Political consultant Mary Matalin told PJ Media that President Donald Trump has done such an outstanding job she can “die happy now.”
Matalin left the Republican Party and registered as a Libertarian in 2016. She told PJ Media:
I always thought, as Reagan did, that libertarianism was central to conservatism. I have the same philosophy and I support the same policies. I just thought, at the time, it had nothing to do with Trump, whom I think is doing a great job. It’s just that I didn't see those principles and policies being reflected in the majorities that we kept electing.
So I don't know why it made any difference to anybody, but I want to re-express to myself, to my kids and my community, to remind them of what Reagan said about the balance between liberty, that tension and that part of preserving our freedom has to do with conservative policies. I think libertarianism precedes conservatism or it's certainly iatrical to it. So I didn't think it was that big of a deal; I didn’t leave the party and I can’t leave the party because it’s Hotel California.
She made the Hotel California comment in reference to the lyrics of an Eagles song of the same name.
“You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave,” the lyrics state.
What specifically does she like about Trump?
Matalin, a veteran Republican strategist, told PJ Media she’s pleased with Trump’s “fabulous” leadership on tax reform and public policy.
“I think he's stunning; he's a paradigmatic shift because, for him, I think, it's an isolated paradigm shift. I don't think anybody else can do it because everybody else who thinks they know about politics impedes their own forward motion by saying it can't be done. He doesn’t have that gene --everything can be done,” Matalin said.
“Everything is possible, and guess what? He has proved that it is. Do you know how many years, decades, I worked on tax reform? He did it like that; changing people's lives. Do you know how long we all ran against Obamacare?...The less reported is the most significant for the economy...regulatory relief,” she explained.
Trump’s regulatory relief agenda has “given hope back to the business community, young families and those preparing for retirement,” Matalin said.
Trump is a great overall president, she said.
"...He did what he said he was going to do and he is doing things he never imagined he would have to, so that’s really hard to do with a staff that was not quite seasoned – it’s just sheer force of will and force of personality. I think he’s doing great. He’s doing really great. I can die happy now. I was really worried about it,” Matalin said.
Why did she switch?
Back then, described herself as a voter as a “provisional Trump” and “never Hillary.”
“I’m not a Republican for a party or a person,” Matalin said. “The Libertarian Party represents those constitutional principles that I agree with.”