In the minds of Democrats and the media, President Donald Trump lost the election and, despite the fact that his term doesn’t expire until noon on Jan. 20, they would just as soon see him vacate the office right now.
Imagine their great consternation then when it was announced Tuesday that Trump’s nominee to the Federal Communications Commission, Nathan Simington, was confirmed 49-46 by the Senate and will soon begin work on the important board, Breitbart reported.
Trump’s FCC nominee
Simington was nominated by Trump to serve a five-year term on the FCC in September after Trump pulled the nomination for a second term of former Republican FCC commissioner Michael O’Rielly.
Simington will join Brandon Carr as another Republican on the five-member commission that also hosts two Democrats. Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has already announced his intention to step down from the commission at the end of January, which will leave the commission deadlocked at 2-2 until another chairman can be nominated and confirmed.
According to an article from The Washington Post, that likely deadlocked status on the FCC means that little should be expected in terms of partisan agenda achievements for either side for the time being.
Assuming that Democratic nominee Joe Biden is eventually sworn-in but Republicans maintain control of the Senate, it could be quite some time before Biden is ever able to get a Democratic FCC chair nominee of his choosing confirmed to the vital role.
Breitbart reported in September that the D.C. bureaucratic establishment was panicking over Simington’s nomination largely due to the fact that nobody really knew him or what he was about. Various insiders interviewed by Law360 about the relatively unknown FCC nominee labeled him unconventional and “unusual” and, for some, a cause for great concern given the limited insight into his ideology and policy agenda.
More has been learned about Simington following his confirmation hearings in the Senate, according to The Post, such as his opposition to the left’s net neutrality rules, his openness to reforming Section 230 and its grant of immunity to Big Tech giants, as well as his commitment to deregulation of the telecommunications industry.
His 49-46 confirmation came despite great objections from Senate Democrats, including Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), who called Simington “deeply dangerous,” and Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI), who smeared him as having “no qualifications beyond his loyalty to an outgoing wannabe autocrat.”
President Trump may or may not be leaving office in January — he has yet to concede the race and various legal challenges remain pending — but one thing is clear: he will keep working until his final day in office, whenever that may be.
The confirmation of Simington to the FCC is just the latest win for Trump over the D.C. swamp populated by bureaucrats and establishment politicians.
Simington’s presence on the commission for the next five years will be a lasting reminder of the president’s achievements and influence even if Trump himself is no longer in the White House.