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The State of the Western Mass Republican Party | Connecting Point | June 22, 2018

The State of the Western Mass Republican Party | Connecting Point | June 22, 2018


>>I
SAT DOWN WITH REPUBLICANS TO GET A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF
WHERE THE PARTY IS TODAY.>>OBVIOUSLY, WE WON THE WHITE
HOUSE WHICH WAS A MAJOR VICTORY IN 2016. AND A MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENT FOR
THE REPUBLICAN PARTY DRIVEN BY A STRONG AND DYNAMIC INDIVIDUAL
AND PRESIDENT TRUMP. WE CONTROL BOTH HOUSES OF
CONGRESS. AND MAJORITY OF SUPREME COURT. WE CONTROL THE MOST
GOVERNORSHIPS AS WELL AS THE STATE LEGISLATURES. HERE IN MASSACHUSETTS, WE HAVE
GOVERNOR BAKER. BUT WE NEED TO DO A LOT BETTER
AT THE STATE LEGISLATIVE LEVEL.>>YOU’VE BEEN INVOLVED IN
POLITICS FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS. THE WAY THAT THE PARTY IS RIGHT
NOW, WOULD YOU SAY THAT IT IS THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AS YOU’VE
KNOWN IT FOR YEARS OR IS THE PARTY DIFFERENT?>>THE PARTY’S ALWAYS EVOLVING. YOU HAVE THE CORE VALUES THAT
ARE NOT GOING AWAY.>>HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE THEM?>>THE FAMILY TRADITION. WE TRY TO LIVE OUR LIFE ON
FAITH, FAMILY AND FRIENDS. IF THE FIRST THREE ARE IN ORDER,
THE FAMILY TRADITION. FISCALLY CONSERVATIVE. YOU WANT EVERY DOLLAR ACCOUNTED
FOR. OVERALL IN MASSACHUSETTS, THE
PEOPLE ARE SEEING THAT. NO LONGER I’M A JFK DEMOCRAT,
I’M VOTING DEMOCRAT. THEY ARE LOOKING AT POCKETBOOK
AND SAYING WE’RE ACTUALLY MAKING MONEY NOW ESPECIALLY SINCE TRUMP
COME INTO OFFICE. AND WITH THAT, I HAVE BUSINESS
OWNERS COMING TO ME AND SAYING I CAN TAKE CARE OF MY EMPLOYEES
NOW. I WANT TO HELP THEM. THE BUSINESS OWNERS ARE GOING TO
TAKE CARE OF THE HEALTHCARE CRISIS. THE COMMUNITY. IT’S ABOUT WE THE PEOPLE. IT’S NOT ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT.>>I THINK THERE IS A CLEAR
DIVIDE WITHIN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY RIGHT NOW. THOSE WHO SUPPORT PRESIDENT
TRUMP. SEE WHAT HE’S DOING AND AGREE
WITH IT AS I THINK YOU’VE INDICATED YOU DO AND THOSE WHO
DON’T. WHAT CAN YOU SAY OR WHAT HAVE
YOU RECOGNIZED ABOUT THAT DIVISION? THOSE WHO SUPPORT PRESIDENT
TRUMP AND THOSE WHO DON’T BUT STILL IDENTIFY AS REPUBLICANS?>>WELL, I MEAN, CERTAINLY, I
WAS A DELEGATE AT THE LAST NATIONAL CONVENTION. AND I’VE NEVER SEEN THE PARTY SO
UNITED BEHIND PRESIDENT TRUMP.>>THERE ARE A NUMBER OF PEOPLE
— THERE WAS A REPUBLICAN WHO WAS ON NPR EARLIER THIS WEEK.>>AND STEVE SCMITT IS ON MS NBC
IS TO BE THE CONTRARY REPUBLICAN.>>FOR A LONG TIME, HE WAS IN
STEP WHETHER IT WAS JOHN McCAIN OR GEORGE W. BUSH. SO WHAT WOULD YOU SAY ABOUT HE
SAYS THAT HE’S STILL A REPUBLICAN? HE WANTS TO BELIEVE IN THOSE
THREE Fs YOU POINT OUT. CLEARLY, SOMETHING IS DIFFERENT
FOR HIM AND OTHER REPUBLICANS.>>KEEP IN MIND, IT’S EASY TO
PLACE BLAME. IT’S TOUGHER TO TAKE
RESPONSIBILITY. I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE WITH
PRESIDENT TRUMP, HE’S A BUSINESS OWNER. HE’S VERY SUCCESSFUL. IT’S NOT POLITICS AS USUAL. HE SEES A PROBLEM, HE’S GOING
AFTER IT. IT DOESN’T MATTER THAT HE
IRRITATES THE REPUBLICANS OR THE DEMOCRATS. IT’S THE FACT THAT HE CAME IN
AND HE’S LOOKING TO HELP TAKE CARE OF THE PEOPLE. THE IMMIGRATION ISSUE. THAT’S BEEN ON THE TABLE FOR
DECADES. AND IT’S EASY TO BLAME THE MAN
ON THE TOP. WE’RE JOKING. YOU USUALLY HAVE A TARGET ON YOU
AND GET BLAMED FOR EVERYTHING. BUT LOOK AT CONGRESS. CONGRESS BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE
HAVE HAD DECADES TO FIX THIS PROBLEM AND HAVE THEY? NO. THEY POINT FINGERS AND BLAME AT
EACH OTHER.>>TO YOUR POINT, PRESIDENT
TRUMP RIGHT NOW IS CLEARLY POINTING THE FINGER AT DEMOCRATS
WHEN YOU LOOK AT THIS ISSUE OF IMMIGRATION AND SEPARATING
