Tina Smith Calls Minnesotans Racist While Jason Lewis Calls for Order

Tina Smith Calls Minnesotans Racist While Jason Lewis Calls for Order

June 1, 2020

Jason Lewis is now the Republican Party of Minnesota’s nominee for the U.S. Senate. He accepted the Minnesotan GOP endorsement on the last Saturday of May.

As the former Representative of Minnesota’s 2nd district, Lewis has developed retuation as one of the more conservative voices in the Nation. He recently appeared on Fox & Friends, articulating and expressing the Minnesotan Democrats’ failure of leadership and negligence of duty.

“Today,” Lewis says, “I am honored to accept the endorsement of the Republican Party of Minnesota. Minnesota is in a state of crisis. And at no time in my lifetime has the need for change been more painfully evident. Our state and its citizens have been devastated by overreaching economic lockdowns on hardworking Minnesotans and now rioting and arson in the streets. Make no mistake, this is a result of decades of failed liberal policies. And no one represents that failure more than Senator Tina Smith.

Lewis was incredulous to find out that “Tina Smith unbelievably called Minnesotans racist and brazenly encouraged, after four days of riots, more of what she called ‘righteous protests.’ This is irresponsible and inflammatory, and I call on her to apologize and retract both statements.”

The Republican nominee Jason Lewis demands that “we begin the process of healing our state.” And for Lewis, that means “restoring jobs on the Iron Range, securing our borders, holding the communist regime of China accountable, and restoring law and order to our streets. Only commonsense leadership and balance in the U.S. Senate will do that. I intend to provide that balance.” 

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Minnesota GOP endorses Jason Lewis for Senate

Minnesota GOP endorses Jason Lewis for Senate

June 1, 2020

Former U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis was endorsed by the Minnesota Republican Party this weekend for the U.S. Senate race, setting him up for a contest with DFLer Sen. Tina Smith in November.

Prior to running for Senate, Lewis represented Minnesota’s Second District from 2017 to 2019. Before that, Lewis was a nationally syndicated radio host, a platform he used to make homophobic and racist remarks, including comparing gay people to rapists and saying black people have “entitlement mentality.” Lewis lost his House seat to Democratic Rep. Angie Craig in 2018 by more than five percentage points.

Lewis won his endorsement with 1,066 votes, or about 72 percent of convention delegates, on the first round of voting, easily defeating opponents Rob Barrett Jr. and Forest Hyatt.

Before the vote, Lewis received ringing endorsements from Republican leaders around Minnesota.  “Jason Lewis is a great conservative and he’s already done so much with President Trump and other conservatives to make America great again,” said First District Rep. Jim Hagedorn. “Young voters are really excited about Jason Lewis because we’re confident that he’ll fight for our generations’ futures,” said Minnesota College Republicans Chair Karly Hahn. State Rep. Kelly Fenton, who represents Woodbury in the Legislature, said Lewis was her “go to person” when she needed help from a member of Congress. “I am proud to second the nomination from my good friend Jason Lewis,” she said.

In his speech to the convention, Lewis said he has been in “the trenches” in public service and broadcasting for twenty five years. He said that Minnesotans know him. “They know whether they agree with everything or not,” he said, talking about himself in the third person. “They know he’s sincere and he stands for what he believes.”

Lewis outlined a variety of policy differences with Smith, namely that he doesn’t believe the federal government should fund abortion access. Smith was the Executive Vice President of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota in the early 2000s. “We’re going to make the Hyde amendment permanent because regardless of your position on that issue, every American will tell you the taxpayers shouldn’t fund it,” Lewis said, referring to the law that prevents federal funding from being used for abortion services.

“Look at Tina’s Smith’s record on mining, on energy, on logging a great industry for Minnesota,” Lewis said, saying Smith is against major projects like Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline and both the Twin Metals and PolyMet mining projects in Northern Minnesota. “She’s been threatening that with the Democratic agenda and the Green New Deal agenda quite some time.”

Smith has not come out against any of those projects, nor has she endorsed the Green New Deal. Smith has pushed to remove some regulatory obstacles for PolyMet in the past. In terms of Twin Metals, a planned copper-nickel mine near Ely, Smith has advocated for a federal study on the impacts of mining in the area. If the study determines that the mine will pose significant environmental hazards, it could result in 20-year ban on copper-nickel mining near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Lewis also blamed Democrats in Minnesota for the protests in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd.

“What are the Democrats saying today? They’re blaming you. They’re blaming Trump. They’re blaming anybody but themselves,” Lewis said. “And yet if you take a look at who’s been governing Minneapolis and St. Paul for decades, it has been liberal Democrats.” Lewis said that in not responding to the burning down of the Minneapolis Police Third Precinct headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota’s residents were denied “due process” in the same way “George Floyd’s due process was denied.”

