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Triumph with Trump

May 12, 2016

By Congressman Lamar Smith

Donald Trump may not have been on all Republicans’ short list of favorite presidential candidates (he wasn’t on mine), but he is the presumed GOP nominee now. We can embrace his policies even if we grimace at his past personal lifestyle or some of his public comments (a few of which he may regret himself). We need to become committed, even enthusiastic backers for many reasons.

Consider the alternative. Whoever the Democratic nominee, their policies will produce four more years of slow economic growth, stagnant wages, stifling regulations, and unprecedented executive orders.

In the general election, we will be voting not only for president but also for the future of the Supreme Court, since the next president likely will get three nominees confirmed. A Democratic president will appoint liberal justices who will lock in laws increasing government control of our daily lives, restricting our personal liberties, and further eroding family values.

Donald Trump, on the other hand, has declared he will reduce the deficit, lower taxes, dismantle Obamacare, restrict illegal immigration, fix unfair trade agreements, and repeal unconstitutional executive orders. Mr. Trump’s policies are geared to help working Americans, especially those who have lost out in recent years. That could well explain why he has received a record number of votes for a Republican presidential nominee.

In considering Donald Trump, we should also remember the national media’s blatant liberal bias. For starters, don’t believe what the media/liberal Democrats say or write. Their slanted coverage of Mr. Trump is off the charts, often irrational,misleading and hateful. Take the issue that has propelled his candidacy – illegal immigration. If you listen to the media, he called all immigrants “rapists and criminals,” which is taken out of context since he also called immigrants “good people.”

Furthermore, there was an element of truth to what Mr. Trump said about illegal immigrants that is almost never reported by the media. In fact, one-third of all federal prisoners are illegal immigrants who were convicted of serious crimes including rape and drug trafficking. Since illegal immigrants comprise 3.5% of the population, they are almost ten times more likely to be convicted of a federal crime than the population as a whole.

It is also obvious that most of the national media will go easy on any wrong-doing by Hillary Clinton, if she is the Democrat nominee. Her use of a personal server for official emails endangered our national security. Her negligent role as Secretary of State during the deaths of four Americans at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is still undisclosed. But her war onsmall businesses, taxpayers, and free markets is there for all to see.

If you screen out the biased treatment of Donald Trump and listen to his personal interviews, you can glimpse a candidate who loves America, wants to protect the long-suffering American worker, and feels our country is on the wrong track, as do 65% of the American people.

No one should doubt he represents most of the American people on many subjects: reduce the deficit (56%), secure the border (67%), reevaluate the recent trade agreement (52%), rein in political corruption (75%), and recognize media bias (70%)*. He also appears to be a conscientious father, a respected employer, and without question a straight-talking candidate.

Worried about President Trump’s approval ratings? Not long ago a presidential candidate was known as a Vietnam draft dodger, a womanizer, and had acquired the nickname, “Slick Willie.” At one point, only 13% of the public thought him trustworthy, one-third of Donald Trump’s approval rating today. Bill Clinton went on to be elected and re-elected president.

As the saying goes, “Where there is no choice, there is no problem.” While Donald Trump may not be a perfect Republican presidential candidate, the alternative would be far worse. The time has come to unite behind someone with whom we have more in common than we might have thought.

(Rep. Lamar Smith, R-TX, is Chairman of the House of Representatives’ Science, Space, and Technology Committee and is a former chairman of the Judiciary Committee.)