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Thom Hartmann Had to Rethink ADHD and Talk Radio

“We were driving from Vermont to Michigan and I had the radio turned on, and all I could find anywhere were right-wing talk shows. There was nothing else.”

Jim Cryns




Even though Thom Hartmann has been on the air nearly 20 years, to me, he seems an anomaly when it comes to a prototypical radio show host. Unquestionably a man of letters, an intellectual, Hartmann just doesn’t seem to fit the mold of a radio talk show host. When you can do so much, possess so much brainpower, why radio?

“I’ve always loved radio, ever since I was seven-years-old,” Hartmann explained. “My father got me an old crystal radio kit, and I listened all the time. I wanted to be a DJ and at 15, I got the chance at a small country and western station. I did that for a couple of years, then I did news for seven years.”

The early Hartmann years were full of curiosity, but all of those brain molecules needed somewhere to take root. After the Russians launched Sputnik in October in 1957, the Eisenhower administration figured they’d better invest in bright kids in America, just to remain competitive with our collective intelligence, to stand toe-to-toe on essentially any concern. Eisenhower dumped all sorts of money at gifted student programs. Progressive radio talker, entrepreneur, and prolific author Thom Hartmann was one of those students.                                                      

“As a young student, I was immersed into studies and was never bored,” Hartmann explained. “By the time I graduated sixth grade at 12 years of age, I’d had two years of Spanish, one year of Latin. I was taking trigonometry and reading at a college level.”

Then came middle school. By that point, the challenges seemed to fade and Hartmann, insanely bored, began to get into trouble. Looking for things to capture his interests. In high school, he found something.

“I started an underground newspaper in the 11th grade,” Hartmann said. He was expelled from high school for writing an article about the principal. “I was kept away from school with a court order. Then I got my GED, got arrested in an anti-war demonstration, and dropped out of Michigan State University.”                                                                                                  

Hartmann had been interested in consciousness and spirituality since childhood,  and has been a vegetarian since he was a teenager. Hartmann’s son was diagnosed with ADHD. Dissatisfied with the prevailing understanding of ADHD, he immersed himself in study on the topic and Hartmann became an authority on ADHD, writing several books on the subject; Thom Hartmann’s Complete Guide to ADHD and The Edison Gene: ADHD and the Gift of the Hunter Child,  among several others.

Hartmann cites ADHD as part of the difficulty some sufferers experience in adapting to essentially everything. Being easily bored is one of several telltale signs of ADHD. Hartmann’s Hunter versus Farmer hypothesis is a proposed explanation of the nature of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD.)

After his relatively brief early foray into radio news, Hartmann began a string of successful ventures in business. He and his wife Louise founded an Atlanta-based advertising agency. They sold the agency in 1997. The Hartmann’s started three other successful business ventures. Hartmann and his wife had paid their dues in the work-world. With plans of retiring in Vermont, Hartmann said he figured that would be the end of his working career. He’d already reaped rewards from hard work and four successful companies he started and sold.

During this “retirement”, he and his wife were on a long drive from Vermont to Michigan for Thanksgiving. Hartmann experienced an enlightening moment that essentially catapulted him to a career in radio. In bridge, it’s called a “demand bid”, essentially an obligation to respond to something. That was when Hartmann heard President George W. Bush “talking” the country into a war with Iraq.                                                                                                                 

“I flipped out about it,” Hartmann said. “We were driving from Vermont to Michigan and I had the radio turned on, and all I could find anywhere were right-wing talk shows. There was nothing else.                                           

“What I couldn’t understand was half the country was full of Democrats, and the other half was Republican,” Hartmann said. “It didn’t make sense that only Republicans were represented on the radio. The prevailing wisdom at the time was only conservatives listened to talk radio. That’s what Rush Limbaugh was telling everybody.”

He found this disconcerting and wrote an article for Common Dreams titled, “Talking Back to Talk Radio“. In the article Hartman said he had been in the radio business and acknowledged how it made sense to program something that would sell.

