Lewis Warns of Looming Constitutional Crisis, Says GOP has No Choice but to Fill Vacancy
September 19th, 2020
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. — Today, U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement regarding the vacancy left on the Supreme Court by the passing of Justice Ginsburg.
“As Minnesotans prepare to cast their ballots for the United States Senate, they need to ask themselves who they want being their voice in the confirmation process of future Supreme Court justices. Do you want Senator Tina Smith, who is openly hostile to your Second Amendment rights and has spoken in favor of post birth abortion on the floor of the United States Senate? Or do you want someone like me who will protect life, free speech, religious liberty, the right to assemble and the Second Amendment? The stakes have never been higher over the election of a United States Senator from Minnesota than they are right now.
“Imagine waking up on November 4th to learn that the results of the 2020 Presidential election are in question, with no clear winner, especially given the fact that the left has been encouraging Joe Biden to refuse to concede should he lose the election. The Supreme Court could be called upon to resolve the dispute as they were in 2000, and, if they are, imagine the ruling that is supposed to decide the next President being a 4-4 deadlock. It would be a constitutional crisis without precedent and the Republic may not be able to survive it.
“Appointing and confirming a Supreme Court justice is of the greatest urgency and the highest national interest, and I hope to see it done swiftly and decisively.”
Lewis’ Lawsuit Against Walz Heard in Federal Court Today
September 17th, 2020
ST. PAUL, Minn. — U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis held a press conference today following a hearing for the lawsuit the campaign filed in May challenging Governor Tim Walz’s “stay at home” executive orders as unconstitutional. The press conference was held at Tin Cups in St. Paul, a restaurant owned by Gidget Bailey, who was one of many small businesses owners who struggled due to the overreaching lockdown. Bailey also had to protect her business during the riots following George Floyd’s death, singlehandedly fending off looters and arsonists.
“As we said at the time when we filed our lawsuit, this action was not just about us—it’s about taking up the cause of Minnesota businesses and communities impacted by Democrats’ one-size-fits-all economic lockdown,” Lewis said. “For months I traveled around Minnesota, meeting with small business owners and helping them tell their stories and struggles. The overreach from these unprecedented lockdowns didn’t just mean economic hardship and favoritism, it’s threatened our most basic liberties, including the fundamental right to travel and meet with friends and neighbors or even go to school. Our action served as a notice on the state that it too has limits on its power, especially when its arbitrary actions encroach on the freedoms and economic security of Minnesotans.”
“Meanwhile, Senator Tina Smith has blocked much-needed COVID relief three times and has delayed the Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness. While Senator Smith keeps playing political games with Minnesotans’ livelihoods, I will keep fighting to reopen our state, get our kids back in school, and get our economy moving again,” Lewis concluded.
See additional testimonials below from members of the small business community that Lewis has advocated for:
“Governor Walz’s forced closure of restaurant and bars was devastating for my family-run business. Of course we were concerned about the virus, but we were also concerned about all the businesses like ours. Jason Lewis listened to our concerns and understood we could protect the vulnerable while also saving small businesses. I am grateful for his leadership and how he was willing to stick his neck out and fight for us.” Gidget Bailey, owner of Tin Cups in St. Paul
“Summers are short here in Minnesota, and many resorts and small businesses like ours rely on summer tourism. Governor Tim Walz had no regard for how the never-ending lockdown would impact our industry. Jason Lewis understood the risks of staying closed all summer and I am grateful for his leadership in speaking out against the lockdown.” Mike Schwieters, owner of Boyd Lodge in Crosslake
“Governor Tim Walz’s one-size-fits-all lockdown crushed small businesses like ours. With no revenue coming in, we had to dip into our savings just to pay the bills. Governor Walz didn’t seem to care about our situation, but Jason Lewis did. He took the time to visit our business, put himself in our shoes, and use his platform to advocate for businesses like ours.” Todd and Grace Lundgren, owners of Country Goods Store in Owatonna
“As the owner of multiple gyms in the Twin Cities, Governor Walz’ mandate shutting down all gyms and fitness centers hit my business hard. And even as Governor Walz allowed other businesses to start to reopen, he still forced gyms to stay closed. Jason Lewis was one of the few people who were calling out Walz for his arbitrary lockdown guidelines and how he was hurting small businesses.” Faamati Winey, owner of multiple Snap Fitness gyms in the Twin Cities area
“The impact Governor Walz’ lockdown has had on farmers is often overlooked, but it is very real to us. From livestock farmers to crop farmers, we all felt the burden of the lockdown. Jason Lewis took the time to listen to the challenges we were facing, and he was the only one advocating for real solutions that would help us get back on our feet.” Jeff, Yon, and Mike Kohlnhofer, Kohlnhofer Farms in Goodhue
Lewis Calls Out Hypocrisy of Minneapolis City Council, Vows to Stand Up for Police, Law & Order
September 16th, 2020
EAGAN, Minn. — In case you missed it, national press is once again putting the spotlight on Minneapolis, a community that has moved to defund the police, resulting in rising homicides, burglaries, assaults, and property damage. In a Minneapolis City Council Meeting this week, one city council member asked, “where are the police?” while others expressed that citizens are afraid over growing crime.
