CLEVELAND – The New York delegation to the Republican National Convention got a pep talk this morning from one of Donald Trump’s more careful supporters, as Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, said it's possible for Trump to beat the odds and carry the state in the November election.
Reed, who endorsed Trump in the spring but who has urged the candidate to campaign with a more measured tone, began his address by excitedly noting that Trump was now officially the party’s nominee.
In fact, Reed said, it’s even possible that Trump will win New York if his loyalists work hard enough – despite what the news media says.
“Roll up your sleeves,” Reed said. “Do not give up hope.”
In fact, Trump – a New York developer – stands a better chance of carrying the state than a more typical Republican candidate, Reed said.
That’s because “we nominated a candidate that’s disrupting the entire process,” Reed said.
Reed noted that hard work on the part of party loyalists had already resulted in the election of nine Republican members of the House from the state, up from only two in the late 2000s.
“That’s a testament to you, and I thank you for that,” Reed said.
Reed also reflected on recent police shootings, saying that in difficult times, “we cannot turn on each other. We cannot turn on our men in blue…All lives matter.”
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., also spoke at the breakfast, saying Republicans have to work hard to win Senate races such as his re-election bid to make sure the Senate doesn’t take a Democratic turn.
Meantime, New York businessman and talk show host John Catsimatidis defended Trump at the breakfast, saying he would be a much stronger choice than Democrat Hillary Clinton in terms of national security.
“I think Donald Trump will put his foot down, similar to Ronald Reagan,” Catsimatidis said.