Fox News host Laura Ingraham tread lightly, yet went there during a recent appearance on “The Truth with Lisa Boothe” podcast, suggesting that the country is “exhausted” from all the political battling in America and may be ready to “turn the page” on former President Donald Trump.
Of course, Ingraham, who has been an ardent supporter of the former president, was careful to preface that analogy with a reminder that Trump is a longtime friend.
“People conflate Trump with people’s overall sense of happiness in the country. Donald Trump’s been a friend of mine for 25 years, and I’m always very open about this on my show,” she said. “But, you know we’ll see whether that’s what the country wants. The country I think is so exhausted. They’re exhausted by the battle, the constant battle, that they may believe that, well, maybe it’s time to turn the page if we can get someone who has all Trump’s policies, who’s not Trump.”
Fox News host Laura Ingraham, a vocal Trump ally, suggests voters might reject a 2024 comeback from Donald Trump:
“The country … may believe that, ‘Well, maybe it’s time to turn the page if we can get someone who has all of Trump’s policies who’s not Trump.’” pic.twitter.com/vceDd7DVtc
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The name Ron DeSantis jumps out here, as the popular Republican governor of Florida is seen by many as a smarter politician who will not hand the left the tools to defeat him. DeSantis is not only a Yale University graduate, but he also graduated with honors from Harvard Law School.
“The other problem is that it’s really not about Trump, right, this is about the views that Trump now brought to the floor for the Republican Party,” Ingraham added. “They don’t like his views, they don’t like the fact that he called out the military for their failures, that he wanted us to pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan. That he wanted to treat China and our trade relationship with China in a much — it was smarter, but much different way than the globalists preferred. And they certainly didn’t like the fact that he sent all those illegal immigrants back to Mexico with that Remain in Mexico.”
Trump is clearly an anti-establishment candidate who is willing to challenge the long-held status quo in Washington. That is his great appeal to many Americans who have grown numb to an ineffectual Republican Party too willing to go along to get along.
This stance prompted the infamous quote from then-Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who said in Jan. 2017 that Trump is “being really dumb” by questioning the intelligence community over its assessments of Russia’s cyber activities.
“Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you,” Schumer told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. “So even for a practical, supposedly hard-nosed businessman, he’s being really dumb to do this.”
The nation has lived through six-plus years of “getting back at you.”
Ingraham did say that any GOP candidate is going to endure similar treatment from the left — the blueprint being laid with George W. Bush, who did little to counter the nasty vitriol directed at him.
“They think borders are immoral, they think owning big SUVs is immoral, they think eating too much beef is immoral, having air conditioning is immoral, these people think that the American way of life is immoral,” she said. “And it doesn’t really matter in the end, whether it’s Trump making a populist conservative point or whether it’s DeSantis or someone like him. They’re gonna come full bore against any Republican, even an establishment one.”
“They saw what they did to [Mitt] Romney, Romney was a caricature of Thurston Howell III by the time they got done with him back in 2012. So yeah, Trump is a placeholder right now for the ire and fury of the left, but anyone who steps into that breach is gonna find the same… Find the same pain being thrust at him or her,” Ingraham concluded.
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