E.W. Jackson makes campaign stop in Front Royal
Republican Senate candidate E.W. Jackson stopped in Front Royal Thursday to rally voters before Tuesday’s primary election. After a meet and greet, Jackson conducted a speech outlining some of his proposed policies and beliefs.
Jackson, 66, said one of his main goals is bringing citizens together across racial and cultural lines. He said while Tim Kaine has claimed to be a champion for the poor and minorities, their circumstances have grown worse during his time in office.
“I’m going to be the alternative and bring some hope and opportunity and potential to these communities that I think are desperately in need of it. And we’ve just got to go tell them why what we believe is going to better for them than what the left has been selling them,” Jackson said.
A former lawyer and clergyman, Jackson said he is not running to obtain a title and office or be a career politician, but because he loves Virginia and the country. He said it is “time to, if I may paraphrase, make Virginia great again.”
To accomplish that goal, he said it is important to educate young voters who believe America should be a socialist country. The job of a senator, he said, should include returning citizens to the values that made America great. Those values, he said, have been lost because people do not understand history.
To remedy this, he said he would file a petition to name September “Celebrate America History Month.”
“I think Virginia has to send the message to the country that we’re not about to trade Madison and Mason for Marx and Mao,” Jackson said.
If elected, Jackson said he would make sure Donald Trump has an ally on policy. Although Jackson said he does not agree with “every little tweet” and comment Trump makes, he believes the president is leading America in the right direction.
Jackson said the power of special counsel “is out of control” and he would propose legislation that tames their reach. He agreed with Trump’s assessment that the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is a witch hunt, adding that he would feel the same way if it were a Democrat being investigated.
“I really fear what would happen in our country if they managed to overthrow him…I think that could be a very dangerous moment for our country,” Jackson said.
Jackson said he agreed with Trump’s immigration policies, adding that because someone wants strong borders does not mean they hate Hispanics. He said there should be no pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Instead, he said, immigrants should come to the country in a legal manner, and they would be welcomed.
Jackson also spoke out against Planned Parenthood, which he said is evil. He said the left’s support of the organization does not make any sense.
“While they are very concerned about racial disparities and impact, they don’t talk about the fact that 37 percent of the babies aborted are the babies of black women,” Jackson said.
He added that those statistics are no accident, adding that Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, “really wanted to make sure that she diminished the black population.”
Another goal of Jackson’s, if elected, would be passing legislation that gives parents whose children are educated outside of public schools a tax credit. Regarding the public school system, the lack of religion is one of its biggest issues.
“We shouldn’t have kicked God out,” Jackson said.
He said his plan for bringing God back to schools is to teach students “the prayers of our founding fathers.”
“Let’s teach them that these were men that prayed, that they believed in God,” Jackson said.