I recently participated in a debate on Sky News Arabia with a Democratic strategist about the contrast between President Joe Biden’s divisive speech last Thursday and former President Donald Trump’s speech a few days later in Wisconsin. Throughout the conversation, my opponent continually brought up the riot at the U.S. Capitol building that occurred on Jan. 6, 2021.
I let the Democrat do this a few times before I decided to pounce. I pointed out that the reason why he continued bringing up Jan. 6, even when asked questions that had nothing to do with the riot, is the same reason why Democrats in Congress and in the activist media continue hammering the American public with it: They have nothing on which to run.
But now, Democrats are also trying to leverage the FBI’s Mar a Lago probe to get everyone’s focus on Trump. Unfortunately, too many Republicans are falling into the trap, spending more time defending the former president than remaining on the offense. I’m not the only one who has noticed this. Mark Meckler, president of Convention of States Action, called on Republicans to focus their messaging on issues that are actually on Americans’ minds.
“There are people who might disagree with me, but I don’t really want to hear about Mar-a-Lago and the raid,” Meckler said in an interview with PJ Media. “That’s not going to help Republicans. If you make this an election for or against Donald Trump, we’re not going to do that well.”
Meckler did not downplay the significance of the raid of Trump’s home and agrees that it should be a point of conversation. However, he believes it should take the place of honing on areas where Democrats have failed the American people on issues that are actually affecting everyday folks.
“This needs to be about the economy. About freedom. About the fact Democrats are fascists. About the idea that they are trying to impose pornography and bizarre gender-bending stuff on our little children. That is the stuff that resonates with Americans across the board,” Meckler asserted, also noting that GOP will fare better in the upcoming congressional elections if they focus more on the economy, crime, and other issues.
Axios reported that several Republican lawmakers are concerned that the races could also be too Trump-focused. “Top Republicans’ biggest private fear — that November’s midterms will turn on public opinion about former President Trump, not inflation and crime — is unfolding across the political landscape,” according to the author.
Polling shows that Meckler is correct in his assertions. A Pew Research poll conducted in August showed that neither the FBI raid nor Jan. 6 are top concerns for voters going into November.
When asked about their top issues for the upcoming elections, 77% said the economy is “very important.” About 62% cited gun policy. Violent crime was a top issue for 60% of respondents. Health care (60%), voting policies (59%), and education (58%) were also deemed to be “very important.”
Interestingly enough, most of these issues are topics that Democrats have performed the worst. Nobody is thinking about the FBI raid or Jan. 6 when they go to the grocery stores and feeling anxious when they see the exorbitant prices they are paying. Folks are definitely more concerned about the quality of education their children are getting – and many are not too happy about leftist attempts to indoctrinate students into progressive ideology. In certain areas, being afraid of heightened crime rates largely because of Democrats’ soft policies is a huge issue.
Of course, this is not to say we shouldn’t be talking about the FBI’s probe. It is certainly an important issue that could end up tearing the nation apart – especially if the Justice Department decides to indict Trump after the midterms, as many have speculated.
But right now, we have to make sure Democrats no longer hold the legislature. We need Republicans in Washington who will put a stop to Biden’s agenda and also look into problematic elements in his administration. This cannot be done by remaining on the defense. Conservatives should constantly be screaming from the rooftops about how abysmal the Democrats’ performance has been since they took control of the government last year. This is what will motivate people to vote them out in November.