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Five Trends That Could Help Republicans in 2022

AMAC Exclusive – By Andrew Abbott

republican republicans trends 2022As Republicans look to retake the House and Senate next year, they will undoubtedly look for any advantage they may gain over Democrats in their messaging strategies. While it may certainly be easy to focus on the many personal shortcomings of Joe Biden and Congressional Democrats, and those faults should indeed be highlighted to some extent, the GOP shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that issues matter as well.

Here, the lessons of 2016 may prove invaluable for Republicans. While the liberal media desperately tried to make the 2016 presidential race about personalities – which ultimately backfired on them – many in the political establishment still fail to understand that Donald Trump was successful in large part because of his unique ability to explain his policies clearly and plainly to the American people. Trade, China, immigration, taking care of veterans, and restoring American military strength were important themes on which he built his campaign and invoked at almost every opportunity. Instead of countering with concrete policy proposals of their own, the Clinton campaign focused on smearing the character of their opponent, and the American people handed Trump the presidency.

As the Democratic Party continues its wild leftward lurch, many of the pressing issues of today would’ve seemed far-fetched for even the Democratic Party of 2016. It thus stands to reason that more issues will come to the fore in the coming months, and even these mentioned below will continue to develop and evolve, and are only part of a larger narrative of Democratic mishaps. But here are five of the biggest issues as things stand today that Republicans should focus on heading into the midterm year that will give them an edge at the ballot box.

Crime rates

2020 saw an unprecedented rise in murder rates across the country. In response, progressives have not only permitted petty crime to proliferate but, in many cases, have actively worked to release suspects from custody. The result of these policies can already be seen as liberal city after liberal city is engulfed by violence, homelessness, and theft. As just one example, many Americans were shocked earlier this year at viral videos of thieves robbing stores in San Francisco in broad daylight as security guards stood by and watched, powerless to do anything thanks to new city ordinances. Republicans can make a strong case that if elected, they will be dedicated to enforcing the law, prosecuting criminals, and reversing the national trend of increasing crime rates.

Critical Race Theory

After President Trump brought the issue of education to the fore in a major speech at the National Archives last year, outraged parents of all political stripes have spoken up to oppose Critical Race Theory and other left-wing ideologies being peddled in school classrooms. In response, liberals have desperately attempted to pretend that Critical Race Theory either doesn’t exist, isn’t taught in schools, or isn’t dangerous.

However, despite the best attempts of the left, parents aren’t buying it, as polling shows large majorities of Americans are opposed to CRT and related philosophies being taught in school classrooms.

The potency of the issue has been on full display in the Virginia gubernatorial race where, just months after Joe Biden carried Virginia by 10 points in last year’s election, Republican Glenn Youngkin is running neck and neck with his Democratic opponent Terry McAuliffe. Youngkin has run a campaign focused heavily on education issues and pushing parents’ rights in schools. McAuliffe, on the other hand, continues to slide in the polls just days before election day thanks to his past support of CRT policies and making statements like “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”

Even Vice President Kamala Harris has warned that a McAuliffe loss could spell disaster for Democrats next year, telling a crowd of Virginians yesterday that “what happens in Virginia will in large part determine what happens in 2022, 2024 and on.” Regardless of the outcome of that race, the campaign has shown that parents are concerned about what their kids are being taught in schools, and Democrats by and large appear to be on the wrong side of the debate.


Though the mainstream media may have already pivoted to other issues, the utter collapse of Afghanistan lingers heavily in the hearts and minds of many Americans. The sheer incompetence by which the withdrawal was executed and the absolute unwillingness of defense officials to accept accountability for that failure was a gut punch to the hundreds of thousands of soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen, and their families who had sacrificed so much for so little. Additionally, the persistent fear of renewed and emboldened terrorist attacks isn’t going anywhere.

Continuing COVID-19 Woes

Thanks to President Trump’s Operation Warp Speed, Joe Biden came into office with multiple vaccines and hundreds of millions of doses on the way. On day one of the Biden presidency, completely thanks to Trump’s rollout plan, the country saw more than 1.6 million people get vaccinated.

Since then, Biden’s handling of the virus has been an unmitigated disaster. Bungled messaging from the Biden administration on things like masking policies and vaccine safety has left many Americans confused and frustrated. Biden’s harsh rhetoric toward anyone who dares to disagree with the government’s COVID policies has only increased public mistrust of the government. Moreover, there have already been more COVID deaths in 2021 than in all of 2020.  It is hardly a ringing success story for a President who ran on the promise of “shutting down the virus”.

