Republicans are winning minority voters to make difference in 2020

During the 2018 midterms in Florida, we saw an unprecedented number of African American women voters cast their ballots for elected governor Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisJournalist covering Trump trip to Florida tests positive for coronavirus Governors declare emergency as hurricane bears down on Florida Florida newspaper editorial board asks DeSantis to issue statewide mask order: 'We're dying here' MORE. These women were concerned about school choice, an issue that he backed, and their votes ultimately helped deliver a victory for the Republican Party. This is just one example of the impact of our ongoing engagement with the diverse communities of our country.

The permanent field program of the Republican National Committee is built upon engagement with all voters on the issues they care about the most. Our volunteers and staff are not only activists, they are neighbors and friends who keep us connected with the needs and concerns of people in every corner of the country, including minority communities.

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Ahead of the 2020 elections, we will continue to double down on building meaningful relationships with our diverse communities and make sure they know the benefits of the Trump administration policies for their families and their neighborhoods. We know these relationships are not built in a day. We made investments and commitments over the long term to different communities over many election cycles because we recognize that future Republican victories will depend on their support.

Our team hosted hundreds of events during the 2018 cycle with Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, and African Americans. We met with them in person to discuss the issues that matter to them the most through direct conversations with community leaders, local officials, and neighbors on the ground. We hosted roundtables with pastors in Texas, Ohio, Michigan, and Georgia. We participated in town halls in Colorado and North Carolina about school choice, which is an important issue for African Americans and Hispanic Americans. We organized minority small business owner workshops in Florida and Ohio, a first time home buyer workshop in Virginia, and many house meetings about tax cuts across the country.

Early this year, the Republican National Committee held a viewing party for the movie “Black Panther” and a discussion panel in Michigan for more than 100 people, where we discussed tax reform and civic engagement. Attendees at this event told us they were glad we showed up because politicians from either party had never reached out to them before. We later hosted our Trailblazer Awards to honor the contributions of African American Republicans whose great leadership has shaped our nation.

Our approach is to hire staff and recruit volunteers and activists from within different communities. We train grassroots leaders through our Republican Leadership Initiative program. We hired local staffers in Florida who would become part of our permanent field program and engage with our Puerto Rican neighbors. This team organized “bienvenidos” meetings geared toward helping Puerto Ricans get acquainted to their new home.

The Republican National Committee also has staff to engage with Asian Americans. We held more than 70 events in their communities, from California and Arizona to Nevada and Virginia. Our Asian American volunteers helped us make millions of voter contacts across dozens of states this cycle. We are so grateful for the dedication of activists like these, who enrich our country and make our big tent even bigger.

As we head into the 2020 cycle, we will continue to expand our presence and connect with even more voters, getting them energized about the support of the Trump administration for minority communities. The policies of President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhite House sued over lack of sign language interpreters at coronavirus briefings Wife blames Trump, lack of masks for husband's coronavirus death in obit: 'May Karma find you all' Trump authorizes reduced funding for National Guard coronavirus response through 2020 MORE have lifted up Americans across the nation, creating a roaring economy and driving down the unemployment rate to the best level in nearly 50 years. African American, Hispanic, and Asian unemployment have all reached record lows under this president.

On the upcoming anniversary of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, we will celebrate the ways it has helped Americans keep more of their paychecks and made it easier for them to start and grow businesses. The Republican tax cuts are helping the millions of Hispanic owned businesses that contribute more than $700 billion to our economy every year. They have also been a boon for rapidly growing African American and Asian owned small businesses, which employ millions of people across the country.

President Trump champions policies that are important for minority communities, including school choice, religious freedom, and criminal justice reform. Under his leadership, there has been support of historically black colleges and universities, along with full forgiveness of more than $300 million in disaster relief loans after Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. President Trump has been a strong advocate for prison reform and the First Step Act, which will help former inmates rejoin civilian society.

As the Trump administration continues to fight for the American people, the Republican Party will work hard to keep him in the White House in 2020. Our engagement with minority communities in the United States has reached historic heights in recent years, and we are committed to strengthening it in the many years ahead. Why? The future of our country is at stake here, and our shared values will always be worth fighting for.

Ronna McDaniel is chairwoman of the Republican National Committee.