Lewis also criticized Gov. Tim Walz, saying his COVID-19 stay-at-home order “may go down as a public blunder of untold proportions. The greatest in history.”

Lewis has spent the last several months on an RV tour of Minnesota criticizing Walz’s choice to shut down the state in response to COVID-19. Earlier in May, Lewis’ campaign filed a lawsuit against the governor, saying he was prevented from holding campaign rallies because of the restrictions.

Looking ahead to the general election, Lewis is outmatched in fundraising. So far, Lewis has raised more than $1.3 million for his campaign, while Smith has raised close to $7.5 million.

Smith has spent the last several weeks focused on the Federal response to COVID-19, advocating for a substantial amount of funding for the child care industry, which is on the verge of collapse after state shutdowns around the country.

Since the start of his campaign, Lewis has used his platform to attack Smith’s record and finances, but received little response from the senator. Over the last few days, Smith has instead tweeted about resources residents can use if their home was damaged during the riots and encouraged people to donate to Black Lives Matter.

“Our state and our nation are hurting, yearning for justice,” Smith tweeted on Saturday. “And we’re all looking for ways to be allies and advocates.”

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Fmr. MN Congressman Jason Lewis calls for investigation into Democrats’ Floyd protest policy

Fmr. MN Congressman Jason Lewis calls for investigation into Democrats’ Floyd protest policy

May 31, 2020

The Minnesota Democratic leadership who created a “powder keg” of chaos in their state needs to be held accountable for their negligent policy, former Republican Congressman Jason Lewis urged Saturday.

In an interview on “Fox & Friends Weekend” with host Pete Hegseth, Lewis said Minnesotans were left in a “state of shock” over the “total absence of leadership” in their cities.

The third night of protests over the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, at the hands of a 48-year-old white Minneapolis Police Officer, Derek Chauvin, turned even more violent on Friday evening with rioters destroying police vehicles, setting businesses alight , police shooting rubber bullets at members of the media and using excessive force against those who stood in their way.

Chauvin was arrested on Friday afternoon, but it had been days after a video of Floyd’s killing went viral.

On Saturday, however, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced that he had authorized “full mobilization” of the state’s National Guard – something that has never been done in the 164-year history of the Minnesota National Guard. According to Walz, protests had devolved and the cause of those who took to the streets no longer had anything to do with Floyd’s death.

“This has been a crisis in leadership the likes of which we have never seen in Minnesota,” Lewis remarked. You know, a week and a half ago or so I said the idea of putting the infected in nursing homes under the COVID crisis — we have the highest nursing home rate of fatalities in the country in Minnesota — while quarantining the healthy and destroying Minnesota businesses was the largest policy blunder in history. I should have waited a week.”

Lewis told Hegseth that rioters were denying thousands of Minnesota residents the “very due process” denied to Floyd by destroying lives and livelihoods.

“This has nothing to do with the memory of Mr. Floyd,” he asserted. “Everybody was on board and getting to the bottom of that. But Democrats in charge in Minnesota…are now trying to push the blame someplace else? They’re the ones [who] created this powder keg. They’re the ones [who] have been in charge.”

“We all believe there’s a federal investigation warranted under the 14th amendment and under the color of law that policemen and women operate, but that was already happening,” Lewis exclaimed. “These people are deflecting blame for their own negligence.”

“And I will tell you, heads need to roll here. This has been a devastating week for the state of Minnesota,” he concluded.

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Jason Lewis wins GOP Senate endorsement

Jason Lewis wins GOP Senate endorsement

May 30, 2020

Republican Jason Lewis is officially his party’s pick to challenge DFL incumbent U.S. Sen. Tina Smith this November.

The former congressman and radio host won an endorsement vote by a landslide during a virtual Minnesota Republican Party convention held Saturday.

Lewis, who lost a suburban swing district in 2018, has been a vocal critic of top Democrats’ handling on issues ranging from the coronavirus pandemic to protests that turned violent in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

Saturday’s remote vote was the party’s second attempt at picking a candidate for the only statewide seat on the ballot in 2020. An earlier attempt to hold a virtual convention was canceled amid software problems.

In addition to endorsement votes and other party business, the annual convention usually gives candidates and party leaders an opportunity to rally supporters heading into the election season. But both the GOP and DFL had to scrap planned in-person affairs amid the coronavirus pandemic this year, moving to remote formats instead.

The DFL Party was also supposed to meet virtually this weekend but postponed its plans as unrest continued in the wake of Floyd’s death. Chair Ken Martin said delaying “was the only appropriate course of action given the grief and anger gripping much of our state and nation.”

