Republican Party must ‘challenge’ Democrats’ narrative
Robin Armstrong had a singular message Thursday night for the Taylor County Republican Party: “Until we have the power to define the narrative, we are going to have to challenge the narrative.”
About 90 Republicans gathered at their monthly meeting at 201 Mesquite Event Center.
Republicans “are going to have to be ready” to face the future, he said, focusing on such efforts as socializing their children with their own political values ââand even taking control in local elections to win. what he called “a battle of the mind.”
Armstrong, of Friendswood, is a hospital physician and owner of the Armstrong Medical Group.
He is the National Committee of the Republican Party of Texas, a role to which he was elected in June 2012. He also served as Vice President of the Republican Party of Texas from 2006 to 2012, among other political roles.
Thursday’s event brought together local and regional party leaders, among others.
Check the message
Part of the struggle against control of the national narrative, Armstrong said after Thursday’s meeting, is more diversity within the Republican Party itself.
“If we educate people on what the Democratic Party stands for right now and what the Republican Party stands for right now, I’m telling you the overwhelming number of African Americans would vote Republican,” said Armstrong, who is black. .
“The problem is, the media is a wing of the Democratic Party, they are actively pushing their talking points,” he said. “So it’s harder to get this message across.”
The party is also fighting, he said, against school systems, colleges and universities that are âall liberalâ.
But if Republicans can start getting 20-30% of the black vote, “the Democratic Party is gone,” he said.
“We need to get our message across with more force and not be so intimidated by being labeled racist, homophobic and xenophobic, not be so intimidated by these terms,” ââhe said.
The efforts are working, Armstrong said, citing the gains of Hispanic voters in South Texas in the last presidential election.
âNow we need to get more involved in the African American community,â he said.
These efforts require a strong economic plan that will “move forward and strengthen” downtown communities, he said.
Strategies like a minimum wage of $ 15 only serve to increase costs and “get people fired,” he said.
âI think what you’re doing is just creating more opportunity in these communities, rebuilding and uplifting,â he said, inspiring individuals to stand up for their community, not to âburn (it)â down â.
He said it was unfair to compare the events of January 6 on the U.S. Capitol to other riots, especially those focused on police reform and racial tensions, in the summer of 2020.
The events at Capitol Hill were contrasted by a huge crowd that was “mostly peaceful”, he said, as opposed to the long protests throughout the summer in which “many were killed”.
âThese riots were carried out, caused billions of dollars in damage and really hurt communities,â he said. “That doesn’t justify the violence on Capitol Hill, obviously. But I think they’re really two completely different and separate things.”
The media play a role in the “frustration on both sides”, he said, saying the country is “not really as racist” as described, the police are “not racist on the whole” and that the events on Capitol Hill happened out of frustration. people who “felt they had no say in the matter” in the presidential election.
“We have to have politicians on both sides who do not take advantage of the frustrations,” he said. “I think there are people on both sides of the aisle doing this. Personally, I think the left does it a lot more.”
Are you using the crisis?
Armstrong’s message to those gathered Thursday night was less unified.
He warned the crowd that the Liberals would use “any perceived crisis to their political advantage,” which he claimed was done more recently with COVID-19.
These goals included empowering the âcoastal elitesâ with the pandemic being the âgreatest transfer of wealth in the history of this countryâ.
Small businesses have closed, he said, while companies like Amazon thrived.
Democrats in general have become a “socialist party”, he said, who want to “silence all dissent” under the threat of ridicule or “fear of loss.”
Plans on the left include the withdrawal of guns and the creation of a “one-party government” through the elimination of voter identification laws, among other measures, he said.
âTo really get us to submit goods, they have to take our guns,â he said.
Armstrong said Republicans should also “never consent to ever shutting down our churches again,” as many did during the COVID-19 pandemic, “even for a day.”
The party must be “very aggressive in pushing back,” he said, focusing on “electoral integrity” efforts, restrictions on big tech, which he said were “absolutely against us” politically, and redistributing the efforts for the new seats that are in the Red States are Republican seats. “
This includes the seats recently won in Texas, he said.
Thinking about the pandemic
Armstrong, 50, courted his own controversy in 2020 by advocating the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine as part of a three-drug regimen to treat COVID-19, a finding based on an observational study conducted in a home of Texas Nursing.
âI thought that should have been the standard of care in every nursing home in the United States,â he said.
An article on these findings was nearing completion when the work was “censored” via “endless negative and aggressive articles” in the national media, he said.
A nine-month Texas Medical Board investigation could have ended with the revocation of his medical license, he said.
Armstrong told the crowd that experience had shown him that “the left is just ready to do anything.”
âThe Liberals, in their mindset, needed us to fear COVID,â he said. “(If) we found out that these patients were recovering from COVID, no one would fear it. … If no one feared it, then they wouldn’t have the pretense they needed to change our election laws and lock us up.”
Armstrong said these assembled Communists “always used emergencies” to advance causes, “even if they had to create urgency,” crafting a hidden message “under the guise of liberalism and compassion.”
He called the potential mandatory vaccinations for children against COVID-19 “horrible”, adding that in his opinion the left will continue to “use health care and science to advance its liberal and communist agenda” .
After the meeting, Armstrong said he chose not to be vaccinated because he was “young and my chances of dying from COVID are very low.”
“I don’t think we should mass vaccinate people,” he said, citing the survival rate of the virus and the potential long-term side effects of mRNA-based vaccines in young people, particularly. autoimmune problems.
He said he thought it was “reasonable to vaccinate people at high risk” as well as the elderly.
Brian Bethel covers city and county government and general news for the Abilene Reporter-News. If you enjoy local news, you can support local journalists with a digital subscription to ReporterNews.com.