In the wake of Steve Bannon's ouster, some conservative Trump allies are concerned their values are now without a voice in the White House.
It's of course true Bannon was the greatest champion of his own brand of populist conservatism, an ideological blend that appealed to crossover voters and disaffected workers in the Rust Belt and rural America. But those who worry the president is now surrounded only by establishment centrists, destined to abandon the agenda they elected him to implement, should remember there are strong conservatives still embedded in the White House and the administration.
The vice president of the United States, for instance, is Mike Pence. In his role, Pence is an active and effective promoter of the most conservative parts of the Trump agenda. Conservatives concerned Bannon's departure leaves Trump deserted on an island of Manhattan moderates should not underestimate or overlook Pence's powerful influence.
Both Marc Short and Kellyanne Conway, two career-long movement conservatives, remain in the White House as well. The president's Cabinet, as others have said, is also widely-regarded by many on the Right as the most conservative Cabinet in modern history.
Furthermore, as Jonathan Swan of Axios reported, people close to Trump believe Bannon was his most "ideologically compatible" ally in the White House. Trump himself is the keeper of his own agenda. Bannon was not the sole defender of those ideas on Pennsylvania Avenue. His departure is significant, but those concerned it imperils the agenda should trust Pence and his fellow conservatives to mount aggressive defenses. In fact, with Bannon gone, the agenda may be less populist and more in line with their perspectives anyway.
Emily Jashinsky is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.