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Jason Lewis Calls for Curfew Amid Minneapolis Riots, Slams City Leaders for ‘Incompetence’

Jason Lewis Calls for Curfew Amid Minneapolis Riots, Slams City Leaders for ‘Incompetence’

May 29, 2020

U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis called on Minneapolis leaders to institute a curfew in response to the ongoing riots that have left portions of the city in ruins.

“For many decades now, with only a rare exception or two, Minneapolis and St. Paul have been governed by liberal Democrats. The promise of a new day or the ‘good life’ has animated their political ascendancy but the reality is things have deteriorated to the breaking point we are now witnessing,” Lewis said in a statement.

The former Republican congressman called the death of George Floyd “an injustice that must be corrected.”

“Turning the local Auto Zone into a war zone does nothing to relieve the grief of George Floyd’s family. Just the opposite, the best thing we can do to honor Mr. Floyd’s memory is an immediate return to order and a long-term commitment to restoring opportunity for everyone in our cities,” said Lewis.

“In the meantime, we cannot allow our neighborhoods and their businesses to perish. How sadly ironic that these elected officials in Minneapolis and St. Paul have been so intent on a ‘peacetime’ stay-at-home curfew when now is the time they should be calling for one,” he continued.

Gov. Tim Walz activated the Minnesota National Guard Thursday afternoon as the chaos and destruction showed no signs of slowing down.

“Race relations are worse than ever along with the crime rate. Housing is out of reach, taxes are at record levels, and a substandard education, despite spending increases, is the norm for too many inner-city children,” Lewis concluded. “To those who say this is politicizing a tragedy – check your own post on Twitter. Besides, that happened long ago from leftist politicians, who should be running their cities, but instead have been blaming every conservative under the sun for decades of incompetence.”

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Jason Lewis Calls on Governor Walz to Uphold Minnesota’s Civil Liberties

Jason Lewis Calls on Governor Walz to Uphold Minnesota’s Civil Liberties

Lewis was frustrated to see that “Nothing Governor Tim Walz said [in the press conference] had any effect on the concerns we raised in the lawsuit we’ve filed. For the sake of all Minnesotans as well as our campaign, we look forward to making our case in court.”

May 23, 2020

Jason Lewis, a candidate for U.S. Senate, addressed the pitfalls of Governor Tim Walz’s press conference extending the lockdown deadline. The lockdown has been in order for over 7 weeks, and Walz has prolonged the ‘stay safe Minnesota’ ordinance well into June.

Lewis was frustrated to see that “nothing Governor Tim Walz said [in the press conference] had any effect on the concerns we raised in the lawsuit we’ve filed. For the sake of all Minnesotans as well as our campaign, we look forward to making our case in court.”

Lewis found himself confused that public servants like Governor Walz “and Tina Smith, who remains AWOL while Minnesota small businesses ask for help—continue to take inadequate baby steps towards restoring Minnesotans’ civil liberties. Giving small business permission to operate at a loss at 25 or 50% capacity without a clear end in sight does little to relieve the economic desperation we are seeing across our state.”

Building from the loss of civil liberties, the social restrictions placed on Minnesotans remain “glaringly inconsistent” according to Jason Lewis. “Restaurants can take up to 50 people with reservations in advance on their patio” which well exceeds the 10-person limit, but indoor establishments get even less relief. “Churches and other gatherings are still limited to 10 people. The government shouldn’t be in the business of picking winners and losers!”

This comes in the wake of a victory for religious liberty here in Minnesota. Minnesota’s Catholic Bishops will be reopening churches for Mass at 33% capacity, boldly defying Governor Tim Walz’s decree that limits the size of religious services to 10 people.

Lewis asserts that “this never-ending one-size-fits-all economic lockdown” must come to an end for Minnesota. He has visited dozens of business owners on his ‘Reopen Minnesota for Business’ tour in recent weeks, and “can say with certainty that Governor Walz’s continued blanket restrictions completely disregard the different situations on the ground across Minnesota—at the expense of restaurants to salons, family farms to retailers.”

Lewis claims that this isn’t just a battle to reopen Minnesota, but rather a ”fight for our fundamental liberties.” He concluded by saying “Attorney General William Barr was right when he said ‘there is no pandemic exception’ to the Constitution. The Governor’s continuation of unilateral guidelines did nothing to change that.”

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Lewis Stands With POTUS and MN Churches

Lewis Stands With POTUS and MN Churches

May 22, 2020

U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement on President Donald Trump’s announcement allowing churches to reopen immediately.

“Prohibiting worshipping during this lockdown is just the latest attempt at restricting religious freedom by radicals like Senator Tina Smith and Governor Tim Walz. From Little Sisters of the Poor to florists, bakers and even Minnesota filmmakers, liberal Democrats seem to be at war with those who practice according to their religious conscience. On this Memorial Day weekend, what’s next, removing the cross on the tombstones at Ft. Snelling?

