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Retired Green Beret Joe Kent wants to bring his experience fighting America's enemies on the ground in the Middle East to Congress.

Kent is one of several Republicans primarying Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., after she voted to impeach former President Trump in 2020. Herrera Beutler's vote crystallized Kent's commitment to making an impact after personal tragedy, he told Fox News in an interview.

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Kent is a Gold Star husband — his wife, Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Shannon Kent, was killed in action fighting ISIS in Syria on Jan. 16, 2019.

"I had decided to get more public and in the political sphere, not necessarily running for office," Kent said. "My wife was killed a month after Trump tried to get our troops out of Syria the first time."

"My sights were on ‘the blob,’" he said. "I started speaking out in support of what President Trump was doing in the war on terror."

Joe Kent in Iraq (Joe Kent)

Kent said he would give Biden an "F" on Middle East policy. 

"Sullivan, Blinken, John Kerry … he brought in all these guys who really staked their careers on the Iran deal, the JCPOA," Kent said, referring to national security adviser Jake Sullivan, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and climate envoy John Kerry. "In general, I think we continue to do the wrong things because people don’t want to admit they’re wrong … the gambler’s fallacy."

"That’s essentially our national security establishment's strategy." 

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Kent fought in the Iraq War, then deployed to Yemen, then returned to Iraq to counter ISIS. He said he's not optimistic Biden will fully withdraw from Syria as the president announced in April.

"I'm not sure why Biden chose Sept. 11 to pull our troops out," Kent said. "That leaves our troops over there trying to do withdraw for an entire fighting season. ... What if we lose soldiers? Will they say we can’t leave again? I'm very skeptical that Biden will bring this one to the end."

But Kent isn't just campaigning to end endless wars. He cites the disappearance of industries like timber and fishing, election security and "draconian" coronavirus lockdown measures as concerns facing voters in Washington's 3rd Congressional District. If elected, he said he'd support a full immigration moratorium and push Congress to take a deeper look at what happened in the 2020 election.

Joe Kent, Shannon Kent and their two sons in November 2018. (Courtesy of Joe Kent)

Even before Herrera Beutler and nine other House Republicans separated themselves from the GOP over impeachment, she was regarded as a moderate Republican in a blue state. Kent told Fox News he's not worried that he'll be too conservative to compete in a general election.

"There's a really cool, independent, populist movement out here. I'm going to do everything I can to reach out to different factions," he said. "I'm not a career politician. My opponent is a career politician. She and I are the same age. … She’s been in Congress for 12 years.

"For me, it was looking at the actual situation, knowing I have a commitment to my kids. I Googled ‘how do you run for Congress’ and went off to the races from there."

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Kent is putting up $200,000 of his own money to fund his campaign, he said. He said he hopes more people like him decide to get involved in politics at all levels.

"I would encourage anybody who is concerned with the direction this country is heading to get out there," he said. "Run for something, start supporting candidates they believe in, showing up to meetings, getting their friends registered to vote. I had never considered running for Congress before. I feel like if I don’t go do this, I’m going to regret it."

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Rep. Greene apologizes for comparing face masks, Holocaust

By Richard Cowan | Reuters

WASHINGTON – Republican U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene publicly apologized on Monday for her remarks last month comparing COVID-19 mask requirements and vaccinations to the Nazi Holocaust that killed 6 million Jews.

“I have made a mistake and it’s really bothered me for a couple weeks now,” Greene told a news conference. She added that “there’s nothing comparable” to the Holocaust and “I know the words I stated were hurtful and for that I am very sorry.”

The news conference came amid calls from some Democrats to censure Greene for her Holocaust remarks. Her comments had also been denounced by Republican congressional leaders.

She said she had visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum earlier on Monday. She also mentioned that when she was 19 years old, she visited the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland where more than 1 million Jews were murdered by the Nazis.

It was not the first time the 47-year-old congresswoman from Georgia, who arrived in Congress in January, had roiled the waters in Washington.

In February, the Democratic-led House of Representatives stripped her of two high-profile committee assignments after her remarks that included support for violence against Democrats. Then, too, Greene distanced herself from such statements, saying: “These were words of the past and these things do not represent me.”

In response to reporters’ questions on Monday, Greene, an ardent supporter of former President Donald Trump, refused to distance herself from a comment he made in 2017, following violent protests involving white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which he said there “were very fine people on both sides.”

Before arriving in Congress, Greene voiced support for unfounded conspiracy theories, including the QAnon claim that elite Democrats are part of a cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles and cannibals, as well as an anti-Semitic claim suggesting a space laser was used to deliberately start a California wildfire.

Greene opened her news conference saying: “I just always want to remind everyone I’m very much a normal person.”

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