‘President Trump is not…’
Fox News contributor Lisa Boothe believes Donald Trump achieved what no other Republican presidential candidate could in 2016, and has the capacity to achieve in his administration what a traditional politician may not.
Boothe, who grew up in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and has been around politics for her entire life, joined the Fox News team last fall as a commentator.
The thirty-two-year old’s father worked as a legislative aide on Capitol Hill for a Republican senator while she was coming of age, which meant a very early exposure to politics at the highest level.
“I have always been sort of a daddy’s girl, so (politics) was an interest that we shared,” she told Western Journalism. “It was something that [her family] would talk about at the dinner table.”
Boothe is the second of four children, and the only girl.
“Dealing with three brothers toughens you up, so I feel like it prepared me for politics,” she joked. “My older brother would practice WWF moves on me.”
Many online thought the Fox News personality did her own version of a smackdown on Hillary Clinton while filling in as a guest host on The Five Friday night.
Boothe called the former Democrat presidential nominee “the most soulless woman on the planet.”
“[She] would literally sell her daughter to be president, literally sell her only child to be president,” she added.
Chelsea Clinton took to Twitter to defend her mother, denying the former first lady would ever put her daughter up for sale.
Asked about the controversy, Boothe said, “I was just driving home a point that Hillary Clinton is blindly ambitious, and I have to imagine that I am not the only person that shares that opinion.”
That comment came in the context of a discussion on the Russia investigation, which Boothe observed the Democrats are trying to use to delegitimize Trump’s win last fall, and therefore his administration as a whole.
“You look at the actual information that damaged [Hillary Clinton] the most,” Booth said, “that was the biggest indictment of her and her character, it was self-inflicted wounds. It was setting up the private email server, the deleting tens of thousands of emails with BleachBit, the Clinton Foundation and the quid pro quo … It was all self-inflicted.”
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The commentator believes that Trump is not given enough credit for what he was able to pull off last fall, even among some in GOP circles.
“I don’t know of any other Republican candidate that would be able to achieve and pull together the coalition that he was able to become president of the United States,” she said.
“President Trump is not as beholden to public opinion, as many members of Congress and many politicians are,” Boothe added, “so I think … that mindset” enables him to provide leadership in areas where others might “shy away from” the challenge.
The key now is to turn solid policy proposals into legislative victories.
“I think that President Trump, if he wants to, and if the administration can get more organized, can accomplish a lot for the country,” she said.
It was a love of country that led Boothe to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a legislative aide on Capitol Hill after graduating from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2007 with a degree in political science.
Boothe was a communications director for multiple congressional offices, including current Freedom Caucus chairman Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina.
When Meadows asked her about her career goals, and she told him that she would like to eventually work her way into being a broadcast journalist.
However, Boothe was not always comfortable with the prospect of appearing in front of the camera.
She had never appeared on television before when in 2012, while working on a U.S. Senate race in Wisconsin, she was tasked by the campaign manager with being the candidate’s spokesperson in the spin room following a debate.
“I was very nervous about it,” Boothe recalled. “I made sure [the campaign manager] was aware of the fact that I had never done this before.”
It turned out that she was a natural and really enjoyed the repartee with reporters.
Boothe left her work on Capitol Hill in 2013 to enter the private sector, working as a campaign consultant and in political polling, and founded her own political consulting company last year called High Noon Strategies.
She also began writing political commentary for various media outlets, including the Washington Examiner. Her writing led to an invite to participate in a online program at Fox, which led to her current gig as a contributor.
Boothe said one of the most rewarding aspects of the job is being able to meet so many people in the green room and on-air who are leaders in the field, whether political, military or cultural.
She recounted that one particularly meaningful moment was running into Meadows in the green room, and him expressing how proud he was of her achieving her dream.
“I feel blessed to be able to do something that I enjoy doing,” Boothe said of working at Fox News Channel. Her desire is to make a “contribution to the dialogue” in the issues that are important to the people and that shape the future of the country.
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Source: Western Journalism