In an appearance on “Fox & Friends” on Monday morning, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said that Democrats had a responsibility to the nation to confirm Mike Pompeo as the next Secretary of State. As is her way, she was not shy about making that point in the starkest possible terms.
“At some point,” she said, “Democrats have to decide whether they love this country more than they hate this president. And they have to decide that they want to put the safety and the security and the diplomacy of our country ahead of their own political games. And we’re very hopeful that they will.”
We’ll get into the confirmation of Pompeo in a second, but we wanted to take a moment to answer the implicit question in what Sanders said there: No, the Democrats do not love this country more than they hate Trump. In fact, if there’s anything they hate more than Trump, it’s probably the United States. They hate our history, they hate our predominately white, Christian demographics, they hate our dominance over global politics, they hate our free market, and they hate many of the freedoms that make us so exceptional. So yeah, that’s a softball question.
But of course, Sanders already knows all of that.
As for Pompeo, it seems that his confirmation is back on track after some disturbing signs from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Even Republicans like Sen. Rand Paul were poised to vote against Pompeo’s nomination because of his support for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Thankfully, Trump talked Paul down from his perch, which helped move Pompeo’s hearing to the Senate floor.
“Having received assurances from President Trump and Director Pompeo that he agrees with the President on these important issues, I have decided to support his nomination to be our next secretary of state,” Paul said in a tweet on Wednesday.
Ideological positions on Middle Eastern wars aside, Pompeo has always struck us as an excellent choice for the State Department. It is clear that he and Trump are much more closely aligned on the majority of foreign policy matters than the president was with the last guy. Trump and Rex Tillerson did not seem to gel well at all, and that disruptive relationship prevented the president from seeing his agenda take root in the State Department. With Pompeo, the relationship has been and will be a much smoother ride. Pompeo, unlike Tillerson, knows he is there at the pleasure of the president.
Oh, and American Islamists like the corrupt propagandists at CAIR despise him, which makes us love this nomination even more!