Alex Entin seeks to continue President Trump’s policies
Alex Entin has a big task ahead of him: convincing Republicans he’s their man in Tuesday’s primary election.
The 41-year-old husband and father of Northampton Township thinks he has what it takes to win the First Congressional District, which covers all of Bucks County and part of Montgomery County. But first, he must win the primary elections.
Entin, who supports President Donald Trump’s America First agenda, takes on incumbent Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, who has staked his reputation on being a more centrist Republican.
For the 2022 election cycle through the last days of April, Entin raised $14,259.86 compared to Fitzpatrick’s $3.1 million. Entin ended the month with $451.12 in the bank, while Fitzpatrick has nearly $1.4 million.
Outside of funds, Fitzpatrick, a 48-year-old Middletown Township resident, brings a strong identity and has an established brand in the district.
Entin said Fitzpatrick doesn’t share his values or believe what many Republicans are doing.
One of the motivating factors that pushed Entin to run was Fitzpatrick’s vote on the 2021 infrastructure bill that will invest billions in Pennsylvania. Some Republicans felt the bill was runaway government spending and did not focus on the traditional infrastructure projects they supported.
“I had contacted the congressman to ask him not to vote for the infrastructure bill. I called him and emailed him. I never heard back, but the only thing I got was a letter a few weeks later telling me what was in the bill after he voted in favor of it. It was like a spit on my face because that I can read what’s in the bill. What I needed him to do was not vote for the bill,” Entin said.
Entin said he feared Democrats and Republicans like Fitzpatrick would allow socialism to come to America. He said he sees indicators of what he experienced as a child growing up in the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic.
With the expected repeal of Roe v. Wade leading the national conversation, Entin said he was pro-life and supported abortion laws being decided by the states, not the federal government.
“Ultimately, Roe v. Wade is unconstitutional because there is nothing in the Constitution that allows the federal level to make a decision about it,” he said.
Entin said he was disappointed to see the draft decision leaked earlier this month.
With inflation another key issue, Entin said he would support the return of more overseas manufacturing. He called for the addition of tariffs on US companies making items overseas.
Explaining his position, Entin said Americans needed to become energy independent and cut federal spending to get the economy where he wanted it.
The candidate said he would support government incentives to help increase the number of small businesses operating in the country.
“To be honest, I need to look more at tax policy to see what can be done, but we need to help parent and pop businesses reopen,” he said.
If elected to Congress, Entin said he would require paper ballots with ID, limit mail-in ballots, require more up-to-date voter rolls and increase criminal penalties for voters. electoral law violations.
Entin said he was not absolutely certain that Biden had won the presidency.
Following Trump’s defeat in the 2020 election, the then-president and many of his high-profile allies spread misinformation about the election result and participated in an attempt to nullify the results. Government officials and law enforcement found no widespread fraud in the 2020 election, but that hasn’t stopped some from continuing to claim it.
“I’ve seen a lot of different things that have been presented in court, and whenever there’s been a court case it’s usually thrown out before we’ve seen the evidence. Why are we hiding the possibility of presenting the evidence? Then we could say “Joe Biden has won the presidency”. Then we could clear it up for everyone,” he said.
Entin said it is concerning that he feels there has not been a full account of the 2020 election.
When asked how he could be sure his election will be fair if he still has concerns about who won in 2020, he said he would watch the tally to make sure he didn’t. there was nothing to fear.
Entin said he was for “medical freedom” and against vaccination mandates.
On its website, Entin called the COVID-19-related mandates “unlawful overtaking” by the government.
“For me, what is concerning with the vaccination mandates is that it creates second-class citizens…it reminds me of Nazi Germany in the 1930s, when Jews were given a patch that they had to wear. It categorized you as a second-class citizen and then if you had a patch, you lost your job, your home, and then you ended up in a concentration camp,” he said.
Entin said the vaccination mandates were similar because people for whom vaccination mandates were required for entry could not go to dinner or the movies without showing proof that they had been vaccinated.
If elected, Entin said he would support school choice, which allows parents to use taxpayer dollars to fund charter schools, and that he would “remove any critical theory of race” of the schools.
With schools largely governed by state and local governments, Entin said he would use federal funding and oversight of schools to push the changes forward.
On immigration, Entin said he would push to provide more funds for border security and declare the cartels terrorist organizations. He said Trump’s border policy was the right one, including building a multi-billion dollar border wall.
Trump initially claimed that Mexico would pay for the construction of a border wall, but the ultimate cost fell on American taxpayers.
Entin said he felt the Biden administration wasted money that could have been used to continue building the wall.
“Think of how much money we are currently spending to let these people in, to fly them in, to bus them in, living expenses,” he said.
Entin said he had no intention of raising taxes to fund the construction of the wall. He said he would review federal programs to see if funds can be diverted for a wall and border security.
On healthcare, Entin would seek to change the system to care for people, not just keep them going.
“I think what we need to do is get the drug companies to make sure people don’t get sick and take pills for the rest of their lives,” he said.
Entin said he needs to do more research on health care policy and listen to voters if there is a proposed repeal of the current health care law.
“It’s disappointing to see people keep their jobs because of insurance and on top of that they have to pay a $3,000 deductible,” he says. “We have to look into it.”
Entin said he supports Trump’s speech about cutting prescription drug costs.
Asked about the federal legalization and decriminalization of marijuana, Entin said he needs to do more research and look at states where it’s legal.
“We have to make sure we don’t create problems and see what the future looks like if we allow it,” he said.
In recent weeks, Fitzpatrick’s campaign bought ads that called Entin “Putin’s Manchurian candidate” and displayed Soviet iconography while playing a clip where the candidate said Russia wouldn’t invade Ukraine. if she had remained neutral.
A video ad also notes that Entin had not voted in an election until recently.
“What it does is create ethnic hatred. We immigrated from Eastern European countries when we had the chance to move to the biggest country in the world, the United States,” Entin said, noting that he moved to the United States at the time. 9 years old.
Entin said his heart was broken as the Ukrainian and American people should continue to help the nation defend against the Russian invasion.
Entin said Fitzpatrick’s claims were “defamatory” and noted that his wife was from Ukraine.
“We are stereotyped and labeled,” Entin said.
Entin said his signs that read “Fire Fitz” don’t compare to Fitzpatrick’s ads, adding that his signs were based on messages from voters that the congressman should be fired because he thought they didn’t. weren’t conservative enough for them.
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