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Hugh Hewitt to GOP: Let Trump Loose to Strengthen the Party

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By    |   Wednesday, 25 Jan 2017 03:29 PM

Republicans must allow President Donald Trump to deliver on his campaign promises or risk losing control of Capitol Hill in upcoming elections, conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, author of "The Fourth Way: The Conservative Playbook for a Lasting GOP Majority" told Newsmax TV.

"If Republicans can learn to love Donald Trump's builder attitude and give him some infrastructure spending and use conservative means to do it — local boards, local controls, no federal control — he can establish what I call tangible Trump trophies in those blue-wall states," Hewitt told host Steve Malzberg on "The Steve Malzberg Show."

"And [he can] preserve the majority in 2018 and get a second election in 2020. It's all very possible. I just don't want to fumble the ball like we did in 2004 and 2005."

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That is when President George W. Bush squandered the majority by making Social Security reform his top domestic priority, bungling the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and misguidedly nominating White House counsel Harriet Myers to replace Sandra Day O'Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court.

"They have to let President Trump deliver his promises," Hewitt said, pointing to the billionaire developer's promise to build a 10-foot wall along the U.S. Mexico border and restart the stalled Keystone pipeline construction President Barack Obama halted.

Hewitt is also convinced Republicans are on the right path to replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including letting states handle their own plans.

"You reduce the mandatory benefit package so that, as a 60-year-old who's been married for 35 years, I don't need coverage for reproductive rights," Hewitt said. "I don't need that so I don't have to pay for that.

"Right now, people have $6,000 deductibles. That's insane. They don't go to the doctor. They get sicker. And so Obamacare has failed.

"What [GOP House Speaker] Paul Ryan has been emphasizing, and I think Donald Trump has picked up before [is] we tell you what we're going to do . . . We can't do worse if we do well in explaining whatever it is we do."

In "The Fourth Way: The Conservative Playbook for a Lasting GOP Majority," published by Simon & Schuster, Hewitt reviews defense, immigration, healthcare and U.S. issues — outlining how Trump and Congress can find a "fourth way" out of the "gridlock and the destructive showdowns that have marked the past quarter century of American politics."

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