Author Ryan Girdusky said Monday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpDes Moines mayor says he’s worried about coronavirus spread at Trump rally Judiciary Committee Democrats pen second letter to DOJ over Barrett disclosures: ‘raises more questions that it answers’ Trump asks campaign to schedule daily events for him until election: report MORE should focus on economic stimulus in the final 22 days before Election Day.
Girdusky told Hill.TV’s “Rising” that he thinks the “most important thing” the president could do is give direct payments to Americans during the coronavirus pandemic. The author acknowledged that talks between the White House and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump slight against Gold Star families adds to military woes Pelosi calls Trump administration policies on testing and tracing inadequate Trump claims he is ‘immune’ from coronavirus, defends federal response MORE (D-Calif.) have hit obstacles but said Trump should use executive powers to distribute stimulus checks.
“I think that it’s really important to try to get that direct aid out,” he said. “I think that direct $1,200 or $1,800 check would be really, really important.”
Girdusky said Trump should zero in on assisting those who make less than $25,000, saying “that’s a huge chunk of the population” that “could flip the entire election.”
“Remember as much as it appeals to sit there and talk about the stock market, there’s far more people in this country who make up the workers … than shareholders, and that’s who he should be appealing to in this last 20 day push,” he said.
Last week, the White House proposed a $1.8 trillion coronavirus stimulus package, which includes direct payments. But Republicans expressed displeasure with the plan in a phone call over the weekend, and House Democrats, who have passed two coronavirus relief packages of their own, have called it insufficient.