In a Question and Answer style, learn more about the organization’s leaders by Patricia Gregory, this month’s interview is of Donna Hoak, Chair of Action/Mobilization Committee.
You may connect with Donna better as the coordinator of our golf cart parades, i.e., the “conductor of our Trump Train.” (Join us again in your golf cart this Saturday, 3:30 PM at Barnes & Noble parking lot, Lake Sumter Landing. Decorate cart w/signs, flags, wear red.)
Q. At what point in your life did you first vote Republican out of a strong conviction and what political race was it (i.e., who was running)?
A. My parents were Republicans. I lived in a rural area south of Pittsburgh. The polls were next door in my neighbor’s basement, so I just had to walk across the yard to vote. It would have been Nixon in 1968.
Q. Have you been active in politics before you moved to The Villages; if so, how and where?
A. No, I never became active in politics until Obama was elected. I went to the first march on Washington in 2009 and joined the Tri-County Tea Party when they had their first meeting, and I have been active ever since. I was also a member of The Villages Tea Party, a founder of Conservative Liberty Alliance, and worked for Trump’s 2016 Campaign before joining Villagers for Trump.
Q. What do you like most about the activities of the Action/Mobilization committee?
A. I like getting out there and letting people know that I support President Trump. I enjoy the sign wavings, overpass rallies & golf cart parades. I can be seen driving around The Villages with many different signs on my golf cart. I have signs for every issue.
Q: Why might Village for Trump members be interested in participating with your committee?
A: If they love our President and want to actively support him, they need to join our group. We are boots-on-the-ground.
Q: Which websites, TV channels and publications do you go to for political news & information?
A: Fox News, One America News, Newsmax, Gateway Pundit, Daily Caller, World Net Daily, Breitbart, The Drudge Report, The Heritage Foundation, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Rush Limbaugh, and Mark Levin.
Q: Who was your favorite U.S. President and how does Trump compare to him?
A: I would have to say Ronald Reagan. Neither was considered a serious candidate and few people thought that either of them could ever win the Presidency. Both used the same campaign slogan, MAGA. Both were for smaller government, less taxes, more military, anti-abortion & pro-2nd Amendment.
Q: What advice would you give someone who’s trying to convince a liberal friend or family member to switch ideology?
A: First of all, be informed. Get to know what issues are important to them, and compare where each party stands on those issues.
Q: Are you open to the idea of a female President or VP? If so, who do you think would be a good candidate and why?
A: I do not have a problem with a female President. Right now, I think Nikki Haley would be a good candidate. She did a great job as US Ambassador to the UN and she has global respect.