November 14, 2016

November 14, 2016 | Commentary on

Heritage Foundation Captures Media’s Attention After Election

Since President-elect Donald Trump’s historic win last week, The Heritage Foundation is receiving some serious media attention.

It seems that just about every major news organization—print, radio, and television—has something to say about Heritage’s influence on the incoming Trump administration.

“We’re happy to be a part of the conversation and to have the opportunity to work with Donald Trump,” says Wesley Denton, Heritage’s group vice president for communications.

“Throughout this election, we have been working hard to promote solid conservative policy solutions for whomever assumed office and we would love to see those policies take shape.”

Many news outlets like the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post have focused on Heritage’s impact on Trump’s list of potential Supreme Court nominees.

“Trump has said his nominee will come from the list compiled with the help of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, and the legal group, the Federalist Society,” writes the Washington Post.

Some have focused on Heritage’s impact on defense issues. “What we do know is that Trump has been drawing many of his defense proposals from the National Defense Panel and the Heritage Foundation,“ writes Forbes.

Other reporters have made note of Heritage experts who are part of Trump’s transition team.

“The Heritage Foundation has not only produced its Blueprint for Reform to which the Trump camp appears closely attached, but has also seen its former president, Ed Feulner, appointed several months ago to chair the Trump Transition Team—the group developing policy options and possible appointees to cabinet and other governmental positions,” writes the Wire.

Journalists have also noted Heritage’s position in Washington after a turbulent election.

“The Heritage Foundation might be the biggest winner of 2016. The conservative think tank bet big on Donald Trump by biting their tongue and overlooking many of his conservative heresies. While others turned their nose up at Trump, they were the ones reading the electorate,” writes the Washington Examiner.

In the days after Trump’s victory, Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint appeared on several TV networks to talk about the path forward. 

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Michelle Oddis Cordero Managing Editor, Heritage.org
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