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GUEST COLUMN: Conservative Summit full of ideas

By: Weston Imer Guest opinion
July 30, 2017 Updated: August 1, 2017 at 4:05 pm

The 8th annual Western Conservative Summit was held July 21-23 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. The summit featured speakers from around the country and even speakers direct from the White House.

I was impressed with the quality of the speakers and the number of young conservatives at the summit.

The right is too hung up on how many young leftists are coming up and should realize how many young conservatives we have to combat the liberal youths who get more attention.

Among speakers I most enjoyed at the Summit were Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, President Donald Trump's attorney Jay Sekulow, author and former political commentator Katie Pavlich and former Sen. Jim DeMint.

I was able to interview each to gain insights beyond what they said in their talks. I asked them all the same questions: "What do you think of President Trump's progress so far?"; and "What do you think he could change and what do you think he could improve on?"

Pavlich was straight-forward and was very kind. When I asked her how her name was pronounced, she said: "Its Pav-litch not Pavlick, and I am glad you asked cause, people say it incorrectly all the time! Bill O'Reilly said it incorrectly for years! I am so so glad you asked!" After exchanging pleasantries, we got down to the questions.

The answer Pavlich's gave to my question was: "I think that he actually, if you look at the results of what he's doing on the business and economic side, he's been incredibly effective. If you look at the economy, I mean the economic numbers that aren't really getting as much attention; because of other distractions. People feel like they can grow their business, the Dow is at new records and has been for weeks on end, and you know the media decides legislative success are the way to judge a presidency, but I think that is an inaccurate way of portraying success. I think that is, you look at a lot of the other factors like: Deregulation and trying to really push aside things that really regulate growth, I think that he has done a really good job."

Day one of the summit was pretty lit, but day two was even more exciting with discussion panels and talks by Sekulow and former Sen. DeMint.

Former Sen. DeMint spoke as part of a panel advocating convention of the states. After the panel discussion, I asked him my questions.

"I am convinced that he (President Trump) is trying to keep his promises," Sen. DeMint said. "Every time I have talked to him since the election, that always comes up first, how can he do what he promised? He has also had trouble with Congress with getting things through. He has done as well as he can."

Sekulow closed out Saturday evening by joining the band to play drums after his speech. I posed my questions to him afterward at a press conference.

"Well, I am his attorney not his political adviser but I will say this. I think, and I said this tonight, you have Neil Gorsuch as Justice to the Supreme Court, had a whole executive order to the asylum of illegal immigrants that was just held constitutional by the Supreme Court, and hopefully an order on health care soon," Mr. Seculow said.

I was honored to attend the Western Conservative Summit, with access to several great speakers. I am also honored to write this column for the Colorado Springs Gazette. I hope you enjoyed it!


Weston Imer, 13, gained national attention in 2016 by working as co-chair of the Jefferson County Trump campaign and "running operations" for the organization when he was 12.

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