The Economy 

One thing Biden has managed to shut down is the economy. After four years of unprecedented economic prosperity under President Trump, it’s now becoming more expensive for every American to purchase items as essential as a loaf of bread or a tank of gas. Prices for things like used cars and furniture are up by as much as 20% – and that’s assuming people can even get a new couch thanks to supply chain problems.

Yet even as inflation continues to rise and the economy struggles to recover from the pandemic-induced recession, Democrats are determined to exponentially increase spending through multi-trillion dollar spending packages.

Ultimately, the GOP will look to send the message that, if the radical leftists who run today’s Democratic Party have their way, whether its crime or lockdowns or school curriculum, the American people will have no say over the direction of their lives. With a victory next November, Republicans would send a message to the Democratic Party that the type of extremist policies they’ve forwarded in recent years have no place in America.

Knowing that they’re losing the battle when it comes these issues and many more, Democrats have predictably tried to shift the narrative, hyper-focusing on the 2020 and election and January 6 to paint Republicans as enemies of the Republic. They’ve also tried to control the media narrative through their massive spending packages, hoping that government handouts to various groups will distract from the obvious economic hardships many Americans are facing. Ultimately, however, history suggests that voters will likely side with the party that ensures security for their families and prosperity for their communities. Republicans would accordingly be wise to stay focused on the issues that voters will have on their minds when they head to the polls next November.

Andrew Abbott is the pen name of a writer and public affairs consultant with over a decade of experience in DC at the intersection of politics and culture.

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9 months ago


9 months ago

This country desperately needs term limits, or at least, a quick ability to remove politicians who violate their oaths of office. Until that happens, we are stuck with lazy, idiotic voters and a corrupt political system that continues to return the same old hacks decade after decade. Hacks who have zero desire to support the people who pay their stolen salaries.
It is time for a change. Dems and RINOs must be fired.

9 months ago
Reply to  Becky

I agree that we need term limits in Congress. But, we also need to implement single subject Bills. Our so-called “People’s Representatives” hide behind 1700 page Bills to excuse passing garbage full of pork and just plain bad ideas. (Do I hear Obama Care?) How many times has your Representative claimed he or she voted to pass a huge bill because it contained a small concession for the Military or some other worthwhile spending then proceeded to claim success? We need to get rid of these massive Bills so we really do know what’s in them BEFORE they are passed! Single, or even limited, subject Bills would help to hold our Representatives and Senators accountable. That accountability would go a long way toward imposing defacto term limits as we vote out those that dishonor the position entrusted to them.

Dragon Lady
9 months ago
Reply to  Charlotte

I agree with you 100%! Bills should address only one subject and the voting would be for only that one thing. Everyone would know exactly what’s in the bill (no more “we have to pass it to find out what’s in it”). That should make the whole process a lot faster and hopefully Congress could manage to actually things done.

9 months ago

The sad thing about all this is: We will only have Republicans and Democrats to vote for. This hasn’t worked for over fifty years, but the next election and many more, we will only have these two HORRIIBLE choices.

9 months ago

If lawmakers in the Republican Party continue to sit back and only care about being elected nothing will change. Now days it’s hard to tell the difference between a RINO and that 4 legged, 3 letter Dem logo

9 months ago

Question: where have the majority of republicans been since 2012??? For months, a proven non-resident traveled all over our nation opining “I’m going to fundamentally change America” where were the Repubs?
What did these republicans think he was talking about?? Lowering taxes? Improving healthcare? Not to mention during his reign of terror, more cops were assassinated than in literally any other presidency?
Improving our strength against enemy nations? Improving our economy? Demoralizing our military?…sound familiar?
With precious few exceptions the “republican” party has become a lynch party. Fat cats making obscene salaries, guaranteed for life, life long insurance, security all AFTER retiring, back room deals with demorats, life long perks we the people can’t even fathom, and THEY voted themselves pay raises to boot!!! Wow! Wouldn’t that be a hoot for actual working Americans!
I was no fan of George Wallace, but he made a statement that is even truer today “There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between Republicans and demorats”…but what makes Republicans worse is that Republicanism at it’s heart means “less government”….what they’ve become are traitors to everything Republicanism stands for ….

9 months ago
Reply to  Denise

Hear, hear! I’ve been saying the same for decades. Well done.

swamp is still there
9 months ago

No way any of this matters as long as the theft of the 2020 election is allowed to stand.


Eddie Van Halen
9 months ago

Get rid of the RINOs and the ones who DO get elected and then sit on their thumbs when in office.

9 months ago

Nothing will help. The liberals are lying through their teeth. Unless, people in this country wake up and realize what trees are in the forest.