A couple of venture capitalists in Chicago read his article with great interest, and essentially used it as a business plan for Air America Radio. Hartmann was brought to Chicago to discuss possibilities.                    

“My main goal in returning to radio was to be able to have a conversation and not kiss George W. Bush’s butt about invading Iraq. I helped start Air America,” Hartmann said. “But it was taking them seven months to put together and I was impatient.”

Hartmann wanted proof of concept. To show he wasn’t nuts and how something in a more liberal voice could work on the radio.

“A local radio station in Vermont put me on Saturday morning to try it out,” he explained. “It worked and the show was picked up by I.E. American Radio Network and sent to 27 radio stations. Ultimately I went on Air America and that died, but I kept on going.”

Hartmann’s son was diagnosed with ADHD when the boy was young. It wasn’t a mainstream topic although it had been identified in the early 1900s. British pediatrician Sir George Still, described the condition as “an abnormal defect of moral control in children”. He found that some affected children could not control their behavior in the same way a typical child would.                  

Children with ADHD notoriously have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors, being overly active, and may act without thinking what the result of an action may be.                     

The doctor informed Hartmann his son would not live a life rich in intellectual pursuits, and would do well to investigate a hands-on career.                        

“When my son was diagnosed with ADHD, we were told that he was unteachable,” Hartmann said. “When he was 12, we were told he was an educational failure. He’s now working on his master’s degree at a major university.”                                

The somewhat irresponsible, but what Hartmann called “well intentioned diagnosis”, prompted Hartmann to do extensive research into the topic and write several books, including Attention Deficit Disorder: A Different Perception. Hartmann also developed a hypothesis which proposes that ADHD represents a lack of adaptation of members of hunter-gatherer societies to their transformation into farming societies.

“It’s not hard science, and was never intended to be,” Hartmann said. That doesn’t mean Hartmann’s hypothesis and other methods haven’t been extremely effective in understanding ADHD.                                                                

Years ago in a speech he delivered to doctors in Norway, Hartmann told the group ‘We live our lives based on the stories we tell ourselves.’ That’s not only a revelatory thought, it reminded me of something mythologist Joseph Campbell would have written. It turns out my instincts weren’t off a smidge.

“Joseph Campbell was a meaningful inspiration to me at one point in my life,” Hartmann said. “His protegee, Stephen Larsen, wrote an authorized biography on Campbell, A Fire in the Mind.”                                                       

Hartmann said we transmit our identity, where we came from, principally through stories in our culture. Stories that reflect behavioral studies.           

“Aesop’s ‘Boy Who Cried Wolf’ teaches us not to lie,” Hartmann said. “‘The Emperor Wears No Clothes’ teaches us not to hold back with truth. Some people have stories about themselves where they are unloveable, bad, a broken person.”

Studies suggest those stories, to a certain extent, are defined by our temperament.

“Temperament is a fascinating conversation, vastly underrated as part of our personality,” Hartmann said. “Part of this is from parents and how they raised us. Parents also tend to project. It’s also about the kids you grew up with, the movies we watch, all the way back to the Bible. Adam and Eve were told they were given dominion over the earth and felt they could destroy it because God gave it to them. They could do whatever they wanted.”

While immersed in the study of ADHD, Hartmann said he was in Taiwan in the late 90s when he experienced something fascinating to him.                           

“I’d learned they were doing remarkable and innovative stuff in their public school systems,” Hartmann said. “I don’t speak Mandarin so I didn’t understand the concept of what was being taught in the class. The teacher stood in front of the class for five or ten minutes explaining a concept. It was only five or ten minutes to lay down the concept. Then she asked by a show of hands, how many students understood what she’d just said. Five or six kids raised their hands. This was something the kids understood as they did this frequently. She said, ‘great.’”

