TRUMP’S TEA PARTY CON­NEC­TION

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

An in­ter­est­ing hire: Don­ald Trump has named Ka­t­rina Pier­son as his na­tional cam­paign spokes­woman. She ran for Congress in Texas, is a for­mer ad­viser to Sen. Ted Cruz, a mem­ber of the Dal­las Tea Party and Texas Tea Party Cau­cus Ad­vi­sory Board and founder of the Gar­land Tea Party. The Trump cam­paign calls her a “pas­sion­ate ad­vo­cate for free­dom” and a heavy­weight thinker on state and fed­eral bud­gets, civil lib­er­ties, com­mu­nity or­ga­niz­ing and health care. She’s got ap­pro­pri­ate style for the mar­ket­place.

Ms. Pier­son noted in a re­cent tweet that her new boss was “hated” by the GOP, feared by Democrats and was “ef­fec­tively strip­ping power from rul­ing elites,” among other things.

“Ka­t­rina un­der­stands the need for real change in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., and the im­por­tance of com­pe­tence in the next elec­tion,” says Mr. Trump.

Mean­while, Repub­li­cans trust the bil­lion­aire the most when it comes to im­mi­gra­tion is­sues. Half of the GOPers say Mr. Trump is best qual­i­fied to take on the border chal­lenges, with Sen. Marco Ru­bio at a very dis­tant sec­ond with 11 per­cent. So says a new YouGov poll, which also found that 63 per­cent of Repub­li­cans agree with Mr. Trump’s pub­lic as­sess­ment of the sit­u­a­tion: “When Mex­ico sends its peo­ple, they’re not send­ing their best. They’re send­ing peo­ple that have lots of prob­lems.”

Don­ald Trump has ap­pointed Ka­t­rina Pier­son as his na­tional cam­paign spokes­woman; she is a Texas-based tea party of­fi­cial and for­mer ad­viser to Sen. Ted Cruz.

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