The political landscape grows ever more murky with questionable media coverage and partisan trickery meant to upstage President Trump’s bona fide accomplishments. How can he counter such tactics and maintain the positive momentum he gained following a well-received speech before Congress? Ford O’Connell, an adjunct professor at George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management, has a suggestion.
“It is indisputable; the Democrats want your head, Mr. President. They do not care if you resign or are impeached, and a good portion of the media agrees. And they will use all means necessary to upend your presidency at every turn. So I understand the need to counterpunch and engage in the day-to-day battles to reclaim the media narrative, but you cannot take your eyes off the ball and lose sight of the bigger picture,” says Mr. O'Connell, also a former strategist for Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign.
“You were not elected to be the president of the Republican Party or to be a doctrinaire conservative. You were elected to get things done and to put Americans back to work. But as former President Obama discovered, you can only accomplish so much through executive orders. If you are able to get a couple of your big-ticket items through Congress — Obamacare overhaul, tax reform, infrastructure, securing America’s borders — you will be re-elected in 2020. It’s not that easy, but it is that simple,” Mr. O’Connell advises.