The teacher had those six kids stand up, and the kids who hadn’t raised their hands formed circles around the kids that had. The students in the middle of the circle started teaching the others. This was going on with six different groups. Soon, the kids that hadn’t raised  their hands in the first place were helping others in the circle learn. The teacher made the rounds to make sure what was being taught was correct.                                                                             

“The kids were teaching their peers,” Hartmann said. “That’s always more effective than a teacher teaching kids. Every kid was physically engaged. After class I asked her if they had any ADHD problems. She told me they didn’t even understand the concept. It wasn’t a problem in their classrooms.”                       

We have just scratched the surface in understanding depression, ADHD, and the positives both of those conditions add to our existence. ADHD is perhaps critical to our survival as a species. Hartmann explained why.                                          

“In the 1970s, there was a study involving chimpanzees. Since humans suffer episodic depression, and it’s measurable, they found the same holds true with chimpanzees. A good number of the group was what they deemed depressed. They wondered where it could come from. How a chimpanzee could be depressed in the first place.”                                      

The study was conducted in a natural habitat. Hartmann said those in charge of the study removed the ‘depressed’ chimpanzees from the community. The chimps were tranquilized and physically taken to another location.

“Those in charge of the study assumed the ‘normal’ chimpanzees would celebrate when all the depressed ‘bummer’ chimps were gone,” Hartmann explained. “When they pulled the plug on the experiment a few months later, half of the remaining chimpanzee group were dead. The ‘depressed’ chimps actually kept the others alive,” Hartmann said.

“The ‘depressed’ chimps weren’t sleeping at night. They weren’t socially engaged. They were hyper vigilant. They’d move to the periphery of the group. All classic symptoms of depressed individuals. They were constantly on the alert for danger. They were the community’s early warning system.”

Hartmann said it was these chimps with ‘depression’ and ADHD who spotted the leopard, cheetah, boa constrictor coming towards the group and alarmed them. The depressed chimps were critical to the survival of the group.              

Talk radio is top-heavy with political discourse and argument. Hartmann said politics is the essence of everything. Politics reflect the stories we pay attention to today. He said in practice, politics create, employ and swat down all our stories.

“I grew up in a world that was predominantly white,” Hartmann explained. “Not just the neighborhood around me. I only saw whites on television and in the movies. When I did see non-whites, they were portrayed as villains, buffoons or minstrels. That shapes your worldview. You can’t avoid that.”

In 1965, Hartmann said we started to see a lot of people of color immigrating to the United States. Immigration had been banned since 1924, and in 1965 immigration was subject to the proportion of the majority of the population. If the country was 85% white, then 85% of the new immigration must be white.                

“Today there’s a backlash against immigrants by white people who realize they are no longer the absolute majority,” Hartmann said. “When President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act in the mid 60s, he told his press secretary Bill Moyers, he believed he may have given the south away from the Democratic party for a generation. He didn’t know the half of it. LBJ underestimated how much race drives politics.”             

Then Nixon came along. In 1968, with his run for the White House, he saw the opportunity to snare a bunch of voters and suggested he should pick up the white racist vote.

“They didn’t know how many were out there,” Hartmann said. “They didn’t really recognize what percentage of the white population was being driven primarily by animus. If there were enough of them, Nixon figured they might be able to help his cause.” Hartmann said that was Nixon’s Southern strategy which he said has metastasized over the years.

“Now it’s one of the principal drivers in our politics,” he explained. “Racism at one time belonged to the left, the Dixiecrats. Then it became a right issue. Seems crazy to me. I don’t know why conservatism would become racially conscious, but that’s what happened.” Prior to the 1960s, Hartmann said Republicans weren’t racist.                                                                        

“My father was an Eisenhower supporter, and he was most definitely not a racist,” he said. “Over the last decade or two, since the Willie Horton ad in 1988, we’ve seen the party shout out to white racists. They’re screaming, ‘dance to the tune of big corporations and billionaires. Come over and vote for me.’”

Hartmann is approaching his 20th year in talk radio in March. Joseph Campbell said when you’re involved in your daily life, things can be muddled, confusing. You wonder why you made a certain decision. As you age, when you reflect on that same life, your actions make a lot more sense. 