“The hypocrisy of Minneapolis liberals knows no limits. First they demand we defund the police, and now they are turning around and blaming law enforcement for rising crime rates and lawlessness in their city? Law enforcement cannot operate effectively without the support of communities, citizens and critical resources,” said U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis. “Unfortunately, Minneapolis is a national laughingstock and showing itself to be the perfect test case for what defunding the police gets you. This far-left anarchist agenda has left our cities in chaos, and average citizens are the ones paying the price. When Minnesotans head to the polls this November, they will have a chance to vote for safe, prosperous communities or vote for more violence and anarchy.”
Lewis noted this week that defunding the police “widens the silent majority,” and is a key reason why he and President Trump will win in November. Lewis has received several endorsements from law enforcement organizations across the state in his bid for U.S. Senate.
See more coverage here:
Breitbart: Former Rep. Jason Lewis: Democrat Lawlessness ‘Widens the Silent Majority,’ Could Put Minnesota in Trump’s Column
The Hill: Minneapolis city councilors: Residents are feeling ‘terrorized,’ say police ‘nowhere to be seen’
Fox News: Minneapolis City Council alarmed by surge in crime months after voting to defund the police
MPR: With violent crime on the rise in Mpls., City Council asks: Where are the police?
Washington Examiner: Minneapolis City Council, which voted to dismantle police, unsettled by rise of crime and demand action from law enforcement
Lewis Slams Smith for Running Disingenuous New Ad on American Jobs and Manufacturing
Smith Quietly Profiting from Chinese Holdings with Billions in Offshore Tax Havens & Companies that Outsourced Thousands of Jobs
September 15th, 2020
EAGAN, Minn. — U.S. Senator Tina Smith is touting her record on American jobs and manufacturing this week in a new TV ad while dodging her family’s investments in Chinese holdings and companies that have outsourced thousands of American jobs. According to the United States Senate Financial Disclosures Report from August 2020, Tina Smith’s husband owns between $50,001 and $100,000 in stocks for YUM! Brands, Inc. out of China, which held $1.5 billion in offshore tax havens and had 26 tax haven subsidiaries in 2017. The Smiths also invested in companies that outsourced more than 17,000 jobs including 1,766 from Minnesota.
“This week, Tina Smith started running a flashy new TV commercial that swindles voters into thinking she is the candidate that supports American jobs, when the fact of the matter is she’s profiting off Chinese businesses and making money from companies that have moved jobs out of Minnesota,” said U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis. “A vocal critic of President Trump’s leadership in holding China accountable in Washington, Tina Smith is quietly profiting off foreign investments and the outsourcing of American jobs.
“In contrast, President Trump and I are fighting for American workers, manufacturing, jobs and a strong economy. The President helped spur half a million new manufacturing jobs during his presidency, while Joe Biden and the Obama Administration bled hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs from our economy. There’s a clear choice this November for who will fight for Minnesota jobs and the economy, and it’s not Tina Smith,” Lewis concluded.
Latest Endorsement Reaffirms Lewis is THE Law & Order Candidate
September 14th, 2020
EAGAN, Minn. — U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement after receiving the endorsement of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, reaffirming his position as the law and order candidate.
“I am proud and humbled to accept the endorsement of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis. From marrying a police officer, I learned firsthand that nobody dislikes a bad cop more than a good cop. But rather than have conversations about how to support our brave men and women of law enforcement and ways we can improve the profession, Senator Tina Smith has gone all in with the defund the police movement,” said Lewis.
“The law enforcement profession in America is under unrelenting and unprecedented attack. Just this weekend two police officers were shot in an ambush, and police officers nationwide are being vilified and targeted like never before. This hostile environment is undoubtedly a symptom of the radical ‘defund the police’ movement, and Democrats like Senator Tina Smith are adding to this toxic culture by blatantly undermining law enforcement and jeopardizing public safety. This cannot stand and it will not stand when I’m your U.S. Senator,” Lewis concluded.
Lewis also recently announced new television, radio, and digital ads entitled “Dangerously Wrong,” highlighting Senator Tina Smith’s inflammatory and dangerous anti-law enforcement rhetoric as well as her endorsement of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. Due to the influx of support from across the country, the ad buy has been expanded to Minneapolis/St. Paul broadcast TV as well.
See endorsement letters and pledges below:
Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association
Minnesota Fraternal Order of Police
Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis
Heritage Action for America Police Pledge
Lewis Continues to Gain Momentum as Trump Campaign Focuses on Minnesota
September 11th, 2020
EAGAN, Minn. — U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis joined Lara Trump at three Twin Cities metro area stops on Thursday as a part of the Trump campaign’s continued focus on Minnesota. Lara Trump’s visit is the latest proof that Minnesota has become the swing state to watch in the 2020 election.
“With Lara Trump’s visit yesterday and President Trump’s planned visit next week, the Trump campaign continues to prove they are all in on Minnesota, and for good reason. Minnesotans see the destructive policies of the far-left and they’ve had enough,” said Lewis. “From radical proposals like the defund the police movement to never-ending COVID lockdowns, Democrats have alienated Minnesotans of all political stripes. A revolution is in the works here in Minnesota—the state’s decades-long blue streak will come to an end this November. We are going to win, and the President is going to win.”
