The Trump campaign’s Virginia chairman, John Fredericks, asked a question during the White House press briefing on Wednesday.
Fredericks, who hosts a syndicated conservative radio show called the John Fredericks Show, asked the last question of the briefing.
“I want to change the topic a minute if I may and go South,” Fredericks said, eliciting a smile from press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Though the bulk of the press conference was about the White House’s stance on Russian interference in the 2016 election, Fredericks posed a question about Mexico.
“The incoming president of Mexico has made two very bold suggestions,” Fredericks said. “One, he’s looking at giving amnesty to the drug cartels.”
“Today, they come out and say they’re seriously looking at legalizing all drugs in Mexico,” Fredericks added. “If they do that, obviously it’s going to have a tremendous impact on the incoming amount of drugs into the United States.”
“What is the president’s position on that and are they going to do anything to stop that from happening in Mexico?” he asked.
Fredericks was likely referring to reports that Obrador was considering the legalization of drugs nationwide in an effort to quell the violent drug cartel warfare.
“Certainly, we’re going to continue engaging with our Mexican partners,” Sanders responded to Fredericks. “I don’t have a specific policy announcement on that front.”
“However, I can say we would not support the legalization of all drugs anywhere and wouldn’t allow more drugs to come into this country,” she said.
One Twitter user tweeted at Fredericks saying, “I don’t remember the last time [Sanders] smiled or was looking forward to a question from the press.”
“Wouldn’t you know it, it was from Republican pundit [Fredericks]?” the user Tweeted.
“What’s not to like?” Fredericks replied.
Fredericks tweeted earlier in the day that the White House presser was “all Russia.”
“Again,” he added.
The John Fredericks Show, which he advertises with the hashtag #TruckingTheTruth and #GodzillaOfTruth, appears to frequently promote pro-Trump ideas and messages. The show’s website promotes pictures of Fredericks with White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and Trump himself.
Under President Trump, conservative media outlets have gained more official seats in the White House briefing room.
Republican Rep. Scott Taylor of Virginia said Thursday that the GOP nominee for Senate in his state has “zero shot” of defeating Democratic incumbent Tim Kaine based on the campaign he is running.
Taylor said in an interview on the John Fredericks Show that Corey Stewart had not called to ask if he’d campaign with him yet but that “there’s no way in hell” Stewart could win without altering his message.
“He’s not called me yet,” Taylor said. “You know, we’ll see. Clearly, there are some things that I don’t agree with him on and, in terms of how he campaigns, there’s no way in hell you’re going to be able to put forth a winning campaign without a different message. There’s just no question about that. You know, that’s just the reality. So we’ll see. We’ll see. But I respect the will of the voters and Republican folks who put him there.”
He added, “Zero shot in the way the campaign was run in the primary to win the general.”
In Thursday’s radio interview, Taylor said he had “never campaigned with anyone else,” calling questions of whether he would go around his district with other politicians a tactic of the Democrats.
“I’ve never campaigned with anyone else,” he said. “You know what I mean? Like, ever. And um, this is my eighth election and we run on what we’ve done, what we’re going to do. We’ve never campaigned with anybody else.”
Taylor went on to say that he felt Stewart needed to focus more on “kitchen table things, not Confederate statues.”
“In the end, some of them of course, are upset about what happened at the Red Hen and in other places,” Taylor said, referring to the conservative backlash after a Virginia restaurant refused to serve White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. “But brass tacks, man: people are busy, they’re doing their thing, they’re raising their families, they’re working, they’re trying to get by. Talk about that, talk about, you know, kitchen table things, not Confederate statues. While I agree we shouldn’t tear down history and stuff like that, the reality is what do you think the average person cares about more his job or that? So adjust your message. Get it right to be able to exploit the vulnerabilities where Tim Kaine is weak. Very weak frankly.”
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Repost from The Roanoke Times
By ANDREW CAIN | Richmond Times-Dispatch | Twitter: @AndrewCainRTD
Former Gov. Jim Gilmore on Monday urged the Republican Party of Virginia to craft a more inclusive message as it seeks a new leader with chairman John Whitbeck stepping down.
Mike Thomas, the state GOP’s first vice chairman, will step in on an interim basis — from Whitbeck’s July 21 departure until the State Central Committee picks a new chairman at its Sept. 8 meeting. That means the state GOP will have no permanent chairman until the height of the midterm elections as it tries to fend off Democratic challenges to Reps. Barbara Comstock, R-10th; Dave Brat, R-7th; and Scott Taylor, R-2nd.
Thomas said by email Monday that he will not be a candidate for the permanent chairmanship.
Cynthia Dunbar, Virginia’s Republican National Committeewoman, who lost nomination bids to run for the 5th and 6th District congressional seats, said by email that she has “no intention of running” for the chairmanship and that “any rumors being spread to the contrary are incorrect.”
Gilmore, governor from 1998 to 2002, said in an interview Monday with conservative radio host John Fredericks that he is not presently a candidate for the chairmanship. He said the party’s message is more important than the messenger and the state GOP must stress a commitment to policies that will help all Virginians have a better quality of life.
