Author of the best-selling book “Hillbilly Elegy,” J.D. Vance, who has recently been taking a lot of heat after announcing he was running for Senate in Ohio, due to comments he made about former President Donald Trump, spoke with the folks at Newsmax and stated that those who are criticizing for his comments are “phoneys” who think of him as a “threat to the establishment.”
“I’ve been very open about this,” Vance stated during a recent edition of Newsmax’s “Wake Up America.” “I think that the president did a good job and cared about issues that I cared about. He served people that I cared about and he made the country a better place.”
He said he thinks that many of those attacking him for what he said five years ago are attacking him because he’s bringing serious issues to the forefront, “like the back and forth that I had with Google yesterday about how in bed they are with the Chinese Communist Party… I think people were attacking me because they recognize I can bring issues like that to the forefront. Not because you know, I changed my mind like so many people do.”
Vance has been going back and deleting old tweets, a course of action that he says folks shouldn’t look too much into.
“I just delete my tweets every now and then because I’m a business guy, and I don’t want to have a paper trail out there,” said Vance, who is both a venture capitalist as well as being a best-selling author. “(I shouldn’t) constantly be looking over my shoulder at what I said three years ago, so I delete my tweets every now and then I do it just to sort of clean up my Twitter profile a little bit. I wouldn’t read anything into it beyond that.”
The race to replace Portman is one that could hinge on a Trump endorsement, and Vance said he’s spoken with the former president about endorsing him.
“The president said very directly, he actually wants to see the candidates in the race,” Vance went on to say. “He wants this to show that we’re actually the best delivering the message and the best to get voters excited, and I’m really optimistic that when the dust clears from his primary race that’s clearly going to be me.”
Vance said he’s running on a platform based on “the recognition that the ruling class in this country has plundered our economy and middle-class jobs on the one hand, and on the other hand, they’ve censored anybody or called people racist who dare complain about what they’ve done to the country. I’m trying to run on real things.”
Vance then made a few comments about former President Trump’s new class-action lawsuit against Big Tech companies such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google, stating that he believes the move is “very important” and he’s happy that Trump and his team are taking this course of action.
“If we don’t have access as conservatives to the modern digital public square, we’re going to lose the debate,” he said in conclusion. “They’re trying to shut us up. They’re trying to silence us, because I think they know if we have a fair shot in this debate, we’re going to win the votes and the confidence of the American people. So it’s important for the president and, frankly, for all of us to push back against the censorship regime that’s out there.”