The press cannot help themselves when it comes to predicting that President Trump’s influence over the Republican Party is waning; they have wrongly predicted this since 2015. Nobody in the establishment took Trump’s candidacy seriously back then, and even after defeating over a dozen very impressive Republican challengers, they proclaimed he was toast against Hillary Clinton. You know the rest of the story. Now that the political pundits and news media are projecting his demise going into the 2024 election, will they once again be proven wrong? If Trump’s political history is our guide, that seems very likely.
Fast forward to the present moment, and you’ll see reporters and pundits saying the Republican political establishment has their knives sharpened, attempting to throw Trump under the bus. It is simply not true. Every single time that Donald Trump has been on the ballot, Republicans either held the majority (2016) or gained seats (2020). The same individuals who want to blame him for losing the Senate in 2022 have amnesia from 2018 when President Trump was in the White House and Senate Republicans gained seats in the midterm elections. Funny how that is conveniently left out in the discussion. Even the New York Times is forced to admit that President Trump’s endorsement track record is impressive, 82 percent of his endorsed candidates won their races. On top of this, Trump still has high approval ratings with the Republican voter base, is defeating Ron DeSantis in poll after poll, and matches up strongly against Joe Biden in 2024.
It is also interesting that the media did not write about Obama’s waning influence in the Democrat Party after his party lost seats in the House and Senate during his presidency, including candidates Obama endorsed in key swing states in 2016 that lost: Patrick Murphy in Florida, Ted Strickland in Ohio, Patty Judge in Iowa, Deborah Ross in North Carolina, Russ Feingold in Wisconsin and Katie McGinty in Pennsylvania. Compare this to President Trump’s endorsement in key swing states this election: JD Vance won in Ohio, Ted Budd won in North Carolina, Marco Rubio won in Florida, and Chuck Grassley won in Iowa. Yes, there were losses suffered in other states such as New Hampshire, Nevada, and Georgia. But overall, Trump had a very strong endorsement record in the House and Senate. The other underrated factor is Trump’s influence in Republican leadership races; he endorsed two candidates, Kevin McCarthy for Speaker of the House and Elise Stefanik for House Republican Conference Chair. Both won their leadership races. Speaker McCarthy credited President Trump for helping move his detractors to secure the votes for Speaker.
As the race for the 2024 presidential election heats up, it is important to note that at the time of writing, Donald Trump is the only candidate in the Republican field. He is raising millions of dollars and remains the most powerful force in the party. Every single poll shows that his other potential challengers such as Mike Pence, Liz Cheney, Larry Hogan, Nikki Haley, and Mike Pompeo do not stand a chance against Trump. His most anticipated challenge is from Ron DeSantis, though a recent poll shows that Trump tops the Florida governor by 20 points and would defeat Joe Biden in the general election. The top concerns facing our country right now: inflation, the economy, crime, and the border are all issues that President Trump delivered on strongly for the American people. As more voters continue to sour on Joe Biden, including his own political party, watch for President Trump to surge in the polls. If President Trump can focus on his top issues, he will be able to defeat Joe Biden in 2024.
Political pundits were wrong in 2015 about Trump and they are wrong now. The 45th president remains a powerful force in the Republican Party, the presumptive nominee in 2024, and if history is our guide, has a very good chance of becoming president again.
This article was first published in Townhall and was written by Garrett Ventry.
Garrett Ventry is a Republican policy and communications consultant. He is a former chief of staff for Rep. Ken Buck and senior communications adviser for the Senate Judiciary Committee.
President Trump Calls for Immediate De-escalation and Peace in Ukraine
Mar-a-Lago, FL – President Donald J. Trump released a series of video statements on the Russia-Ukraine War, calling for immediate de-escalation and peace in Ukraine.
President Trump Calls for Immediate De-escalation and Peace
The Russia-Ukraine War Would Have Never Happened Under President Trump
“If I were president, the Russia-Ukraine War would never have happened,” President Trump said. “Never in a million years. But even now, if I were president, I’d be able to negotiate an end to this horrible and rapidly escalating war in 24 hours.”
“Joe Biden is doing what he said 10 months ago would cause World War III, sending American tanks into Ukraine. Such a tragic waste of human life when you look at all that’s happening there. Those cities are obliterated. First, come the nukes. Then, come the tanks.”
“When I’m president, we will be a strong country again. People will never be playing these games like they’ve been doing to the United States of America. They don’t respect us anymore. They respected us greatly two and a half years ago. They don’t respect us anymore.”
Under President Trump’s administration, the United States delivered peace through strength, at home, and around the world.
The conflict in Ukraine is very dangerous, explosive, and escalating by the day.
Biden’s weakness and incompetence have brought us to the brink of nuclear war.
Joe Biden helped lead Russia into this war by saying and doing all the wrong things.
It’s far past the time for all parties involved to pursue a peaceful end to the war in Ukraine before this horrific catastrophe spirals out of control and leads to World War III.
We must end this ridiculous war and demand peace in Ukraine now before it gets worse.
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The Columbia Journalism Review, in no way a conservative publication, conducted an 18-month investigation into the Russia, Russia, Russia Hoax and has just issued its report. It is a STAGGERING, detailed account of the lies, disinformation, and complete lack of journalistic integrity exhibited by the purveyors of Fake News at the Washington Compost (sometimes known as the Washington Post), the Failing New York Times, and many others….
….This Fake News, with all of its disinformation, had a huge impact on the 2020 Presidential Election, just one of the many ways that the Election was Rigged and Stolen. This proves, once again, that the Corrupt, Woke, Radical Democrats stole the 2020 Election, making it impossible for that fact to be called “the Big Lie,” as the Marxists and Communists in our Country attempt to portray it.
Looking back on the coverage of Trump
Seven and a half years ago, journalism began a tortured dance with Donald Trump, the man who would be the country’s forty-fifth president—first dismissing him, then embracing him as a source of ratings and clicks, then going all in on efforts to catalogue Trump as a threat to the country (also a great source of ratings and clicks).
No narrative did more to shape Trump’s relations with the press than Russiagate. The story, which included the Steele dossier and the Mueller report among other totemic moments, resulted in Pulitzer Prizes as well as embarrassing retractions and damaged careers. For Trump, the press’s pursuit of the Russia story convinced him that any sort of normal relationship with the press was impossible.
For the past year and a half, CJR has been examining the American media’s coverage of Trump and Russia in granular detail, and what it means as the country enters a new political cycle. Investigative reporter Jeff Gerth interviewed dozens of people at the center of the story—editors and reporters, Trump himself, and others in his orbit.
The result is an encyclopedic look at one of the most consequential moments in American media history. Gerth’s findings aren’t always flattering, either for the press or for Trump and his team. Doubtless they’ll be debated and maybe even used as ammunition in the ongoing media war being waged in the country. But they are important, and worthy of deep reflection as the campaign for the presidency is about, once again, to begin.
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