Trump Is Leader of Republican Party… and America
As the next presidential election approaches, the leader of the Republican Party, and America, is Donald Trump.
In 2015, the Republican Party was dead. There was no clear leader and little enthusiasm even as the end of Barack Obama’s presidency was on the horizon. Republicans suffered convincing losses in the two previous presidential elections, and a Bush versus Clinton rematch reincarnate was plausible for a time. The party’s 2014 midterm election gains were more of a referendum on Barack Obama than an endorsement of the Republican Party. But the key reason those scenarios were short-lived was because of Donald Trump.
While the Democrats, media, and Republican establishment (now referred to as the Uniparty) were busy mocking Trump’s candidacy, he was energizing and awakening a previously dormant base of the electorate. The base, which eventually became known as “the forgotten man,” was composed of right-leaning Americans who felt they did not have a champion who was truly fighting for them. Trump was at first a breath of fresh air. But when the shock of his candidacy transitioned into reality, it became clear that he was the pro-America candidate Americans had been longing for since Ronald Reagan.
Trump at CPAC 2023
After all this time, the Uniparty is still hard at work. It's no secret that left-leaning networks such as CNN or MSNBC hold strong anti-Trump biases. However, many exclude Fox News when they mention biased mainstream networks. Fox has always wanted to keep hold of the Trump base while distancing themselves from Trump himself, so seeing them promote a potential Trump opponent is not surprising. As Governor DeSantis cruised to reelection victory this past November, Fox quickly anointed him as the new king of the GOP and celebrated his victory with noticeable delight. It felt coordinated, as though they could hardly wait to crown him in front of a national audience. But there was a crucial element they did not mention: Ron DeSantis is in the position he is in because of Donald Trump.
In the 2018 Florida Governor Republican Primary, DeSantis was trailing mightily to Adam Putnam. Trump’s endorsement saved DeSantis, which landed him the nomination and eventually proved to be the difference in his slim victory in the general election. Trump delivered a victory for DeSantis in a way DeSantis himself couldn’t. Only a legitimate leader could have such a powerful influence on the electorate.
Despite Trump sporting a 91% endorsement success rate, (which shenanigans prevented from being higher) somehow the Paul Ryan directed, Karl Rove contributed Fox News continues to inform their viewership that Trump hurts the party and that he is to blame for its shortcomings. Ryan has called Trump a “proven loser,” and stated that he will not attend the 2024 Republican National Convention in his home state of Wisconsin unless the party nominates someone other than Trump. Not exactly indicative of an unbiased media outlet.
The greatest disappointment regarding Fox’s analysis is that it ignores reality: Election fraud, unconstitutional changes to election law, and other irregularities are what has cost Republicans the last two elections, not Trump. In fact, if not for Trump’s ability to generate such significant enthusiasm across America, election integrity wouldn’t even be on the Republican agenda, since the obvious lengths gone to in order to defeat Trump and the candidates he endorses is what makes the issue so undeniable. Fox’s refusal to take potential election fraud into account indicates that they shouldn’t blame anybody but themselves for their overzealous midterm predictions.
In addition to the media, the Establishment continues to prove how out of touch they are with the American people. Nikki Haley, the only non-Trump candidate to officially enter the race, believes it is time for “a new generation” to lead the Republican Party. Both Mike Pence and Mike Pompeo are mulling runs. They both shared a similar sentiment to Haley. Pence claims “The times call for different leadership. I’m confident we’ll have better choices than my old running mate.” Pompeo says we need “leaders who are looking forward … not claiming victimhood.” All three have spent many more years in government than Trump and never came close to rivaling the support he has and are primarily known for their time in the Trump Administration. So, if they truly believe America needs to cut Trump ties, wouldn’t that disqualify themselves?
In regard to a potential DeSantis run, recent predictions and compliments from those rejected by the Republican base will solidify Trump as the only clear anti-establishment candidate, if there were any doubt. And unlike previous eras in history, Republicans now prefer candidates with a shorter track record of government service because the distrust of elected officials and government agencies continues to rise.
Beyond the Republican Party, every day under the Biden Administration proves Trump is still America’s strongest leader even after leaving office. One of the most important roles of the Presidency is to comfort those suffering. As we witnessed calamity unfold in East Palestine, Ohio, it was fitting that Joe Biden delivered a speech in Ukraine to comfort its citizens on the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion. America Last.
While Biden was in Ukraine, Trump not only brought comfort to the people of East Palestine, but also leadership and resources. After Trump’s visit, FEMA reversed course from an earlier decision where they deemed the state “ineligible” to receive federal resources. A federal agency acting only after Trump did is as vital a sign of strength, influence, and leadership as can be.
Despite Americans becoming less supportive of U.S. involvement in overseas conflict, a multinational conflict is brewing. You may remember doomsday predictions about Trump starting World War 3 (how ironic looking back now). Instead, he went on to broker numerous international peace deals, while Russia exhibited more restraint than during other recent periods. Trump was also able to bring North Korea to the negotiating table after previous administrations failed to. Is there a better leader for these contentious times than a president whose term did not involve the U.S. entering any new wars, especially as Ukraine begins to suggest American soldiers will soon die?
The greatest leaders are ahead of the curve. They set the trend, not follow it. Trump was the first to address border security in 2016, suggest the U.S. getting along with Putin would be a net-positive, that Covid came from a lab leak in Wuhan, and that mass mail-in voting would be disastrous. He has been proven right time and again, and as his predictions unfold, he sturdily withstands the media backlash.
In 2016, the only candidate willing to take on the establishment was Trump. He was able to raise up “the forgotten man” in a way no career politician ever could. After getting a taste of life under non-establishment rule, Americans desire that again perhaps now more than ever.
America has become a shell of its former self. When the opportunity to take back America arrives, a proven commodity is essential, and there is only one person with the track record to prove they are up for the job. President Trump is a trusted leader who has the hearts of the people at a level nobody else can match. Once again, it’s Trump versus the Establishment.
Matt Kane is a writer who graduated from Stony Brook University with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. Follow on Truth Social: @MattKane
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