Colorado Rep. Scott Tipton, a five-term incumbent endorsed by Donald Trump, lost his primary race against an anti-establishment upstart this week.
The media has fixated on the challenger, Lauren Boebert, allegedly entertaining the QAnon conspiracy theory while ignoring one of the real issues of the campaign: immigration [Trump-backed five-term Republican lawmaker loses primary to challenger who praised QAnon conspiracy, by Paul LeBlanc, CNN, July 1, 2020].
Tipton supported increasing guest worker visas and liberalizing immigration law. He co-sponsored several pieces of legislation that would make it easier for corporations to import foreign workers. Last year, he co-sponsored the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, which would legalize millions of illegal aliens and turn them into indentured servants. He also cosponsored the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act, which would scrap country caps and allow Indians to monopolize the green card system. That bill was supported by Big Tech and other despicable corporate interests.
Boebert attacked Tipton’s support for liberal immigration policies.
Boebert also earned the key endorsement of immigration patriot Tom Tancredo. “For 10 years in Congress, I fought hard to secure our borders and enforce our immigration laws,” Tancredo said in radio ads for Boebert’s campaign “Now I’m asking you to send Lauren Boebert to Congress because Lauren Boebert has the same fight in her that I brought to Washington.” [Tancredo endorses gun-toting restaurant owner Boebert for Tipton's seat, by Charles Ashby, Daily Sentinel, January 30, 2020].
Tancredo also attacked Tipton for his terrible immigration policy in those ads, saying: “Scott Tipton and Nancy Pelosi handed amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.”
This message seemed to work and the underdog defeated the establishment Goliath.
The same thing happened in central Virginia a few weeks ago. Rep. Denver Riggleman, who received Trump’s endorsement, lost to conservative challenger Bob Good in a landslide. The media blamed this result on Riggleman officiating a gay wedding, but a more likely reason is immigration [Virginia Rep. Riggleman, Who Officiated Same-Sex Wedding, Loses Republican Primary, by Hannah Hagemann, NPR, June 14, 2020]. The Virginia Republican voted against the Big Ag Amnesty Tipton co-sponsored, yet he also co-sponsored the Indian green card giveaway. Riggleman also co-sponsored a bill that would create a H-2C visa that would allow 85,000 foreigners to take American jobs every year [Second Republican Loses Primary After Backing Big Tech’s Green Card Giveaway, by John Binder, Breitbart, July 1, 2020].
His opponent attacked Riggleman on immigration, saying in one campaign message: “Riggleman’s votes facilitate the importation of well over a half-million foreign workers per year—and millions more over the next decade—to directly compete with our own neighbors and families for good-paying jobs across a wide variety of employment sectors.”
Good put out a video saying he would support “America First” immigration policies that would “protect American jobs for American workers, secure our borders, and strengthen our immigration system.”
These two races indicate that a Trump endorsement in Alabama may lose in a few weeks. Tommy Tuberville, like Tipton and Riggleman, is weak on immigration. Jeff Sessions is a committed immigration patriot who campaigns on America First issues. This strategy worked against Trump-backed candidates Colorado and Virginia—it may work again in Alabama.