“Here I am 20 years later and I’m having a good time,” Hartmann said. “I guess ADHD would be kind of a curse if I’d decided to become a professor. As designed by life, ADHD has been a blessing. Talking on the radio is the perfect job for someone with ADHD. There’s always something new. Always constant change.”

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Dagen McDowell Is Ready For A New Adventure With Fox Business

“Every decision in America is born of policy, On the show, we bring that to our show. Talk about the news of the day.”

Jim Cryns




To know Dagen McDowell, you must understand what she comes from, where she comes from. You won’t know her until you know the lessons, kindness, and determination set forth by her parents.

Her parents operated a small grocery store, LW Roark and Company. Charles and Joyce McDowell were high school sweethearts and both went to college but decided to go back home and open a business. “This is in the middle of nowhere,” McDowell said. “It was a wholesale grocery store. They sold it in the late 90s.”

She said her parents were smart, encouraging, and took every opportunity to teach McDowell and her brother.

“They’d constantly talk up people who came into the store. Both of them have and had an insatiable curiosity about everything. They felt they learned things through their customers. It was more fun to learn about things from other people.”

McDowell’s parents never took a week off work. Never. The family took no vacations as most families would. Once while McDowell was in college at Wake Forest University, the family visited the Air and Space Museum on the Mall in D.C.

“Both of my parents were very interested in architecture and landscapes. We’d go to Williamsburg and just look at the buildings.”

McDowell joined FOX News Channel in 2003 and helped launch FOX Business Network as a founding anchor in 2007.

Her mother passed away three years ago and her father is still very much a part of her life. Her father was a constant teacher.

“One time my father, who we called Dowell McDowell, was putting up an outbuilding and asked me how long one line should be if the other line was such and such. He taught me the Pythagorean theorem when I was about 4 years old.”

McDowell was nurtured by parents with endless curiosity.

“I was raised by parents who would always debate and converse around the dinner table. We shared breakfast and dinner together every day. They loved learning, were always inquisitive, never afraid to ask a question. My parents shared a fearlessness and passed that on to me. I’ve never been embarrassed to ask people questions. I love talking to people and finding out about things.”

For a long time, McDowell had no idea what she wanted to do for a living. She knew if she worked at different jobs she’d eventually figure out what she was good at.

“I knew I was a decent writer, but I always tried to get information out of people, what they were doing. Ask if they were fulfilled and happy.”

At Wake, Forest McDowell majored in art history and had every intention of working in a museum, possibly as a curator.

“I interned at the Center for Contemporary Arts. I lived in Venice, Italy for a while. Wake Forest owns a house in Venice.”

After that it was Colorado. She moved back to New York during the recession of 1991 with a duffel bag. She took the Amtrak to New York City and sublet an apartment for six months.

“I had no TV, just a radio. I knew I could find something good to do in New York, there were so many jobs. I always wanted to live in the city. Either the city or way out in the country. Nowhere in between.”

She said being in New York made her feel anything was possible. This was January in 1994 when job ads were still in the physical newspaper, like the New York Times. McDowell interviewed at Institutional Investor through a referral from a friend.

“It was a brilliant magazine with terrific writing,” McDowell explained. “Very prominent in the industry. They were looking for someone to work with the newsletter written for the financial community.”

She’d cover topics like the bond business, Wall Street, and money management. The magazine made her take a reporting test where you’d make up a story and write it. She was offered a job and worked there for three years.

“I learned to be a journalist there,” McDowell said. “I could write but I became a better journalist. We’d break news, create our sources, and learn more and more about finance. People love to talk about what they do if you show interest.”

The next big job was, a resource and web newspaper for private investors. There McDowell wrote a personal finance column. She started doing commentary on television shows, the way a lot of people in different professions tend to do. “Then I started making more appearances on weekend financial or business shows,” McDowell said.

She got a call from Neil Cavuto about 20 years ago and he told McDowell, ‘Kid, you want a job? I know you don’t have much professional TV experience. We’ll give you some training and you’ll figure it out. If you do, you stay. If not, you go.’

