Donald Trump

Viguerie: Here's How Trump Can Drain the Swamp

Richard Viguerie, Newsmax

To ensure the swamp gets drained, conservatives must look beyond the superficial legislative agenda, and instead focus on two vital elements. First, people committed to “draining the swamp” must be placed in key positions; and secondly, institutional changes must be made to reverse on a more permanent — or at least longer-term — basis the progressive infiltration and takeover of our government.

Obama Fades Away As Trump Laughs At His Enemies

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

As President Feckless packs his junk and goes away, he leaves a smoldering ruin of a party, an elite fearfully clutching at its fading power, and the potential for splitting the country in two. His legacy of failure and his contempt for normal Americans has ensured that in his place will be a president committed to ruthless conservative change and who won’t sit back and just passively suck up attacks from the cultural hacks. Donald Trump and a conservative Supreme Court are your legacy, Barack Obama. Good riddance, and welcome aboard the solar-powered high-speed rail express train to Karmatown.

For Supreme Court, No Moore Grudges, Please

Quin Hillyer, The American Spectator

It is said that conservatives, like elephants, never forget — and apparently some of them never forgive, either. For very good reason, conservative 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge William Pryor is reportedly on President-elect Trump’s short list for a Supreme Court nomination. Strangely, some of the fiercest opposition to Pryor comes from a small band of Christian conservatives. Their arguments are sincere, but wrongheaded.

Dem dilemma: Stand with Lewis?

Byron York, Washington Examiner

Lewis is so widely revered for his actions 50 years ago — even those denouncing him have to pay tribute to his past — that he has given a sort of moral cover to a small number of Democrats who want to suggest that the 2016 election results are not legitimate. Right now, though, in the absence of some explosive new revelation or wholesale change in the political atmosphere, it appears that small number won't get much bigger.

Trump will break the presidential mold, so always expect the unexpected

Dan Balz, Washington Post

It will be Donald Trump’s presidency, to do with as he sees fit. History and past practice and the burdens that come with the office could begin to change him. But he has given every indication that his will be a presidency unlike any the country has seen in a long time — Trumpian in all respects and therefore unpredictable in approach and outcome.

Trump vs the Cult of Political Correctness

When we look at this week’s protests during the Trump -- Pence inauguration and their potential for violence we need to see most protesters for what they are; victims of Far-Left propaganda and the cult of political correctness.

Americans Are In The Dark About The Greatest Threats To Their Country

No other nation today poses a greater danger to American national security than China, a state engaged in an unprecedented campaign of information warfare using both massive cyberattacks and influence operations aimed at diminishing what Beijing regards as its most important strategic enemy – the United States of America.

Choosing two of America’s finest leaders

Rep. Duncan Hunter, Washington Times

Gen. Mattis and Gen. Kelly, both are better-than-ideal candidates for secretary of Defense and secretary of Homeland Security. On this one Donald Trump’s judgment was superb. And if it’s any indication what type of commander in chief Mr. Trump will be, we can all rest easy.

Trump vs. the Russophobes

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

The more toxic Putin-haters can make the Russian president, the more difficult for President Trump to deal with him, even if that is in the vital national interest of the United States. The sort of investigation for which McCain has been clamoring, and the Beltway drums have now begun to beat, could make it almost impossible for President Trump to work with President Putin.

Trump alone can clear suspicion over Russia

Editors, Washington Examiner

Waving away allegations about his ties to Russia by calling them "unverified" isn't adequate. Before taking office, Trump owes it to the public to clear the air. He can do this by laying out real consequences for Russian hacking and meddling, promising real aid to Ukraine, distancing himself from Manafort and shooting straighter on his taxes and his business entanglements.

Trump the Counterpuncher always fights back

Fred Barnes, Weekly Standard

Reporters, columnists, talk radio blabbers, and even the elite media in Washington and New York think Trump is obligated to deal with them pretty much on their terms. Trump doesn't agree. The notion of catering to them has never crossed his mind. And probably never will.

The Deep State Tries To Destroy Donald Trump

The threat exposed by the CNN and BuzzFeed publication of an obviously fake dossier isn't the Russians, it is the self-perpetuating "deep state" right here in America that is desperate to destroy Trump and preserve their own power. 

Publish and be damned

Editors, Washington Examiner

As fake news proliferates, and as even those sites that regard themselves as respectable publish stories with scant or non-existent verification, it becomes increasingly important that other organizations hew to older, higher standards and deliver news that readers can trust.

What Ike Would Tell Trump

Brett Baier, Politico

A President Trump will surely be challenged by some major decision early in his term; Eisenhower would likely advise caution, balance and debate to become a calm, cool leader who rises above the chaos. The paperweight on Eisenhower’s Oval Office desk read, “Gently in Manner, Strong in Deed.” That’s a good motto for any president.

No, We Are Not Covering Obama’s “Farewell” Speech

Even though on Inauguration Day Obama is taking one last taxpayer-funded ride on Air Force 1, he has made it perfectly clear he’s not going anywhere, and he’s certainly not leaving the Washington stage as other past presidents have done.

What Exactly Is Trumpism?

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

In sum, it’s an America that emulates (even if hypocritically so) the lost culture of the 1950s; exploits fossil fuels; is run by deal makers who make money ostensibly to achieve a GDP that can fund the niceties of American civilization; opposes unfettered free trade and is united by race and class through shared material success; assesses winning as what’s workable rather than what’s politically correct or doctrinaire; makes “tremendous” cars, air-conditioners, and planes; has the largest and most powerful and least-used military; and is loyal to our allies and considerably scary to our enemies. All that seems to be Trumpism (at least for now).