As noted by MinnPost yesterday, the Trump campaign’s continued visits to Minnesota as well as their heavy spend on ads in the state is indicative of the fact that they see Minnesota as a key pick-up opportunity. But the presidential race isn’t the only race to watch here in Minnesota—recent polling shows Lewis and Smith are statistically tied.
See more coverage of the Trump campaign’s continued focus on Minnesota below:
Washington Examiner: Trump threatening to end Democrats’ half-century lock on Minnesota
Associated Press: Trump, Biden plan dueling visits to Minnesota next Friday
Lewis Slams Smith for Delaying COVID Relief Yet Again
September 10th, 2020
EAGAN, Minn. — U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement slamming Senator Tina Smith for delaying COVID relief yet again.
“I wish I could say I’m surprised that Senator Tina Smith is marching in lockstep with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, but this is just more of the same from Tina. Last month she held up relief over a demand that incarcerated inmates be able to make phone calls for free, and that’s after she twice voted to block relief in the spring while simultaneously dumping $1 million dollars in personal stock holdings.
“Further proving this is nothing more than a political game for Tina, she has basically been running a single issue campaign on the alleged need for more post office funding in recent weeks, and yet she shot down the latest round of COVID relief which includes USPS funding, all because party leaders told her to.
“Minnesota can no longer afford a Senator who plays politics and puts their own personal financial interests ahead of their constituents, especially when lives and livelihoods are on the line.”
Minnesota Fraternal Order of Police Endorses Lewis for U.S. Senate
September 10th, 2020
EAGAN, Minn. — This week, the Minnesota Fraternal Order of Police endorsed Jason Lewis for U.S. Senate, citing his commitment to support legislation in line with the needs of law enforcement officers across the state of Minnesota.
“Our police officers are public servants and deserve our full support,” Lewis said. “By placing value in the radical defund the police movement, Democratic politicians like Tina Smith continue to diminish the sacrifice each of our officers make to keep us safe and are helping fuel dangerous anti-police rhetoric in Minnesota and across the nation. I am incredibly grateful to the Minnesota Fraternal Order of Police for their endorsement and am proud to support our men and women in blue.”
“We are proud to endorse Jason Lewis for U.S. Senate, and we know he will be a champion for Minnesota law enforcement in Congress,” said Matthew Hagen, Minnesota State President of the Fraternal Order of Police. “With Jason Lewis in Washington, each one of our more than 2,500 members know there will be a person looking out for them, the same way our hardworking law enforcement officers look out for our communities and citizens each and every time they put on their uniform.”
You can find a copy of the endorsement letter here.
Minnesota In Play: Trump, Lewis Continue Momentum as National Media Stories Highlight Minnesota Turning Red this November
September 10th, 2020
EAGAN, Minn. — A state that has been blue in every presidential election since 1972 is turning red, as President Trump and U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis continue to gain momentum less than two months from Election Day. Both presidential campaigns are making stops this week in Minnesota, including Laura Trump who is joining Lewis. There is also more money being poured into political ad buys, and the national narrative around Minnesota is shifting as it grows in status as a key 2020 battleground state.
Politico notes that “Minnesota is the rare offensive opportunity for Trump on a battleground map,” while DFL Congressman Dean Phillips told press this week: “Trump can win Minnesota. It’s real. It’s absolutely real.”
See more coverage on Minnesota In Play here:
National Public Radio: Trump’s Rural Support Puts Democratic Bulwark Minnesota In Play
Politico: A tale of two Minnesotas
WCCO: Democrats Increasingly Concerned Trump Could Win Minnesota: ‘It’s Real. It’s Absolutely Real’
Impact 2020: Trump set to spend more on ads in Minnesota than Michigan or Wisconsin in 2020 homestretch
KARE: Trump, Biden and Minnesota’s role in the road to the White House
Lewis Announces New TV, Radio & Digital Ads Titled “Dangerously Wrong”
September 9th, 2020
EAGAN, Minn. — Today, U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis announced new television, radio, and digital ads titled “Dangerously Wrong,” highlighting Senator Tina Smith’s inflammatory and dangerous anti-law enforcement rhetoric as well as her endorsement of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.
“Senator Tina Smith said on the floor of the United States Senate there is something ‘dangerously wrong with the role police play in our society,’ but I say there is something dangerously wrong with a United States Senator who blatantly undermines law enforcement and jeopardizes public safety. From calling for more ‘righteous protests’ after days of looting and arson to enthusiastically endorsing Ilhan Omar, Senator Tina Smith is putting her radical policy goals above the safety of our communities.
If Democrats win this November, the violent mob will control our streets, emboldened by inflammatory, anti-law enforcement politicians like Senator Tina Smith. Across the country we are seeing a wave of crime spikes, early retirements, and resignations because the support network for law enforcement is being dismantled. The first duty of government is to protect life, liberty, and property, yet the Democrats refuse to do it. As the husband of a police officer, I will always back the blue and will help restore public order to this nation.”
CLICK HERE to watch the television spot.