On June 2, Iowa Congressman will be facing his most heated primary to date.
The congressman for Iowa’s 4th district is being targeted by the Republican establishment for previous comments that were distorted by the Fake News media.
Politico reported that “Major Republican power players in Washington and Iowa — from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and operative Karl Rove, to former Gov. Terry Branstad and evangelical leaders — have ganged up to take him down.”
“It’s business, it’s conservative and more moderate, too. It’s basically the whole collection,” declared Nick Ryan, a long-time GOP operative who has opposed King. “You’re seeing all segments of the Republican Party really coming together and working together in an effort to defeat King, and that’s something that’s never happened before.”
Although he has a strong base of support due to his immigration patriotism, establishment Republicans have been trying to do everything they can to unseat him.
Iowa State Senator Randy Feenstra is challenging King in the Republican primary.
Politico noted how much the establishment GOP figures have poured into this race:
Two super PACs run by a former state House speaker and an ally of Gov. Kim Reynolds have weighed in, with one dropping at least $250,000 on TV ads. The Chamber of Commerce has invested $200,000 on TV ads and text messages, and the political arm of the Republican Main Street Partnership ran $100,000 worth of mailers, calls and online outreach. Feenstra also has the backing of the Republican Jewish Coalition, the National Association of Realtors PAC and the National Right to Life Committee.
“We feel so strongly that this is the first time we’ve ever gone against a sitting member,” stated Sarah Chamberlain, the president of the Republican Main Street Partnership. “Some of the things he says are just not helpful.”
Chamberlain’s group was one of the first of the national PACs to pour money into the race.
Politico highlighted some of Republican members of Congress who are jumping on the anti-King bandwagon:
In a rare rebuke of a sitting colleague, five members of the House GOP conference have donated to Feenstra: Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), Paul Mitchell (R-Mich.), Steve Stivers (R-Ohio), Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) and Will Hurd (R-Texas), who recently launched a group to help diversify the GOP ranks.
“Steve King’s divisive and unacceptable rhetoric over the years prevents him from delivering results for Iowans,” Hurd told POLITICO in a statement. “And it hurts the Republican Party at a time when we should be competing for votes in communities that Democrats like Joe Biden take for granted.”
The Iowa political establishment is giddy about unseating King. In 2018, Democrat challenger J.D. Scholten only lost to King by 3 points.
If King is defeated, this would be a major blow to America First patriots.He has one of the strongest immigration patriot streaks in Congress. For that reason, King should receive the full support of America Firsters.
Trump will need all the help he can get in Congress, and losing King will neuter his America First policies in a time where every vote will count.
Will Josh Hawley be the Next Champion for an America First Foreign Policy?
America First May Have its Next Leader to End Wars Abroad
Does America First have a new non-interventionist champion?
Missouri Senator Josh Hawley has been viewed by many as one of the figures who could potentially lead a Trumpist movement after Trump, should Joe Biden end up being installed as president on January 2021.
Hawley has made a name for himself as a champion of Middle America and questioning the neoliberal orthodoxy on immigration and trade. Lately, Hawley has made a pivot towards questioning the interventionist conventional wisdom on foreign policy.
In early October of this year, the Missouri Senator called for the American government to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. Hawley tweeted, “Almost 20 years now in Afghanistan. Long past time to draw this war to an end.”
Hawley’s foreign policy has been a work progress over the past two years. During a 2019 speech Hawley gave at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), he questioned the nation-building policy prescriptions of previous administrations, demonstrating some degree of skepticism towards non-stop interventionism abroad on the part of the Senator.
That said, it remains to be seen if Hawley’s legislative record will fully match his rhetoric.
Hawley is a staunch China hawk, who fears the rise of China and is a strong voice against China’s expansionist efforts. Hawley’s track record shows that his foreign policy views are rough around the edges. Daniel Larison of The American Conservative is not as optimistic about Hawley judging by his votes on the Yemeni Civil War. Larison cited several of Hawley’s votes that may be cause for concern:
“Sen. Hawley voted against the Senate’s resolution of disapproval that opposed the president’s effort to circumvent Congress with a bogus “emergency” to expedite arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. More important, he voted with the president and most Senate Republicans against the antiwar Yemen resolution that would have cut off all U.S. support to the Saudi coalition.”
Nevertheless, Hawley’s comments on Afghanistan are a good sign that Hawley is catching on to the fact that Americans are tired of foreign wars. Politicians can change their views and behaviors. Hawley is likely recognizing that the America First movement is exhausted by the endless wars and wants candidates and elected officials who offer withdrawal plans.
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) November 24, 2020
Journalist Glenn Greenwald, a fierce interventionist skeptic, maintained cautious optimism about Hawley. In a tweet, he commented, “All kinds of reasons to be skeptical of the authenticity here, but — purely as a matter of rhetoric — just imagine any national Republican speaking this way about a Dem administration even 10 years ago. The framework of politics is radically shifting.”
All kinds of reasons to be skeptical of the authenticity here, but — purely as a matter of rhetoric — just imagine any national Republican speaking this way about a Dem administration even 10 years ago. The framework of politics is radically shifting:https://t.co/0g3jpVPsDm
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) November 24, 2020
The jury is still out on Hawley. Regardless of flaws in his voting record, America First advocates should continue to push him and other America First leaning Republicans in the right direction. We should never forget that politicians are still receptive to political pressure and the grassroots holds the keys to political change.
Young senators like Hawley are the future of American politics and it makes sense for foreign policy restrainers to lobby them and push them in a direction that favors non-interventionism.
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