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Trump Must Not Betray His Base by Reaching Out to Dems

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President Donald Trump returns to the White House April 18, 2017, in Washington, D.C. The president was returning from a trip to Kenosha, Wisconsin where he visited Snap-on tools. (Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)

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Wednesday, 19 Apr 2017 02:57 PM Current | Bio | Archive

If President Trump is disappointed by the outcome of his communication with Amanda Knox, wait until he gets a load of what passes for reciprocity from Rep. Hal Rodgers.

Amanda Knox is the student that was accused of a particularly gruesome murder in Italy, where she was attending school. Trump took her side and tweeted during her appeal trial, “Everyone should boycott Italy if Amanda Knox is not freed – she is totally innocent.”

Fortunately for the Italian tourism board, Knox was found innocent and returned to the U.S., where she proceeded to display a politician’s gratitude. The Independent reports the accused murderer endorsed Hillary Clinton, instead of her Twitter buddy, Trump.

In a column Knox wrote for the West Seattle Herald she observed, "If Obama’s song was a rousing anthem, Clinton’s is a subtle symphony. And Trump, a broken trumpet. [Clinton’s] impending victory represents the triumph of nuance and poise over prejudice and childishness."

I won’t go out on a limb and contend Trump’s elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts in his proposed budget was to make sure Amanda never received a "writer in residence" grant, but it is an intriguing thought.

Fresh off that rejection, Trump reached out to establishment Republicans and did his best to support Paul Ryan’s abysmal Obamacare Lite bill. That effort failed due to the principled objections of the House Freedom Caucus. They recognized the bill would do nothing to implement Trump’s Obamacare promises and would have permanently entrenched the federal government in healthcare.

Trump doubled down on that defeat by turning on his allies and embracing his enemies. He told the Freedom Caucus that if they didn’t toe the line, he would see about recruiting primary opponents for them.

This sends a bad message to future Trump supporters — his gratitude has a shorter half-life than Amanda Knox’s — and shows people who opposed him in the past that he’s not paying attention.

Trump embracing the House Republican establishment is like him offering the man who berated Ivanka on the JetBlue shuttle an administration job.

Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Spendthrift) is a perfect example of the entitled establishment that Trump is soliciting. Rogers was swept into Washington with Ronald Reagan and in the 36 subsequent years has grown quite comfortable at the public’s expense.

Rogers is a swamp denizen who campaigns as a conservative and governs as a spender. After Trump submitted his proposed budget, Rogers sputtered, "I am disappointed that many of the reductions and eliminations proposed in the President’s skinny budget are draconian, careless, and counterproductive."

Keep in mind this is a budget that is the embodiment of years of conservative wish lists. For example, it eliminates funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities and the Legal Services Corporation. These three agencies are anti-American incubators for future leftist politicians and activists. Republicans voting to fund these agencies are like Amanda Knox donating to the Italian FOP.

Trump’s cuts won’t get establishment Republican support for one of two reasons: It cuts funding for their personal taxpayer piggy bank (for Rogers that’s the Appalachian Regional Commission) or it’s too much work to achieve (for Sen. Orrin Hatch (UT-Inertia) it’s defunding Legal Services).

None of the negative comments on his budget that I’ve seen come from the Freedom Caucus. The attacks are coming from his new friends the Can’t Do Caucus.

The GOP establishment is complacent and lazy. They can’t be bothered to make a cogent case for the conservative government they profess to support on the campaign trail, so they govern like cheap Democrats and hope the Opposition Media won’t be too hard on them.

This isn’t what Trumpistas thought they were voting for last November. If they wanted a go-along-to-get-along candidate Jeb! would have been the nominee.

I know Trump is new at this, but it’s time to focus. Reaching out to RINOs and Democrats in the House and Senate — unless it’s from a position of strength — means betraying your base. Trump’s only allies are the people that elected him and genuine conservatives like the Freedom Caucus. The GOP establishment can either be frightened or bribed. It can’t be trusted.

Trump is currently isolating himself and his legislative agenda. If this misguided outreach continues, before his term ends Trump will be just another ineffective politician holed up in the Oval Office with his temporary friends: the phone and the pen.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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Trump is currently isolating himself and his legislative agenda. If this misguided outreach continues, before his term ends Trump will be just another ineffective politician holed up in the Oval Office with his temporary friends: the phone and the pen.
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