Today marks a historic day in our country’s history. Voters will go to the polls to choose between two vastly different candidates. Both have already changed the course of the American electorate for the foreseeable future.
One candidate is on the precipice of becoming the first female President of these United States of America. The other candidate is a business executive with no elected office experience who has never worked inside the federal government. The choice between these two couldn’t be more stark.
I think most of us can admit that Washington, D.C. is fundamentally broken. We have seen our national debt increase to almost $20 trillion. We continue to see bureaucrats inside the Veterans Administration receive bonuses while our veterans suffer and do not get the care they deserve. Politicians on both sides of the aisle have forgotten about the people they represent and have increasingly become beholden to special interests and big money donors. This must end.
Donald J. Trump has achieved remarkable success in every aspect of his life, whether as a best-selling author, a television personality, a businessman or most importantly as a father and grandfather. Mr. Trump is a winner. He is the big game player that you want to have the ball when you are down by two with 15 seconds in the game.
Bringing a winning mindset to the federal government is important if the United States is going to remain the dominant force in the world. Mr. Trump’s campaign slogan is “Make America Great Again.” Some might argue America is already great, but the bottom line is because of bad trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the North American Free Trade Agreement, other countries are eating our lunch. A significant portion of our manufacturing jobs in states like Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania have disappeared. We need a president who is willing to stand up for the American worker first, not one that is bought and paid for by Washington special interests. Not one that has used her time in government service to get rich and solicit millions of dollars of donations to her foundation from countries that demean women.
Hillary Clinton has had almost 30 years to fix a broken Washington, D.C. But instead of fixing it, she has just added to the problems. While she was a U.S. senator from New York, she promised to bring 200,000 new jobs to the state. That promise didn’t happen. Isn’t it time we hold our elected officials accountable? We have seen this movie before. Politicians make promises they don’t keep, and then blame someone else for their inability to not deliver and then ask for a promotion.
We need to change the way our leaders in Washington, D.C. act. The only way to do that is by electing people that are not beholden to special interests, who don’t need their money to get elected, who are only working for you; the American people.
I know Donald Trump. I had the privilege of traveling with him for 18 months straight. During that time, one constant theme emerged — he wants to leave our country in a better place for his children and grandchildren. This country has been very good to Donald Trump, and now he sees an opportunity to give back so that more people can live the American dream.
When you go to the ballot box, please remember: politicians have failed us for over 30 years. They only care about one thing: getting re-elected. It’s time to send a clear message to Washington, D.C.: We, the people, get to set the course of our country. We don’t like the direction it’s headed in, and we are going to change it. Radical change requires a shock to the system. That shock is Donald Trump for President.
Corey Lewandowski is a political commentator for CNN and served as the campaign manager of Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign for president from January 2015 to June 2016. He wrote this column at the request of the News as part of an insider series.