In preparation for the 2022 election, the Republican Party is reorganizing itself by finding conservatives and Republicans in local communities and getting them involved in party activities at the provincial level, said Nikki Claibourn, a director of the Charleston County Republican Party. told EpochTV’s “Crossroads” program.
This way, the party can build a network of conservatives that other conservatives can find to bring them in, Claibourn said.
The message that Claibourn and other Republican activists convey to people when they try to get involved is, “Do we want to live in a communist country … or a socialist country?”
Many people are afraid of socialism and are concerned about policies currently being pursued in the United States, especially President Joe Biden’s executive orders, Claibourn said. ‘People feel [the policies] infringes on their rights. ”
People are afraid of what will happen to the country in the coming years if these trends continue, Claibourn said. “So that’s what really sets people on fire.”
For people who argue that these policies are not socialist or communist, Claibourn encourages them to read the Constitution and look closely at the executive orders that are adopted.
An example of one policy that concerns people is the COVID-19 stimulus tests that the government has sent out, Claibourn explained.
“I know a lot of people who would say, ‘I did not ask for this check. I do not want this check. You’re basically giving my money back. “It’s taxpayers’ money,” she said.
Republicans reach out to communities
One form of outreach to communities is participation in food banks, which helps spread the message that the Republican Party cares about homelessness and people who cannot afford food, Claibourn said. “There are a lot of social issues that Republicans do care about.”
However, the message does not come out in part because most media are not willing to report on it, except for a few media organizations, Claibourn explained.
However, Republicans who volunteer at food drives get the chance to talk to other volunteers there, Claibourn said.
“When [other volunteers] find out we’re Republicans, they respond and say, ‘wow, we did not know you cared.’ “Yes, we care,” Claibourn said.
Another way to reach out to communities is the annual non-party Black history banquet organized by Republicans of Charleston County to honor and celebrate achievements that African Americans have made in their lives and for their communities, Claibourn continued.
Recognizing the black Americans who were successful in their lives in public helps dispel the idea “that black people are not necessarily successful, not giving back,” Claibourn said. He is the director of the Black History Banquet of the Charleston Republican Party.
This year, they planned to honor a successful businesswoman who made making sweet grass baskets – a trade from hundreds of years – into a profitable venture, Claibourn said, but this year the event unfortunately had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 -pandemic.
The event was expected to garner a lot of honors, especially Democrats who would come to their side, but only a few came, Claibourn said. “It was difficult.” Those who came, however, have very conservative values, she added.
“You change one by one wholeheartedly, you change one by one,” Claibourn continued. The benefit of this initiative is that it shows that Republicans care “because the story is [Republicans] do not care, ”she said.
Claibourn is a former Democrat who became a Christian after moving from California to South Carolina. “My conservatism came about because I believe in what the Bible says,” she explained.
She used to believe in a “democratic way” because she was raised by her mother who was a Democrat.
Her involvement with the Republican Party was not only the result of her conservative turn, but was also influenced by her father, a military man and a Republican, Claibourn continued.
Her father always told her, ‘No matter who our commander-in-chief is, you live in the largest country in the world, because if you lived in another country, you probably would not have the rights you do not have here in the United States. , ”Claibourn recalls.
Claibourn says more and more conservatives are getting involved in Republican Party activities and coming to party meetings. They are very enthusiastic about their involvement, she added.
When Claibourn does community outreach work for the party, she meets many people who want help as soon as they realize she’s a conservative. She also receives a lot of messages from people who want to get involved after watching her posts on social media.
“I really see that we have a big turnout in 2022,” Claibourn said.
Her community work is done primarily in Charleston County. The province used to be red, Claibourn said, but now people call it purple because it’s in between. The sheriff of the country, who was a Republican and held the post for decades, is unused in the 2020 election by a Democrat, Claibourn said it was disturbing.
“We want to hold on to the seats we have and regain the seats we lost,” Claibourn concluded.