It’s Time for Conservatives to Celebrate This President

President Trump has already honored many of his promises to the American people.

By Dennis Prager Published on April 4, 2017

Do conservatives — or non-leftists, for that matter — appreciate just how terrific Donald Trump has been as president? And how lucky we are that he won the presidency?

I don’t know the answer.

What I do know is that they ought to be deeply appreciative of him, and deeply grateful for luck or providence, and certainly for Trump himself, that he was elected president. First, it is unlikely that any other Republican would have defeated Hillary Clinton. Second, he has not only surpassed many of our expectations but also thus far governed in a manner more consistent with conservative principles than any president since Ronald Reagan, and arguably Calvin Coolidge.

I say this as one who vigorously opposed him during the Republican contest for the nomination. I said from the beginning, in print and on my radio show, that I would support Trump if he became the nominee, but I dreaded his becoming the nominee. His comments about the size of his hands, Sen. John McCain as a prisoner of war and former President George W. Bush lying about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq; his lack of any history as a conservative; and the seeming absence of a filter between his brain and his Twitter app made it difficult for me to imagine him as a serious president of the United States.

President Trump has not only surpassed many of our expectations but also thus far governed in a manner more consistent with conservative principles than any president since Ronald Reagan, and arguably Calvin Coolidge.

Nevertheless, once he was nominated, I just as vigorously supported him on the simple and — I still believe — unanswerable grounds that while no one could be certain how Trump would govern, we were all certain about how Hillary Clinton would govern — as a leftist. And I truly believed that another four years of left-wing rule would mean the end of America as it was founded to be.

That is why I found the arguments of the conservatives who were Never-Trumpers, many of whom I work with, admire and count as friends, not just unpersuasive but incomprehensible. That a conservative could prefer Clinton — which was the only upshot of a Never-Trump position — to any Republican could only mean that we have an entirely different understanding of the damage the left has done and would have done to America and the Western world if Clinton had won.

I remember Never-Trumpers calling my radio show and asking me how I could possibly believe that, if elected president, Trump would honor his commitment to nominate to the Supreme Court one of the conservatives on the list of judges from which he promised to choose.

He has honored that promise.

And given the supreme importance of the Supreme Court, isn’t that reason enough for conservatives to celebrate his presidency?

He has repealed many of President Obama’s energy regulations that would have strangled the American economy. He doesn’t believe that carbon-induced warming of the planet will destroy the human race — the greatest of the innumerable hysterias the left manufactures and then believes in.

Isn’t that reason enough for conservatives to celebrate his presidency?

He has appointed a woman who, as a billionaire, could have easily devoted her life to enjoying her wealth but instead has fought for American students and their parents to be able choose their schools just as the wealthy do. And he has taken on the teachers unions, the only group that has ever given American teachers a bad name.

Isn’t that reason enough for conservatives to celebrate his presidency?

He has appointed as ambassador to the United Nations a woman who is calling the U.N. the naked emperor that it is. And now, America is backing, rather than subverting, Israel in that benighted institution.

If you live among liberals, it is not chic to express support for President Trump. But it is time more of us did.

Isn’t that reason enough for conservatives to celebrate his presidency?

By building a wall along our southern border, he is reasserting the belief that America actually has borders.

Isn’t that reason enough for conservatives to celebrate his presidency?

And then there is tax reduction and simplification so that private citizens can keep more of their money and corporations can be far more productive.

Isn’t that reason enough for conservatives to celebrate his presidency?

And now, he has vowed, after decades of American obsequiousness, to confront the sociopathic North Korean regime.

The American media — most particularly, its elite — no longer even feigns objective reporting. It is solely an arm of the left and the Democratic Party, its task being the delegitimization of the Trump presidency.

If you live among liberals, it is not chic to express support for President Trump. But it is time more of us did. If people abandon you because you support this president, they weren’t serious friends to begin with. And, sorry to say, they aren’t worthy of you. Somehow, you have been able to look beyond their support for the America — and West — destroying left. But they can’t look beyond your support for the first conservative president in a generation — and the gutsiest perhaps ever.

If the president’s approval rating really is in the 30s, this makes overt support for him all the more imperative. Whether you like his tweets or not, his fate is our fate.

