A Democrat searching for a U.S. Home seat in deep-red West Virginia payments himself as a “Trump Democrat” — though he has claimed the president “hasn’t accomplished s—,” backs a pathway to citizenship for unlawful immgrants and opposes a border wall.
Richard Ojeda, an Military veteran and state senator who’s been branded as a “JFK with tattoos and a bench press,” initially captured consideration after revealing that he voted for Trump within the 2016 presidential election.
He’s now operating in opposition to Republican incumbent Carol Miller in West Virginia’s third Congressional District, which President Trump received by almost 50 factors within the 2016 presidential election.
But a ballot from June signifies that Ojeda’s message of populism –together with help for the coal business and hopes of seeing Trump succeed because the president – has resonated with potential voters, placing him in a 6-point lead in opposition to Miller.
However regardless of his claims that he needs Trump to turn into a profitable president, Ojeda has made quite a few anti-Trump feedback previously and has criticized the White Home agenda.
“He hasn’t accomplished s—,” Ojeda advised Politico about Trump, expressing remorse at having supported the Republican presidential nominee. “It’s been a friggin’ circus for a strong yr,” he continued, claiming that Trump hadn’t modified something for the individuals.
“All he’s accomplished is proven that he’s taking good care of the daggone individuals he’s speculated to be eliminating,” Ojeda added.
He repeated his criticism in an interview with the leftist Mom Jones journal, saying the administration has been “a circus” and urged Trump to “put your cellphone down” and “cease tweeting and preventing with Rosie O’Donnell.”
“Be President, we want that. I don’t need him to fail, I don’t need him to fail as a result of he’s our president,” he continued. “He’s piloting the aircraft that we’re all on. However, goodness gracious, that is simply brutal. And day by day it’s one thing new that comes out. It looks like it’s pushing us nearer to battle with one other nation. And that’s, that’s diplomacy. We’ve acquired to be smarter than this.”
However Ojeda’s opposition to the president could be the least of his worries as he got here out in help of the insurance policies embraced by left-wing Democrats.
Throughout a Fb livestream final yr, Ojeda learn a remark from a viewer who mentioned that the U.S. ought to take care of veterans ought to earlier than unlawful immigrants.
“Most of them are already right here. They haven’t damaged the regulation, allow them to turn into residents.”
Ojeda replied by saying, “We are able to do each … it’s not like we’ve acquired thousands and thousands of them storming in, it’s not taking place,” including that “most of them are already right here. They haven’t damaged the regulation, allow them to turn into residents.”
In addition to permitting a pathway to citizenship, Ojeda got here out in opposition to the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. In an interview with the far-left Younger Turks channel, he mentioned whereas he needs to strengthen the U.S. borders, he doesn’t “suppose that that basically essentially means a wall from one aspect to the opposite.”
The candidate has additionally flip-flopped – across the time he began operating for U.S. Congress – on his views relating to whether or not unlawful immigrants are exploiting the welfare system.
“If you hear about unlawful aliens getting advantages and you’ve got individuals right here ravenous to dying and may’t get nothing, it’s only a slap within the face,” Ojeda advised the New Yorker journal in 2016. “If you begin speaking about bringing in refugees and after they get right here they get medical and dental and so they get arrange with some funds — what will we get?”
He added: “So when individuals hear Donald Trump saying we’re going to take advantages away from individuals who come right here illegally and provides them to individuals who work, that sounds fairly good.”
Over a yr later, Ojeda dismissed any solutions that unlawful immigrants have entry to a social security internet, calling it a “delusion.”
“Yeah, most immigrants don’t obtain meals stamps or welfare. That’s a delusion, girls and gents,” Ojeda mentioned on Fb. “In the event that they’re on this nation, for probably the most half, and so they’re not right here legally, they’re making an attempt to get via it? Guess what? They don’t get them.”
The marketing campaign for Ojeda didn’t reply to Fox Information’ request for a remark.