him a strong and merciful leader and say he is far more righteous and of
high integrity than people may think. And while it may surprise many,
he's actually humble when it comes to his generosity and kindness. A
good example is a story that tells of his limo breaking down on a
deserted highway outside of New York City. A middle-aged couple stopped
to help him and as a thank you he paid off their mortgage, but he didn't
brag about that. Generous and good people rarely talk of charity they
bestow on others. But as much as all this is interesting, the real thing
that people want to know is what Donald Trump's plan is for America.
It's funny how so many people say they don't know what it is, or they
act like Trump is hiding it. The information is readily available if
people would just do a little homework. But, since most Americans won't.

1) Trump believes that America should not intervene militarily in other
country's problems without being compensated for doing so. If America is
going to risk the lives of our soldiers and incur the expense of going
to war, then the nations we help must be willing to pay for our help.
Using the Iraq War as an example, he cites the huge monetary expense to
American taxpayers (over $1.5 trillion, and possibly much more depending
on what sources are used to determine the cost) in addition to the cost
in human life. He suggests that Iraq should have been required to give
us enough of their oil to pay for the expenses we incurred. He includes
in those expenses the medical costs for our military and $5 million for
each family that lost a loved one in the war and $2 million for each
family of soldiers who received severe injuries.

2) Trump wants America to have a strong military again. He believes the
single most important function of the federal government is national
defense. He has said he wants to find the General Patton or General
MacArthur that could lead our military buildup back to the strength it
needs to be. While he hasn't said it directly that I know of, Trump's
attitude about America and about winning tells me he'd most likely be
quick to eliminate rules of engagement that handicap our military in
battle. Clearly Trump is a "win at all costs" kind of guy, and I'm sure
that would apply to our national defense and security, too

3) Trump wants a strong foreign policy and believes that it must include
7 core principles American interests come first. Always. No apologies.
Maximum firepower and military preparedness. Only go to war to win. Stay
loyal to your friends and suspicious of your enemies. Keep the
technological sword razor sharp. See the unseen Prepare for threats
before they materialize. Respect and support our present and past

4) Trump believes that terrorists who are captured should be treated as
military combatants, not as criminals like the Obama administration
treats them.

5) Trump makes the point that China's manipulation of their currency has
given them unfair advantage in our trade dealings with them. He says we
must tax their imports to offset their currency manipulation, which will
cause American companies to be competitive again and drive manufacturing
back to America and create jobs here. Although he sees China as the
biggest offender, he believes that America should protect itself from
all foreign efforts to take our jobs and manufacturing. For example,
Ford is building a plant in Mexico and Trump suggests that every part or
vehicle Ford makes in Mexico be taxed 35% if they want to bring it into
the U. S., which would cause companies like Ford to no longer be
competitive using their Mexican operations and move manufacturing back
to the U.S., once again creating jobs here.

6) Trump wants passage of NOPEC legislation (No Oil Producing and
Exporting Cartels Act ? NOPEC ? S.394), which would allow the government
to sue OPEC for violating antitrust laws. According to Trump, that would
break up the cartel. He also wants to unleash our energy companies to
drill domestically (sound like Sarah Palin's drill baby, drill?) thereby
increasing domestic production creating jobs and driving domestic costs
of oil and gas down while reducing dependence on foreign oil.

7) Trump believes a secure border is critical for both security and
prosperity in America. He wants to build a wall to stop illegals from
entering and put controls on immigration. (And he says he'll get Mexico
to pay for the wall, which many have scoffed at, but given his business
successes I wouldn't put it past him.) He also wants to enforce our
immigration laws and provide no path to citizenship for illegals.

8) Trump wants a radical change to the tax system to not only make it
better for average Americans, but also to encourage businesses to stay
here and foreign businesses to move here. The resulting influx of money
to our nation would do wonders for our economy. He wants to make America
the place to do business. He also wants to lower the death tax and the
taxes on capital gains and dividends. This would put more than $1.6
trillion back into the economy and help rebuild the 1.5 million jobs
we've lost to the current tax system. He also wants to charge companies
who outsource jobs overseas a 20% tax, but for those willing to move
jobs back to America they would not be taxed. And for citizens he has a
tax plan that would allow Americans to keep more of what they earn and
spark economic growth. He wants to change the personal income tax to: Up
to $30,000 taxed at 1%. From $30,000 to $100,000 taxed at 5%. From
$100,000 to $1,000,000 taxed at 10%. $1,000,000 and above taxed at 15%.

9) Trump wants Obamacare repealed. He says it's a "job-killing, health
care-destroying monstrosity" that "can't be reformed, salvaged, or
fixed." He believes in allowing real competition in the health insurance
marketplace to allow competition to drive prices down. He also believes
in tort reform to get rid of defensive medicine and lower costs.

