Politics & Policy

Beware a Turn to the New Yorkers

The Washington Post had a story over the weekend that rang true to me about how the deepest split in the White House isn’t between Bannon and Priebus but between them (and everyone allied with them) and what the article calls the “New Yorkers,” i.e. Gary Cohn, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump et al. I’m guessing that is in this context that Ivanka’s move into a White House office should be interpreted. Conservatives and populists can argue about the merits of Trump’s agenda and what that agenda should be precisely. But all of us should agree that Trump pulling a semi-Schwarzenegger and giving the non-ideological New Yorkers the upper hand would be an enormous problem. It would mean that immigration enforcement, conservative judicial appointees, and much else would be thrown into doubt, while Trump’s unorthodox behavior presumably would stay the same. In this scenario  Trump’s victory in November would be wasted on — to use an example from the Post story — cozying up to the likes of Justin Trudeau.

 

Rich Lowry — Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via email: comments.lowry@nationalreview.com. Copyright © 2018 King Features Syndicate

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