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Robin Armstrong had a singular message Thursday night for the Taylor County Republican Party: “Until we have the power to define the narrative, we will have to challenge the narrative.”

About 90 Republicans gathered at their monthly meeting at 201 Mesquite Event Center.

Republicans “will have to be ready” to face the future, he said, focusing on such efforts as socializing their children with their own political values ​​and taking control even 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 a member of the National Committee of the Republican Party of Texas, a position 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 regaining control of the national narrative, Armstrong said after Thursday’s meeting, is greater diversity within the Republican Party itself.

“If we explain to people what the Democratic Party stands for right now and what the Republican Party stands for right now, I’m telling you that an overwhelming number of African Americans would vote Republican,” said Armstrong, who is black. .

“The problem is, the media are a wing of the Democratic Party, they are actively pushing their case,” he said. “So it’s harder to get this message across.”

The party is also fighting, he said, school systems, colleges and universities that are “all liberal”.

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 more forcefully and not be so intimidated by being called racist, homophobic and xenophobic, not be so intimidated by these terms,” ​​he said.

Gains observed

The efforts are working, Armstrong said, citing gains from Hispanic voters in South Texas in the last presidential election.

“Now we need to engage more with the African American community,” he said.

These efforts require a strong economic plan that will “move forward and strengthen” downtown communities, he said.

Strategies such as a minimum wage of $ 15 only serve to increase costs and “get people fired,” he said.

“I think what you are doing is just creating more opportunities in these communities, rebuilding and uplifting,” he said, inspiring individuals to stand up for their community, not “burn” it.

He said it was unfair to compare the events of January 6 on the U.S. Capitol to other riots, particularly those focused on police reform and racial tensions, in the summer of 2020.

Events at the Capitol were contrasted by a huge crowd which was “mostly peaceful”, he said, as opposed to the long protests throughout the summer in which “many were killed”.

“These riots were sustained, caused billions of dollars in damage and really hurt communities,” he said. “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, that the police are “not racist on the whole” and that the events on Capitol Hill occurred because of the frustration of individuals who “felt they had no voice” 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 most recently done with COVID-19.

These goals included empowering the “coastal elites” with the pandemic being the “greatest transfer of wealth in the history of this country”.

Small businesses have closed, he said, while companies like Amazon thrived.

Democrats in general have become a “socialist party”, he said, which wants to “silence all dissent” under the threat of ridicule or “fear of losing.”

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.

“To really get us to submit goods, they have to take our guns,” he said.

Armstrong said Republicans should also “never again consent to shutting down our churches,” as many did during the COVID-19 pandemic, “even for a day.”

The party must be “very aggressive to push back,” he said, focusing on “electoral integrity” efforts, restrictions on big tech, which he said were “absolutely against us” politically. , and redistributing efforts to prevent gerrymandering, ensuring that “all new seats that are in the red states are Republican seats.”

This includes the seats recently won in Texas, he said.

Meditate on the pandemic

Armstrong, 50, courted his own controversy in 2020 by advocating the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as part of a three-drug regimen to treat COVID-19, a finding based on an observational study conducted in a Texas nursing home.

“I thought this should have been the standard of care in all nursing homes in the United States,” he said.

An article on these findings was nearing completion when the work was “censored” via “endless negative and attacking articles” in the national media, he said.

A nine-month investigation by the Texas Medical Board 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 ready for anything.”

“The Liberals, in their mindset, needed us to fear COVID,” he said. “(If) the story was known 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 electoral laws and lock us up. “

Armstrong told these assembled Communists that they “always used emergencies” to advance causes, “even if they must create urgency,” creating a message “under the guise of liberalism and compassion.”

He called potential compulsory vaccinations for children against COVID-19 “horrible”, adding that he believes the left will continue to “use health care and science to advance their liberal and communist agenda” .

After the meeting, Armstrong said he chose not to be vaccinated because he is “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, especially. autoimmune problems.

He said he believed it was “reasonable to vaccinate people at high risk”, as well as older people.

Brian Bethel covers city and county government and general news for the Abilene Reporter-News. If you value local news, you can support local journalists with a digital subscription to ReporterNews.com.

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