Trump’s raid is the GOP establishment’s ‘road to Damascus’ moment


Green Beret veteran Joe Kent, fresh off his Republican primary victory over pro-impeachment Rep. Jaime Herrera-Beutler (R-WA), applauded Republican unification after the FBI raid on the Mar-a residence -Former President Donald Trump’s Lago in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News.

“After Trump’s house was raided, you saw a lot of more established type Republicans who said, ‘OK, that’s it. … Hey, if it was their Road to Damascus moment, OK, that’s great. Let’s capitalize on this because it’s good that the establishment is finally waking up and realizing that, ‘Hey, it wasn’t 20 years ago when we were just trying to get tax cuts on companies,” he said.

“We have huge systemic issues in our country that are actually going to require us to go on the offensive and potentially use the full scope of power that we have access to in Congress, you know, threatening with the budget, using the process credits, and really fight for the country,” he said.

He said if he is elected to Congress in November — a likely prospect given his district’s Republican leanings — he wants a congressional investigation into the 2020 election.

“I think we have to put it in place. Finally, settle once and for all ‘was there fraud in 2020’,” he said. “Let’s get back to in-person voting. We could ask the federal level to set a national standard of voter ID showing whether you’re a US citizen or not. We have a national ID standard to go buy a beer…. But yet our elections, it’s just like, well, we send out these ballots, c is total madness.

Kent said if elected, he plans to work with Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Troy Nehls (R-TX), who both endorsed him.

He said Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) also “did a great job” showing how to be effective while not being popular in Washington, D.C. “Maybe I should take a page out of her book. game here,” he said. .

He cited Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) as another role model. “I talk to people from the Freedom Caucus. A lot of them have been really good, especially when it comes to political issues,” he said.

He said he was excited about the incoming freshman class, which could include America First candidates John Gibbs (R-MI) and Max Miller (R-OH). “We have strong people there and I think we’re going to have a strong voice,” he said.

Kent also intends to push forward an America First agenda, which for him means bringing manufacturing home, not getting involved in unnecessary foreign wars and limiting immigration. He told Breitbart News:

It’s on the national level, having a policy that brings our manufacturing back that basically takes everything that America is blessed here naturally. Now, whether it’s energy, fossil fuels, or the lumber industry here in the Pacific Northwest, we’re lucky to have it here. We use it effectively and we use it for the benefit of our own people. Uh, and when it comes to national defense, we stay out of [a] lots of allegiances and treaties that won’t do us any good. We are not looking – and I am looking – for more unnecessary foreign wars. We have a very limited approach to immigration. We only bring people into this country who will benefit the nation, not compete with American workers, and who will secure our southern border.

You have a lot of mainstream Republicans who are very deferential to Wall Street and very deferential to this notion of free trade or a free market, where they’ll say, “Hey, what’s good for the market is good for the economy overall.” . ‘, but it was a complete and utter lie. As we ship our manufacturing base overseas, we have seen the depletion of our middle class, our working class. It’s something that Trump did a very good job of explaining as a candidate, but then put into practice, even though he fought tooth and nail to put it into practice as president.

Kent said he also opposes the Biden administration’s purge of conservatives via a hunt for “extremism” and the military vaccination mandate.

“I think it’s about purging people. And they started that with the extremists taking a stand, going through people’s profiles and saying, ‘Hey, we don’t agree with your personal political beliefs about the last commander-in-chief’, and they started to really target them.

“It takes a long time to go through someone’s social media profile to see if they’re conservative or not, but that’s a lot, it’s a lot easier to slap the vaccine in their face and say “You take this or you get kicked out,” he said.

“They have just fought 20 years of war. Here is the way [the Biden administration is] I will say thank you to them and take care of them: I will call half of them, probably more than half, potential extremists. And then before the vaccine is even relatively tested, it forces the vaccine on the military,” he said.

Kent also wants to rein in the national security state and Big Tech.

“I want our intelligence community to look outward, protecting Americans, but the way it’s gone off the rails for the last 10 years or so, where it’s become a praetorian guard for the left. I mean, we, we have to control that. Otherwise, we simply won’t have a country,” he said.

He thinks the Jan. 6 Committee should stay open and Republicans appointed to it to push for answers.

“There was a riot. I understood. Let’s answer some really key questions. Let’s see exactly, once and for all, how many agents or agents – the federal government, the FBI, any other agency – how many had on the ground that day? I mean, because for me there are a lot of dots that just don’t connect.

Kent said he’s glad there are competing social media platforms, but the architecture of the internet is still really controlled by a handful of technocrats.

“The Internet at large has essentially become a public service. Social networks have become a public service. So I think we have to treat it that way. [that you] It basically needs to be dismantled using anti-trust and anti-monopoly laws and then treated as a public service so that everyone really has access to it. The implications of freedom of expression are enormous. Social media is the new modern public square, but people also need the internet these days to survive,” he said.

“We have the tools to do it. And so I think now is the time for us to act before Big Tech gets even more control. And that is, for me, the digital passport for vaccines and the centralized digital cryptocurrency,” he said. “As the Biden administration is trying to bring the US dollar down completely, we’re headed in that direction. So before it gets completely derailed, I think we need to kind of split it up and treat it like a public utility.

Over the next few months before the November election, Kent wants to reach out to those who did not vote for him to see if common ground can be found.

“My goal is to really unify the Republican movement and then really go after independents and Democrats, because I think we can bring a lot of them to our side,” he said.

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