(National Sentinel) Coming Around: A cabal of ‘never Trump’ conservatives have begun to soften their tone towards President Donald J. Trump and have begun to take note of his first-year accomplishments, Breitbart News reported.
Earlier this week in his New York Times column, Ross Douthat, a frequent critic of the president, praised Trump’s strategy in taking on and helping defeat the Islamic State.
“[I]f you had told me in late 2016 that almost a year into the Trump era the caliphate would be all-but-beaten without something far worse happening in the Middle East, I would have been surprised and gratified. So very provisionally, credit belongs where it’s due — to our soldiers and diplomats, yes, but to our president as well,” Douthat wrote in a column titled, “A War Trump Won.”
He went on to take the establishment media to task for not making more of the victory, noting that the media’s failure to do so was likely because it conflicts with the narrative of “Trumpian disaster.”
Prominent Trump critic David French of National Review echoed Douthat’s sentiment on the defeat of ISIS.
“This is one of the best stories of the young Trump administration,” he wrote. “While many of the battles were fought under Obama, Trump pursued the enemy relentlessly. He delegated decision-making to commanders in the field, they fought within the laws of war, and they prevailed. Trump promised to defeat ISIS, and he has delivered a tremendous victory.
The so-called ‘dean’ of the #nevertrump movement, NR editor Rich Lowry has written a piece in which he listed Trump’s accomplishments in office, which he calls a “solid record of achievement.”
“It’s hard to see how a conventional Republican president would have done much better, except if he had managed to get Obamacare repealed, which was always going to be a dicey proposition given the narrow Republican majority in the Senate,” Lowry writes.
“If any Republican would have done much of what Trump has, three acts stand out — pulling out of the Paris accords, decertifying the Iran deal, and declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel,” he added. “All three demonstrated an imperviousness to polite opinion that is one of Trump’s signature qualities.”
Also, the Washington Examiner, a conservative outlet that has frequently criticized the president, said in an editorial that he’s “on a roll.”
“One of the narratives of 2017 has been that Trump and Republicans on Capitol Hill have failed to achieve anything substantive. This has always been untrue, but in recent weeks it has become a ridiculous fiction,” it said. “Amid drama, protest, miscues, and unprecedented political vitriol, real conservative victories are being achieved for America.”
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