The hometown newspaper from the city that hosted a presidential
rally had a clear message for Donald Trump on Wednesday: Skip
the rallies and focus on governing.
“Mr. President, the campaign is over. You won. Now is not the
time to rally,” the Cedar Rapids Gazette wrote in a front-page
open letter addressed to Trump. “Now is the time to sell your
policies, listen to Americans with a stake in those efforts and
Trump spoke at the campaign-style rally in Cedar Rapids Wednesday
night, rehashing themes from his 2016 campaign rallies while
applauding Republicans who have won special elections this year.
The president last visited Iowa in January as he criss-crossed
the nation giving “thank you” rallies following his election
victory. He held a similar rally in Pennsylvania in April.
The events led the Gazette to suggest Trump is stuck in campaign
“Iowans have questions and concerns about your plans. They can’t
be heard over the cheers of a rally,” the editorial board wrote,
before listing a host of issues relevant to Iowa, including crop
markets, climate change-induced flooding, and healthcare.
The editorial urged Trump to sit down with state and local
leaders “to hear their stories” and learn the “real-world
implications” of some of his policies.
“We concede it’s not as much fun as hearing the cheers and chants
of folks convinced you’re making America great again,” the
editorial said. “But it’s what presidents do.”