LIMA — Despite numerous polls that show Americans are growing increasingly weary of the political divisions in the country, Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan had no compunction about taking a sledgehammer to that wedge as he addressed Republican party faithful in Allen County on Friday.
Jordan, R-Urbana, was the guest speaker at the monthly luncheon of the Allen County Republican Party. Greeted by a standing ovation from the packed room at the Lima Eagles, the brash congressman was less than a minute into his address before labeling as “crazy” those who may disagree with GOP policies.
“The contrast in parties in this country couldn’t be more stark,” said Jordan, adding that “the left has gone completely crazy.”
Alluding to frequent GOP targets such as pro football player Colin Kaepernick, who has knelt during the playing of the “Star Spangled Banner” and is associated with the “take a knee” movement, and Democrat Congresswoman Maxine Waters of California, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, the congressman said “where the left wants to take us is dangerous. They want to raise your taxes, abolish ICE (the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency), to never secure our borders, socialize medicine and impeach our president. That’s where they want to go if they win.”
Jordan rattled off other alternative facts, claiming Democrats want to “undermine the family” and “take away” religious freedoms.
“Freedom is being attacked, it really is,” Jordan told the party faithful, urging them to remain vigilant during the final days of this year’s mid-term election season. “We have to do our part, and it starts with elections. God bless you all, now let’s go vote Republican,” the congressman said in closing.
Jordan took a few questions from audience members before leaving Lima. Asked about the prospect of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions being removed from office in the near future, the congressman answered, “It’s gonna happen; I’d bet on it.”
Another man asked Jordan if the Republican Party has lost sight of a growing national debt, which today stands at nearly $21 trillion.
“The Freedom Caucus, a group of which I am a part, hasn’t lost sight of it,” said Jordan. “We voted against the last two spending bills. But you’re right, we’re spending too much money and it’s gonna change.”
Jordan is opposed in Tuesday’s balloting by Democrat Janet Garrett, who has lost to the Urbana Republican in each of the last two congressional races.