CHILDREN FROM THEIR PARENTS AT THE BORDER. PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID IT’S THE
DEMOCRAT’S PROBLEM.>>HE CREATED THE LAW.
AND NUMBER TWO, IT’S LIKE THEM TAKING THE FAKE PHOTOS OF KIDS
IN CAGES AND TURNS OUT THE PHOTOS WERE FROM 2014 DURING THE
OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND THEN IT’S THE FAKE NEWS THAT TRIES TO
PIN THAT TO PRESIDENT TRUMP. WHAT IS GOING ON THERE, IT’S ALL
A STUNT THAT THEY ARE BASICALLY TAKING PHOTOS MANIPULATIVE
LOUISIANA SPEAKING IN ORDER TO JIN UP THIS NOTION. WHEN, IN FACT, THE PRESIDENT IS
TRYING TO SAY NO, I’M NOT JUST GOING TO LET YOU RUN ACROSS THE
BORDER AND SAY I’M HERE FOR ASYLUM. IT DOESN’T WORK THAT WAY. WE NEED TO ENFORCE THE LAWS AND
WE NEED A COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION POLICY THAT WE NEED
CONGRESS TO ADOPT AND WE NEED THE BOTH PARTIES TO GET TOGETHER
TO FINALLY SOLVE IT. WHAT YOU HAVE NOW IS MIDTERM
FINGER POINTING.>>YOU TOUCHED ON SOMETHING
EXACTLY THAT I WANT TO TALK ABOUT AND TALKED ABOUT IT WITH
DEMOCRATS ON THE POINT OF DIV
DIVISIVENESS OF DEMOCRATS OR REPUBLICANS. HOW DO YOU THINK THE PARTIES CAN
COME TOGETHER TO AFFECT SOME CHANGE?>>I WISH THEY WOULD GET RID OF
THE TOP FIVE DEMOCRATS AND TOP FIVE REPUBLICANS.>>WHAT DO YOU THINK THAT WOULD
DO?>>THAT WOULD TAKE A LOT OF THE
EGO OUT OF IT. AND A LOT OF THE OLD-STYLE
POLITICS. AGAIN, WE CAN’T GET ON TERM
LIMITS. BUT YOU’D HAVE FRESH BLOOD IN
THERE. PEOPLE THAT WANT TO GET THINGS
DONE, HOPEFULLY. AGAIN, WE GO BACK TO PRESIDENT
TRUMP. HE WAS A FRESH BASE COMING IN. HE HAD NO ALLIANCES TO
REPUBLICANS OR DEMOCRATS. I THINK CHARLES CALLED HIM A
PRAGMATIC. HE SEES A PROBLEM AND WANTS TO
GET IT DONE. WE NEED CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS
THAT AREN’T WORRIED ABOUT STUFFING THEIR CAUCUS AND LET’S
SOLVE THE PROBLEM. IT CAN BE DONE.>>YOU TWO ARE REPUBLICANS HERE
IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS. TEND TO TREND BLUE.>>REALLY?>>I KNOW, SHOCKING; RIGHT? WHAT IS THAT LIKE BEING IN THE
POLITICAL MINORITY.>>I SEE A LOT OF REPUBLICANS IN
MASSACHUSETTS DELVE SUPPORTERS. THEY ARE WORKING TO GET THE JOB
DONE. BUT TO AVOID THE FIGHT AND TO
AINVOICE THE GRANDSTANDING FROM DIFFERENT POLITICAL PARTIES,
THEY DON’T PUBLICIZE THE FACT.>>YOU THINK THERE ARE MORE
REPUBLICANS LIVING IN THIS REGION THAT MAYBE DON’T TALK
ABOUT IT?>>MORE CITIZENS IN
MASSACHUSETTS WITH CONSERVATIVE VALUES. AND FAMILY VALUES THAT DON’T
HAVE TO STAND IN FRONT OF A CAMERA OR DON’T HAVE TO GO ON
SOCIAL MEDIA AND BLAME EVERYBODY ELSE, THE OTHER SIDE, IF YOU
WILL, FOR ALL THE PROBLEMS IN AMERICA. THEY JUST WANT THE PROBLEMS
SOLVED.>>HAVE YOU SEEN CHANGES AND
SINCE PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS BEEN ELECTED, ARE MORE PEOPLE COMING
OUT? I KNOW YOU HAVE LOTS OF GET OUT
THE VOTE EFFORTS AND TRYING TO RECRUIT PEOPLE TO THE REPUBLICAN
PARTY HERE IN WESTERN MASS. ARE YOU SEEING MORE PEOPLE
WILLING TO COME OUT AND HAVE A CHAT ABOUT THIS?>>I KNOW IN 2016, WE HAD AN
UNPRECEDENTED AMOUNT OF PEOPLE COME TO THE CAUCUS TO ELECT THE
DELEGATES TO THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION. AND I WOULD SAY ALSO PRESIDENT
TRUMP DID GET A THIRD OF THE VOTE IN MASSACHUSETTS
CONSIDERING HE NEVER CAMPAIGNED IN THE STATE. AND THE STATES ARE BASICALLY
WRITTEN OFF WHETHER IT’S RED OR BLUE. IT’S LIKE THE DEMOCRATS DON’T GO
TO ALABAMA. YOU ARE IN THESE SITUATIONS. UNLESS YOU ARE IN THE
BATTLEGROUND STATES WHERE THESE THINGS GET CLOSE, THAT’S STILL
AN EXTREMELY IMPRESSIVE AMOUNT OF THE VOTE HE RECEIVED.>>IT’S A BROAD ISSUE. APPRECIATE YOU COMING IN. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. Trump is surging nationally, and Trump is surging in Massachusetts. The Democrats need to stop mentioning Trump…simply provide smart solutions that work better than what we have now. Period.

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