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Alabama Republicans want to name Trump “one of the greatest presidents in history”

One prominent Alabama Republican columnist said: “I do not care to comment on this historically illiterate resolution.”


When the Alabama Republican Party executive committee meets for its annual winter meeting on Feb. 27, the committee will consider a resolution that would commend former President Donald Trump as one of the greatest presidents in American history.

This resolution was submitted by several ALGOP executive committee members: former state Rep. Perry Hooper Jr. of Montgomery County, Jeana Boggs of Elmore County, Suzelle Josey of Autauga County, Rev. John Killian of Fayette County, Dennis Beavers of Blount County, Linda Overton of Houston County and Ann Bennett of Lee County.

The resolution as written includes the line: “President Donald J. Trump was one of the greatest and most effective Presidents in the 245-year history of this Republic.”

The resolution cites several of what Republicans view as accomplishments of Trump including:

  • putting “the American people and the American worker first in all his decisions and policies”
  • developing the “effective COVID -19 vaccines in record time”
  • enacting “the largest tax cuts and reforms in American history by signing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law”
  • withdrawing “from the job-and-trade-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership…and NAFTA”
  • standing “up to China bringing back manufacturing industry to the U.S.”
  • his decision to “withdrew from the job-killing Paris Climate Agreement”
  • “record low unemployment rates for all Americans, including African, Hispanic and Asian-Americans prior to the pandemic”
  • appointing “three constitutional conservative justices to the U.S. Supreme Court”
  • building “up and bolstered all of the U.S. military branches around the world”
  • the Space Force
  • withdrawing “from the shady Iran nuclear deal”
  • moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem
  • and “initiating the Israel-UAE (and other surrounding nations) accord providing more stability and commerce in the Middle East”

The resolution includes another line, which claims: “President Trump accomplished more in 48 months than Joe Biden did in 48 years as a senator and vice-president.”

Not every Alabama Republican is as big a fan of Trump. Quinn Hillyer, a noted conservative columnist and author whose columns have appeared in a number of national publications, stated in the 2016 campaign that he would never support Trump for president, and nothing that has happened in the last four years has swayed his opinion of the former president.

When asked about the proposed resolution declaring Trump one of the nation’s greatest presidents, Hillyer said: “I do not care to comment on this historically illiterate resolution.”

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If passed by the Alabama Republican executive committee, this resolution would be sent to the Republican executive committees of each state, to each Republican member of Alabama’s congressional delegation and to Trump himself.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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