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Tom Basile

Tom Basile

Tom Basile is the host of "America Right Now" and "Wake Up America Weekend" on Newsmax Television. Throughout his decades in government, politics, media and business he’s earned a reputation for credibility, candor and common sense conservatism. During this career his columns have been published in a range of outlets including Forbes and Fox News. He previously hosted ‘Sunday in America’ for SiriusXM Radio. Basile served in the administration of President George W. Bush in various capacities including as an advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad for which he received the Joint Civilian Service Commendation from the Department of Defense. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed Tough Sell: Fighting the Media War in Iraq as well as Let it Sink In: The Decade of Obama and Trump. He served as Executive Director of the New York State Republican Party from 2009-2011 and is a veteran of local, state and national campaigns.  Basile is a member of the New York Bar and an Advisory Board Member of the Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs at Hofstra University. He is a Knight Commander in the Roman Catholic Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and is a member of the Knights of Columbus.  Basile and his family live in New York where he runs a strategic communications firm. Learn more about him at He can be reached at

Columns by Tom Basile

Hand Wringing Over Who's afraid of Trump Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Who’s afraid of Donald Trump?

After more than a year of calling him, "my predecessor" or "the other guy" President Biden mentioned former President Donald Trump by name this week. Published July 29, 2022

Dr. Anthony Fauci and Science Fiction Poster Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Fauci and the case for mandatory retirement

It should be no shock to anyone that Dr. Anthony Fauci caused some confusion last week. This time, though, it was over his statements about his retirement. Published July 22, 2022

Exit New York Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

I never thought I’d leave New York

I never thought I'd leave, but this week my family joined the nearly 1.5 million New Yorkers who, over the last dozen years, have chosen to call somewhere else home. Published July 15, 2022

Illustration on the left's reparations by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Reparations: The left’s new segregation

The media is calling it "groundbreaking." A recent report from the California Reparations Task Force is spurring a movement to dress up welfare in a noxious new wrapper. Published July 8, 2022

GOP (Republican Party) ideological purity litmus test Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The GOP’s right-wing, ideological purity litmus test lunacy

Republicans' opportunity to reclaim the mantle of leadership will be squandered if party leadership, conservative media and voters on the far-right demand adherence to unachievable standards for ideological purity. Published June 24, 2022

Trump's Fading Influence on GOP Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Trump’s not-so-tight grip on the GOP

If you listen to left-wing media, you'd think Republican voters across the nation are lemmings hanging on every word of former President Donald Trump. Published June 3, 2022

A woman pays her respects at a memorial site for the victims killed in this week's shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Friday, May 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

Only faith and wisdom will reduce the senseless violence

As the nation struggles to make sense of the senseless tragedy in Uvalde, Texas, calls for action resound from the grief-stricken, the television talking heads, the political class as well as ordinary Americans shocked by the horror. Published May 27, 2022

McDonald's in Russia and Putin illustration by Linas Garsys / The Washington Times

Could McDonald’s bring down Putin?

Not long after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union, a ubiquitous symbol of American capitalism found its way to the streets once ruled by Stalin's iron fist. Published May 20, 2022

Illustration on MAGA and Trump hysteria by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The ‘ultra-MAGA’ monster mirage

If the brain trust that runs the Republican Party is at all honest, they have to admit the left's message machine is extraordinary. Published May 13, 2022

Fixing Twitter and Town Square Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

What Elon Musk can’t fix about Twitter

The hyperbole coming out of the left over Elon Musk's potential purchase of Twitter is proof positive they're scared witless over the fate of their preferred vehicle for information management. Published April 29, 2022

Trump's Georgia Problem Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Trump’s Georgia problem

Last week, former President Donald Trump returned to the battleground state of Georgia for one of his signature "Save America" rallies. Published April 1, 2022