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Gary Cohn Has Been Defeated, Will Resign From White House

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President Trump economic adviser Gary Cohn is resigning from the White House.

Cohn led the way in purging Trump’s nationalist advisers from the White House, including Steve Bannon, in order to promote the kinds of establishmentarian policies that benefit firms like Goldman Sachs, where he previously served as No. 2. Cohn and his pal Dina Powell were brought in by Jared Kushner.

Cohn was outplayed and completely shot down in the battle over tariffs, with President Trump dismissing his opinion. As Trump loses more and more of his own close confidantes in the White House, he is showing less and less willingness to play nice with people who clearly don’t agree with him and who don’t really support him.

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Is it possible for Trump to start making some more Trumpian hires now, or will the administration continue to employ NeverTrumpers and moderate Democrats who don’t support anything he stands for?

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Big League Politics famously reported on Cohn’s Huffington Post editor daughter’s anti-Trump tweets, which she deleted.

I wrote a broadside against Gary Cohn for The American Spectator back in April, which was quoted by The New York Times. I present it below:

Dear Mr. President,

As a supporter of yours since Day One, I feel the need to write to you. Stay true to populist nationalism, sir. I know you believe in it. It carried you over the goal line in the Midwest to victory.

If you stick with it, you can be a once-in-a-lifetime transformational political figure that unifies the Right and Left and saves America. If you don’t stick with it, you will lose your way. You MUST not appoint Gary Cohn to be White House chief of staff.

Your son-in-law Jared seems like a nice guy, but he is wrong about his friend Gary Cohn, the Goldman Sachs guy. I do not support Gary Cohn  in any way, shape, or form. Nobody on either side of the aisle wants Gary Cohn to be your chief of staff.

Most people are intimidated by you and won’t tell you to downgrade Jared’s role or to end the honeymoon with Cohn, because one of those guys is your son-in-law and the other is your economic adviser. That’s all well and good, but at a certain point someone needs to appeal to you not as a political careerist but as a plain old American: Jared is seizing a ton of power in the White House, and I don’t think he cares about the populist issues that carried you to victory. Use him on China, use him on the Middle East, fine. But he doesn’t need to run everything, and he shouldn’t. He’s your son-in-law.

I generally support Steve Bannon — as I worked for him at Breitbart — but this isn’t really about Steve, and he didn’t tell me to write this. This is about populist nationalism and about protecting people on the bottom and in the working classes. Steve happens to be the torchbearer of that movement. It is a movement that would not accept Gary Cohn as your chief of staff.

The Bernie people are disillusioned with the Democratic Party. There is going to be a mass exodus from that party. It’s happening right now, and it’s going to increase throughout this year. You stand to be the beneficiary of that exodus. That is, if you stick to populism. Populism is the ticket to break down the two-party system and unify people on both sides behind you, thus assuring your re-election. If you stick to it.

I know you’re miffed at your staff because you think the Obamacare repeal-and-replace failure was a big disappointment for you, but it wasn’t. Nobody liked that bill. No conservatives liked that bill. Everyone hated it, actually. It was the same thing as Obamacare but actually kind of worse in some ways. Rush Limbaugh told people on the air to rise up against you. That’s not good, Mr. President. You would have lost about a third of your supporters overnight. As a Trump supporter, I’m glad that bill failed. Convene some more meetings with Rand, come up with something better, and you’ll bounce back. Your approval rating went down during that period, because you were supporting a bad bill. That’s why it went down.

The opportunity is there for you to take advantage of populism. Breitbart pretty much let down Steve, by becoming really boring after the election and not providing air cover for the administration. But the rest of conservative media is KILLING it right now, and they love the populist nationalist approach. Look at Infowars, look at Ann Coulter, look at the Drudge Report, look at Rush Limbaugh, look at the many other conservative outlets (and trust me, there will be more popping up). Bannon’s popularity — or, rather, the popularity of the ideology he represents — is evident throughout all of it. And that was a pretty tough thing to pull off, considering that conservative media was not populist nationalist to begin with, and resisted your ideas in the beginning of the primaries.

