Other than Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the 2016 presidential race left other winners celebrating — and losers crying — in its wake.
Of course, the biggest winners were the American people — and the biggest losers the international globalists who earn their living off of policies that too often lead to the American people’s economic devastation.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich
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Kasich ran his primary campaign against Trump — even after his primary campaign was over. Indeed, Kasich gave a veritable masterclass in being a sore loser, turning his vehement opposition to Trump into a permanent affectation.
Kasich was clearly counting on a crushing Trump loss, after which he could play the principled, liberal-friendly Republican and waltz right into the GOP nomination in 2020. Trump went on to win his state comfortably without Kasich’s support or vote. The Ohio governor wrote in Arizona Sen. John McCain for president — the GOP nominee won Ohio by roughly 9 points.
The National Review Editorial Board
In its staunch opposition to Trump, the National Review proved itself to be as out of touch and elitist as the liberals it frequently took to task. The magazine had forgotten its roots. No longer willing to stand athwart history yelling stop, it resigned itself to standing meekly by muttering not so fast.
The magazine had become too wedded to neoconservative foreign policy and neoliberal economic policy, forgetting that the prime role of a conservative is — as the name suggests — to conserve, not to allow the middle class to be eroded and the country to wage war across much of the Middle East.
Bill Kristol and The Weekly Standard
The neoconservatives may still have their claws firmly around the National Review, but Trump’s win proves once and for all their grip on the GOP has ended. Kristol and his neoconservative cabal at The Weekly Standard were more unwilling than even the National Review to treat Trump as a serious candidate.
Indeed, so distraught were they at the thought of a Trump presidency that they even fielded their own candidate — Evan McMullin — to run against Trump after failing to draft National Review writer David French for the ego-driven, electoral suicide mission.
Obama may be the biggest loser in this election. Indeed, he and his “legacy” were the only positive reason the Democrats could come up with for voters to choose Hillary Clinton.
Pundit after pundit described Hillary as “running for Obama’s third term,” and Obama himself called on supporters to protect the progress he has brought to the country. Turns out the American people aren’t nearly as proud of Obama’s legacy as he is.
Sen. Jeff Sessions
Sen. Sessions was the first and only senator who actually endorsed Trump prior to his securing the Republican nomination. He was also the first and only Republican senator who seemed to sense the utter destruction that globalization and mass migration worked — and will continue to work — on the U.S. The senator from Alabama had been sounding the alarm of the issues of trade and an unchecked, lawless immigration system for years before those issues provided the policy fuel for Trump’s bid.
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Like Hannity and Drudge, LifeZette Editor-in-Chief Laura Ingraham was one of the first and only media figures to understand not just why Trump was popular, but that he actually had a real chance at winning the election. Ingraham’s staunch support for Trump made her a frequent target of Establishment Republican media.
Nevertheless, Ingraham continued to be a vocal supporter of Trump, focusing on the potency of Trump’s populist platform. Ingraham delivered a very well-received address at the Republican National Convention. “Let’s send the consultants, the pollsters, and the lobbyists packing … let’s give the power back to the people,” she said at the RNC to massive applause.
Ingraham saw the anti-globalist writing on the wall that many of her peers in the industry are only starting to accept — reluctantly — this morning.
Drudge moved into the Trump camp early in the primary process, and his massively influential coverage of the race was no doubt crucial in seeing Trump secure the GOP nomination. Indeed, Drudge was arguably the origin of Trump’s “rigged” line. After a convention in Colorado handed all of that state’s delegates to Cruz, the Drudge Report hammered the “rigged” and “voter-less” election in a theme the now-president-elect would come to adopt in his own campaign.
“Drudge Report over the years has done a good job highlighting the excesses of the Left and the excesses of liberalism, and about the past month the Drudge Report has basically become the attack site for the Donald Trump campaign,” Cruz said in April. It was a very effective attack site indeed.
Hannity often played the part of Trump’s most vocal proponent on Fox News, even earning the ire of some of his colleagues in the process. Hannity faced significant amounts of criticism from both within and without the mainstream media for his defense of Trump’s appeal, and for the fact that he actually made an attempt to understand Trump’s positions rather than attack them blindly.
“We’ve got Trump speaking to our own Sean Hannity. We’ll see whether he speaks to the journalists in this room after that interview,” Megyn Kelly tweeted of her colleague. It’s clear now just who is the real journalist.