Dennis Prager’s latest book, The Ten Commandments: Still the Best Moral Code, was published by Regnery. He is a nationally syndicated radio show host and creator of



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  • Autrey Windle

    I didn’t support Trump. I distrusted him based on his association with the Clintons, the Obamas, with all the liberal agendas he gave money and verbal support to; but I voted for the hope that he would see the light. I knew Hillary would be the final nail in the coffin of a dead America. Mr. Trump has done more for this country in less than 3 months than the last 4 presidents did in total because he had the biggest mess ever conceived of left to him and a president who will not leave office with decorum or leave Washington at all trying to ruin him or have him ruined; an ex-president who planted snakes and weasels in the interiors of Washington’s catacombs ; and still President Trump rolls back ridiculous orders made by a madman trying to bring down our way of life and he stands his ground with a stellar Judge nomination; he faces down our enemies and reassures our allies; he defunds infanticide around the globe and tells the NWO where to get off; somebody keeps sending bad guys over the fence and our president doesn’t bat an eyelash. We are undeniably blessed by God Almighty to have the opportunity to turn our country back toward her intended future by standing with this man and helping him to reclaim the country of our constitution. There are truly some never-trumpers, but they should consider the alternative and either get on board or go to the other camp where they can be against our President since that is what they really believe.

    • Wayne Cook

      Autrey…love your comments…our biggest problem isn’t the MSM, leftists, socialists or libs…it’s spineless Repubs in DC.

      • Autrey Windle

        and foxes in the Republican henhouse… Thanks for the encouragement, Wayne!

  • Linda

    I recommend holding your applause a while longer. Russia is calling.

    • Jim Walker

      Hahahaaaa…. I guess your are so against Trump, even if his policies improved your life as a whole, you would give all credit to Obuma.

    • Autrey Windle

      I would expect that is your view… if you allowed yourself to let go of your contempt for the President just once for just a minute, you might find something to respect about him. I won’t hold my breath, but I am curious what he ever did to you.

    • Wayne Cook

      So far…and even Schumer and Pelosi admit it, no illegal Russian probes. Eight and a half months and even the Dems are admitting the investigation has been an empty report. But Susan Rice has committed espionage crime along with her behind the scenes boss. It will be interesting to see if any court will have the gutsy strength to indict and try them.

  • Sarah Pierzchala

    In the last days of the campaign, I toyed with the idea of voting for Trump, but the tape of the crude remarks sent me to a 3rd party candidate…that said, I wept tears of joy and disbelief on election night. I truly realized I was witnessing a miracle, and that God was giving us another chance as a nation to try and change course. Trump’s actions since his inauguration have only confirmed that realization. I pray every day for his safety and success.

  • Charles Burge

    President Trump’s appointments (Judge Gorsuch, along with much of his cabinet) are certainly things we can cheer about. But much of Trump’s legislative agenda, such as he has one, is not conservative. Much worse, his glaring flaws of both character and temperament are cause for alarm. Here’s how Jonah Goldberg put it, writing for National Review:

    “Trump brings the same glandular, impulsive style to meetings and interviews as he does to social media. He blurts out ideas or claims that send staff scrambling to see them implemented or defended. His management style is Hobbesian. Rivalries are encouraged. Senior aides panic at the thought of not being part of his movable entourage. He cares more about saving face and “counterpunching” his critics than he does about getting policy victories.”

    What disturbs me most is that conservative voters are so ready to give him a pass for doing things that we would never tolerate from liberals. (Imagine the howls from conservative quarters if an Obama surrogate had used the phrase “alternative facts”.) He has the potential to achieve some real good for this country, but we need to hold him accountable rather than enable him when he departs from conservative values. And to me, “conservative” doesn’t simply mean certain policy positions. It also means having character and integrity.

  • Marcia Keck

    Except, he is not a conservative. I will praise him when he supports conservative values and policies, but hold him accountable when he tilts toward socialism, which I believe he will. His egotistical personality can be very successful, but his core beliefs are narcissistic and this kind of gushing and “vigorous” support is disturbing for those of us who witnessed his attacks on fellow conservatives with lies, conspiracy theories, mocking and threats to help defeat them in their next election. I am thrilled that Hillary and her evil ideology did not win, but is there anyone left to hold Trump accountable??

    • Charles Burge

      In answer to your final question, I’ve been reading a lot of National Review lately. They have several writers who are not drunk on the Trump kool-aid.

  • Neena Lane

    I don’t think being “non-leftist” makes you a conservative. And Trump is a good deal leftist. If he wants my adoration he’s going to have to do a few things to start. Remove government of any kind 100% from my healthcare, get his far-left wingnut children out of the White House, drop this Democrat-style 1 trillion dollar “infrastructure” stimulus (union kick back) idea along with government paid childcare and paid FMLA, read the Constitution and be able discuss it in length, on the fly and be able to distinctly define conservatism and his “Paul on the way to Damascus” moment when he became one. And that’s just to start. Because all I see so far is Trump’s all about limited government when it comes to big business, but has nary a clue or interest in how big government is harming the little guy in our day to day lives. Everybody is all kinds of worried about “incidental” spying on him and government officials, but I haven’t heard a single one of them talk about spying on Joe Q America.

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