What Trump and the GOP need to tell Americans
This week’s Republican National Convention is a pivotal moment for President Trump and the Republican Party. It’s the president’s opportunity to highlight his forward vision for the country, and his chance to tell the American people how he’ll lead us through the coronavirus pandemic and the next four years.
Republicans must put forth solutions for American workers and small business owners who continue to be impacted by shutdowns related to the virus. Democrats failed to work with Republicans on another much-needed stimulus bill, all while passing a $25 billion U.S. Postal Service stimulus bill to ensure that mail-in voting can happen. For Democrats, this is all about politics — not about passing legislation to help Americans who are out of work and need unemployment money, or the small businesses that have run out of Paycheck Protection Program funding and now might be forced to close their doors for good.
During the Democratic convention, Democrats made an emotional appeal to voters, telling them that “the sky is falling” — but if that were true, why didn’t they offer any substantive policy positions to correct course? They railed against President Trump and Republicans for causing everything that’s wrong in America and the world. Still, they did not offer specifics to outline what they would do to correct their perceived problems. Democrats’ failure to delineate anything of substance is an opportunity for Republicans and President Trump to do the opposite.
During this unusual convention, Republicans and the president should offer solutions for the rising crime and looting that’s wreaking havoc across the United States. Communities and businesses are being destroyed because of Democrats’ soft policies on crime, including refusals to prosecute in some cities.
Republicans should talk about Democrats’ continued leftward push, and their calls for a socialist nation and the impact that would have on the United States. They need to explain that, under Democratic leadership, capitalism would come to an end and social welfare programs would bankrupt the country. To draw a contrast, Republicans can talk about opportunities under capitalism that can help lift people out of poverty. They should talk about how, under a capitalist system, everyone has a chance to thrive and reach their version of the American Dream. In essence, they need to give people hope, which is what so many desperately need.
President Trump must strike the right balance and differ from Joe Biden. He can talk about how great the economy was before COVID-19 and how, under his leadership, America can turn the page on the virus and get the economy running again. He needs to lean into the economic gains made during the first three years of his presidency, and illustrate that only under Republican leadership will those gains return.
Republicans also have an opportunity to talk directly to Americans — particularly minority citizens, to offer them opportunities. Many communities across the United States have depended on Democratic leadership for decades, and yet, poverty persists. Republicans should speak directly to those voters about their realities. It’s not about liking President Trump or any Republicans; it’s about people’s well-being and way of life.
This convention must be about moving forward. A president running for reelection has to tell the American people what he has done and what he continues to do to make the country work for all of its citizens. President Trump can draw a clear contrast between his plans and those proposed by Biden and the Democratic Party.
This election is one of the most pivotal in our nation’s history. America is at a crossroad, and voters must decide if our country is going to embrace socialism, lawlessness and open borders — or if it’s going to embrace capitalism, faith, family, community and opportunity. That is what the Republicans’ message should be: Opportunity for all Americans.
Armstrong Williams (@ARightSide) is the owner and manager of Howard Stirk Holdings I & II Broadcast Television Stations and the 2016 Multicultural Media Broadcast Owner of the Year. He is the author of “Reawakening Virtues.”
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