Freedom Tour Flop

Freedom Tour Flop
November 2, 2021 Comments Off on Freedom Tour Flop Latest, Local Politics, RNHA News Articles Emily Nuenz

This week the “American Freedom Tour” came to Jacksonville, Florida. This two-day tour is the first of its kind with the idea of helping Republicans in running political opposition during non-election years. The overarching message of the tour is Faith, Family, Finances, and Freedom, which are principles that any conservative would care to protect and defend. Tickets for the event ranged from $45 for general seating upwards to Platinum prices of $10,000. I was fortunate enough to receive a Premium ticket for free, which includes breakfast with one of the speakers.

            During a time when many conservatives are feeling defeated by the Democrats and the radical left, an “American Freedom Tour” seems ideal to motivate the grassroots to keep fighting for the cause. I personally felt like today could be summarized as “Tony Robbins meets Politics”, absent of political motivation. Mirtha Rust, a Cuban American with the Duval Republican National Hispanic Assembly stated, “Today was a big nothing burger and did absolutely nothing productive for the GOP at large”. No big headliners spoke on day one of the event as no agenda or literature was even provided to those in attendance. Some of the ticket packages included breakfast and lunch with certain speakers, but those ticket holders had no idea when or where to show up for what they paid for. Some of the tickets even went to “buy one get one” pricing after many had already paid full price.

            Many of the speakers of the event on day one were not included on the flyer which solicited sales for the event. Some included a presidential impersonator, Miss Universe, a social media software salesperson, and a guy speaking to the audience about buying covered calls in the stock market. Some of the speakers offered a special rate for their courses for a discounted price at the conclusion of their talk. Other speakers were those that someone could see and visit during a monthly meeting at their local GOP office.  A $4000 VIP ticket holder told me, “It felt a lot like winning a free cruise if you sit through a sales pitch, but in this situation, we had to pay for the cruise on top of it.”

              One of the primary reasons the founder told us he chose Jacksonville was because of our Republican Mayor, but oddly enough the mayor was not in attendance nor was a majority of our Republican elected officials. Why weren’t they there?

              Vendors that were selling t-shirts at the event were told they were not allowed to sell “Trump Won” shirts because it may cause a riot. That is odd for an event that was advertising Donald Trump Jr and many Trump supporters for speakers.

              Many feel obligated to attend the event tomorrow to get a return on investment for their time and money wasted today. Let’s hope that today was a huge trial and error mistake that will be corrected as the tour continues through the United States. The next stop is Columbus, Ohio October 29-30.

About The Author
Emily Nuenz Emily Nunez is a Jacksonville native and graduate of Nathan Bedford Forrest High School. She enlisted into the Navy upon graduation and served her first tour of duty in Atsugi, Japan with Fighter Attack Squadron VFA-192, deploying on the USS Kitty Hawk. She was then selected to join the prestigious Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron- Blue Angels in Pensacola, Florida. After serving for 6 years as an enlisted sailor, she was selected for the Seaman to Admiral (STA-21) officer commissioning program. She became a communications officer with the United States Marine Corps achieving the rank of Lieutenant before returning back home to Jacksonville. She has an undergraduate degree from Auburn University in Business Administration and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida. She is currently a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor assisting small businesses with designing, implementing, and managing qualified retirement plans throughout Florida. She is also a contributing author for OpsLens Media Group and a senior researcher for Her political involvement includes the Jacksonville Young Republicans and being a board member of the Florida Federation of Young Republicans. She also served as the Secretary for the Republican Women’s Club of Duval Federated and is currently serving as the State Publisher for the Republican National Hispanic Assembly.
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