Author Ryan Girdusky: RNC worked best when highlighting 'regular people' as opposed to 'standard Republicans'

Author Ryan Girdusky said Monday that the 2020 Republican National Convention was at its best when highlighting people from outside politics.

The author of “They’re Not Listening: How The Elites Created the Nationalist Populist Revolution” said the RNC’s highlights had been speeches by “regular people,” such as Cuban refugee Maximo Alvarez. The low points, he said, were the speeches by politicians, who he dismissed as “a lot of hacks and no one really capable of … carrying Trump’s message.”

“I think aesthetically, obviously, they sat there and tried to appeal to moderates and suburban women… but while the aesthetics were appealing to these voters, the messaging really wasn’t there. So it was tax cuts rather than talking about the price of education or the price of health care. I think that aesthetically alone you’re not going to win over people while the messaging is clearly void of what they’re talking about at home.

President TrumpDonald TrumpVeteran accused in alleged border wall scheme faces new charges Arizona Republicans to brush off DOJ concern about election audit FEC drops investigation into Trump hush money payments MORE’s own address, he added, was “fine” but “a little one-note.” Meanwhile, he questioned the appeal of speakers like former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNikki HaleyPollster Frank Luntz: 'I would bet on' Trump being 2024 GOP nominee DNC gathers opposition research on over 20 potential GOP presidential candidates Will DeSantis, Rubio and Scott torch each other to vault from Florida to the White House? MORE and Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottUpdating the aging infrastructure in Historically Black Colleges and Universities McConnell amid Trump criticism: 'I'm looking forward, not backward' The instructive popularity of Biden's 'New Deal' for the middle class MORE (R-S.C.), saying they were “standard Republicans” rather than capable of bringing in new voters.

Girdusky also said the convention erred in not doing more to appeal to former supporters of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders on Cheney drama: GOP is an 'anti-democratic cult' Briahna Joy Gray: Biden campaign promises will struggle if Republicans win back Congress Biden backs COVID-19 vaccine patent waivers MORE (I-Vt.).

“They really just gave up wholeheartedly on even trying to win over Bernie Sanders supporters,” Girdusky said Monday in a HillTV interview. “That was a major part of Trump’s 2016 campaign [but] that was not present whatsoever in this convention.”