Bill on the Hill
9 months ago

The ( 5 ) trends listed in this well written article are absolutely paramount if the Republican Party wants to exist… Everything listed in the article are hard truths moving forward & it is up to each & every American citizen to VOTE the right people into office. It is a hard pill to swallow with respect to our votes being switched or thrown out if Trump’s name was on the ballot…Yes, we have a illegitimate potus in office that has brought all of us a draconian way of life we never would have imagined possible to ever happen, happen it did…
Unless JRB gets removed from office, we are stuck with what we got for the time being as time will tell if he can hold it all together much longer as currently his favorability polls are being way to generous on his popularity… Both parties of voters now believe this man is NOT up to the task, Joe’s days are numbered…What we do as a nation, the moment this man is removed from office will be of paramount importance & with that I will end this by saying, it will need to happen before anyone else gets sworn in…
In conclusion: The best is yet to come & lets make America great again, again.
God bless America,
Bill on the Hill… :~)

9 months ago

We need to terminate the term of Badin and Kakelma, All of the Cabinet and All of the Democrats that are opposed to Democracy (does anyone else get the misnomer of this name?). This amount of civil disruption needed to save the truth of this country is far far far more than an election. The Civil War of 1861-1865 was due to the federal government imposing power over the states…does this sound familiar to current civil unrest? That disruption that was occurring with the federal government in 1861 was a “drop in the bucket” compared to what is being done now. Every single day, sometimes multiple times a day, the rights of The People are violated by a government that was never elected by The People. Although I am not physically able to defend my country, I do keep wondering how far the People will continue to bend over? Badin the dictator has now made a decree that we The People have to Pay illegal aliens for illegally crossing our borders. We have to Pay them! That means bye bye Medicare, bye bye disability (unless of course you have never paid anything into it, because then you can steal it all). This is only a tiny portion of the manner in which The People are being abused and violated. The misnomer of the “democrats” and all associated with them must be Removed. This is Civil War.

9 months ago
Reply to  Jeanine

Yes, it is. Directed against all AMERICAN citizens.

9 months ago

I hope the Republicans understand that the only way the DemocRats can win the next POTUS election and sandwiched Congressional seat elections is insure that the Voting is not rigged … and I’m not sure there has been much action on this matter. And of course the News Media, with few exceptions, will run propaganda cover to try to help the DemocRats out.

9 months ago
Reply to  Hal

Mail in voting is fraudulent. Absentee voting should be strictly monitored. What the hell has happened to setting rules and sticking by them. I’m ready for : in person voting period

9 months ago

You omitted the invasion on our southern border

9 months ago
Reply to  Lynn

Invasion? … you are talking about virtual guaranteed voters for DemocRats in all future elections!! The “invaders” only have to learn how to mark a ballot and be able to write the name the DemocRat Handlers gave them from copying recent placed tombstones.

Stephen Russell
9 months ago

Id add #6: ID & Dump RINOs anyplace everyplace.
Clog up system & we lose

Jesse Tiede
9 months ago

Until we totally replace the entire CONGRESS, no party will actually do the will of the People… Politics corrupts! Absolutely…

9 months ago
Reply to  Jesse Tiede

Term limits for Consgressmen … anybody??

9 months ago
Reply to  Hal

Or at least the ability to fire them for violations of their oaths. Immediately.

Lora Shull
9 months ago
Reply to  Jesse Tiede

so right

michael murphy
9 months ago


9 months ago

As long as we remember to vote out the rinos

9 months ago

If you think establishment rino’s will help i think we would be wasting our time. Those grifterS suffer from ignorance and apathy, THEY DONT KNOW AND THEY DONT CARE.

9 months ago

I would say issues matter most!!
people really get sick of hearing all the criticism and shaming and slamming. We’d really like to hear about “what you are going to do to fix this mess”. what can you do better than the dems.

Jesse Tiede
9 months ago
Reply to  lindylou

Unfortunately, the Republicans are just as complicit as the Democrats! We need a total flush of Congress, and a renewal of American values in Washington, DC…

9 months ago
Reply to  Jesse Tiede

Unfortunately, we did this in the 90s! It is these scumbags defiling our country currently.

9 months ago

You must prevent the Demons from cheating. How do you propose to do that?

9 months ago

Great article but the border disaster and stifling our energy independence certainly should be on the list also..
Especially thus latest ridiculous $450,000 per ILLEGAL payoff!!!
What the heck is that when we have REAL CITIZENS working everyday, veterans, seniors and mentally challenged people barely getting by.
This clown joebama and useless failed communist democrats need to have this joke exposed too!

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