Steve Hilton, the former chief strategy officer of former British Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron, said on his Fox News show that both the media and the opposition are not giving President Donald Trump enough credit in the conflict with Iran.
The Oxford University alumnus said the president’s hybrid approach that forced the Iranian regime to back down—when it promised revenge after the United States ordered the murder of terrorist Gen. Qassem Soleimani—is a new combination of “traditional conservative ideas with positive populism.”
“We saw the new approach clearly with Iran,” Hilton explained in his “The Next Revolution” program on President Trump’s foreign policy. The Democrats, never-Trumpers, and their lackeys in the media,” he said, have moved from calling the president “weak” to calling him a “warmonger.”
“But his strategy has been consistent from Day One: He’s anti-war, but he’s also anti-weak. He doesn’t want to invade deserts of sand, but he doesn’t want to put his head in the sand like the isolation nuts, either,” Hilton said.
“To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!” President Trump warned on his Twitter account before Iran stepped back and announced that it would not respond to the assassination of terrorist Soleimani.
“Tough tariffs,” Hilton stressed, describing the tactic the president had employed previously with Syria and North Korea, and which is now bearing fruit with China’s communist regime: “Look what’s happening next week: They’re coming here to sign a deal,” he said.
But the changes in President Trump’s administration are not only aimed at foreign policy but are a “revolution in ideas,” the political commentator continued. “Pragmatic. Non-ideological. He approaches issues as a problem-solving businessman,” he said.”
He’s combining the best of traditional conservative ideas with positive populism. Appointing conservative judges AND criminal justice reform. Cutting taxes AND boosting family leave. Cutting regulations AND cutting low-wage immigration. The result [is an exploding economy]” with the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years, he said.
A new Republican Party
Hilton described how President Trump has rewritten the rules of U.S. politics despite relentless attacks from the left, the media, and even some members of his own party.
“And here’s the most important part: profits are rising, not only for everyone, but faster for low-wage workers, ending nearly 50 years of stagnation,” Hilton said, noting that the crisis the current president is solving was caused by the establishment’s Democrats and Republicans.
The former adviser blamed them for the Iraq war, the “disastrous” immigration reform of 1986 that generated the crisis that President Trump is trying to solve, the collapse of U.S. manufacturing, and the signing of NAFTA that caused so many Americans to lose their jobs.
“And who assaulted the American family with policies that collapsed marriage rates and family stability? No, not the ‘Evil Trump.’ It was you—the Republican establishment who did this to America. These never-Trumpers are apologists for an elitist ideology that is anti-worker, anti-family, and anti-community,” he concluded.