Bronx man sends a message to Republicans amid surging Trump support: ‘Step up your game!’

A Trump supporter in the Bronx accused Democrats of “gaslighting” New Yorkers about the economy and crime in the city while telling Republicans to “step up your game”

Lou Valentino spoke with Fox News’ Lawrence Jones ahead of a planned rally by former President Donald Trump in the deep-blue New York City borough. Trump will address supporters and the curious on Thursday in a public park just a few short blocks from the boundary line of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s district.

“I think this is an opportunity Republicans should not let go,” Valentino said on “Fox & Friends” Monday.

“Throughout the years, I’ve never heard of a Republican going to the Bronx, so seeing Trump make the effort with everything going on, what is the excuses for Republicans and conservatives?” he said to Jones.

“It’s crazy to me. I couldn’t believe that people from the Bronx wanted to do a rally for Trump. Now I’m hearing that he is coming to the Bronx,” Valentino said, calling out Democrats for “dropping the ball.”

“You see crime, you see a woman being dragged, with a belt. You see all types of stuff happening in the Bronx, and they’re just gaslighting it, acting like it’s not happening. So I just think it’s the perfect opportunity for people to speak up,” he said.

“A lot of bad things are happening. A lot of people can’t afford groceries,” he continued. “And Trump is speaking to those people in those barbershops or people that just can’t afford this lifestyle that they had probably four to five years ago. So this is just a, I think… once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Valentino also noted that Republicans should be paying attention as the presumptive GOP nominee balks at political norms and expectations.

“The fact that Trump is going there to a spot that is deep blue, that should send a deep message to Republicans once again. Step up your game,” he said.

Valentino was critical of President Joe Biden’s recent commencement address to the Morehouse College graduating class in Atlanta, GA.

“I don’t know what is going on with the Democrats this role that they are trying to play,” Valentino told Jones.

“Unfortunately, liberals have this way of speaking down on black people,” he said. “That lets you know how they really think about you and how Democrats feel they have to do no work to get the black vote or the Hispanic vote. I think that’s going to change this year.”

Lifelong Democrat Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr. told “Fox & Friends” co-host Steve Doocy later in the show that there has been an “awakening” in his party.

“Our community is getting frustrated day by day with President Biden and the Democrats,” he said Monday. “They have been using us for too long, but this time it’s too much… the open border… the groceries you can’t even purchase. It’s gas. Everything. Crime. Abuse against the police officers. Tying up the hands of judges.”

“We [are] tired and more, day by day, more and more Hispanic and Black minority [voters]… We are switching. We are changing. We are awakening,” Diaz continued.

“We are so mentally conditioned to vote for a Democrat that no matter who is running in the Democratic line, our people go for them, but now, now it’s different,” Diaz said. “Now people are learning. People are awakening.”

Frieda Powers

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