The challenge: Converting Trump’s rhetoric to actual policy outcomes


President Trump gave a terrific speech in Warsaw, Poland, on the shared values of Western civilization and its clash with the Islamic world. The problem is, much as with domestic policy, the specific policy outcomes and the personnel of this administration don’t match up with the rhetoric of the president himself.

In this episode of “The Conservative Conscience,” we explain how Trump’s conservative rhetoric is often voided out by policy outcomes from liberal advisers and cabinet members. Particularly as it relates to national security and the clash of civilizations, Trump’s National Security Council, headed by H.R. McMaster, is rowing the boat in exactly the opposite direction from the president. We discuss some of the specific policy dichotomies between the NSC staff and the president and how conservatives must not get distracted by rhetoric. They must demand action, as Trump himself said during his inaugural address.

No issue embodies Trump’s departure from his Inaugural Address more than his embrace of the ethanol lobby. We explain how Trump’s embrace of the ethanol mandate is a colossal missed opportunity to harness his populist agenda in a way that helps consumers and improves free markets. We also explain how Trump’s rhetoric and campaign promises on Obamacare deviated from his actions. The moral of the story is, once Trump delivers a good speech, the work for conservatives has only begun.

Key Quotes:

“We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action – constantly complaining but never doing anything about it. The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action.” ~President Trump, Inaugural Address

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Daniel Horowitz is a Senior Editor at Conservative Review, a Conservative writer, and a policy analyst focusing on the hot-button issues in Congress. He is the author of the new book, Stolen Sovereignty: How to Stop Unelected Judges from Transforming America.

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