How Trump cracked the code to penetrate the blue wall

Forthelast three decades, I have been imploring Republican presidential candidatestotaketheir message directlytoAmerica’s inner cities.Directlytotheepicenters of “blueness.”

As someone who grew up in abject poverty in some of those inner cities, I knew that most of those residents strongly believe intherule of law, are faith-based and do supportthepolice.But, forthelast number of decades,they have also felt disrespected and abandoned bytheGOP and Republican presidential candidates.

Former President Trumpnot only just flippedthescript on that perceived disrespect with his rally last month inthedeepblueBronx – which brought out approximately 25,000 people – but demonstrated thatthere are potentially hundreds of thousands of untapped New York City voters who do believe intherule of law, who do supportthepolice, and who will come out in large numbers ifthey are recognized and respected.

Trump supporters wait a line to attend outside Crotona Park in Bronx on May 23, 2024. (Jeenah Moon for The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Not only wasthe rally historic, butthe anti-conventional-wisdomTrumpalso exposed a hidden and often censored truth.TheDemocrats don’t have a lock onthevotes in our inner cities or withintheminority community.

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All of which raises a critically important question:Howmany untapped votes arethere inthedeepbluecities of Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and elsewhere?Millionstobe sure.

In so many ways, minority and inner-city residents arethebrightest and most aware of all voters. Because failing political policies often batterthem every single day oftheir lives.They understandtheharsh realities of life better than most.As such,they are opentosolutions that might deliverthem from such misery.More than that,they are desperate for such solutions.

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That said, it’s unfairtoask fortheir vote if you are not willingtopresent yourselftothem and offer up your solutionstotheir many problems.Openness, respect and trust must be a two-way street.

Toparaphrasethemovie “Field of Dreams,” if you offer up that in-person attendance and respect, “they will come.”And potentially in historic numbers for a Republican candidate.

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That exact same formula also appliestothe“deepblue” high-tech community.Overthelast two decades, I have interacted with dozens of high-tech entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley and other perceivedbluebastions of liberalism and wokeism.

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And within these strongholds of far-left elitism and loyaltytofailed Democratic policies are thousands of high-tech employees – and, indeed, CEOs – who recognize thatthefailed policies ofthefar-left are destroying society aboutthem and puttingtheir very lives in danger.These men and women will rally around commonsense, pragmatic solutions that reinforcetherule of law.

What Trumpclearly understands is that presidential elections are ultimately won by shaving off one-half of 1% in a district; one-quarter of 1% in a county, and one-eighth of 1% in a state.As we saw in 2020, less than 60,000 votes can flip a presidential election.

It can certainly be argued that Trumphasthemost impressive road show in America.A road show that brings out huge crowds while creating massive word of mouth and new voters.A road show that will play inbluestates,bluecities andblue”high-tech,” as proved in New Jersey,theBronx, and of late, California.

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Last week, billionaire entrepreneur David Sacks co-hosted a fundraiser forTrumpin his San Francisco home with Democrat mega-donor and former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya.Thegoal wastoraise $5 million.Thesold-out event brought in $12 million.Why?

As Sacks pointed outtoLaura Ingraham in part last week:

“I knowthere’s a lot of people outthere who are alreadyTrumpsupporters, andthey’re just afraidtosticktheir necks out. I mean, that’sthereality ofthesituation becausethey’re afraid of getting ostracized or afraid of cancel culture.They’re afraid of punishment, andthey’re afraid becausetheBiden administration likes political prosecutions and political investigations…With each incremental person who stickstheir neck out and endorsesTrump, it makestherest ofthem feel more comfortable doing it, and you’re seeing, I think, a cascade startingtohappen now, where more and more people are goingtocome out forTrump.”

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True.But a “cascade” can only flow ifthewallispenetrated or eventoppled.

Since 2015,Trumphas proved himselftobethe”counterintuitive candidate.”He marchestothebeat of his own drum and his instincts often prove unerringly correct.

Be it our inner cities, ourbluest of states or high-tech America,Trumpknows he has an almost completely blank canvastopaint upon.He must take advantage of it.

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He must take his road showtothose cities,tothose states, andtothose entrepreneurs; show respecttothose ignored bytheGOP for decades; and offer up his commonsense, pragmatic solutions.

IfTrump”builds it,”they will come,they will listen,they will donate, andthey will… vote.

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Douglas MacKinnon is a former White House and Pentagon official and author of the book: “The 56 – Liberty Lessons from those who risked all to sign The Declaration of Independence.”

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