In an exclusive interview with the Conservative Firing Line on Friday, Michael Snyder, one of the three GOP candidates running so far in the race for the House seat currently held by Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, said in no uncertain terms that Republican voters need to get rid of “RINOs” — Republicans in name only who promise one thing during their campaign yet do something else once in office.
“All the RINOs have to go,” he said over lunch. “They sound good getting in, but won’t speak out. We gave them control and yet this is where we are.”
It’s not the first time he’s said that. In a recent article at Investment Watch Blog, he wrote: “Unless we are able to start kicking the RINOs out of Congress, most of Trump’s agenda is going to go nowhere.”
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Snyder referred to Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican who, despite his campaign promises, voted against two measures to repeal Obamacare, including the so-called “skinny” repeal that would have removed the individual mandate and scale back Obamacare taxes.
The list, Snyder said, calling the current Congress the “least active” in 164 years, goes on and on.
“Radical Islam,” he said, “has declared war on us. If we don’t fight back, they’ll win.” But, he added, politicians “don’t even want to talk about it” for fear of being called names.
“The GOP gets control but Democrats get whatever they want,” he added, saying that’s “why I’m taking the strong positions I’m taking.”
And, he further said, “I’m not going to compromise on the important things” despite advise by some to do so in order to “get along.” Snyder called this an effort to turn him into another McCain.
For starters, he said, “I’ll never, ever vote for any bill that gives a penny to Planned Parenthood. You can’t be pro-life and vote for Planned Parenthood funding.” He also challenged his opponents to join him in a pledge to never give any money to the abortion provider.
He supports term limits, wants to cut the size of federal government in half, and says Washington bureaucrats shouldn’t own more than 10 percent of a state’s land mass.
The 10th Amendment, he said, “hardly exists anymore. It’s time to shift the balance of power back to the states.”
Furthermore, Snyder says he’s not going to spend his time in office raising funds like telemarketers.
“Most of their time is spent raising funds,” he said, adding that members of Congress are instructed to spend up to four hours a day in call centers raising money.
“I’m not going to participate in that,” he told us.
And, he added, he’s working to recruit conservatives across the country to challenge moderate Republicans in federal, state and local elections.
What about fundraising? Earlier this month, Betsy Z. Russell reported at the Spokesman Review:
The first round of campaign finance reports is out in Idaho’s 2018 race for the open 1st Congressional District seat that current Rep. Raul Labrador is leaving to run for governor, and so far, GOP hopefuls David Leroy and Russ Fulcher have been actively raising funds.
As of June 30, Leroy had raised more than $114,000, with he and his wife contributing $50,000 of that. At the close of the reporting period, Leroy had spent $32,709 and had $81,295 cash on hand for the campaign.
Fulcher reported raising $53,723 and spending just $846, leaving $52,877 in the bank.
Neither candidate reported any donations from PACs. All their contributions came from individuals.
Both candidates issued statements touting their initial fundraising. Fulcher said he piled up the whole batch in just seven days. Leroy said he received contributions from 89 donors, with more than 90 percent of the money coming from individuals in Idaho.
Russell observed that Snyder hasn’t filed a report with the Federal Elections Commission, which we confirmed. The reason is that Snyder did not get into the race until July 4. Snyder says that contributions have been coming in, but added that he has an advantage over his opponents — a national footprint.
The author of four books, including Living a Life that Really Matters, Snyder runs his own blog at The Economic Collapse, and his articles appear at a number of sites, including Freedom Outpost, the Liberty Beacon and Charisma News.
(Editor’s note: In the interest of full disclosure, Snyder’s posts will also appear here at the Conservative Firing Line.)
Snyder has also appeared as a guest on Alex Jones’ Infowars, where he has discussed a number of issues, including censorship, the Trump administration and his campaign:
As a result, Snyder has been attacked by radical leftists at groups like the People for the American Way, through websites like AlterNet and Right Wing Watch. According to these groups, Snyder is a “radical Religious Right prepper” who opposes vaccinations.
One post at Alternet states:
Snyder, who is a frequent guest on Alex Jones’ program, has been posting videos on his YouTube channel promoting his campaign, including one in which he asserts that he was tapped on the shoulder by God and called to run for this office and another in which he vows that, if elected, he will “use the full power of [his] office to go to war with Planned Parenthood” until the organization “ceases to exist” and “abortion ends in all 50 states, permanently.”
In one video, Snyder declares his “100 percent” support for the agenda of an organization called Health Freedom Idaho, which is a local anti-vaccination, anti-fluoride group, saying that he personally shares their views and has been fighting for these issues for years.
Yes, Snyder is a Christian and explained that he simply believes parents should be allowed to decide for themselves if their children get vaccinated.
As a result of leftist attacks, Snyder says he and his family have been targeted with threats:
I always knew that politics was a dirty game, but I didn’t know that running for Congress would be like running into a nest of angry hornets. When I decided to do this, I told my readers that I would keep them updated on what I am learning, and one of the things that I am learning is that people can be really mean. So far, every cuss word in the book has been thrown at me, I have been told that I should leave the state, and people have even been saying absolutely horrible things about my wife and daughter. I am tough and can take the abuse, but it isn’t right to attack family.
Many of the attacks are not fit for public consumption, so in this article I just want to share some of the milder attacks that are more focused on the issues.
…But before I end this article, I want to share with you an excerpt from an attack that was sent to me by email that was of a particularly nasty nature. I have censored out the cuss words, but even so I still cringe when I read it…
“By the way, I just found out that you and your **** wife have a little **** brat. To be honest, you’re a **** Trump supporting tool who believes all his ****. I wish you and your damn family pain, suffering, and a miserable life. In conclusion, **** you, **** your **** wife, **** your **** daughter, and most importantly, **** Donald Trump and Melania “Tramp”. Furthermore, **** America and **** all your fake attempts to save it.”
“This is what it is like to run for office guys,” he said, adding: “In my new book I talk a lot about forgiveness, and of course I forgive everyone that has said horrible things about me and my family.”
Despite liberal attacks and threats from leftists, Snyder says his message is winning.
“We’re changing minds everywhere we go,” he said.
Those interested in learning more about Snyder and his campaign can visit his site here.
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