10) Trump wants spending reforms in Washington, acknowledging that
America spends far more than it receives in revenue. He has said he
believes that if we don't stop increasing the national debt once it hits
$24 trillion it will be impossible to save this country.

11) Even though he says we need to cut spending, he does not want to
harm those on Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security. He believes that
the citizens have faithfully paid in to the system to have these
services available and that the American government has an obligation to
fulfill its end of the bargain and provide those benefits. Therefore, he
wants to build the economy up so that we have the revenue to pay those
costs without cutting the benefits to the recipients. He disagrees with
Democrats who think raising taxes is the answer and says that when you
do that you stifle the economy. On the other hand, when you lower taxes
and create an environment to help businesses they will grow, hire more
workers, and those new workers will be paying taxes that become more tax
revenue for the government.

12) Trump also wants reform of the welfare state saying that America
needs "a safety net, not a hammock." He believes in a welfare to work
program that would help reduce the welfare rolls and encourage people to
get back to work. And he wants a crackdown on entitlement fraud.

13) Trump believes climate change is a hoax.

14) Trump opposes Common Core.

15) Trump is pro-life, although he allows for an exception due to rape,
incest, or the life of the mother.

16) Trump is pro 2nd Amendment rights.

17) Trump's view on same-sex marriage is that marriage is between a man
and a woman, but he also believes that this is a state’s rights issue,
not a federal issue.

18) Trump supports the death penalty. Trump believes that there is a
lack of common sense, innovative thinking in Washington (Hmmm... looks
like he believes in horse sense!). He says it's about seeing the unseen
and that's the kind of thinking we need to turn this country around. He
tells a personal story to illustrate the point: "When I opened Trump
National Golf Club at Rancho Palos Verdes in Los Angeles, I was
immediately told that I would need to build a new and costly ballroom.
The current ballroom was gorgeous, but it only sat 200 people and we
we’re losing business because people needed a larger space for their
events. Building a new ballroom would take years to get approval and
permits (since it's on the Pacific Ocean), and cost about $5 million. I
took one look at the ballroom and saw immediately what needed to be
done. The problem wasn't the size of the room, it was the size of the
chairs. They were huge, heavy, and unwieldy. We didn't need a bigger
ballroom, we needed smaller chairs! So I had them replaced with high-
end, smaller chairs. I then had our people sell the old chairs and got
more money for them than the cost of the new chairs. In the end, the
ballroom went from seating 200 people to seating 320 people. Our
visitors got the space they desired, and I spared everyone the hassle of
years of construction and $5 million of expense. It's amazing what you
can accomplish with a little common sense. On top of his saving years of
construction and $5 million in expenses, he also was able to keep the
ballroom open for business during the time it would have been under
remodeling, which allowed him to continue to make money on the space
instead of losing that revenue during construction time.

19) Donald Trump's entire life has been made up of success and winning.
He's been accused of bankruptcies, but that's not true. He's never filed
personal bankruptcy. He's bought companies and legally used bankruptcy
laws to restructure their debt, just as businesses do all the time. But
he's never been bankrupt personally.

20). He's a fighter that clearly loves America and would fight for our
nation. Earlier I quoted Trump saying, "I love America. And when you
love something, you protect it passionately ? fiercely, even." We never
hear that from Democrats or even from most Republicans. Donald Trump is
saying things that desperately need to be said but no other candidate
has shown the fortitude to stand up and say them. Looking over this list
of what he wants for America I see a very necessary set of goals that
are long past due.

Before we criticize someone because the media does, maybe we should
seriously consider what he has to offer, as it is important to know what
each of our candidates to replace a President who has ruined us
globally, and who has put us on a path to disaster!

This is not an appeal to vote for Trump, only to give some depth of
comparison, before this week's debate.

Origin:In January 2016, the above-reproduced missive began appearing in our inbox; according to the e-mail, its content was written by Peggy Noonan and published "this weekend" in the Wall Street Journal.

The descriptor of "this weekend" was a hallmark of specious e-mail attributions, as it provided no specifics, but enabled it to circulate in perpetuity as "recent." A portion at the end beseeched readers "[not to] criticize someone because the media does," a turn of phrase entirely out of place in a Wall Street Journal column.

Further, its content wasn't novel (nor newly published) in January 2016. Nearly identical versions of the text circulated as early as August 2015 without attribution. Concurrently, it appeared in the comments section of a Washington Times article dated 8 August 2015 (one day after its above-linked Reddit appearance.)

Predictably, we were unable to locate any material attributed to Peggy Noonan that matched the Trump e-mail forward. The content circulated in blog comments and on social media for several months before Noonan's name was attached to it, and the added (but spurious) credibility of a well-known media personality and popular newspaper injected new life into the commentary. While readers might find the perspective agreeable, it didn't originate with Peggy Noonan.

Last updated: 12 January 2016

Originally published: 12 January 2016

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