Donald Trump and the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest

Donald Trump and the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest. By Bookworm.

I keep thinking of the Battle of Teutoburg Forest, in 9 A.D. It’s the reason the Romans lost their hold on Germania and were never again able to expand very far into the territory of the German tribes.

Arminius was a German prince whose tribe the Romans had conquered. The Romans took him away as a hostage so his father wouldn’t wage war. Arminius was accorded respect in Rome and trained in Roman fighting, eventually attaining the rank of equestrian.

Eventually, the Romans sent Arminius back to “Germania” as part of the Roman mission to conquer the German tribes. However, while there, Arminius plotted a return to his people and a revolt against the Romans.

When the Romans attacked, the Germans under Arminius’s command, rather than fighting wildly, as the tribes always did, fought in disciplined Roman fashion and completely defeated three Roman legions. Arminius managed to fend the Romans off for another 12 years before jealous Germanic nobles assassinated him. …

A connection between Arminius and Trump:

Trump was a Democrat for a long time. He worked in a frequently Democrat-run city in a frequently Democrat-run state. He socialized with all the power players, from the Clintons on down. Trump saw what Democrats were doing. With his connections, he knew who they were and how they operate.

Now Trump, like Arminius, is leading a revolt against a ruling class he knows intimately.