By Tia Lynn Ivey
Georgia Congressman Jody Hice was the featured speaker at least week’s Founder’s Day Dinner, but President Donald Trump was the star of the show.
The Morgan County GOP hosted a Founder’s Day Dinner last Thursday at the Farmview Cafe in Madison, as Hice and other republicans praised Trump and urged the audience to reelect in him in 2020.
Allyson Thompson, Morgan County GOP chairman, introduced Hice, noting his previous work as a pastor and conservative radio host who regularly “exposes the democrats’ socialist agenda.”
“People love this president because he is doing what he said he was going to do,” said Hice, who said the Whitehouse keeps a whiteboard with a list of promises to check off when met. “That’s why people are absolutely fired up.”
Hice described Trump rallies as a “mind blowing experience.” He described President Trump as a tenderhearted man committed to fulfilling the promises he made during the 2016 election campaign.
“He’s already kept so many promises,” said Hice, who praised Trump for moving the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
Hice credited Trump for a growing economy, millions of new private sector jobs, and 5 million people coming off food stamps in the last two-and-a-half years.
Hice attributed this to Trump cutting the corporate tax rate down to 21 percent and severely cutting regulations.
“The Trump Administration has done a fantastic job pulling back regulations,” said Hice. “For every one new regulation, there are now 22 old regulations being eradicated…What that has done, it has unshackled the greatest economic engine in the world. Companies are beginning to breathe again instead of being suffocated…”
Hice defended Trump’s current trade war with China and policies at the Southern Border to the crowd.
“It will get worse before it gets better, but I confidently believe we will win this trade war with China,” said Hice who defended Trump’s decision to place tariffs on goods from China, which are primarily paid for by American companies.
Hice also took at aim the immigration crisis at the Southern Border, accusing the media and democratic politicians of lying about reported cases of abuse, cruelty, and family separation. He specifically took aim and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who testified earlier this year about detained migrants telling her other congresswomen they were told to drink out of toilets when their sink was broken by border patrol agents.
Hice visited a migrant detention facility and made a social media video of him drinking from a working water fountain in an attempt to “debunk” Cortez’s story.
“All of this is nothing but outright lies,” said Hice. “Yet the media picks it up and runs on it, and people will tend to believe what they see…from that one perspective without ever knowing the truth…We were down there to expose it for what it was.”
However, major news outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, NBC, ABC, and CBS have all published detailed accounts, photos and footage of horrendous conditions since the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy was enacted. Family separation policies that have led to young children being taken from their families after crossing the border and held in overcrowded facilities lacking medicine, beds, and basic hygienic supplies, according to multiple news sources and politicians touring the facilities. Reports have also documented claims of sexual and physical abuse toward detained migrants.
Hice lamented Democrats taking control of the house and warned the country would descend into chaos should the Democrats take control of the Senate and the Whitehouse. He said Democrats were “obstructionists” who “refuse to do anything for the good of the country if it will make Trump look good.”
“Elections have consequences,” said Hice, urging the audience to vote Republican in upcoming elections.
Lisa Talaga, a local Morgan County woman, was also invited to speak at the event, since she attended a Trump Rally in Ohio recently.
She described the rally has a surreal once-in-a-lifetime experience.
“If you ever have the opportunity to go you gotta go,” said Talaga. “So many of us feel wrong and alone and afraid, but that night we felt proud—like we could wear what we want and be who we wanted to be and that we were among friends. Now we know after coming to this rally that we are not alone. There are so many people like us.”
Talaga praised Trump for his “conservatism on all fronts” including the economy, his stance against abortion, and illegal immigration.
Talaga too urged the crowd to support President Trump and reelect him in 2020.
“When Donald Trump took the stage, it was crazy. People were so excited. Probably didn’t see that on the news, except Fox maybe. He is bigger than life and he believes in us. He supports us.”