Of course Trump is loading up a Cabinet that will be a conservative's dream.
What election had the people Fund quoted been following?
Did they not bother to read anything that wasn't some anti-Trump screed to find out who Donald Trump is?
Did they not read the list of people Trump would consider for the Supreme Court?
Did they not listen to what Trump was telling voters?
Only the self-satisfied, unread, smug Washington insiders would be surprised to learn that -- shockingly -- President Trump is (gasp) a conservative.
But, there they are.
So why has Trump moved in such a conservative direction since his election? Interviews with several people around him turn up several answers.
1. During the campaign, Trump learned a lot about the country and how its economic vitality had been sapped and its foreign-policy standing eroded during the Obama years. “He now recognizes that the problems confronting the nation require bold reforms, and delaying the treatment will only sap his political capital,” former education secretary Bill Bennett says.
2. The refusal of previous GOP presidential nominees George H. W. Bush, John McCain, and George W. Bush to back Trump in the general election has liberated Trump from obligations; he owes very little to them or their followers. “An entire existing infrastructure of establishment Republicans are not favored to run cabinet agencies as would normally be the case,” a key Trump adviser told me. “Fresh faces, new ideas, and résumés unburdened by special-interest ties move towards the top of the pile.”
3. The viciousness with which left-wing allies of Hillary Clinton and their media enablers attacked Trump persuaded the New York billionaire that there was no making peace with his adversaries. “He is not a traditional conservative, but he sure as hell knows who his enemies are,” a Trump aide told me. “He won’t be forgetting that either he defangs them, or they will defang him.”
Ari Fleischer, the former press secretary for President George W. Bush, was no Trump fan during the campaign, but he concurs that we are now seeing a more focused and determined figure — and one who plans to move in a conservative direction.This is the Cabinet I expected. I did not know the exact names, but I knew what to expect in the nominees. Take school choice advocate Betsy DeVos. I never heard of her before he picked her, but she was what I expected. Who the heck did these beclowned pundits think Trump would appoint as the Secretary of Education? The head of a teachers union?
Let me go over this again slowly:
Trump is not the reality show barker that people who never watched The Apprentice insist he is.
They fooled themselves into thinking he was a fool.
Sure, Trump had fun on the campaign trail, and will continue to do so. But he works his butt off and appreciates people who do the same. He is building a capitalistic society to replace the Byzantine socialist state we now have.
"For all his known vulnerabilities, Trump has often proven to be a highly effective operator when he focuses on getting what he wants. That’s exactly what worries left-wing groups and Democrats. Having underestimated him for so long, they now fear he won’t easily be forced to slow down or change course as he moves to overturn their agendas," Fund concluded.
Never Trumpers missed the boat.
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