- - Monday, January 9, 2023

Since former President Donald Trump boldly announced his campaign for the next presidential election in 2024 just two months ago at Mar-a-Lago, the media and the establishment haven’t known exactly what to do.

There have been the usual smears and phony “scandals,” there have been predictable attempts by the Republican establishment to blame the GOP’s midterm disappointments on Mr. Trump, and there has been plenty of wishful thinking in the media on how he can’t win again.

This is all nonsense. Mr. Trump has the strongest record of anyone running for president in 2024, the best chance of any Republican in the general election, and a serious and impressive agenda for his second term on America First policies.

Mr. Trump has a solid record of delivering on his promises. During his presidency, the economy boomed, the stock market soared, and unemployment fell to a 50-year low. Mr. Trump kept us out of foreign wars and fought every day to build the wall and enforce our immigration law. He also reshaped the judiciary and named three Supreme Court justices who handed power back to the states and the people, all while fighting the fake news attacks and hoax investigations every step of the way. He is, without a doubt, the most effective conservative leader in a generation.

President Biden’s administration is working hard and fast to undo all the good that Mr. Trump accomplished. The stock market closed out with the worst year since the Great Recession of 2008. The border is wide open, inflation is crushing Americans, and the United States is once again sending billions overseas while our veterans are forgotten and left behind. Sixty-three percent of Americans think this country is on the wrong track, and so do I.

As impressive as Mr. Trump’s first term was, he’s not just running on that for 2024. Only two months into his campaign, the former president has already outlined several ambitious proposals for a second term.

Mr. Trump understands, above all else, the massive threat that Mr. Biden’s open border poses to America and is focused on permanently fixing America’s immigration policy. A second Trump term means no amnesty ever, finishing the wall, and it means a serious look at our legal immigration policies.

He has also announced a bold plan to support free speech and fight Big Tech censorship, perhaps one of the most significant issues of our time. Mr. Trump plans to pass a digital bill of rights to protect your free speech online, to fire any federal bureaucrat who has engaged in censorship, and to revise Section 230.

It’s possible that the 2020 election could have gone very differently if not for the suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story just before the election. Free speech online is crucial to conservative victory now and in the future, and Mr. Trump understands more than anyone the importance of it.

The effort to effectively staff the next Trump administration with conservatives who agree with Mr. Trump’s ideas is already underway. Moreover, Mr. Trump will clean house of the deep state federal employees who threaten to stall his America First priorities. Personnel is policy, and Mr. Trump knows this better than ever. This administration will put America first, not the D.C. swamp.

A second Trump administration will accomplish many important conservative goals. There is no better Republican candidate, not electorally, not on the issues, and not on governance. That’s why every RealClearPolitics poll shows Mr. Trump leading the primary field because Republican voters know who they want and trust to deliver them victory.

Mr. Trump is the best hope for American greatness in 2024.

• Rep. Troy E. Nehls, a Republican, represents Texas’ 22nd Congressional District. From 2013 to 2021, he served as the sheriff of Fort Bend County, Texas.

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