Donald Trump

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Feckless Congress forces Trump’s attention to the foreign policy realm

With Republicans’ attention dominated by the 2018 midterm elections it will likely take a major foreign policy breakthrough to get President Trump noticed this year. Trump is accomplishing what he can through executive authority – conservatives must pressure Congress to do the rest.

Kanye Exposes Liberals and Progressives as the New Reactionaries

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

What Kanye West's saying in his fashion makes simple common sense -- we are all individuals and should be judged accordingly.  We should also have the freedom to act as individuals, not as slaves to some ideology or world view or, worst of all, somebody's idea of political correctness -- or finally as a black man, a yellow man, or any kind of color man.

A summit imperiled by Rocket Man’s travel tribulations

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

For Kim Jong-un, going through his travel brochures, counting his dongs or rupees and whatever they’re using this week in the Pyongyang markets, and dreaming of his summit with Donald Trump, just getting there will be no fun at all. Rocket Man doesn’t like to fly, because he doesn’t have much to fly in. A former CIA analyst tells The New York Times that “we know he has a plane, but it’s an old plane, and no one really knows if it works.”

Cleaning House Is Not Enough

Cleaning house of the Obama – McMaster – Tillerson holdovers at State and the NSC isn’t enough. President Trump's national security team needs, not just a house cleaning, but a complete staff renewal that will reinvigorate it with seasoned professionals who share President Trump’s national security goals and will implement them, instead of undermining them.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Celebrities and pols who won’t stand for values are life’s biggest wimps

Standing up for what you believe in takes a lot of guts. Whether it’s Shania Twain, a person answering a public opinion survey or a United States senator there’s always going to be someone criticizing you. How you defend your values reveals a lot about your character and judgement.

The Elitists’ Trump Excuse

William McGurn, Wall Street Journal

The people aren’t stupid. The 63 million Americans who voted for Mr. Trump—some as an unappealing but better alternative to Mrs. Clinton, but many with gusto—recognize that what is going on here is a concerted effort to overturn the results of a legitimate presidential election. Is it really unreasonable to ask whether this might be as much of a threat to American democracy as anything Mr. Trump has said or done?

New Poll: Conservatives Want Anybody But McCarthy For Speaker Of The House

Here’s our take on why Kevin McCarthy does so poorly in this poll of grassroots conservatives: He’s spent a lot of time raising money and talking to Swamp-based donors and very little time getting out and selling conservative ideas. And the reason he doesn’t get out and sell conservative ideas is that he’s not a conservative.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: NeverTrumpers cling to hope Trump will fall on his face ahead of 2020

The president can’t be blamed for Congress’s inability to push through conservative agenda items. Trump is far from perfect but he’s tried every means possible to get things moving. Instead of plotting a possible 2020 challenger, his GOP enemies should be putting more pressure on Capitol Hill.

America's Unsustainable Empire

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

How long can we sustain a worldwide empire of dependencies? How many wars of this century — Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen — turned out to have been worth the blood shed and the treasure lost? And what have all the "color-coded revolutions" we have instigated to advance "democracy" done for America? We are hugely overextended today. And conservatives have no higher duty than to seek to bring U.S. war guarantees into conformity with U.S. vital interests and U.S. power.

Rand Paul Gives Pompeo Needed Vote After Getting Non-Interventionist Promises

Bridget Johnson, PJ Media

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) switched his "no" vote to support for CIA Director Mike Pompeo as the next secretary of State, giving President Trump's pick just enough backers to eke out confirmation. “President Trump believes that Iraq was a mistake, that regime change has destabilized the region, and that we must end our involvement with Afghanistan," the libertarian GOP senator added. “Having received assurances from President Trump and Director Pompeo that he agrees with the president on these important issues, I have decided to support his nomination to be our next secretary of State.”

A Trump even Sweden has to appreciate

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

Saving tens of millions of fellow humans from annihilation in a nuclear holocaust would be great and all. But my favorite part about Mr. Trump ushering in peace on the Korean Peninsula would be watching those pious goats in Sweden have to hand over a Nobel Peace Prize to New York real estate tycoon Donald Trump! Unlike past Nobel Prize winners Yasser Arafat, Jimmy Carter, Albert Gore and Barack Obama, Mr. Trump will have actually accomplished something.

It’s Fun to Watch The Liberals’ and Never Trumpers’ Coup Dreams Die

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

This whole campaign to undo the 2016 election is a scam and a fraud and we all know it, but unlike the principled Decorumcons who refuse to see the truth of the putrid corruption within their beloved Beltway, Donald Trump (and those of us who support him) feel absolutely no obligation to go along with the charade that this isn’t a corrupt, slow-walking coup pushed by a disgruntled establishment. Our “system” is not endangered by us calling out the lies, or by the President using his power to prevent and/or correct manifest injustices. The danger is the corruption.

Trump hides good things from view

Editors, Washington Examiner

Republicans today have little chance to evangelize for their cause because every question they get is about a pornographic actress or a crude and brutal tweet. If Trump can’t find a way to tone it down, neither he nor his ideas will get credit, no matter how excellent the results he achieves. The benefits of his and the GOP’s government will be felt under a Democratic Congress, and voters will carry that message to November 2020.

Leading Conservative Organizations Unite Behind Jim Jordan For Speaker

The Washington establishment wants people to think House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has the race locked up and that a conservative like Jim Jordan has no chance, but this thinking ignores what Americans want – change in Washington.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Why we should intervene and tell Hillary why she’d never be president

Democrats tried the “first woman president” thing with Hillary Clinton in 2016. Being female simply isn’t enough of a basis to stake a candidacy. Americans might not be the most sophisticated political actors in the world, but they aren’t stupid…at least half of them, anyway.

DNC on Verge of a Nervous Breakdown with Russia Lawsuit

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

What's actually going on is nature abhorring a vacuum. The Democrats' real problem is that they don't have any policies. Other than nauseating segregationist identity politics, the Democratic Party no longer exists. It doesn't stand for anything. This lawsuit is an indication that deep down they know this and are panicking. What are they going to do if Trump makes peace with North Korea?

The Democratic terror of a miracle in North Korea

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

This White House has been widely rebuked by the Democrats for its leaks and chaotic way of doing business, and often deserving of such rebuke, but this time it kept a secret. If there’s anything worse than a leak in Washington, it’s being left out of the leak. And if there’s anything worse than a national calamity, it’s for the wrong man getting the credit for making it go away. If Donald Trump achieves a dramatic breakthrough on the Korean peninsula, the credit and praise for it will be muted if it makes any noise at all on the other side of the partisan divide. The president can count on it.

#NeverMitt Wins Round One Of Utah Senate Race

Mitt Romney came in second in Saturday's Utah Republican Convention because he’s weak on gun rights, he’s aloof and won’t answer questions, he won’t stand up for the Constitution said supporters of conservative candidate state Rep. Michael Kennedy. Dr. Kennedy beat Romney 51 percent to 49 percent forcing a primary under Utah's arcane nomination procedure.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Bullying by bullhorn is no way for leftists to win political arguments

The left’s agenda will not allow radical groups to take a seat in order to make the Democrats they support look more mainstream ahead of this year’s midterm elections. When it comes to making the GOP and Trump look “normal” there’s nothing better than a gathering of leftists with bullhorns.

Trump, Mueller, firing, and fury

Editors, Washington Examiner

The Russia investigation isn’t going to ensnare Trump. So the best thing Trump can do for himself and his country is to let Mueller finish his job. If the Senate can encourage him to do that with a firm warning, then every senator who supports Trump, as much as those who oppose him, should be eager to issue it.