McDowell said she was glad she was a writer first before she arrived at Fox. She writes her own scripts and has a background in finance and business writing.

“Before the business network was launched, they had only one business reporter and two senior business correspondents,” she said. “I’ve gotten to do so many different jobs, use different muscles, so to speak. As the years have passed I’ve discovered other talents I may have and I’m incredibly grateful for that.”

There’s a new show in town. McDowell and Sean Duffy will co-host The Bottom Line which will air on weeknights from 6-7:00 PM ET.

McDowell said she and Duffy come from extremely similar backgrounds. Duffy is from rural Wisconsin and McDowell is from Virginia.

“We know what small-town living is like, “McDowell said. “I might live in New York City but where I grew up affects the way I view the world. I’m still grounded in my hometown. On the show, we look south and west with everything we cover. You have to think of your audience. Rather than talking about them, we talk with them. That’s our shared background and vision. Sean is extremely down to earth and generous.”

McDowell said the show is not financially based, but steeped in business.

She said Duffy’s experience as a former U.S. Congressman, he understands policy as well as financial matters.

“Every decision in America is born of policy,” she said. “On the show, we bring that to our show. Talk about the news of the day.”

This is different from anything McDowell has done in the past.

“It’s a two-anchor show in the evening,” she explained. “This is not taking place during market hours. We tie all the business happenings together from the day. Again, it’s not about Washington or New York. It’s about the people we grew up with. We talk to them. Build a relationship with them on the air. For me, this is not just sitting in front of a camera. I can run off at the mouth as well as anyone, hang in there with the filibuster.”

McDowell says she is blunt, but hopes she isn’t rude. During a recent interview for the new show she used the terms ‘pig potatoes’ and ‘chapped backsides.’

“Those are terms I just made up,” she said. “I make up a lot of phrases and don’t always know what they mean. I have an entire repertoire of those kinds of phrases.”

Duffy assumed they were southern phrases he had to learn from McDowell, but she assured him she’d never heard them anywhere else.

“I’m just making stuff up,” McDowell said. “You can’t curse. Can’t say BS. At least you shouldn’t say BS on television. You don’t want to say manure. You never want to say something that makes people wince or evokes a smell.”

Dealing with people directly and bluntly seems to come from her mother.

“My mother had grit,” McDowell said. “She was also very kind, never syrupy. I used to say she had no magnolia-mouth.

That’s got to be a southern phrase.

McDowell said her mother was not a servile flatterer, but she was kind. Always there when somebody was in need.

“She had real grit. She’d stand and fight for her friends and family members.”

Her mother passed away after being diagnosed with stage-four cancer.

“She went through unimaginable pain,” McDowell said of her mother. “For nearly six years. You want to talk about somebody who was tough. There was nobody more pugnacious than my mother.”

She explained even with her illness, her mother was always on the go. Continuing to live her life. When questioned about being so active while she was ill, her mother continued to show grit.

“My mother would say she didn’t want to walk around looking like she had cancer. She asked, ‘What choice do I have? I could lay in bed and wait to die, or I can get up and do what I can .’”

McDowell said her mother’s illness taught her to be a caregiver in ways she never could have imagined. Her mother taught her to find moments of joy every single day, in the smallest of things.

“It can be as simple as telling a stranger to have a great day. Treat a perfect stranger with kindness. I do it all day long. I know it sounds corny, but I want to be known as a person who brings a casserole to a friend when they’re ill.”

A one-sheet from Fox tells you McDowell and the culmination of her background is perfect for The Bottom Line. The fact is, it’s true.

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Airing The Tyre Nichols Video Was A Necessity

There were hard moments to watch in those videos, hard sounds to hear. But they aired.

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Far be it for me not to address this outrageous and embarrassing instance in humanity. After the videos of Memphis police brutally beating Tyre Nichols were shown on television there really seemed to be more outrage emerging from society this time than from the media, for a change. One would think that’s how we wish things to be.

