YOUNGSTOWN — Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who served as press secretary to former President Donald Trump, said the “radical left” wants to destroy the “American dream.”
“They insist on crushing it and taking it away from our children, and we’re not going to sit back and let that happen,” Sanders said Thursday during his opening remarks at the Republican Party’s Lincoln Day dinner. of Mahoning County. “The future of our country is far too important for us not to engage at all levels.”
Sanders, who is running for governor of Arkansas, addressed a crowd of about 400 people at the Maronite Center in Youngstown.
“Make no mistake – the radical left is not just about changing policy,” she said. “They want to fundamentally change who we are as a people. They want to change the heart and soul of what makes America special.
Sanders said she was proud of the time she spent working for Trump.
“I’m proud to have worked for a president who did exactly what he said he was going to do,” she said. “I’m proud that we had a president who stood up for American workers, who actually stood up for our country and never apologized for his greatness. We had a president who made our allies respect us and our enemies fear us. »
Without mentioning President Joe Biden, a Democrat who defeated Trump in the 2020 election, Sanders said the country now has “weak and incompetent leadership.”
She added, “If the right people aren’t engaged in public service, bad things happen.”
Sanders urged the crowd to vote Republicans up and down the ticket this year.
“Every two years they say it’s the most important election of our lives, but I really think it’s right now,” she said. “The contrast has never been clearer and the stakes have never been higher. Literally everything we love about America is at stake.”
Sanders is the latest person connected to Trump to speak at a Mahoning County Republican Party event.
Others in the past two years include Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s former campaign manager; Candace Owens, a conservative political commentator; US Representative Jim Jordan, a close Trump ally; and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who is Sanders’ father.
Trump was only the third Republican presidential candidate since 1936 to win Mahoning County. In 2020, he beat Democrat Joe Biden in county by 1.9%. Trump lost Mahoning by 3.28% in 2016 to Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Trump was also the first Republican candidate to win Trumbull County in two consecutive presidential elections since Herbert Hoover in 1928 and 1932 before Trumbull and Mahoning became largely reliable Democratic counties beginning in 1936.
Trump beat Biden in Trumbull County by 10.56% in 2020 and beat Clinton by 6.22% in 2016.
The only other Republicans to win counties in the last 86 years were Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon in their second terms, in 1956 and 1972, respectively.