On Friday night’s episode of Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” host Tucker Carlson talked about something very important that answers a lot of questions. If you are a Republican voter and you’ve ever felt that the Republican leadership either isn’t listening to you or they have lost touch with your values, it’s because they are listening to the wrong advisors who are telling them what to say on the “hot topics” of the day.
Carlson reminded us that political parties exist to represent the interests of their voters. There is no other reason for them, and yet year after year on all the issues, the leadership of the Republican Party does not represent what the voters of the party want. How do we know this? Because after years of being ignored by those leaders, the party faithful went ahead in 2016 and elected Donald Trump to the White House just to send a message of what they really cared about. Carlson said, “If that wasn’t a wake-up call, nothing would be.” And now that Trump is gone, the GOP leadership fell asleep again.
He added, “However, it remains true that the priorities of the people who run the Republican Party are very different — in some cases, completely different — from the priorities of the people who vote Republican. Why is that? Well, there are lots of reasons, probably, but Frank Luntz is definitely one of them.” I never liked Luntz, because I always felt there was something wrong with him. I would watch his famous focus groups where he would gather a room of people and ask them what they thought about specific issues. He always appeared to me to be a RINO, and I have always felt that RINO political advisors are bad news for the party, because their advice makes politicians weak.
Tucker went on to say, “For decades, Frank Luntz has told elected Republicans what to say and exactly how to say it. Luntz massages language for politicians. Just this week, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) invited Luntz to Florida for its so-called ‘policy summit,’ where he was asked to weigh in on the ‘hot topics.’ Luntz’s job was to tell Republicans how to think about the most important issues of the day. We didn’t hear the presentation, but there’s no doubt it was compelling.
“Frank Luntz is a smooth salesman. He’s been around for a while. The problem is that Frank Luntz’s views are very different from those of your average Republican voter. Frank Luntz is a conventional liberal. His main clients are left-wing corporations like Google. When Frank Luntz gives advice to congressional Republicans, he’s got Google’s perspective in mind. That’s a huge problem.”
Just hearing that one of Luntz’s clients is Google seals the deal for me. He needs to go, and Republican leadership needs to stop listening to him. Google hates Republicans. They spent millions of dollars trying to defeat them. They changed their algorithms on their search engine to list liberal Democrat results before conservative Republican results. They do it on YouTube as well, demonstrably so.
If we can all find out that Luntz is involved with tech tyrant companies that want to destroy the Republican Party, then why is he still accepted into the Republican establishment? Carlson notes because Luntz is particularly close to House minority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) going all the way back to when McCarthy entered politics.
“In an interview earlier this year, Luntz described Kevin McCarthy as a personal friend. That relationship gives Frank Luntz outsized influence over the Republican Party’s policy positions. Take the border crisis. Luntz’s view of immigration is very much like Google’s view of immigration: America needs a lot more of it right away. Anyone who disagrees with that is a racist. Now, rather than simply say that out loud — rather than just make his case, in other words — Frank Luntz slyly dresses up his own personal opinions as a social science.”
The Fox News host explained saying Luntz puts on a focus group of a group of people who have no relevance to anything. “It’s just random people yammering,” Carlson said. “Your ninety-second exchange with the UPS guy this morning meant more than a Frank Luntz focus group. ”
The host goes on to say that on the basis of an irrelevant conversation with the focus group, Luntz forms an opinion to make pronouncements about how the country and how the Republican Party leadership should respond to whatever the issue is at the time of the focus group. It’s almost as if Lynch uses a focus group just to make it appear that his opinion is learned, but he always presents his own views and the views of Google executives to Republican leadership.
The job of Republican leaders is to listen to the people directly, not a Frank Luntz type who gives the Google version of false impressions about what Republican voters really want. They already told you what they want. They want leaders like Trump who don’t cower the minute a Democrat calls them a racist. They don’t want Republican leaders who do the polar opposite of what you demand they do when they represent you.
For example, I am represented by a horrible Republican RINO Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA). This man actually brags about being named one of the most independent members of Congress. If you are “independent,” it means you’re not listening to your voters, and from my own experience, Fitzpatrick is not. To represent your constituency, you need to be partisan, not bipartisan, and not independent. RINOs will say that you have to reach out to the other side and negotiate if you want to get something done. The thing is, we never see Democrats doing that. For Democrats, the word bipartisan means Republicans cave and give them everything they want. We need Republicans to grow a spine and act the same way except really listen to what the voters are telling you they want.
Here is an example of Luntz giving advice on something that is obviously wrong.
“They [Trump voters] believe in immigrants and immigration. They are pro-immigration and honestly, I was a little surprised because of what I see in the media. Trump supporters support the DREAM Act. They support these people, who were brought here through no fault of their own, [having] the ability to earn the path to citizenship … We need these people, we actually have an economy that’s expanding, that’s growing.”
I can tell you right now that is false. The # 1 reason why Republicans and conservatives elected Trump was over building the wall and fixing our immigration system. Sure, there were many other reasons to elect him, but illegal immigration was the top priority. And Trump came through, even though the GOP leadership fought against him all the way. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) once said on a conference call as Trump was being elected, “I will never support a President Trump,” and he never did. Did you ever you imagine you would hear a Republican Speaker of the House say he would never support a Republican president?
When Trump declared illegal immigration as a national emergency to get funding for the wall, for the first time since presidents were allowed to declare national emergencies, the Republicans in the House and Senate voted to stop him. Trump vetoed them and did it anyway, but it just goes to show that Republicans are not serious about doing what the voters want them to do.
If Ryan had allocated money to build the wall, I believe the Republicans would have kept the House. But he didn’t, because of people like Frank Luntz who advise Republicans that Trump voters support the Dream Act and DACA. And then the open borders and amnesty now groups go and use Luntz’s statements to show even Republican voters support illegal aliens getting citizenship. It’s madness, and it has to stop.
Republican voters sent a clear message to the party leadership when they elected Trump, and now that he’s living in Florida, the leadership thinks it can go back to the way things used to work. Liz Cheney is a prime example of the battle of establishment RINOs fighting the Trump Republican Party. And it is now the Trump Republican Party, whether they like it or not.
I’m sure Frank Luntz is a nice guy, but he’s not the guy Republican leadership should be taking advice.
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Rich is a conservative syndicated opinion writer and runs Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty, and faith.
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