LIMA — While much has changed in Washington, D.C., in the last three months — a drastic reshuffling of political power in the House of Representatives and the longest federal shutdown in American history — not much has changed for Rep. Jim Jordan, who visited Allen County Republicans for the first time since election season this Friday afternoon.
During his half-hour speech, Jordan railed against the political platforms of “the left,” the mainstream media and perceived injustices against President Donald Trump’s associates while rehashing the need for a “border security wall.”
“Back during the campaign, I said this many times: ‘The left has gone crazy.’ And I’m here to tell you today that they haven’t changed. They’re still crazy,” Jordan said, using examples from the actions of Colin Kaepernick, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Rep. Maxine Waters to make his point.
“The left believes we’re just one of 190-some countries on the planet. But most Americans don’t start from that premise. They say: ‘No no no no no. We’re THE country, the greatest country. We’re not just one of the 190, just some other nation. We’re the United States of America, the greatest nation in history,” Jordan said.
Jordan encouraged conservatives to stand by their principles, evoking Trump’s and his son, Donald Trump Jr.’s, proclivity “to fight.”
“Part of the problem in D.C. is too many Republicans feel if they just keep their heads down, maybe they won’t get attacked. … But they’re still going to attack you, so you might as well stand up and fight. Might as well fight,” Jordan said. “Again, we can’t be afraid to stand up and defend the free market, and capitalism and freedom and the fundamentals. I think we’re at one of those points in American history where we’re going to argue about first principles and the fundamentals.”
As for the border wall, Jordan said Trump will most likely avoid another government shutdown for the wall by declaring an emergency at the border to do so. That attempt will most likely end up taking a lengthy amount of time and lead to further fights over the constitutional right to do so.
“I don’t know how how we get an agreement (from House Democrats) when they’ve taken such strong positions,” Jordan said. “You got to have a border security wall, but the Speaker of the House doesn’t agree with that.”
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