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Fox News host Steve Hilton blasted “delusional” establishment Republicans and never-Trumpers who criticize the president whom he compared to former President Ronald Reagan and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
The host of “The Next Revolution” tackled President Trump’s ability to change the “climate of opinion” and predicted that “snooty elites” would scoff at his comparison of the president to the transformational leaders.
(Source: Fox News)
Hilton discussed the “Trump revolution” during his monologue Sunday and asserted that the conservative populism and his presidency are not an “aberration” as former National Security Adviser John Bolton claimed in a recent interview on “Good Morning America.”
“What arrogance. What idiocy,” Hilton said.
“What do they give us, these establishment Republicans? Two un-won wars in Afghanistan that killed over 400,000 people, disastrous trade deals that sent millions of jobs overseas and gutted the heartland. Open borders that even Bernie Sanders used to say destroyed jobs and lowered wages for the working class, and total surrender to the loony left campus authoritarians,” he added, saying Trump is the first Republican president to stand up to them and fight for America.
“These never Trumpers and establishment Republicans are utterly delusional if they think anyone except their smug friends in the media bubble want to go back to how it was before Trump,” he said. “They’re so shallow and superficial that they can’t see beyond their own prejudice.”
Hilton argued that the president’s critics “totally underestimate” him while idolizing former President Obama because he “talks like a college professor.”
“Look, no one would call Donald Trump an intellectual,” Hilton said.
“I suspect he himself would consider [it] an insult, but ideas matter,” he explained. “Real power in politics is not just the office you hold and the policies you introduce, all of that is fleeting and temporary. Real power is when you change the way people think, you change the climate of opinion, you win the battle of ideas.”
“That lasts way beyond the time you’re in office,” he added, noting Trump’s accomplishments after referring to Reagan and Thatcher who “changed how people think and it shaped policy and politics for decades after they left office.”
“Now, I know that the snooty elites will be snorting in derision to hear this President being mentioned in the same breath as Reagan and Thatcher,” Hilton noted. “With the force of their will, they overturned the consensus of their day on the role of government, the size of the state, the importance of free markets, and that’s exactly what Donald Trump has done in his first term”
He went on to contend that the president has “single-handedly, given that you have the entire establishment against him, brought about a sea change in the intellectual climate,” calling it Trump’s “lasting legacy and that’s the future after Trump.”
“The new conservative populism we talk about here: pro-business on tax and regulation, pro-worker on trade and immigration. Donald Trump has been understandably focused on the economy. He is a businessman after all. In 2016, the priority was jobs, and now because of the virus and the shutdowns, it is the priority in 2022. But in five years’ time, 10 years’ time, the next generation of conservative populists will have the chance to broaden the vision,” he continued.
“President Trump’s conservative populism has certainly focused on the pro-worker and pro-America part. But smart thinkers in the conservative populist movement are looking ahead to the next revolution, stable families, strong communities, and more,” Hilton said.
“Above all, remember,” he concluded, “that President Trump’s revolution is not an aberration. Positive populism is here to stay.”
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