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Top National Security Aide Fingered as Mole in Trump Admin, The Rumsfeld Protege Denies Report

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Axios reported that top Trump administration officials are currently discussing a potential reassignment of deputy national security adviser Victoria Coates to the Department of Energy from the National Security Council.

According to some reports, Coates’ working relationship with National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien has soured during a time when some people inside the administration tagged her as the “Anonymous” author behind a tell-all book on the Trump administration titled “A Warning.”

Coates has firmly denied these allegations.

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O’Brien promoted her to the deputy role a few months ago.

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Should this move occur, Coates is expected to take a senior role under the supervision of Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette.

No decision has been finalized at the moment, and the entire decision could still fall apart.

“We do not comment on personnel matters,” National Security Council spokesman John Ullyot informed Axios. Coates declined comment.

Politico recently reported that Coates is rumored to be the person behind an op-ed in the New York Times and bestselling book highlighting a resistance movement against President Donald Trump coming from within his administration.

One of the literary agents connected to the book made a statement denying Coates’s involvement with the book. The agent said she is not the author, did not edit the book, did not see it advance, or have any knowledge of its existence.

After being acquitted from his impeachment trial, Trump is making personnel changes and purging staff that he believes to be disloyal.

Given Coates’s neoconservative background, Trump should remain skeptical of keeping her within his administration.

Coates doesn’t even have a foreign policy background, she received a PhD in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania. During the early 2000s, Coates wrote for conservative website Red State and was a reliable booster for the Bush administration’s foreign excursions in Afghanistan and Iraq. She posted under the pen name “AcademicElephant.”

Her posts caught the attention of aides of then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Rumsfeld eventually recruited Coates to work as an advisor for his book Known and Unknown: A Memoir, which was published in 2011.

Coates later became an advisor to former Texas governor Rick Perry during his 2012 presidential campaign. She then became an advisor to Texas Senator Ted Cruz in 2013 and eventually moved up the ranks to become his top national security advisor during his 2016 presidential campaign.

Coates is a neocon, establishment Republican team player, so it wouldn’t be a stretch to suggest that she was behind these “Anonymous” leaks.

After all, many neocons have misgivings about Trump’s America First foreign policy.

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Mara Elvira Salazar is No Friend of America First Nationalism

Republican leaders would be wise to ignore all of her political advice.

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If there’s one Republican leader that young activists should never listen to, it’s Florida Congresswoman Maria Elvira Salazar. 

Salazar, who is a Cuban American, has been an outspoken advocate of loosening U.S. immigration laws. In fact, she even confronted known immigration hawk and key Trump adviser Stephen Miller at a Republican Study Committee weekly lunch on February 24, 2021. She specifically criticized Trump’s immigration message and demanded that the GOP be more inclusive in its outreach.

“I told him [Miller] that the GOP needs to attract the browns,” stated Salazar. “We, for the last 30 years since Ronald Reagan, have not sent the right message to the browns,” she continued. “Reagan was the last guy who gave a path to citizenship to 3 million people … 35 years ago. It’s time for us to do the same thing that Reagan did.”

Salazar doubled down on her pro-immigration message when she went on Larry Kudlow’s show on March 2 and declared that former President Donald Trump would have done better with Hispanics by advocating for looser immigration. Journalist Ryan Girdusky noted how some of Trump’s advisers were already pushing for amnesty lite policies:

Girdusky added that Salazar was rather unhinged in her criticism of Miller’s vision for the GOP:

Salazar made a lot of noise about the Hispanic vote, despite ignoring how Trump improved his Hispanic numbers between 2016 and his re-election bid in 2020 from 28% to 32%. And he did so without much Hispandering or campaigning on passing amnesty. 

The unsavory fact that the GOP consultant class and the likes of Salazar refuse to acknowledge is that the Black Lives Matter unrest alone likely pushed significant segments of the Hispanic population into the Democrats’ arms. BLM radicalism alienated Americans of all backgrounds., but Hispanics were not having any of this kind of ruckus. Even Hispanic Democrats, of all groups, largely supported strong military action during the riots.

In reality, Hispanic support for Trump is largely based on his bluster and political bluntness, which many minority groups find comfort in. 

However, Republicans like Salazar gets it all wrong by thinking that expanding immigration both legal and illegal is a key to the Republican Party success. The Republican Party will have to concede that they can make gains with Hispanics at the margins but they cannot expect to win the majority of the Hispanic vote due to Hispanics’ propensity to support many causes ranging from gun control to more government involvement in healthcare. Data from the Pew Research Center demonstrates these beliefs among Hispanics. Nevertheless, there are some avenues for outreach with this demographic  but they must be done right. 

The key for Republican success is the white working class voters, which played a crucial role in putting Trump over the top in the Midwest back in 2016. These voters are not the most reliable in terms of turnout, but they comprise a vast segment of the American electorate. Any candidate who can activate them could potentially build a hegemonic electoral coalition for years to come. The goal for a sane Republican campaign is to maximize turnout and support among the WWC. 

Such inroads with WWC voters are more important than meeting a diversity quota the likes of Salazar and naive Republican strategists would like the party to pursue. Any nationalist campaign worth its salt would be promoting the following: Infrastructure projects targeting the Midwest, the restriction of both illegal and legal immigration, and re-shoring programs to bring jobs back. 

On the other hand, following Salazar’s program is the way that the GOP will become irrelevant and alienate many WWC voters who are already on the fence with regards to the Republican Party. These voters are not going to gravitate towards Republicans just because of the “R” next to their name. They still must be catered to and pushing for amnesty is one way to turn working class voters off.

Under Salazar’s watch, the GOP will simply be going back to the politically correct ways of the Bush administration. To tap into the sleeping giants that is the WWC, Republican leaders should ignore everything Salazar has to say and get fully behind nationalist policies such as immigration restriction, infrastructure development, and re-shoring. 

 

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