Dear Donald Jr., Ivanka, Eric & Tiffany,
As a conservative Democrat in the swing state of Florida, I wanted to share with you some concerns that I’ve got about the way your father is campaigning for president.
I’m writing because I’m told by many that y’all have the most influence on his words and actions -- and I certainly hope so!
Admittedly, I’ve not been a huge fan of your father while he was running for the GOP nomination, but now that he has won, I’d like to suggest some things that might help convince me and others who think like me to vote for your father.
Just know from the beginning that regardless of what happens in this campaign, I’m not EVER going to vote for Hillary.
But that begs the question of whether I’m going to vote for your father, or just skip that race entirely.
I can see from everything I read and listen to -- and I listen to both mainstream media every night and to Fox News so I’ve got a good understanding of what’s happening -- that you can influence your father's thinking.
Now’s the time, before it's too late, to use that influence to change the history of our country and get us back on the right track.
It’s really simple: what got your father the nomination is not what will get your father the presidency.
Because of the consistent and historic liberalism of the mainstream media, he’s never going to get a fair shake, but at the same time, your father doesn’t need to give them the hammed to nail him every day either.
That means that he needs to put his smart phone down and start talking to us not in 140 words or less, but as Americans who are yearning for a leadership change from the disastrous last eight years, and the promise from Hillary of four more years that will suck too.
I know he believes that “earned” media is the best way to keep his name out there, but everyone in America already knows who he is.
We know that he can fire people, but what we really want to know is, can he hire the right people -- surround himself -- to help him make the right call on a variety of very serious issues.
Y’all look like a wonderful family. But I don’t want millennials like y’all making the decisions for me, I want people of substance and experience to be advising your father, but I have to convince you to help him win, to help me live successfully.
His base is solid, we all know that. But the key to winning is getting more Democrats to vote for him, and more importantly to get Independent or NPA voters, especially women Indies, to vote for him.
His antics and his words aren’t endearing him to those kinds of voters -- nor me.
I don’t need to hear more about “Crooked” Hillary, I just need to hear more about why your father is the better choice and why she isn’t.
For example, he could have been hitting Hillary about the 44 emails that Judicial Watch just revealed all week long. Conservative websites had the story at the beginning of the week and NBC only started talking about it on Wednesday.
This is fodder for the cannon, as it goes to show that once again Hillary has lied to the American people just as most Americans perceived that she has.
She did indeed mix State Department business with the Clinton Foundation in an absolute betrayal of the pledge she took when she became secretary of state.
The splitting of hairs by the State Department spokesperson that the pledge didn’t apply to other departmental staff is just the kind of behavior that has made average Americans angry about politics as usual.
But to get to that story, your father has to talk about it in a way that Americans can understand easily what is really going on.
We all know Washington is insular and insidious, we just need to know that he won’t tolerate that kind of purposely skirting of the rules to benefit one’s own self.
Can you get your father to speak more clearly about the NATO alliance?
Look, we all want NATO nations to pay their fair share and we get it that they’re not.
But suggesting that we won’t go to their rescue should they need it only emboldens Putin even more, and if he believes he shouldn’t telegraph his moves ahead of time, then why is he doing just that?
And don’t even get me started on Putin.
There is so much about Hillary that he can talk about, let’s get off this “founding” of ISIS crap.
We get it, it’s cute, but it’s not substantive and it doesn’t reflect any deep thinking.
I want to vote for your father because he has the potential to upset the status quo.
However, when your father says that if he loses, he’ll just go back to his business, it sounds like this is just a game to him, another installment of "The Apprentice," instead of the serious battle for the future of our country.
When does a Trump talk about losing anyway?
It also is hurting other Republican candidates up and down the ballot.
So your father can resign himself to losing, but does he have to take the U.S. Senate with him?
How does that help America?
Please, please listen to me.
Your father doesn’t have to scare me with Hillary, or about her Supreme Court picks, or taking away my 2nd Amendment rights or anything else that amount to nice soundbites.
I need to hear -- no, I need to BELIEVE -- that your father is the better choice, and if he can’t convince me soon, then I give up.
Not for myself because like him, I’ll survive, but our country may not.
We’re being driven into mediocrity by Obama and his ilk. We’re so weak after these last eight years that we’re not trusted by our allies and we’re not feared by our enemies.
ISIS? Obama wants to negotiate with them through diplomacy. He’s on better drugs than I am, if he believes that.
You don’t negotiate with terrorists, and that’s what Obama doesn’t get.
Obama is so Muslim-centric, and so is the rest of the national Democratic Party, that we’ve left our strongest ally -- Israel -- in the worst part of the world, to fend for itself.
With the days counting quickly down, time is short.
Tell your father to quit sending almost daily letters to my house asking for money.
He doesn’t need money, he needs a grown-up in the room and I guess you four kids are going to have to be it.
Your father can’t win with just angry voters.
He needs voters who can think on their own and are looking for a reason to support someone other than Hillary.
Can you convince your father to be that person?
I hope so because if he doesn’t start going in a better direction, we all lose.
Barney Bishop III, one of the most familiar faces within the state business community, is CEO of Barney Bishop Consulting LLC in Tallahassee.