Burgess Owens, ‘done with the NFL,’ offers GOP’s ‘Freedom Force’ up against AOC’s ‘Squad’

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U.S. Rep.-elect Burgess Owens believes Americans will welcome his new freshmen GOP colleagues as a “force” to oppose the progressive agenda of “The Squad” and called out the “radical activists” within the NFL.

The congressman-elect in Utah’s 4th Congressional District spoke with Fox News Friday about the great plans ahead for the minority in the U.S. House of Representatives, touting what he sees as a “Freedom Force” made of Republicans who will offer a clear “contrast to the hard left.” He also shared that he is “done with the NFL” until Commissioner Roger Goodell is out of the picture.

Owens, a retired NFL safety for the New York Jets, defeated Democratic incumbent Rep. Ben McAdams in Utah and helped Republicans secure another seat in the House. And in an election that saw Democrats lose seats they were sure they could hold, it was a female GOP candidate who ousted Democratic incumbents in many of the races.

“It’s interesting because we have a group of people who came in, we are very, very diverse…but what we all share in common is the love for our country,” the 69-year-old told guest host Lisa Boothe on “The Ingraham Angle” while speaking of the incoming group of lawmakers who make up the new Freedom Force.


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“I just have to thank the American people across this country who flipped over 14 seats and we didn’t lose one,” Owens said. “It was a message for the American people that we want to get back to basics and we love our nation. This group will be … giving a contrast to the hard left.”

“We have the Freedom Force versus Squad,” Owens explained, referring to the group of progressive Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, of New York City; Ayanna Pressley of Boston; Ilhan Omar of Minneapolis; and Rashida Tlaib of Detroit.

“We have … a group of people who believe in God, country, and family; a respect for women and authority — and the other side that hates everything I just mentioned,” Owens, who helped the Oakland Raiders win the Super Bowl Championship in 1981, added.

The new Republican coalition is made up of members including Owens, and Reps.-elect Carlos Gimenez, Maria Elvira Salazar and Byron Donalds of Florida; Michelle Steel of California; Nicole Malliotakis of New York; Stephanie Bice of Oklahoma; and Victoria Spartz of Indiana.

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Malliotakis, a New York state assemblywoman, has become the only Republican member of Congress from Democrat-run New York City where she flipped the Democratic seat of Rep. Max Rose in Staten Island.

“An anti-socialist squad is forming…,” Malliotakis tweeted after her win.

“Our voices are going to be significant. We may have a little anti-socialist squad forming in Congress,” she said in a recent interview.

Malliotakis, whose mother is from Cuba and father from Greece, also commented on now being one of a group of nearly a dozen Cuban-Americans in Congress, including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

“There’s going to be a Cuban Caucus there. I think it’s important, because Cuban-Americans know more than anyone what socialism and communism mean and are very vigilant when it comes to individuals who want to take away any freedoms or liberties or move us down a path to socialism,” Malliotakis told City&State New York.

In South Florida, which saw a significant turnout of Hispanic voters supporting President Donald Trump, Salazar defeated Democratic incumbent Donna Shalala and Giménez, Miami-Dade County’s former mayor, defeated Democratic incumbent Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell.

Owens noted the diverse backgrounds and the heritage of the new Freedom Force members, with the Cuban and Greek Malliotakis, Steel, who was born in South Korea and Bice, who is of part-Iranian heritage as well as the Cubans joining the freshman coalition.

“The American people drift toward light. They are going to love our message, they’re going to love our policies we put in place…we are all about making sure the middle class thrives,” Owens, who grew up in Tallahassee, Fla., told Boothe.

He also weighed in on what the driving force was that saw a surge in support for Trump and Republicans from minority groups across the country.

“Because unlike the leftists, which are racist, the American people believe in the same thing: We all want hope … and opportunity, and the chance to get out there and work for our dreams,” he said.

“We’ve all dealt with the harshness, the evil of socialism and Marxism. So we can talk from experience. I’m part of a generation that got snookered by the left,” he added. “So we can talk about how devastating that ideology is and people are going to resonate to it because we all want the opportunity to live out the American dream.”

Asked about a pair of NFL quarterbacks who recently refused to stand for the national anthem, Owens responded that the left always seeks to divide and “thrive in giving people misery.”

President Trump also slammed the players, Houston Texans QB DeShaun Watson and Detroit Lions signal-caller Matthew Stafford, who were seen in photos Thursday kneeling during the national anthem.

Owens called out the players “making millions of dollars” and asked if they would make a real stand by supporting the black Americans adversely affected by rioting and leftist protests that ruined their businesses and cost them jobs.

Owens declared he is “done with the NFL” and will not be watching anymore until Goodell is fired, pointing out how the liberal and “radical activists” within the league have been working to divide Americans.

“Stand up. Stand up for the flag,” he concluded. “And if you don’t want to do that, the American people will show us that we don’t really need your business.”

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