High-Profile Speakers Highlighted NPMA Legislative Day

High-Profile Speakers Highlighted NPMA Legislative Day

Notable political and media members shared their insights at last week's event.

March 4, 2019


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Among the highlights from last week’s NPMA Legislative Day, held in Washington, D.C., were presentations from high-profile political and media members.

As part of the FMC-sponsored Legislative Day luncheon, Sean Spicer, former White House Press Secretary, and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, discussed a number of political and societal issues. Spicer said the President Donald Trump administration will be challenged to get much legislation passed during the remainder of his term, and that the President and Republicans will be “playing defense.” Santorum, who ran for President, in 2012 and again in 2016, said Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election because the party was divided among traditional Democrats and the party's more socialist-leaning members. “Because the Democratic party was heading towards socialism, they left a lot of people in their wake,” said Santorum, who added that Trump was prescient enough “to seize Middle America.”

Fox & Friends co-host Pete Hegseth presented a session sponsored by Corteva AgriScience. Hegseth, an infantry soldier and Ivy League scholar, said Trump should be credited for (1) Exposing fake news – Hegseth said Trump’s back and forth with the media via Twitter is a good thing. “He’s always part of the new news. They have to react to what he says.”; (2) His war on political correctness. “If you can control language you can control anything,” Hegseth said; (3) He’s taught Republicans how to fight. “A lot of conservatives got used to losing,” Hegseth said.

In a presentation sponsored by Control Solutions, Inc., Howard Kurtz, a political analyst discussed what it’s like to be a journalist in the Trump era. “You get kind of a feeling of whiplash,” he said, noting that following any Fox News segment when he discusses Trump his Twitter feed is filled with people who bash him for being pro-Trump and bash him for being anti-Trump. Kurtz said members of the media have let their personal and visceral feelings get in the way of providing even-handed coverage. “The media's credibility is at an all-time low,” he said. “We’ve done a lot of damage to ourselves that is going to last long after Donald Trump is out of office."

MGK hosted Cindy Hyde-Smith, senator from Mississippi, during a well-attended luncheon program at the Hart Senate Office Building on the final day of the event. Prior to becoming a Senator, Hyde-Smith worked closely with the professional pest management industry in her role as Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce. “I’ve worked with a lot of folks in your industry,” she said. “You do amazing things.” Hyde-Smith said she wants to bring “real-life experiences” and promote “reasonable solutions” for issues impacting the structural pest control industry. “We are going in a good direction,” she said.