Jennifer Rubin writes the “Right Turn” blog for the Washington Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective. She covers a range of domestic and foreign policy issues and provides insight into the conservative movement and the Republican Party. Rubin came to the Post after three years with Commentary magazine. Her work has appeared in a number of print and online publications and she is a frequent commentator on MSNBC, CNN, CBS, NPR and syndicated radio shows. Prior to her career in journalism, she practiced labor law for two decades. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and two sons.
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We are not alone in recognizing that the most rabid right-wingers have become lapdogs for the presidential candidate embracing big government, isolationism, protectionism and opposition to entitlement reform.
Trump’s loss and the humiliation of the GOP will rest squarely on the shoulders of Trump, right-wing media shills, the soulless RNC chairman, elected Republicans too spineless to oppose him and, most of all, the primary voters who lifted him to the nomination.
Fear of the fringe can become a self-fulfilling prophesy, as we saw in the GOP presidential primary.
The spectacle at Donald Trump's presidential convention -- the crude calls to lock up his political opponent, the fear-mongering, the blatant lies, the made-up statistics on immigration, the utter lack of intellectual content and the absence of a positive vision -- was in many ways representative of the GOP in the era of Trump.
It is a shame neither Republican nor Democrats treat voters like adults who can be persuaded by reasonable arguments and easily verifiable facts.
At some point, one hopes that before it really is too late, GOP voters will come to their senses and reconsider entrusting vast power to a know-nothing bully.
The voters have been done wrong, the theory goes, so they really cannot be blamed for embracing a raving lunatic for president of the United States. Really? Frankly, none of this rings all that true.
Perhaps it took Trump to discredit the whole grab bag of ideas and remind us that putting “America first” means maintaining leadership in the world, keeping markets open and staying true to our values.
One cringes to hear the president use the phrase of the Charles Lindbergh, fascist-sympathizing set of the 1930s. He puts forth a demonstrably false narrative that we benefited other countries at the expense of our own.
One is struck by how little the Trump team seems to know about the operation of the U.S. economy.
We can’t turn back the clock, pull up the drawbridge and tell the world to get lost without severely damaging our economy.
Jennifer Rubin explained why Donald Trump's cabinet picks are mostly "ignoramuses."
Ivanka Trump is not the only non-employee/employee with a questionable classification.
In sum, Trump is not convincing non-loyalists when he bashes the press.
Unless Trump is bent on doubling down on a failed policy, he had better come up with something more coherent than what he has.
With a strong, internationalist approach grounded in U.S. values — not a mean-spirited, peevish “America First” stance — Trump can make our national security policy great again.
President Trump — who ran a presidential campaign excoriating interventionism, ridiculed the idea of action in Syria, voiced confidence we could leave Bashar al-Assad in place and reintroduced the noxious 1930s “America First” rhetoric — when confronted with the real world threw away all that refuse and launched a retaliatory missile strike on the airfield from which planes carrying sarin gas took off earlier in the week.
Trump should remember that America First means something and isn’t an empty slogan for him to drape whatever policy he chooses to embark on.