I applaud the churches and clergy in Minnesota who showed the resolve to stand up to the Governor’s autocratic order unfairly restricting religious gatherings. No sensible person would consider abortion clinics and liquor stores ‘essential’ and places of worship during a period of social isolation ‘non-essential.’

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‘Let the healthy go about their business’: GOP Senate candidate Jason Lewis on pandemic, election

‘Let the healthy go about their business’: GOP Senate candidate Jason Lewis on pandemic, election

May 22, 2020

Minnesota Republicans will try again next weekend to hold their statewide virtual endorsing convention. The first attempt last weekend was halted due to technical problems.

The key order of business is choosing a candidate to run against DFL U.S. Sen. Tina Smith. The front runner in that race is former U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis. He said the Republican party has evolved considerably in the last few years and is better poised to win statewide races in Minnesota this fall.

Anticipating his party’s endorsement for U.S. Senate at the virtual convention next week, Lewis told All Things Considered host Tom Crann the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic will be a defining issue in this fall’s election.

“We all want to be safe. I do think that there is a proper policy,” he said. “Mine would be to focus on those nursing homes, on congregated living centers where clearly the virus is most deadly, most dangerous, and let young and healthy [people] go about their business.“

Earlier this week, Lewis filed a lawsuit against Gov. Tim Walz, claiming his recent executive orders are unconstitutional.

“A right to travel has been part of our jurisprudence for a couple of centuries now,” the Republican said. “When you have limits on traveling, limits on public gatherings, limits on the ability to do and go and assemble, that’s clearly an infringement upon that right.”

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US Senate Candidate Jason Lewis Files Suit Against Governor Walz Seeking To End COVID-19 Restrictions

US Senate Candidate Jason Lewis Files Suit Against Governor Walz Seeking To End COVID-19 Restrictions

May 20, 2020

Republican US Senate candidate Jason Lewis has filed a lawsuit against Governor Walz. Lewis is claiming that restrictions on travel and gathering are having an impact on his campaign under the 14th amendment. Lewis says he had to provide a claim to file the lawsuit but says this about giving Minnesotans their freedom and liberty back.

“Even the police power of the state has a limit,” said Lewis. “As attorney general, Barr says ‘there is no pandemic exception to the bill of rights.’ This is why we filed a lawsuit and why we believe we’ll be successful.”

Lewis says the government-mandated restrictions need to end.

“This has gone on long enough,” said Lewis. “The cure has become worse than the disease. People in Greater Minnesota have had enough and we aim to give them a voice.”

Lewis, a former Minnesota representative, is challenging incumbent Democrat Tina Smith for the US Senate seat. He spoke with Lynn Kittleson of the Linder Farm Network.

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Jason Lewis sues Governor Walz for his Coronavirus stay at home order

Jason Lewis sues Governor Walz for his Coronavirus stay at home order

Senate candidate says order is preventing him from campaigning appropriately

May 20, 2020

U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis filed a lawsuit challenging Governor Tim Walz’s “stay at home” executive orders as unconstitutional under the U.S. Constitution on Tuesday. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.  Lewis is currently campaigning against Tina Smith who currently serves as one of Minnesota’s two Senators along with Amy Klobuchar.  

Lewis says that Governor Tim Walz’ stay-at-home order to slow the spread of coronavirus is preventing him from campaigning appropriately.

In a release, Lewis says, ““What started as a fight against an invisible danger has morphed into a fight against a very clear and present danger, and that is a fight against unconstitutional power grabs being waged by radical liberals like Senator Tina Smith and Governor Tim Walz. Whether it’s Senator Tina Smith holding COVID relief hostage to ram through her liberal agenda, or Governor Tim Walz imposing a never ending one-size-fits-all economic lockdown while jobs and small businesses go belly up, these power-grabbing politicians need to be held to account, for ourselves and posterity alike.

That is why today my campaign has filed a lawsuit against the state of Minnesota and has named the Governor as the defendant. For over a month I have been on a “Reopen Minnesota” RV tour, meeting with small business owners across the state and helping them tell their stories and struggles. The time has come to take the fight to the next level.”

On his RV campaign tour across Minnesota Lewis has been calling for a reopening of Minnesota since the order went into place.

The Governor has said that he stands by his Executive Order.

News Talk 830 WCCO Political Analyst Blois Olson said on the Morning News Wednesday that this could actually be a boost to Lewis’ campaign.  

“He’s using Donald Trump’s campaign lawyer in the lawsuit, so you can drawthe conclusion you want to from that.  It’s definitely going to spark Lewis’ campaign, help him in fundraising, raise his national profile, stuff like that.  But it’ll help Lewis’ campaign if it’s successful.”

You can see the full complaint from Jason Lewis here. 

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