Washington, D.C., and Mar-A-Lago, Florida, December 27 – Former President Donald Trump remains among the most powerful Americans for two reasons: first, a sizable portion of American voters believe he won the 2020 Presidential Election, so he remains the “legitimate” president; second, he remains outspoken about many issues vital to the Nation.
The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, continues the tradition of listing the Power Top Ten, the ten most powerful people in the United States. The Power Top Ten doesn’t commemorate the ten best people in America necessarily, but the most powerful people who are actually able to accomplish political, business, or policy goals. In other words, she or he can get things done in America.
So far, The Golden Hammer has named eight other people in the Power Top Ten:
#3, Dr. Anthony Fauci
#4, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
#5, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell
#6, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos
#7, West Virginia United States Senator Joe Manchin
#8, New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
#9, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
#10, President Joe Biden.
#2: Former President Donald Trump
Perhaps more than at any other time in American history, a former American President hasn’t hesitated to be an outspoken critic of his successor. Obama’s criticism of Trump or even Teddy Roosevelt’s eventual harsh criticism of his former friend William Howard Taft’s handling of the Payne-Aldrich Tariff didn’t approach President Trump’s criticism of his bungling successor Joe Biden.
That criticism in and of itself is so unique in American politics that it has ensure Trump’s relevance during the Biden administration. With Biden’s terrible record on immigration – the issue where Trump’s record arguably was strongest – and with respect to the withdrawal from Afghanistan, he’s been an easy target for Trump who has made clear he intends to run for President in 2024.
Trump remains the clear leader of the Republican Party nationally and locally. Candidates running for office, even those who have not been Trump supporters, desperately seek the former President’s endorsement. A super example is the fight among candidates for the 8th Congressional District in Texas where three serious candidates vie for the open seat powerful Congressman Kevin Brady will vacate at the end of 2022 and all three are seeking the Trump endorsement: Jonathan Hullihan (attorney and veteran), Morgan Luttrell (businessman and veteran), and Chris Collins (political promoter). The Trump “campaign” asks for a $100,000 contribution to procure an endorsement. Through those contributions and many others, Trump is, by far, the leading fundraiser in the Republican Party, having raised just slightly over $100 million in 2021 alone.
Never before has a former President continued to hold the sway over his political party and over politics in general that has President Trump. His drive and personality continue to dominate American politics. Even the Biden Administration has shown some indications that they listen to and react both for and against pronouncements from the former President.
Even though he no longer resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, Donald Trump gets the job done in American politics far more effectively than anyone (with one exception).