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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

Illustration on Biden's war on equality by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Joe Biden’s war on equality is pure racism

Not that you'd know it by watching CNN or scrolling through Twitter, but we've worked hard to end the practice of separate but equal in this country. Published February 26, 2021

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., right, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, July 20, 2020, in Washington. Congress is just starting to negotiate new legislation to renew coronavirus aid. But the biggest obstacles to a deal are already coming into view. The Democratic House passed a whopping $3.5 trillion coronavirus response bill more than two months ago and is demanding robust funding to help state and local governments. Republicans want to keep the bill closer to $1 trillion and are insisting on new legal protections for schools, businesses, and charities that are trying to reopen. It’s up to top congressional leaders to bridge the gaps as they negotiate with President Donald Trump's White House.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Bring on the GOP shadow Cabinet

What a waste. A month into the Biden presidency and congressional Republicans are still chasing their tails. Published February 19, 2021

In this Feb. 25, 2020, photo, Democratic presidential candidates, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, and former Vice President Joe Biden talk before a Democratic presidential primary debate in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) **FILE**

The Biden-Sanders COVID-19 cash conspiracy

When it comes to the $1.9 trillion Joe Biden-Bernie Sanders spending bill, Republicans must expose the Democrats' sleight of hand. Published February 12, 2021

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) ** FILE **

John Kerry: Joe Biden’s one-man wrecking ball

John Kerry has finally become the czar of his dreams. Mr. Kerry is the man who signed the Paris climate agreement and was selected last year by Joe Biden to serve as the first special presidential envoy for climate. Published February 5, 2021

President Joe Biden signs a series of executive orders on health care, in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden’s multipolar presidency is a major problem

Questions are swirling about which Joe Biden the nation elected: the driven yet amiable moderate of decades past, or an automaton beholden to his party's ascendent left wing. Published January 29, 2021

Illustration on the Trump Doctrine by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Trump Doctrine takes shape as 2018 comes to a close

Critics of President Trump often grumble that he lacks a coherent foreign policy vision, but as 2018 comes to a close, we're seeing a Trump Doctrine take shape. It's a set of policies that promote freedom around the world buttressed by real commitments to state sovereignty, economic security and energy independence. Published December 25, 2018