Rep.-elect Burgess Owens, retired NFLer, touts GOP’s ‘Freedom Power’ to oppose AOC’s ‘Squad’
Transfer over, Squad. Make approach for the Freedom Power.
Retired NFL security Burgess Owens, now the congressman-elect in Utah’s 4th Congressional District, touted the brand new coalition of Republican girls and minority lawmakers throughout an look on Fox Information’ “The Ingraham Angle.”
“It is fascinating as a result of we have a bunch of people that got here in, we’re very various and totally different races. We share in frequent the love for our nation,” Owens stated of his new freshmen colleagues.
“I’ve to thank the American folks throughout the nation. We flipped over 14 seats and we didn’t lose one,” Owens advised visitor host Lisa Boothe on Friday. “It was a message for the American folks [that] we wish to get again to fundamentals and we love our nation. This group will likely be … giving a distinction to the arduous left.”
Owens, 69, who performed professionally for a decade, splitting his time between the New York Jets and the Oakland and Los Angeles (now Las Vegas) Raiders, stated practically a dozen new lawmakers who’re both minorities or girls will make up the brand new GOP coalition.
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He stated the group is geared towards forwarding commonsense conservative rules whereas opposing the unconventional agenda of The Squad — which incorporates progressive Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, of New York Metropolis; Ayanna Pressley of Boston; Ilhan Omar of Minneapolis; and Rashida Tlaib of Detroit.
Boothe launched among the members of the Freedom Power, together with Republican Reps.-elect Carlos Gimenez, Maria Elvira Salazar and Byron Donalds of Florida; Michelle Metal of California; Nicole Malliotakis of New York; Stephanie Bice of Oklahoma; and Victoria Spartz of Indiana.
Gimenez and Salazar flipped Democratic-held seats within the Miami space, whereas Donalds succeeded a retiring Republican within the Marco Island-Fort Myers hall. Malliotakis flipped a Democratic seat in Staten Island to grow to be the one Republican federal legislator in all of New York Metropolis.
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Owens stated he hopes the American folks will gravitate towards the Freedom Power and away from The Squad.
“We now have … a bunch of individuals who consider in God, nation, and household; a respect for girls and authority — and the opposite facet that hates every part I discussed,” he stated.
“The American folks drift in direction of mild. They will love the messaging and insurance policies we put in place. We’re all in regards to the center class thriv[ing].”
Boothe later requested Owens why he thought President Trump and the GOP noticed an uptick in assist from minority teams throughout the nation.
“As a result of not like the leftists, that are racist, the American folks consider in the identical factor: We wish hope … and alternative, and the probability to get on the market and work for our goals,” he responded.
Owens highlighted the various backgrounds of the members within the new Freedom Power, noting that Malliotakis is the daughter of Cuban and Greek immigrants, that Metal was born in South Korea, and that Bice is of part-Iranian heritage.
“We have all handled the harshness, the evil of socialism and Marxism. So we will discuss from expertise. I am a part of a technology that bought snookered by the left,” he stated, including that he grew up in city Tallahassee, Fla.
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Owens additionally reacted to a pair of NFL quarterbacks not too long ago refusing to face for the nationwide anthem, remarking that it’s a hallmark of the political left to attempt to divide folks.
The previous Jet and Raider declared he’s “achieved with the NFL” till Commissioner Roger Goodell is ousted and “radical activists” throughout the league cease making an attempt to divide America.
Goodell, the son of former Rep. Charles Goodell, R-N.Y., has been main the NFL since 2006 when he took over for Paul Tagliabue.