Donald Trump

How Trump Can Get His First Legislative Win

Playbook: “Remember we all said that a tax and infrastructure deal would’ve been a slam dunk for a President Hillary Clinton in the first days of her White House? Well, it’s not a bad idea for Trump, either. Trump, Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will be, roughly, in the same ideological space in reforming the tax code. Trump is a former donor to and acquaintance of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the future Democratic leader who has worked with Ryan on tax reform. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) wants an infrastructure package — and has already said so. The infrastructure package actually spooks Republicans more than it spooks Democrats. This wouldn’t be easy, but could be a win in Trump’s first 100 days.”

Ryan and Trump Work to Get On Same Page

Playbook: “It’s no secret that Trump and Ryan haven’t exactly gotten along, but they’re inching closer together now. They spoke by phone twice immediately after the election, and the lunch today will be another sign that they’re readying to work together. Ryan, frankly, can use Trump’s help as he readies for an internal election for House speaker. Ryan has to run in a closed-party election next week, and again on the House floor in January. If the incoming president is seen as being supportive of Ryan’s speakership, it’s far less likely anyone will run against him. Ryan’s allies already feel like Trump is — and should be — on board. Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy know how to move things on the Hill — a useful tool, since Donald Trump has never been elected to anything. Ever. And he’s president of the United States.”

“Trump has a lot of big plans. A wall with Mexico. Repealing Obamacare. Tax reform. Regulatory reform. Most of this stuff is going to take legislation, and 218 votes in the House of Representatives. It’s probably smart for Trump and Pence to get on the same page with Ryan on their priorities.”

Trump Still Faces Trial

“Within a few weeks of winning the White House, President-elect Donald Trump could face another group of U.S. citizens, a federal jury in California, courtesy of a lawsuit by former students of his now-defunct Trump University who claim they were defrauded by a series of real-estate seminars,” Reuters reports.

“A hearing in federal court in San Diego is set for Thursday, and the trial is scheduled to begin on Nov. 28, barring any delays or if Trump decides to settle the case.”

Trump Won Because of Facebook

Max Read: “Trump, like Obama before him, was able to connect with voters outside the more stifling confines of political-party organizing. Trump, a longtime Democrat with liberal social positions, rose to the nomination because he could express a political position — essentially, white welfare-state ethno-nationalism — that the party would once have choked off for threatening its delicate coalition of business interests and white workers.”

“Facebook connected those supporters to each other and to the candidate, gave them platforms far beyond what even the largest Establishment media organizations might have imagined, and allowed them to effectively self-organize outside the party structure. Who needs a GOTV database when you have millions of voters worked into a frenzy by nine months of sharing impassioned lies on Facebook, encouraging each other to participate?”

“Even better, Facebook allowed Trump to directly combat the hugely negative media coverage directed at him, simply by giving his campaign and its supporters another host of channels to distribute counterprogramming. This, precisely, is why more good journalism would have been unlikely to change anyone’s mind: The Post and the Times no longer have a monopoly on information about a candidate.”

Nieman Lab: “Our democracy has a lot of problems, but there are few things that could impact it for the better more than Facebook starting to care — really care — about the truthfulness of the news that its users share and take in.”

Did Trump Win a Mandate?

Jonathan Chait: “Last night, Paul Ryan, jubilant with the prospect that his long dream of dismantling the state may be finally at hand, called the election ‘a repudiation of the status quo of failed liberal progressive policies.’ This morning, going further, he insisted Trump ‘just earned a mandate.’ The rule of law entitles Ryan and his party to exercise the power they have won. But Ryan is seeking something more — the deference of a party that is seen as embodying the will of the people. He is not entitled to that.”

Trump’s election cannot be called a decision by the voters to repudiate the liberal status quo because, for one thing, it was not a decision by the voters at all. The voters supported Clinton over Trump. The decision was made by the Electoral College, which as a matter of opinion can be called archaic, and as a matter of objective fact can be called anti-democratic. Again, the rules are the rules. But it remains the case that Ryan and his party have power not because of the will of the voters but despite it.”

Trump’s Loss Won’t Make Politics Any Easier

Stuart Rothenberg: “One final point should not be missed: Even with his impending defeat, Trump’s performance is mind-boggling. Given his campaign style, obvious personality issues, middle-of-the-night tweets, lack of knowledge, amateurish campaign, thin-skinned reaction to criticism and generally inappropriate comments about many people and groups, it is surprising that he will receive as many votes as he will.”

“Trump’s showing in the polls, though he will probably fall short on Election Day, confirms the deep fissure in the country and suggests that the next few years will not be any easier than the past few.”

The Big Reveal

Bret Stephens: “It’s normal that elections make fierce partisans of many of us. It’s normal that Mr. Trump would attract the usual right-wing buffoons to his banners. Normal, also, is that many voters may not be troubled by Mr. Trump’s cruder statements when they hear him addressing their deepest economic and social anxieties.”

“What isn’t normal is the ease with which so many conservative leaders, political and intellectual, have prostrated themselves before Mr. Trump simply because he won.”

“What all this shows is that most conservative intellectuals have proved incapable of self-examination or even simple observation. Donald Trump is a demagogue. Period. The fervor of his crowds recalls Nasser’s Egypt. His convictions are illiberal. His manners are disgusting. His temper is frightening. It ought to have been the job of thoughtful conservatives in this season to point this out, time and again. If they can’t do that, what good are they?”

Trump Has No Regrets About Running

Donald Trump, in the last hours of his presidential campaign, told the Wall Street Journal that he and his family took some “unfair hits” during the effort, but that he would do it all over again.

Said Trump: “Nobody understood the message but me. Nobody got it. I’m not sure they still understand it. Watch what happens on Tuesday. We’ll going to win bigger than people think, because the American public is tired of incompetence.”

After what he predicted would be a win, Trump said he would celebrate for “about an hour. Then I’ll get up Wednesday morning, and start working so hard immediately.”

Trump Transition Team Making Cabinet Picks

NBC News: “Among the names being considered, according to conversations with three campaign advisers who requested anonymity to speak freely: Rudy Giuliani for attorney general, Newt Gingrich for secretary of state, retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn for defense secretary or national security adviser, Trump finance chairman Steve Mnuchin for Treasury secretary, and Republican National Committee finance chair Lew Eisenberg for commerce secretary.”

“Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, a loyal supporter, has taken a major role managing the transition effort, especially as the official transition chief, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, has drifted from the campaign. It’s not clear Christie is being considered for a significant role in a potential administration either.”

“Reince Priebus, the current RNC chairman, is under consideration as Trump’s chief of staff.”

Trump Cancels Event After Ryan Said He’d Appear

Donald Trump scheduled a Sunday afternoon rally in Wisconsin and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), who has steadfastly refused to appear with Trump, told the Madison Capital Times, “I intend to do it if he’s here.”

“Seconds later, a spokesman for Trump’s Wisconsin campaign alerted reporters that the event had been canceled, citing a scheduling conflict.”