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Dr. Rashad Richey

National TV Political Analyst, Talk Radio Host, Univ. Prof.

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Trump and GOP candidates keep talking about the wrong things

Jul 07, 2023

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The race for the GOP presidential nomination is on with at least 10 high-profile Republicans leading the charge. There’s former President Donald Trump, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) and former Vice President Mike Pence, just to name a few.

After observing how several candidates spent their Fourth of July stumping on the campaign trail, Straight Arrow News contributor Rashad Richey argues there’s a lack of clear strategies and objectives coming out of the growing field of GOP presidential contenders.

Okay, let’s talk about the nation celebration of Independence Day. We just celebrated the Fourth of July, right? A lot of food, a lot of get-togethers, a lot of pool parties, a lot of barbecue. Good stuff.

But it is supposed to represent the nation’s independence. Right? And typically individuals who either hold political office or they’re running for political office — they provide some type of patriotic proclamation via social media, via speech.

Well, what did the former President of the United States Donald Trump have to say for the Fourth of July? Well, he decided as his first act for the Fourth of July, the former president, Donald Trump, wanted you to know: “F Biden,” so he provided a meme, and the meme says, “I’ve never seen Biden, a pro-Biden flag. I’ve never seen pro-Biden hats. He got 81 million votes.As if, somehow, that celebrates Independence Day.

Or maybe, let’s go to Tim Scott, United States senator, South Carolina, running for president as well. What was his big announcement? He wanted the world to know that he wears patriotic socks. And his nephew, Ben Scott, is very proud of Uncle Timmy for being able to wear patriotic socks.

It’s a damn shame. None of these individuals are talking about what actually matters to you.

Okay, let’s talk about the nation celebration of Independence Day. We just celebrated Fourth of July, right? A lot of food, a lot of get togethers, a lot of pool parties, a lot of barbecue. Good stuff. But it is supposed to represent the nation’s independence. Right. And typically individuals who either a hold political office or they’re running for political office, they provide some type of patriotic proclamation via social media via speech. Well, what did the former president of the United States Donald Trump have to say, for the Fourth of July? Well, he decided as his first act for the Fourth of July, the former president, Donald Trump wanted you to know if Biden, so he provided a meme, and the meme says, I’ve never seen Biden a a pro Biden flag. I’ve never seen pro Biden hats. He got 81 million votes.

As if, somehow, that celebrates Independence Day.

Or maybe let’s go to Tim Scott, United States senators of South Carolina running for president as well. What was his big announcement, he wanted the world to know

that he wears patriotic socks.

And his nephew, Ben Scott, is very proud of Uncle Timmy. For being able to wear patriotic socks.

It’s a damn shame. None of these individuals are talking about what actually matters to you.

Recently, a poll was done by statistics. Here are the top five things you care about, number one,

poor leadership and government. Number two, economy. Number three, immigration, number four, cost of living? And number five, crime and violence.

Are they addressing those absolutes, from you? Know, let me take it out take you out of the partisan framework for just a moment. The game of politics is very simple, but we make it complex. It’s not about personality should not be about charisma and branding. It’s all about you, your community, your values, which create your agenda. Yes, you should have an agenda as a taxpaying individual, because literally your money goes toward implementing policies that are either a in a position to progress you or be in a position to oppose you.

So we do have a right to say something, have an opinion about how our government operates.

The top five things that are most important to the vast majority of Americans, regardless of party affiliation, we’re not addressed by some of the let’s just say major political figures on the right.

The game of politics is the game of chess, very similar.

There has to be a strategy. There should be an approach and an absolute goal.

I don’t see that level of focus from those running in this Republican primary.

Now, I’m not saying that you should all of a sudden become a lefty like myself, but I’m saying at least vote for people who support your agenda.

 

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