As the race for the Republican presidential nomination heats up, a beloved congressman has given his coveted endorsement to the leading candidate.
Fox News reported that Ohio Republican Representative Jim Jordan endorsed former President Donald Trump for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.
The Ohio Republican spoke with Fox News Digital before delivering his endorsement at the National Rifle Association convention on Friday.
“No one has demonstrated that they will do what they said and get things done like he did, and he did it with everyone in that town against him. And that’s what I still respect about President Trump, and I’m for him all the way,” he said when asked about the Republican primary contest.
“I just talked to Vice President Pence. Great guy … Governor DeSantis, a great guy. When we formed the Freedom Caucus, there were nine of us. He was one of the nine. But I am 100% for President Trump,” the congressman said.
To demonstrate his support for the former president, he has done more than merely express his approval verbally.
The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee has secured the testimony of a crucial witness against the Manhattan district attorney who is prosecuting the former president, Alvin Bragg.
As reported by Fox News, “a Democratic New York City councilman plans to testify Monday that Bragg has contributed to the ‘lawlessness’ on city streets in a field hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee.”
In an interview with Fox News Digital, Robert Holden, who has represented New York’s 30th congressional district since 2018, identified himself as a lifelong New Yorker and Democrat. Holden acknowledged having “issues” with Bragg since Bragg’s appointment as district attorney in 2022. According to Holden, New York City’s crime rate has risen “because of Bragg.”
“When Bragg came in, he issued that ridiculous edict that he was not going to prosecute smaller crimes,” Holden said. “What do we have in New York City? We have lawlessness on the streets.
“I have never seen the lawlessness we are seeing now,” he added.
The news source reported that Bragg succeeded Cyrus Vance, Jr., another far-left district attorney, in 2022.
The hearing, to be held at the Javits Federal Building, is slated for Monday at 9 a.m. The goal is to “examine how Bragg’s pro-crime, anti-victim policies have led to an increase in violent crime and a dangerous community for New York City residents.”
Holden stated that Bragg’s “day one memo” had “raised alarm bells throughout the city.”
On his third day in office, Bragg issued a memorandum instructing prosecutors not to pursue prison sentences for a variety of offenses and to reduce charges, including those related to robberies and commercial burglaries. In addition, the district attorney stated that his office would no longer prosecute certain offenses, including trespassing, resisting arrest, and fare evasion.
“Under his policy, petty theft, even resisting arrest, prostitution, public urination will not be prosecuted,” Holden said. “This is a DA saying to that to the public.
“It is just stupid,” he noted further. “It’s just dumb.”
Moreover, it appears that members of his own party are at least partially responsible for the increasing crime rates and recurrent criminal behavior.
“We have a bad combination in New York,” he remarked. The crime rate in New York City decreased for 17 consecutive years prior to the passage of the 2019 parole reform law.
Members of the NYPD “don’t want to engage” with suspects as a result of these changes.
“Even if they do engage, they’re going to get district attorneys like Bragg who are going to say, ‘We’re not prosecuting,’” he said.
“I credit Rudy Giuliani as the mayor who saved New York,” Holden said of the former Republican mayor. “I lived through that. They don’t like to hear it. But I lived through it.”
Holden asserts that he is one of only two moderate Democrats on the entire New York City council, while the other members are “socialists.”
“We lived through the Cold War, and socialism did not work and still doesn’t work,” he said.
According to him, he is frequently exhorted to switch parties, but he has not yet done so.
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“They say, ‘You should change parties,’ but I say, ‘Why?” I can offer a voice of reason in the Democrat caucus,” he said. “Most of the Democrats in New York City do not agree with their elected officials. CONTINUE READING…