House GOP Applauds Trump

What happened at the closed-door meeting with 200 Republicans

by Rachel Littauer | Updated 07 Jul 2016 at 10:43 PM

Trump met behind closed doors with 200 House Republicans on Capitol Hill Thursday and was received with overwhelming enthusiasm, earning several standing ovations from the gathered lawmakers.

Virginia Rep. Dave Brat said Thursday on “The Laura Ingraham Show” that Trump assured the crowd he was committed to improving his campaign’s message discipline, while lambasting the media for taking his comments out of context — namely his recent comments on Saddam Hussein.

“Trump went through it step by step and took twenty questions, at the end, from all the members and did a great job.”

“By the end I didn’t see a whole lot of tension left in the room, so it’s a good day,” Brat said.

His recently published book, “American Underdog: Proof that Principles Matter,” seeks to portray how history and classic philosophy still shape the political elements of our nation. Brat said Thursday the book highlights the importance of three pillars that have made America a great country: the Judeo-Christian tradition, the rule of law, and the free market.

“Trump is very affirmative on these things,” Brat said.

Brat noted the contrast with the other team was not hard to identify, saying Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren seem, at times, to act as if they don’t know what free markets are.

Brat noted Trump did a great job succinctly summing up his policy positions and allaying any concerns some members had.

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“Trump went through it step by step and took 20 questions, at the end, from all the members,” he said.

LifeZette Editor-in-Chief Laura Ingraham referenced Brat’s own first campaign for office in 2014 as a possible harbinger of success for Trump. Brat “rocked the world” by toppling House Majority Leader Eric Cantor with a shoestring campaign that raised and spent just $200,000 — versus Cantor’s expenditures of over $4 million.

Trump’s campaign has been picking up its fundraising efforts, announcing earlier this week a June haul of $51 million. But Trump has still only raised $64 million in total, up against nearly $240 million raised by the Clinton campaign.

  1. Dave Brat
  2. Donald Trump
  3. Laura Ingraham
  4. U.S House of Representatives
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