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OPINION

Time for Trump and the RNC to Step Up

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During the Republican primary process, former President Donald Trump was force to be reckoned with. The candidates he endorsed won a lot, though not all, of the nominations. That’s all well and good, I don’t honestly care who won what, most of these candidates aren’t all that different from each other in anyway but style. I’m for the Republican candidate, whoever that happens to be. But some of those candidates aren’t the best candidates, and by that I mean campaigners, so they’re going to need a lot of help. That help has to come from both the former President and the establishment who sided against him. 

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There weren’t a lot of cases where one side won and the other lost, but there are some. Petty differences in politics would traditionally lead to one side abandoning the race and the other, should the polls not shine favorably on the candidate, joining the other side in getting out of town. That can’t happen this year.

The 2022 midterms are really for all the marbles. Why do I say that and not 2024? Simple: because it’s 2022. The rate at which Democrats are damaging the country, irreparably in a lot of ways, will be irreversible in 2 more years if left unchecked. How many more children will have their bodies surgically mutilated in those 2 years? The rate of acceleration for mutilations has already been increasing exponentially over just the past few years, imagine what will happen in the next 2 if there are no voices for common sense in positions of authority able to hold public hearings, speak freely, and exposed these monsters for what they’re doing? 

That’s just one example. Think about the trillions in “unspent” COVID relief money (unspent is code of unprinted) floating around out there. The current administration is encouraging states and localities to use it for whatever they want, COVID related or not. There is no attempt or even calls for that unneeded money to not be spent. In 2 years, it will all be gone.

Donald Trump and the GOP establishment have an obligation, even if the hate each other, to work in conjunction (since coordination seems unlikely) to elect as many candidates with an (R) after their name as humanly possible.

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That means Trump has to stop whining about Mitch McConnell and Brian Kemp, and McConnell and the RNC have to add financial support for candidates they don’t like in Arizona, for example. You’re in this to win or you’re not. You can’t only be interested in winning if it’s your candidate. 

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is the type of nominal Republican a winning party can’t be. The Weebly Uncle Fester in Annapolis is refusing to support or even vote for Dan Cox, the nominee the party chose in a free and fair election. Hogan doesn’t like him because he is too close to Trump, so he is sitting out the race. 

Larry is quick to tell anyone he’s the “most popular Governor in the country,” and polls show he is. That means exactly nothing if you don’t use it to help others. He will leave office with an account filled with political capital that has zero value once he leaves office. His legacy will be one of self over party and pettiness. 

It’s bad enough that people with Hogan’s attitude exist in the party, the leaders of the party can’t act like that too. It’s one thing if the kids in the back seat are giving each other wet-willies as the family drives across the country, it’s quite another if the parents in the front seat are.

Trump and the RNC have both raised a ton of money – hundreds of millions of dollars. They need to start spending it. I get that the party doesn’t want to aid Kari Lake, but I don’t care. She’s the nominee in Arizona. Party leadership does not get to dictate terms or anoint candidates, party members do. If they can’t or won’t support candidates the people choose they should resign.

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As for Trump, he needs to open his war chest wide. He has more money than the party, and while he clearly wants to use it to run in 2024, that race won’t matter if this one is lost. He dragged Dr. Oz and others across the finish line in the primary, but being a nominee is not success, winning the election is. Thinking your work is done at halftime of the Super Bowl is just as dumb as thinking getting someone nominated is a finish line. 

Trump’s involvement in the 2022 election, if he wants to be a leader of the party and not simply an entity on his own, has to involve more than a few campaign rallies where he speaks more about himself and airing of his own grievances than about the candidates, it has to involve money. Lots of it. 

Both parties have to produce and air campaign ads in favor of candidates they did or didn’t support, and ads attacking their weirdos Democrats chose as their candidates. There will be time to raise more money for future races in the future – the next checkpoint that matters, the 2022 election, is the only checkpoint that matters. If Republicans lose in November, failing to take either or both houses of Congress, the odds of 2024 being able to fix the damage Democrats will continue to do shrink to almost nothing. It’s 2022 first, and time for these 2 factions to put up or shut up.

Derek Hunter is the host of a free daily podcast (subscribe!), host of a daily nationally syndicated radio show, and author of the book, Outrage, INC., which exposes how liberals use fear and hatred to manipulate the masses, and host of the weekly “Week in F*cking Review” podcast where the news is spoken about the way it deserves to be. Follow him on Twitter at @DerekAHunter.

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