That media will be there for you, Mr. President. If you stick to populism. But if you pass a new Obamacare and bomb Syria all the time, then your approval rating will go down again.

It is incumbent upon you, sir, to stick with populism and to continue to trust the people in your administration who know what it’s all about: Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller, Jeff Sessions, Julia Hahn, and Ben Carson. If you abandon populism, then you will not really have any constituency anymore. Will you be an establishment Democrat? Will you be a neocon? How will people even think of you? You will be adrift.

You have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Mr. President, to unify the conservative right and the progressive left behind you, thus changing politics forever and draining the swamp on behalf of the people. That’s why I support you so strongly, apart from the fact that I think you’re a good guy personally. But you must stick to it, Mr. President. For my sake. For the people’s sake. And for your own sake. Stick to it.

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College Republicans Executive Director Condemning America First Chapters is a Longtime Never-Trumper

Why are these people in leadership positions in the GOP?

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An executive director of the College Republican National Committee who has taken to condemning America First chapters in the light of a letter from the chapter presidents calling upon President Donald Trump to end the H-1B and OPT cheap labor programs has a lengthy track record of opposing Trump, including taking a stringent ‘Never Trump’ stance during the 2016 presidential election.

CRNC Executive Director Benjamin Rajadurai slighted the College Republican chapters that signed the letter calling for an immigration freeze on Friday tweet, falsely claiming that only seven chapters signed the missive. Chapter representatives from more than twenty CR organizations across the country signed the letter to President Trump calling for the President to end the worker visa programs.

Rajadurai appears keen to dismiss the activism of the chapters, despite considerable support for their vision of immigration restriction across broad demographics of Americans. However, it appears he has a very tenuous claim on credibility when it comes to conservative policy, considering the CRNC executive took a strong ‘Never Trump’ stance during the 2016 election. Some of Rajadurai’s tweets indicate he was resolute in opposing Trump at the time:

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The Massachusetts man apparently was a Jeb! supporter. Why is he even serving as a Republican Party official if he sees the Republican President as an ‘idiot?’

He saw Donald Trump as ‘racist’ at the time.

He saw Trump’s nomination as a great disappointment.

College Republicans and conservatives across the country expressed great disappointment to Big League Politics when learning that a national CRNC executive is a stringent Never Trumper who steadfastly opposes the conservative ideals they seek to promote.

Christian Secor of America First Bruins expressed disappointment with the alignment of CRNC national leadership.

I was always aware that there were problems in the GOP but I never could have imagined to what extent the Republican Party was selling out the American people. Conservative students from all over America are sick and tired of the way the so called “conservative” movement has been ran and, thankfully, the American people are ready for true conservatism, populism, and tradition, with young people leading the charge.” Rajadurai has endorsed an attempt to de-recognize and replace the prevailing California College Republicans federation with an establishment group.

The spirit of the Republican constituency was overwhelmingly America First, and Never Trumpers were left behind. College Republicans are increasingly having their nationalistic brand of conservatism stifled by these very same Never Trumpers at the CRNC,” said Eoan Harrison of the Santa Clara University CR’s.

Marshall Whinney, of the Bull Moose Party at Penn State, described what he had seen as pervasive Never Trump influence throughout national CRNC institutions.

Our organization came into being after our College Republicans held a secret vote against endorsing Trump in 2016 while classes were not yet in session. Our interactions with like-minded individuals across the country have revealed an alarmingly consistent pattern of fraud being used to keep Never Trumpers in office at many Republican student organizations.

Republicans striving to implement the Make America Great Again agenda that President Donald Trump campaigned and won upon have no choice but the question the legitimacy of official Republican Party institutions that appear to have little to no regard for the President himself.

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