A well-known player in the America First world known for his strong stance on border security announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate Monday.
“Kris Kobach, nationally known as an advocate of tough immigration policies and a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, launched a campaign Monday for the U.S. Senate in Kansas amid tepid support from some Republicans who voiced concern that his recent loss in the governor’s race could threaten the party’s majority,” PBS said.
It is true that the Republican establishment, which has fought Trump’s immigration agenda from day one, is already pushing back against Kobach. He advised Trump on immigration throughout 2016, and has worked for a group of private citizens building segments of wall at the U.S. Southern border. The establishment GOP, known for profiting from the cheap labor of illegal aliens, views him as an opponent.
“Just last year, Kris Kobach ran and lost to a Democrat. Now, he wants to do the same and simultaneously put President Trump’s presidency and Senate majority at risk. We know Kansans won’t let that happen, and we look forward to watching the Republican candidate they do choose win next fall,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee spokeswoman Joanna Rodriguez.
Kobach could square off in a primary with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is still deciding whether he will run, and possible even Matt Schlapp, who heads up the American Conservative Union and the annual Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC). Neither have used their influence to help close the U.S. Southern border, as the American people have demanded. Schlapp infamously failed to invite many prominent America First figures to CPAC this year, and even banned others. I confronted him about it at the event:
Kobach seemed unconcerned with his potential rivals, and reportedly made his announcement standing in front of a large sign reading “Build the Wall.”
“I’ve been on the southern border constantly in the past six months and I can tell you stories that will make your skin crawl,” he said, touting his record.
He also said that he spoke with Trump during the July 4 holiday weekend.
“I don’t talk about what the president and I say in our communications, but let me just say he was very encouraging when we spoke a few days ago,” Kobach said.
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