Town Hall Recap: Preview of the 2018 Midterms

By: Karl Nelson, NYC Correspondent/Social Media Exec.

Broadcast Heavyweight Armstrong Williams moderated another special town hall last night, which aired on WJLA-TV. The town hall provided viewers with a preview of the 2018 Midterm Elections.

The panel consisted of...

  • Aaron Manaigo — Partner, Global Political Solutions LLC

  • Elroy Sailor — Co-Founder and CEO, J.C. Watts Companies

  • Star Parker — Founder and President of The Center for Urban Renewal and Education

  • Shelby Emmett — Constitutional Lawyer

  • Dr. Devon Smith — HSH Senior Correspondent

We’re now just two weeks away from the Midterm Elections, which falls on Tuesday, November 6th — a day that many people in politics have anticipated since President Donald Trump took office in 2016.

Much has happened since Trump entered the Oval Office, and it’s clear like mostly highly debated volatile issues, Republicans and Democrats as well as our nation are divided on Trump’s presidency as the Midterms near.

While you have Republicans supporting Trump’s tax reform, efforts towards immigration reform and a much better economy, there are Democrats who have continued to criticize and challenge the president’s decisions. Whether it’s Trump’s harsh rhetoric, his tweeting, his foreign policy, or his alleged connection to Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, Democrats have made it crystal clear that at all costs they will return to majority status in the House of Representatives.

Mr. Williams’ panel provided needed insight into Trump’s presidency, the current state of the important issues that impact the American people, and what will be the impact and fallout from the November 6th Midterm Elections.

Here were some of the takeaways.

Aaron Manaigo:

“People are happy with the economy. People are looking at the president and saying to themselves, ‘I may not like the tree, but I sure like the fruit that it bears.’”

“If the economy is the No. 1 issue, then things are leaning towards President Trump.”

“You have illegal people in this country casting legal votes because they’re registering to vote in these sanctuary cities. I’m concerned about that.”

“Infrastructure will be the only kind of legislation that will end up being bipartisan.”

“My prediction is that Republicans will maintain the House of Reps from somewhere between 5-7 seats.”

Elroy Sailor:

“Let’s remember that President Obama lost 63 seats in his first term.”

“People are either going to vote based on the last thing that President Trump has tweeted or based on the last thing that Nancy Pelosi said. That’s what it’s come to.”

“Republicans should see a gain in the races for governor.”

“Historically, absentee votes outside of the military have favored Democrats.”

“This notion of ‘voter suppression’ has been talked about. I believe Republicans should be encouraging ‘voter aggression’ in these elections.”

“If Dems win, they’re going to try to dismantle tax reform.”

Star Parker:

“This election is unique because most people understand that we are a very divided country right now. Most voters today understand what’s at stake.”

“Georgia had record numbers of people going out to vote early.”

“I do not believe President Trump will compromise with Democrats if they take over the House.”

“The Midterm Elections, this time around, are very much so a national issue. It’s mobs or jobs.”

Shelby Emmett:

“A lot of these elections are local. Unfortunately, a lot of Republican candidates are still trying to run on a national level.”

“I don’t care if you’re a Democrat or Republican. Everyone agrees with the president when he says, ‘Why are we always taking care of their [immigrants] kids and not our own?’”

“We’ve never had a ‘moral’ leader in politics, despite what you might hear.”

Dr. Devon Smith:

“This, to me, is a behavioral election. People are fed up with the way people are behaving right now (public verbal attacks aimed at the ‘opposition’). I think this behavioral issue is very one-sided.”

“In these elections, the #MeToo⁠ ⁠ movement will divide women across America.”

“I think Republicans will maintain the Senate, but I have a feeling that the House of Reps might be in jeopardy.”

Despite the divide in political perception across the nation, the town hall concluded with one unifying message; “One thing we can all agree on is that we must get out and VOTE on November 6th no matter who your candidate of choice is at the polls.” | KMN