The ‘Freedom Force’ | The GOP’s Answer to the Democratic ‘Squad’

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Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) is looking forward to facing the House Democratic Squad.

Donalds is the no-nonsense and newly elected congressman from Florida’s 19th Congressional District and promises to push back the democratic socialism agenda. The Squad consists of Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.). They are working towards creating Medicare For All, free college tuition, guaranteed jobs, the Green New Deal and bigger government. All women were reelected in 2020.

Our Founding Fathers knew large government leads to tyranny not freedom. The Freedom Force hopes to prevent this agenda from moving forward by keeping the Squad accountable and defeating left-wing policies that would bring socialism to America. “We will protect the right of every American to ensure everyone has the opportunity to succeed, without big Government standing in the way.”

Donalds joins former NFL player Burgess Owens, who won a Utah House seat. He’s also working with Florida’s Maria Elvira Salazar’s conservative Freedom Force caucus in the House to challenge the Squad.

The group reportedly includes Reps.-elect Nicole Malliotakis (N.Y.), Michelle Steel (Calif.), Stephanie Bice (Okla.), Victoria Spartz (Ind.) and Carlos Gimenez (Fla.). “I want to create a force within my freshman class that will have to be reckoned with. A force of reason, a force for freedom, a force for democracy,” Salazar, a Cuban American said in an NBC News interview.

Donalds, 42, was raised in Brooklyn by a single mom. His mother taught him to always think for yourself––never follow the crowd. “Her principles guide me and I think Washington can learn a lot from my mom.” He moved to Florida to attend Florida State University graduating in 2002 with bachelor of arts degrees in finance and marketing. He becomes Florida’s third-ever Black Republican to serve in the House. “The principles of liberty are not just for country club Republicans, they are also for poor, Black kids who grew up in Brooklyn, New York,” he shared before the election.

Donalds has another goal in mind — he wants to change the perception of the GOP in America.

“The left wants you to think being Republican means being privileged, racist and out of touch,” said Donalds in one video launching his campaign. “Well, I am not going to let them get away with this. The government didn’t get me off the streets,” he said. “Trusting God did.”


Corine Gatti-Santillo is an editor, reporter and content strategist at CNJ. Her work has appeared in The Christian Post, Real Clear Politics, CBN, among other outlets. She is host of the program “Mom on the Right” and is based in Virginia. 

 

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