President Trump by now would have been well on his way to re-election had the novel coronavirus not spread to the United States, a Park City resident who is a longtime figure in the National Republican Party as the National Convention approaches said this week. republican.
Bruce Hough, a management consultant who lives in Park Meadows, is preparing for the convention, his seventh as a delegate since 1988. He will travel to Charlotte, North Carolina, for meetings rather than to attend the convention. at a distance. Hough is a member of the Republican National Committee with a term that expires in 2024 after serving in the same role from 2008 to 2016. His delegate vote will go to Trump when the president officially becomes the Republican candidate at the convention.
Hough believes Trump has numerous hits to advertise during the final months of the campaign. He praised the president’s work on taxes, military reform and criminal justice and supports the president’s judicial appointments. Hough also highlighted Trump’s foreign policy, including efforts to build a relationship with North Korea and what he called the president’s tough stance on China regarding currency policies and digital espionage.
He likened Trump’s talks with the North Korean leader to President Nixon’s efforts in the 1970s to open China to the West. There were no leader-to-leader talks between the United States and North Korea, the same scenario between the leaders of the United States and China prior to Nixon’s work, he said.
“If COVID-19 hadn’t surfaced, this election probably would have been a breeze,” Hough said.
He said most segments of society, including those in disadvantaged areas, “improved their conditions” during the Trump administration prior to the spread of the coronavirus.
Hough also supports the Trump administration’s handling of efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus. He supported the decision to ban travel from China to the US and indicated that the World Health Organization performed poorly in the early days of the release. Trump helped mobilize the industry to produce personal protective equipment and provided the necessary guidance, Hough said.
“It probably saved thousands of lives,” he said of the decision to enact the Chinese travel ban.
Hough admitted he was “not thrilled” with the amount of spending in response to the disease, but said Washington’s spending was necessary.
He said congress activities in Charlotte will be very different from those of previous meetings he attended. Hough expects there will be several hundred people running the business rather than the thousands that would normally be present. He said it will be a quiet environment and that the delegates “will get to work immediately”. Party activity in Charlotte will be conducted in a similar fashion to any other convention, but this year’s convention will lack the same kind of energy without the crowds working for a common cause, he said.
Hough said the presidential contest between Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic candidate, will be closer than some expect in the Summit’s strongly Democratic county. There are many people in the Park City area who support the president and his economic policies, Hough said. He didn’t predict who will win Summit County on election day.