April Ponnuru, senior advisor at the Conservative Reform Network, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the trouble with the Republican party’s brand, the current meltdowns surrounding the Trump campaign, and other October surprises.

With the weight of stagnant¬†wages, rising college tuition, and other economic downturns, working Americans have had a hard time believing conservatives have solutions. “Republicans were just too slow addressing those concerns,” Ponnuru said. “People think of Republicans and think ‘elites’ and they think ‘rich people’ and that is not a winning strategy.”

As women step¬†forward accusing Donald Trump of sexual assault, his support among female voters continues to collapse. “There’s this obvious hypocrisy in saying we should believe all these Clinton accusers but were not going to believe any of these women… particularly when your candidate has said ‘I have done these things to women,'” Ponnuru said.

Later in the hour, Ponnuru and Mary Katharine Ham discuss the temptation for parents to give their children cell phones and screen time.