“I don’t think our party is racist. I don’t think our party is anti-woman, and I don’t think our party is in favor of being cruel to Hispanics, but that’s the way that the party is being characterized — and in a state like Virginia that’s just death,” Gilmore said.
Whitbeck could not immediately be reached for comment.
As governor, Gilmore helped Texas Gov. George Bush fend off Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in Virginia’s 2000 GOP presidential primary. Bush rewarded Gilmore by naming him chairman of the Republican National Committee, but Gilmore reportedly had a tense relationship with the White House political operation. He resigned about a year into the job, shortly after Democrats Mark Warner and Jim McGreevey won races for governor in Virginia and in New Jersey.
Gilmore lost Virginia’s 2008 U.S. Senate race to Warner by more than 30 percentage points. He now heads the American Opportunity Foundation — formerly the Free Congress Foundation — a nonprofit that advocates for conservative economic and national security policies.
Thomas, a lobbyist at McGuireWoods Consulting, was a longtime aide to GOP U.S. senators and governors. He was secretary of administration in Gov. George Allen’s Cabinet from 1994 to 1998 and was director of Virginia’s information technologies agency from 1998 to 2001 during Gilmore’s administration.
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By Curtis Ellis
The 2016 election gave us the “Silent Trump Supporter” — Trump voters who would not reveal their true sympathies to pollsters.
This was a great mystery at the time, but seeing now how Trump supporters are routinely denigrated, harassed and vilified, their silence was understandable if not prescient.
In 2018, the Silent Trump Supporter has gone global.
Around the world, government officials and heads of state ritually denounce President Trump to anyone who will listen. But at the same time they are pursuing the game-changing policies the president has championed.
Take this story from the European Union, please.
“China and the European Union vowed to oppose trade protectionism in an apparent rebuke to the U.S., saying unilateral actions risked pushing the world into a recession,” reports the lead sentence in a recent Bloomberg story.
However, European companies are complaining about the “lack of reciprocity between the access to China’s markets that they get, and the access Chinese companies get to Europe.” Brussels also has problems with China’s forced technology transfers, steel overcapacity, cyber espionage and investments targeting critical technology and infrastructure.
And while Eurocrats genuflect to multilateral globalism, they acknowledge the World Trade Organization needs to be updated “to better equip it for the contemporary world.”
How do we know all this? It’s in the same Bloomberg story, buried eleven paragraphs down.
China’s non-reciprocal protection of its home market, its industrial espionage, forced technology transfer, deliberate overproduction of steel and aluminum, and the WTO’s inability to deal with Beijing’s flagrant serial violations– these are the issues President Trump has addressed after decades of diplomatic happy talk and no action.
Count the Brussels bureaucrats as silent Trump supporters.
By now we are all familiar with Justin Trudeau, Canada’s woke prime minister, he who preens and postures in public about not being pushed around by President Trump.
Meanwhile, we learn the Canadian government is preparing a combination of quotas and tariffs to prevent a flood of steel imports from other countries including China. ”The moves follow similar ‘safeguard’ measures being considered by the European Union,” our friends at Bloomberg tell us.
Add Justin Trudeau and his trade minister Chrystia Freeland to the basket of Silent Trump Supporters.
You may want to put Toronto Mayor John Tory in that basket, too. While Trudeau gamely condemns the Trump administration’s immigration policies as “unacceptable,” Toronto’s mayor says his city can’t handle the huge number of refugees and asylum seekers entering Canada and is asking for help from Ottawa.
And then there’s Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor and anti-Trump poster child. While her public pronouncements against President Trump’s America First agenda are as fierce as any MSNBC host’s, her actions tell a different story.
Merkel wants to send some of the million recent immigrants to the other European countries they came through on their way to Germany. Her coalition partners want any more asylum seekers turned back at the border. Merkel recently had a photo-op at a Beirut refugee camp, and the European Commission is considering setting up centers in North Africa for migrants intercepted at sea on the way to Europe.
These are precisely the policies President Trump is advocating when he says Mexico should deal with the migrants flowing through that country, asylum seekers should be dealt with at the border, and Middle Eastern refugees should be taken care of in their home region.
Unlike the silent Trump voters of 2016 concerned about being bullied on social media or in public, the Silent Trump Supporters of 2018 are more cynical.
They bring to mind the story of the Red Hen.
Not the Lexington restaurant that refuses service on the basis of political opinion (one of the recognized grounds for seeking asylum, ironically), but the children’ story about the hypocrisy of those who refuse to make the bread but are more than ready to enjoy the product of someone else’s industry.
President Trump did the hard work — he had the guts to discard the failed policies and conventional wisdom of the past. He’s charting a new course for an international system collapsing under the stress of decades of systemic imbalances in trade, production and employment opportunities.
The lazy, sleepy and noisy are all too happy to call President Trump names — even as they emulate his policies and eat the bread he baked.
Curtis Ellis is senior policy advisor with America First Policies. He was a senior policy advisor on the Donald J. Trump campaign.
Fredericks on CNN: “Double standard! Poor working class US citizens are denied the rights Democrats want to give illegal aliens
Fredericks on CNN: “Double standard! Poor working class US citizens are denied the rights Democrats want to give illegal aliens.”