Former President Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Delaware, Ohio on April 23, 2022.

Opinion: When will the Republican Party learn from Trump’s mistakes? 2022-04-29 14:26:57

Former President Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Delaware, Ohio on April 23, 2022.


First, they learn from their mistakes, because each candidate makes them along the campaign trail.

Second, they learn the right lessons.

When Ronald Reagan ran for president in 1980, he got his share Errors. But most importantly, he ran a positive and optimistic campaign built on a set of ideas: supply-side economics to put money back in people’s hands and a foreign policy built on peace by force.

After winning the White House, Reagan and his allies moved quickly to act according to these public policies. They cut taxes while increasing America’s military and defense spending. As the saying goes, “Promises are made, promises are made.”

Results? When Ronald Reagan ran for re-election, he did 49 countries.
When Donald Trump ran for president in 2016, he also got his share Errors attacking Gold Star families, belittling the sacrifice of prisoner-of-war Senator John McCain, mocking a disabled reporter, insulting Senator Ted Cruz’s wife, and Defamation of the service Former Republican President George W. Bush, to name a few.
Despite these errors, Trump won the White House in 2016 because he demonstrated that there was a populist majority in America. He won the support of traditional Republican voters and made his way Previously blue provincesappealing to swing voters to create a majority base.
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Trump clearly recognized that many voters felt let down and left behind; By the government, the institution and society in general.

The generation before them had good jobs, good salaries, and a pension that lasted until retirement. Now, for many, jobs are being outsourced, paychecks are the minimum wage, and pensions have gone the way their father Oldsmobile did.

But instead of handing many Economic promises That appealed to these voters, Trump and the Republican Party doubled down on all his mistakes: falsifying facts, ignoring the truth, belittling opponents, exploiting conspiracy theories, and using hate speech.

What was the result?

Trump lost his re-election bid, becoming the first incumbent president to lose since 1992. Under him, Republicans lost majorities in both the US House and Senate.
Despite these losses, Trump continued to insert himself into the Republican primaries and nomination conventions across the country, most notably in Michigan, where Certified Candidates Cristina Caramo, who is running for Secretary of State and Matt DiPerno, who is running for Attorney General.
Trump’s influence among the party base continues to exist, with both candidates being his favourite big win In the Michigan Republican Party’s endorsement last weekend.

But these candidates also seem to have learned all the wrong lessons from Trump. While incumbent Michigan Democrats are weak, Trump-supported candidates have built their campaigns around unsubstantiated claims of the 2020 election fraud — an issue that may not have much appeal among swing voters.

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In his endorsement of Diberno and Karamo Trump She said“The presidential election has been rigged and stolen and because of that our country is being destroyed. We have already won and we have won… We have won a lot, not just a little. (Diperno and Karamo) will protect us from a corrupt election.”
For her part, Karamo has She said, “We cannot steal our elections.” As an observer for a Detroit poll on election night in 2020, Karamo alleged “terrible crimes” had taken place. exposed). Her website claims that she advocates “research teamThis is the “investigation of ‘government diseases’ that prevent the Secretary of State’s office from operating under the rule of law.”
DiPerno, whose campaign has focused on the integrity of the elections, called for “Forensic reviewFor the 2020 election in Michigan, where Biden defeated Trump by nearly 154,000 votes. DePerno recently lost another lawsuit related to a review of the presidential vote in Antrim County, Michigan — a county that Trump won. 61%.

And how will the electoral conspiracy argument of these two Trump-backed candidates work?

Re-litigation over the results of the 2020 election may well play a role in a small, highly partisan nominating convention (and even among this group, Fallout has begun).

For many Republicans, the issue may be of such dizzying importance that it dwarfs concerns about inflation or crime.

But it’s hard for me to believe that a focus on election integrity – an issue that has been settled many times in the past two years – will be the driving force driving most voters to the polls on a large scale. A state like Michigan comes in November 2022.

All of this begs the question: How many elections do Republicans have to lose before they learn the right lesson?