WASHINGTON, September 14, 2016 – With only 55 days left before the November 8th elections, Donald Trump is maintaining a constant schedule of appearances, presenting his policies to the American public. As the challenger in this race, Trump has realized his ground game has to be reaching voters, one rally, one appearance at a time; taking his message to “Make America great again” directly to the people.
Expected to win the presidential race, Hillary Clinton is seeing her lead, that has reached double digits in some races, reducing to a 3% lead, with a margin for error, in national polls. Of late she has taken a more leisurely pace in her campaigning. For example, by August 14, 2016, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton had taken seven days off, 50% of those days, making appearances at 8 events with an average 1,531 attendees speaking to a total audience of 12,250 with a total.
Republican candidate Donald Trump spoke at 19 events, to a total of 104,940 persons with an average attendance per event of 5,523. At this time Clinton has suspended her campaign after a health event at the 9/11 ceremonies in NYC that the campaign revealed to be a reaction to pneumonia.
This shows a real difference between the campaigns.
This week, getting closer to November 8th, Donald Trump attended the 9/11 memorial events in New York City, speaking in Baltimore, Maryland, on Monday September 12 before the National Guard Association then heading to Asheville, NC for a campaign rally.
The Baltimore event was closed to the public; Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton were both invited to speak before the association that represents the citizen-soldiers in The Air National Guard (105,000) and The Army National Guard (358,200). Mrs. Clinton did not accept the invitation.
The Army National Guard has completed over a half-million soldier mobilizations in support of domestic operations and overseas missions over the last 13 years, conducting a wide spectrum of civil-military missions for a fraction of the cost of the active component.
The Air National Guard established in 1947, at the time the Air Force was created. The Air National guard is made up airmen available for prompt mobilization during war and to provide assistance during national emergencies, such as natural disasters or civil disturbances.
Air Guardsmen support contingency operations across the world, including in Iraq and Syria, provide homeland defense through U.S. air space and aerospace control alert missions, assist U.S. Customs and Border Protection on our southwest border, and support America’s counter-drug program.
Trump opened his remarks to the group saying:
“The National Guard of the United States has defended this nation at war, kept our citizens safe at home, and rushed into danger wherever it has threatened our people.
Our debt to you is eternal.”
“Members of the National Guard come from all walks of life, work in every kind of job imaginable, and juggle a thousand different challenges as they raise their kids, serve their states, and answer the call of duty for their country.
If I am given the honor to serve as your President, I will pledge to give you the resources, the equipment, and the support you need and deserve.
You will have a true and loyal friend in the White House.
Whether you vote for me, or whether you vote for someone else, I will be your greatest champion. I will not let you down.
I am running to be a President for all Americans – and I’ve been especially humbled to have the support of so many of our men and women in uniform.
While the overall feeling in the hall was, at first, stoically polite, the candidate ended his rather short remarks receiving numerous standing ovations from the group:
Our campaign is about giving voice to the voiceless. It’s about representing the forgotten men and women of this country.
I’m here to represent everyone, but especially those who are struggling against injustice and unfairness.
I am running so that the powerful can no longer beat up on the powerless. I’m running to take on the special interests, the big donors, and the corrupt political insiders.
I am running to be your voice.
Trump’s remarks were also directed toward the guardsmen present:
My plan calls for a major rebuilding of the entire military, and the elimination of the defense sequester. In this rebuilding, we will provide our National Guard with the best, modern state-of-the-art equipment in the world.
The National Guard is often the first and the last line of defense for our people.
You are there when the hurricanes and floods and tornadoes strike.
You are there to protect civilians in times of unrest.
You are there to respond to every natural disaster.
You deserve a government that recognizes and honors your contribution, and that ensures you have the resources you need to get the job done.
In a Trump Administration, the National Guard will always have a direct line to the Oval Office.
You will have an Administration that never loses sight of the vital contribution you make each and every day.
You will have a President who supports, promotes and speaks up for the National Guard at every turn.
The members of the National Guard have sacrificed life and limb for our freedom, our safety and our country.
We will never forget our heroes, their families, and the ones they’ve left behind.
Our gratitude is everlasting.
We will protect those who protect us.
And we will follow your example of unity – working in common purpose and common cause.
We will be one people, under one God, saluting one American flag.”
There were those in the audience that were obvious supporters of Trump, but they were the few:
“I was thrilled. I have been a supporter from the beginning, my husband is military, my sons just joined the military, my daughter is a fireperson and I am a veteran as well,” said Mrs. Katie Roberts.
Leaving the hall, a young army guardsman of Hispanic heritage stated his disappointment at not being able to see the speech, being on guard duty in the lobby.
“I really wanted to see him speak,” the young man who wished to not be identified as he was in uniform said. “I think Mr. Trump is what the country, and the armed services need.”
Following his appearance, social media reported that Trump stopped a the Boulevard Diner located in the blue collar enclave of Dundalk, Maryland where the median family income is $46.035 per year.
Trump stopping at Boulevard Diner in the Baltimore area pic.twitter.com/C1iMvTCPJw
— Chris Snyder (@ChrisSnyderFox) September 12, 2016
On Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Mr. Trump spoke in Des Moines Iowa at 9:00 a.m. before heading to Aston Pennsylvania to unveil his Child Care Plan, being introduced to the congresswoman and assembled guests by his daughter Ivanka Trump who has championed her father’s attention to change policies written in the 1940s that do not meet the needs of today’s working woman and families struggling with child, and elder care.
Mr. Trump said:
“We must break our ties with the failed and bitter politics of the past and pursue a future where every American is honored and respected.
We have to reject the arrogance of Washington D.C. that looks down on everyday hardworking people. Too often those who have power have disdain for the views, beliefs and attitudes of those who don’t have political power.
Those in leadership must put themselves in the shoes of the laid-off factory worker, the family worried about security, or the mom struggling to afford childcare.
That means we need working mothers to be fairly compensated for their work, and to have access to affordable, quality childcare for their kids.
We want higher pay, better wages, and a growing economy for everyone.
These solutions must update laws passed more than half a century ago when most women were still not in the labor force. Today, nearly 2 in 3 mothers with young children have jobs.
For many families in our country, childcare is now the single largest expense – even more than housing.
Yet, very little meaningful policy work has been done in this area – and my opponent has no childcare plan.”
The nominee’s plan includes the ability for individuals to open Dependent Care Account allowing the saving of tax-free money to be used for childcare, child enrichment, school choice and higher education. For low-income families, the federal government will provide a 50% matching funds for the dollars they save, up to $2,000 per year.
Other elements of his plan include Dependent Care Savings Account to provide for elderly dependents, incentives for employer provide on-site childcare that would save parents money, and time now spent commuting children to childcare facilities and federally supported paid-maternity leave.
Mr. Trump concluded his remarks saying:
“It’s time to end the rule of special interests, and to begin the rule of the American people.
It’s time to stop fighting over the smallest words, and to start dreaming about the great adventures that lie ahead.
It is time to Believe In America.
Together, We Will Make Our Country Strong Again.
We Will Make Our Country Prosperous Again.
And Will Make Our Country Great Again For Everyone.”
Mrs. Clinton, recovering from pneumonia at her home in Chappaquiddick, NY, is expected to return to the campaign this Thursday.