By Robert A. Vella
In a new book coming out by former Obama advisor Ben Rhodes titled The World as It Is, the author relates the President’s lament after Donald Trump won the 2016 election. “What if we were wrong,” Obama asked his aides. “Maybe we pushed too far, maybe people just want to fall back into their tribe,” he said in apparent reference to both the Democratic Party’s campaign strategy and his administration’s globalist foreign policy agenda. I wonder, though, if arrogance was involved because the warning signs were certainly present. First, there was great animosity coming from progressives against Obama’s push to pass the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal during his second term. Second, the meteoric rise of populist Bernie Sanders in a hotly contested challenge to Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party nomination was evident as early as late 2015. Third, the Brexit referendum passed in June of 2016 demanding the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. If Obama and the Democratic Party leadership had truly prioritized keeping control of the White House, then they wouldn’t have ignored these obvious warning signs.
President Trump has granted a full pardon to the controversial right-wing activist Dinesh D’Souza who pleaded guilty to felony charges in 2014 for making illegal campaign contributions.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has reported that a record number of white nationalist candidates are running for federal office this year.
After a bitter five year battle, Republican lawmakers in Virginia have finally agreed to expand Medicaid to poor people under the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare). There is little doubt that their loss of the governorship and several state legislative seats were instrumental in changing their minds.