In instances like this, where the video and audio images are far from brief but are instead chaptered as they unfold, there are few options other than to let them run their course. Clocks — breaks hard and soft — are out the window, just as in live coverage.

Because that’s what this was, only the live this time was us, and as we all absorbed and reacted to actions disapprovingly familiar yet somehow foreign at the same time, the impact was still becoming apparent even though we already knew the outcome.

It’s happened before.

Not always like this but we’ve seen it before, police encounters shown on the news overtakes and become the news.

It takes effect as the sights and sounds are digested, dissected, and discussed, often before their potential impact could really be imagined.

In 1991, when the Handycam footage crossed screens for the first time and we learned Rodney King’s name, we didn’t know then but we had a feeling.

We were on the right track, though as newsrooms evolved and street reporting incorporated a different type of storytelling.

I was a cop in 1991. Changes came. Some.

It’s 2023, I’m no longer a cop. Changes will come again. Some.

Turning points — or the overused watershed moments — mean just as much to the news media as they do to law enforcement.

The “why’s” that make this a turning point are more society and community based this time around than they were in 1991.

At least I think so. And I don’t think it makes a bit of difference who’s involved this time.

There were hard moments to watch in those videos, and hard sounds to hear. But they aired. Where they couldn’t air, they were described in great detail; descriptions sometimes can be worse than the real thing. Sometimes, not this time.

And they should air, they shouldn’t stop airing. This is what happened and this is what people need to see and hear and this is exactly why we are here.

Warn them, provide them with a heads up that they’re not going to like what happens next. It’s life and we show life, and we show what some of us do with it when it’s someone else’s.

Overall, I would say the news platforms held their composure, even after the videos were released. I saw, read, and heard some refreshingly neutral coverage, even from outlets where I expected hard turns into the lanes on either side of the road.

Legitimate questions were asked by anchors and reporters and much of the time, the off-balance issues were raised more by those on the sidewalks and those on the other side of the cameras and microphones.

As much as I find myself in disagreement with what I often see on the cable networks — all the cable networks — I did find a sense of symmetry watching CNN’s Don Lemon speak with Memphis City Council Chair Martavius Jones in the hours after the videos were released.

Regular protocols be damned, Lemon and producers lingered patiently as Jones, visibly overcome by emotion, struggled to regain breath and composure enough to be able to speak. Rather than cut away or move to other elements, they stood fast and it became an example of what often requires no words.

There were fewer punches pulled on other platforms as well.

The sounds of the screams, the impacts, and the hate-filled commands were broadcast through car radios.

As were Tyre Nichol’s calls for his mom. They aired. They had to.

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Does the Republican Establishment Get It?

For many it seemed that the Republican establishment stood idly by as Democrats changed the rules and worked behind the scenes to alter elections.

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In a move that seemed to go against the wishes of the patriotic American grassroots, the Republican party on Friday re-elected RNC Chairperson Ronna McDaniel. 

The media immediately took notice, as many on television and radio are now wondering why the party would re-elect a chairperson who has been so unpopular with the base of its party. 

Grant Stinchfield discussed this issue Friday night on his program, Stinchfield Tonight, which airs on Real America’s Voice network.

“Ronna McDaniel holds on to her chairmanship of the Republican Party. By a whopping total of — what were the numbers– 111 to 54. Harmeet Dhillon only received 54 votes. Mike Lindell 4 votes. This is proof to me that the Republican establishment is dug in,” Stinchfield — formerly of Newsmax — said. “Don’t tell me they’re out of touch. See, you tell me they’re out of touch, that implies ignorance. They’re not ignorant about anything.”

As sentiment for Dhillon grew in the days leading up to Friday’s vote, many influential politicians and party donors publicly offered her their support and endorsement. These included Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), as well as donors Mike Rydin, Dick Uihlein, and Bernie Marcus.

Also on board were musician and outspoken conservative John Rich, along with the state GOP of Nebraska and Washington State. Countless journalists and media personalities, such as Charlie Kirk, Miranda Divine, and Lou Dobbs, also came out publicly in support of Dhillon. Former President Donald Trump remained neutral, not making a public choice of either of the three candidates.

