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My Op-Ed In The Hill: Why Ken Cuccinelli should be Trump's choice for DHS

Ken Cuccinelli
Yesterday, The Hill newspaper published my op-ed on why Ken Cuccinelli should be President Trump's choice to head the Department of Homeland Security. You can read the original article in The Hill through this link.

President Donald Trump’s border security agenda has been frustrated by a host of Washington insiders. Indeed, the failure to fund the southern border wall when the GOP-controlled both chambers of Congress during Trump’s first two years in office was a colossal political and national security failure.

With the need to replace now-gone Kirstjen Nielsen as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), 36 conservative movement leaders including Reagan Attorney General Ed Meese, former Sen. Jim DeMint, Al Regnery, Brent Bozell, Ginni Thomas, Jenny Beth Martin and I sent a letter last week to President Trump  supporting the appointment of former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

Cuccinelli not only is a favorite of many constitutional conservatives, but he’s perfect to carry out Trump’s agenda at DHS. He has synergy with Trump as a no-nonsense immigration hawk. Like Trump, Cuccinelli is a strong law-and-order Republican; yet, both showed wisdom leading the charge to pass and enact the bipartisan, landmark criminal justice reform bill called the First Step Act.

Among the assets Trump would find with Cuccinelli is his ability to clearly articulate conservative positions even in a liberal-dominated television environment. As a CNN analyst, Cuccinelli was always outnumbered, but he never backed off articulating the principled conservative side of things.

The former Virginia attorney general knows how to run an agency and carry out policy. As a superb constitutional attorney, Cuccinelli easily articulates the bases of the correct positions on issues such as national sovereignty, birthright citizenship and proper criminal detention.

Trump’s trusted senior policy adviser Stephen Miller and Cuccinelli are on the same page when it comes to the policies overseen by DHS, so there would be little if any internal dispute about the Trump agenda. This is particularly important for those who understand that personnel is policy.

The biggest obstacles for Trump and Cuccinelli would come from the Washington political and media establishments. But that is particularly why Cuccinelli is a perfect fit for Trump. Both understand the value and importance of being disruptors, and both are seen as threats to the “Swamp.” It’s part of their charm.

What will intensify the deep state’s opposition to Cuccinelli — and what Americans should particularly admire about him as a law enforcement figure — is his understanding of, and dedication to, enforcing the Fourth Amendment. Particularly when it comes to mass surveillance by government, more commonly called spying, Cuccinelli has been a champion of our rights. Trump’s first-hand experience with being the victim of deep state spying may make him appreciate Cuccinelli’s Fourth Amendment expertise all the more.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already expressed opposition to Cuccinelli, who as president of the Senate Conservatives Fund led primary challenges to K Street-controlled, establishment Republicans. McConnell, therefore, may have a grudge, but one not based in Cuccinelli’s fitness for the job. McConnell has claimed that Cuccinelli would be difficult to confirm.

Trump, however, has newfound command in the post-Mueller investigation period that the Senate majority leader may be seriously underestimating. Trump survived an unprecedented barrage of political and media sabotage — a soft coup, to be more precise. Now unencumbered, Trump will be the dominant political force in America going into the 2020 elections. Just ask Lindsey Graham 2.0.

The path of least resistance that McConnell professes as his basis for concerns about a Cuccinelli confirmation is not what will please Trump and his base. Americans are afraid we are losing our country to the radical left and an invasion of illegal immigrants. McConnell’s path of least resistance will be seen as weakness and an impediment to the strength that is part of Trump’s brand.

By picking Cuccinelli, Trump would send a strong signal that he and his Make America Great Again agenda are in charge, no matter what McConnell may want. The senator should look at his own poll ratings to understand that he and his Senate majority should put on their MAGA hats and back Cuccinelli for DHS secretary, because they need Trump.

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Hon. Ken Cuccinelli would be an excellent asset to the Donald J. Trump administration as the new Secretary of Homeland Security to protect our border from violent illegal aliens that come through the border the commit
crimes and break the law. He would be perfect for the job being former district attorney in Virginia to protect Americans the people of the United States and our national security.

Ken Cuccinelli

He would be my choice also and the article effectively articulated the reasons why. By the way, the Senate Conservatives Fund and the House Freedom Fund received all of my donations during the last election cycle (although I did also make additional individual political donations to specific Conservative candidates). I contributed nothing to the Republican Senate Campaign Committee and nothing to the Republican Congressional Committee. The present cries from both fundraising efforts also fall on deaf ears after having control of Congress for two years and utterly failing to support the President. It is patiently obvious to me that the Republican leadership of both Houses, past and present, would rather use the current Democrat House majority as a means to wail and forecast imminent doom only for the purpose of raising money. The Republican Congress had TWO YEARS to accomplish the goals they promised the electorate but accomplished nothing legislatively. McConnell did an admirable job of confirming Judges and Justices. I will hand him that but he could have done much more. I expected him to. The Republican leaders have failed the Party base and make a clear case for Term Limits.


Mitch McConnell has been a "fly in the ointment" of conservative republicans his entire career in Congress. They need to do whatever is necessary to throw him out of the GOP altogether. At least his last three re-elections have been won solely with the help of the democrat party. They know he is a RINO and therefore order democrats to vote for him to keep him in office where he can plot against conservatives. Several political analysts have commented that two weeks before the elections McConnell is a dozen points behind but he wins by 10 - 12 points. That is way out of like with normal results. Crossover voting is the perfect answer to such remarkable results. To democrats a Rino is actually better than a ordinary democrat for obvious reasons.