With markets reaching record highs, unemployment at its lowest rate in 16 years, and an economy that appears poised for a 2018 boom, one might expect a lull in the media’s anti-Trump hysteria. But the opposite has occurred. The so-called “Never Trump” movement has now added “at all costs” to its mantra. Whether it’s the Russia collusion witch hunt, cheap shots about the president’s “mental fitness,” or outrage at his cheeseburger and cable-TV habits, the Democrats want this president to fail. They want him gone.
That’s because nothing upsets them more than Trump’s success. The smug, liberal elitists’ nightmare scenario is that his administration succeeds, despite all their predictions of creeping fascism and ultimate calamity.
With the passage of new tax-reform legislation, and many major corporations giving their hardworking middle-class employees bonus checks, the Left’s anti-Trump urgency has only increased. And the fight over the merits of this presidency is only going to get more desperate as he racks up victories.
The prospect of a successful Trump presidency is utterly horrifying to the mainstream press. They have made their feud with the commander in chief deeply personal. Major news outlets have staked their credibility on a wild-eyed conspiracy about Trump working with the Russians to subvert an election. There is no middle ground here. Either Trump is the Kremlin’s candidate, or the liberal media have engaged in an orgy of flagrant propaganda that will never be forgotten.
And so we have the high stakes of our current political climate.
Whether it’s the Russia collusion witch hunt, cheap shots about the president’s “mental fitness,” or outrage at his cheeseburger and cable-TV habits, the Democrats want this president to fail.
While Trump has the momentum right now, time is not on his side. He has a short window to aggressively pursue an agenda of prosperity, sovereignty, and the rule of law. Soon the November midterm elections will dominate the news cycle – by early summer, if not earlier.
Politicians up for reelection are pretty reliable when it comes to pursuing their own interests over those of their constituencies. Once Congress turns its attention from how to “Make America Great Again” to “making donors pay again,” we can forget about realizing the promise of Trump’s movement.
The GOP must push its agenda and get results. Immigration is the single biggest political challenge on the docket, but the steps Congress takes on Obamacare will also be crucial. And Trump will be tied to the results no matter what the outcome. As a candidate who promoted himself as the ultimate negotiator, “The Donald” had better outsmart the Schumer and Pelosi-led Democrats, or else his base will lose faith.
It’s all about results now. With tax reform already repatriating overseas cash and invigorating jobs and wages in America, Trump and the GOP majority only need one more significant policy victory to help keep the House and Senate in Republican hands. From there, Trump’s pathway to fulfilling his promises and earning a second term in office will be readily apparent.
To be sure, the Democrats have already set many land mines along the way. The Mueller probe won’t find any Trump-Russia collusion, but it will likely claim a few more hapless Trump-connected staffers for unrelated infractions. The media’s anti-Trump mania is so pervasive, they celebrate the prosecution of process crimes as though some terrible evil has been punished. Hopefully, Trump’s extensive, expensive legal team will keep him out of jeopardy while Mr. Mueller and his band of Les Miserables-style Inspector Javerts do their worst.
If Trump can focus, and if the GOP gets its act together, 2018 could be the defining year of this presidency. Regardless of what one thinks of Trump the man, his tweeting habits, or his personal style, let’s hope he gets the job done as he promised he would.
A few hundred million of Trump’s fellow Americans are depending on it.
Buck Sexton is host of the nationally syndicated talk radio program, Buck Sexton with America Now, heard on over 100 stations across the country.
A former CIA and NYC Police Department Intelligence Officer, Buck is also the co-host of Stansberry Investor Hour, a weekly radio show that you can subscribe to for free right here: http://investorhour.com.