For many of Dhillon’s supporters, the deciding factor was public sentiment across the party’s base.

“They’re reading the same chat boards. They’re getting the same emails I’m reading. I will literally post something about this race when I was supporting Harmeet Dhillon. There was not one comment – not one – that supported Ronna McDaniel. Everyone wanted change,” Stinchfield said, noting that the party elite saw the same groundswell of support for change.

“Now, nobody has an issue as Ronna McDaniel is some evil kind of person. I don’t believe she is. I believe, though, that she is part of the establishment. She’s been around too long as far as the establishment goes. And she’s been ingrained in doing business as usual. It’s not working.”

In making their choices known, many Dhillon supporters simply pointed to the scoreboard during McDaniel’s reign.

“Think about where we are. 2018, we lost the House. 2020, we lost everything. 2022, we won the House, but we should have really steamrolled the House and we should have taken back the Senate, which we didn’t do,” Stinchfield said. “That means we’re on a real losing track since she took over. I don’t like being on a losing track. I like being on a winning track.

“Something has got to change when you talk about all of this. So how does Ronna McDaniel get 111 votes and Harmeet Dhillon only get 54 votes, when everyone, every Republican voter I talk to said it was time for change?” pondered Stinchfield.

And even more than the losses, for many it seemed that the Republican establishment stood idly by as Democrats changed the rules and worked behind the scenes to alter elections. The most recent example of which came in Arizona, where presumptive gubernatorial favorite, Kari Lake, was “defeated” when countless voting irregularities occurred in some of the state’s most deep-red areas.

“Under her watch, Democrats instituted a mail-in ballot scheme. That may be even worse than losing, when you talk about the House and the Senate and all these things. The fact that we now have a junk mail-in ballot scheme across the country under Ronna McDaniel’s watch is serious trouble. Very serious trouble,” Stinchfield said on Friday. “And so the reason it is is because the Democrats are rigging the system.”

For years – until Donald Trump descended the golden escalator and took the world by storm – the Republican party had the reputation of being the party of the rich. Rush Limbaugh used to refer to this wing of Republicans as “the country club crowd.” President Donald Trump flipped the narrative completely, offering a clear vision of hope and patriotism to working-class America.

Reputable polling — such as Richard Baris’ Big Data Poll — consistently showed Trump running well ahead of almost every Republican candidate during the 2022 mid-term election cycle. In other words, Trump still maintains considerably more support across the country than most of the individual Senate or House candidates experienced.

Many experts believe this is because voters still view Trump as an outsider, while they view the Republican party much less favorably.

“Let’s tell you how out of touch they are, how elitist they are,” Stinchfield said, calling out the GOP establishment. “This meeting that went on, do you know where it is? It’s at the Waldorf Astoria Monarch in California. One of the most expensive resorts in America. You’re lucky if you get a room for a thousand dollars a night down there on Dana Point. Now, it’s a beautiful hotel, but why is the Republican Party holding an event there? Then I went back and I looked at what RedState did. RedState went back and looked at some of the expenses that the Republican Party under Ronna McDaniel’s leadership was spending money on.

“Take a look at this. $3.1 million on private jets. $1.3 million on limousine and chauffeur services. $17.1 million on donor mementos. $750,000 on floral arrangements. Now you compare this to the Democrats. The Democrats spent $35,000 on private airfare. A thousand dollars on floral arrangements. A thousand. Not $750,000. A thousand. And the $17.1 million they spent on donor mementos, the Democrats spent $1.5 million.

“Democrats know where to put the money. It’s not giving donors gifts. Donors shouldn’t want gifts. If you give money, give money. You don’t need the fancy pin to put on your lapel.”

Following her loss, Dhillon warned her party that it must listen to the base, saying, “if we ignore this message, I think it’s at our peril. It’s at our peril personally, as party leaders and it’s at our peril for our party in general.”

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