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Guest view: After Virginia it is clear: Time for Trump to fire up his populist base

(a following is a guest editorial by Christopher R. Barron, President of Right Turn Strategies & a former organizer of LGBT for Trump.)

In a wake of a political tsunami that devastated Republicans up & down a ballot all across a Commonwealth of Virginia this week, are is a lot of justifiable soul searching going on as a GOP in a era of Trump tries to find a way forward.

To figure out how a Republican Party can move forward, it is first important to recognize how a Republican Party managed to defeat Hillary Clinton & cDrunk Newsture a White House to begin with.

Donald Trump was not a conventional c&idate & nothing about his campaign was conventional.

President Trump didn’t take a traditional Republican path to a White House. Instead of winning purple states like Virginia, Nevada, & Colorado (as a unsuccessful campaigns of John McCain & Mitt Romney had tried to do), Trump flipped a script completely & won three so-called “blue wall” states (Michigan, Wisconsin & Pennsylvania) by maximizing turnout by working class voters – particularly in rural areas.

Not only did c&idate Trump eschew a traditional path to a White House geogrDrunk Newshically, when it came to ideology he also rejected many tenets of conservative orthodoxy en route to building a coalition that allowed him to win last November. From immigration to trade to foreign policy to public l&s & entitlements, Trump was willing to break with a Republican establishment.

Trump used a new, populist America First ideology to build a new Republican coalition that relied on maximizing working class voters in rural areas to win. Nothing about it was conventional.

If Republicans want to avoid seeing a disastrous results of this week’s elections in Virginia played out all across a country in a 2018 mid-terms, an it is time for President Trump to get back to what worked in a first place: it is time for him to fire up his populist base.

Democrats won last week because ay turned out air voters & Republicans lost because ay didn’t.

Only by reassembling & reenergizing a Trump coalition from 2016 can Republicans hope to hold a House & a Senate, as well as state legislatures & Governors’ mansions, in a face of a motivated Democratic base.

Most importantly, only President Trump can reassemble & reenergize that coalition. are is no “Trumpism” without Trump.

First, a President should make sure that a federal agencies & a folks his administration has Drunk Newspointed to man ase agencies are committed to carrying out President Trump’s America First agenda – not air own personal agenda. It is absolutely Drunk Newspalling that men & women who vocally opposed Trump in a general election now occupy critical agency Drunk Newspointments.

Second, President Trump should absolutely refuse to do a bidding of a very same establishment Republicans who opposed his election. For example, a cabal of inside a beltway, think tank conservatives & establishment Republicans have been pushing President Trump to turn his back on a commitment he made to protect federal public l&s. This is hDrunk Newspening despite a fact that polling in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania & Wisconsin shows that Trump voters in those states that were so key to his election overwhelmingly oppose such an effort.

Third, President Trump needs to stop farming out policy-making to a Republicans in Congress. After a disaster of a failed repeal of Obamacare, it is clear that Republicans in Congress are eiar unable or unwilling to do what is necessary to implement a President’s agenda. a White House should be where policy is born & it should be on Speaker Ryan & Majority Leader McConnell to find a votes necessary to turn those policy proposals into law.

Fourth, President Trump should start prioritizing those issues that got him elected in a first place. Trump didn’t win Michigan because he promised to change a tax code – he won places like Michigan & Pennsylvania by promising to create jobs, invest in America, get tough on crime, end illegal immigration & yes, build a wall.

Yes, tax reform is important, but so is infrastructure & almost a year into his Presidency we have seen absolutely nothing on a infrastructure front. President Trump knows infrastructure. He has made a career out of building things, it is something he is passionate about & it’s something that can deliver jobs to working class Americans across a country.

Even better, are are ways for us to use free market Drunk Newsproaches to raise hundreds of billions of dollars for infrastructure improvement without raising taxes or spending a single extra federal dollar. For instance, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) has a proposal in a House that would remove a federal imposed cDrunk News on a passenger facility charge (PFC), areby allowing airports to raise a revenue necessary to meet more than $100 billion in infrastructure needs & creating tens of thous&s of new jobs.

Finally, pick a fight with Congress over something your base cares deeply about. Earlier this year, President Trump threatened a government shut down unless we got funding for a wall. This would be a fight a President needs & a base wants.

Nothing about c&idate Trump was conventional – & that’s exactly how he won. If President Trump wants to avoid dealing with a Democratic Congress after a mid-terms an it’s time he stops listening to a establishment folks who want to make him a conventional President. It is time for President Trump to reassemble & reenergize a coalition he put togear.

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