2024 is a war between Trump and the elite establishment

by Summer Lane

Op-ed by Summer Lane | Photo: Alamy

In 2018, President Donald Trump told a crowd in West Virginia that the Washington elite establishment was playing games with the American people. He told supporters, “You are the elite. They’re not the elite.”

Trump’s statement boldly embodied his platform as a Washington outsider, a true “Mr. Smith” who left his personal life behind to run for office with the simple goal of making America great again.

A recent ad from the Trump campaign

Now, five years later, the president’s status as a political rebel doing battle with the globalist elite and the Washington establishment has been wholly cemented. As Trump faces another arduous presidential election season headed into 2024, the contrast between his MAGA policies and the shiny but often hollow promises of his Republican opponents couldn’t be clearer.

“In 2016, I declared I am your voice,” Trump said in March. “Today, I add, I am your warrior, I am your justice, and for those who have been wronged and betrayed, I am your retribution.”

Trump is the political opponent that the Deep State and the superficial RINOs of the GOP fear the most because he is not controllable, and he is remarkably in tune with what the American people want. What’s more, Trump is willing to deliver on his promises.

The establishment keeps losing

For too long, the Republican Party has been infested with weak-kneed, feckless leaders who built their careers on being steamrolled by radical Democrat policies and media intimidation. From 41st President George Bush to the administration of 43rd President George W. Bush, Republican leadership has been little more than a game – the political handing of batons across the aisle between the GOP and the Democrat Party.

President Trump changed all of that when he ran in 2016. His candid political incorrectness and ability to call out his spineless opponents onstage set him apart from other Republican candidates who preferred to play “nice” rather than go on the attack.

It was this authentic candor that largely won Trump the presidency and kickstarted the most historic political movement in history, which has been aimed at restoring American greatness and economic prosperity.

When the elite establishment ran mushy candidates like the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., or Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, they floundered and, predictably, lost to a younger hotshot Democrat candidate, Barack Obama.

Before Trump, the GOP establishment ran “nice” guys who looked great onstage but who delivered very little for the American people once they got into office. President George W. Bush, after all, was responsible for years of blood and destruction waged in the Middle East.

Unlike Republican warmongers who have been owned by the military-industrial complex, Trump kept the United States out of needless wars and instead focused on maintaining peace and securing our own southern border.

Trump is a man of the people

Despite his billionaire status, President Trump has often been lauded as the “People’s President,” and his control over the “MAGA” vote in the country is a clear indication that he has the support of hardworking, blue-collar citizens.

During his Inaugural remarks in 2017, Trump boldly declared, “The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. Everyone is listening to you now.”

Trump could have lived out his retirement years in peace and luxury, but instead, he opted to jump into the political fray and has since endured years of political witch hunts, an abusive FBI Crossfire Hurricane investigation, and ongoing legal persecution in left-leaning court systems from New York to Fulton County, Georgia.

Trump has a powerful agenda for his 2024 campaign

In November 2022, the president announced his 2024 reelection bid in his home at Mar-a-Lago, Florida, surrounded by friends, family, and close allies. His presidential announcement was an interesting contrast to the recent campaign launch of Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., who declared his intent to challenge Trump for the presidency during a faceless Twitter Spaces meeting with Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

While DeSantis has been courting Republican donors and avoiding questions on foreign policy, Trump has transparently laid it all out on the line, take it or leave it.

Like it or not, President Trump is the very embodiment of American rebellion – he has stood fast against the vociferous agenda of the elites, the Deep State, and the broken Republican Party.

He represents a departure from old-school Republican politics, where lightweight conservatives said all the right things but packed no punch.

Trump is a man who gets down to business. He’s a brawler who won’t back down from a fight. In 2024, Americans must choose their fighter. Will they choose a man who has continued to stand resolutely against a systemically corrupt establishment, or will they choose a candidate who is shiny, new, and unpredictable?

“They’re not coming after me,” Trump reminded Americans recently. “They’re coming after you. I’m just standing in their way, and I always will stand in their way.”

Americans will make their choice in November 2024, and it will be a shot heard around the world when they do.

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