In his new book, “Party Animal, The Truth About President Trump, Power Politics & The Partisan Press,” former Congressman Jason Lewis makes it clear, “If criticism of Mr. Trump is what you want, turn on the television, read any newspaper or scroll through any website. It is ubiquitous and will not be repeated here…”
That’s no big surprise, given how closely the Minnesota representative has worked with the Trump administration on its major successes. By midterm 2018, however, the leftist “Empire” was fighting back and, as Lewis writes, an “openly partisan press covered liberal challengers and few could hear our warnings amid the cacophony of anti-political screeds.” Trump. Democrats swept the House with a gain of 41 seats that year, the most since Watergate.
Yet Party Animal is more than a yearning for the accomplishments of the 115th Congress from 2017 to 2019 — including the remarkably successful supply-side tax reform that Liberals have been aiming to repeal for at least the late post- noon on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2021. Lewis campaigned alongside Trump in Minnesota as that state’s 2020 Republican Senate nominee and, more interestingly, did so under a set of circumstances oddities described entertainingly in a chapter aptly titled, “Who Lost Minnesota?”
Spoiler alert: Lewis’ response is that his opponent, Senator Tina Smith, had the full and unwavering support of the liberal media and political establishment. And lots of money. It’s true. Smith beat Lewis 48.8% to 43.6%, but only after spending $16.1 million for his $6.7 million.
Smith’s liberal credentials were (and remain) unassailable. When the George Floyd riots broke out, for example, Smith encouraged “righteous protest,” even adding, “there is something dangerously wrong about the role the police play in our society.” Lewis called Smith’s public response “incendiary and irresponsible rhetoric that emboldened the violent crowd.” But it was hardly surprising – when [Ilhan] Omar called the MPD “rotten to the core” and said we must “dismantle” it completely, Senator Smith enthusiastically endorsed.
That may be one of the reasons why Lewis unabashedly garnered the most votes (1,398,145) for a Republican candidate in the entire state, even topping the top of the ticket by two points. In October 2020, a KSTP/SurveyUSA poll declared the Senate race a dead end, though Smith ultimately prevailed, backed by an unprecedented 1.9 million mail-in ballots.
Smith’s overspending of Lewis 2.4 to 1 may have made all the difference. That is, unless other more detrimental factors are at play.
Although the author doesn’t explicitly claim he won the race, Lewis isn’t afraid of election controversies, writing, “There are two ways to look at the 2020 election, or the extremely our country’s lax people have finally caught up with us.
Indeed, the book is a comprehensive look at an armed establishment. And not only the media distortions of the audiovisual career of the author, “which of course would be used against me in a demagogic way”. No, the author reserves special condemnation for a vociferous band of neocons and “never-Trumpers”, best exemplified by the perverse antics of the (later outraged) Lincoln Project.
Party animal is a vivid account of the radical left, the media, and politics in the public arena during the Trump presidency and beyond. Lewis weaves a compelling story of a radio host dedicated to the America First movement – promoting principles, not personalities – and how a revolutionary new “squad” of extremists will do anything to stop him. “Only now,” Lewis rightly laments, “are people realizing what Obama meant when he told Republicans, ‘Elections have consequences.'”
Interestingly, from an economist’s perspective, Lewis’s book also delves into a serious discussion of public policy. Lewis was, after all, described as “a serious politics buff” for his work in the 115e Congress.
Who else but Lewis would know, let alone quote, the 19e century the French economist Frédéric Bastiat? Lewis, quoting Bastiat, cautions against passing laws that “benefit one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime”. Truer words have never been spoken, written or tweeted.
Lewis may have only served one term in the United States House, but he witnessed, contributed, fought and continues to fight for the America First principles that have certainly done and will continue to “make America great again”.
James Carter is director of the Center for American Prosperity at the America First Policy Institute. Previously, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor under President George W. Bush.
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