Joe Kent, who was hand-picked by Donald Trump to challenge incumbent Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler in the 3rd Congressional District of Washington State (a glaring red spot in the southwest part of the state, just across the river from progressive Portland, Oregon), recently promoted a rally against “COVID tyranny” and “forced quarantine” on his Twitter page and on other national platforms. Kent’s refusal to follow Twitter’s guidelines regarding COVID misinformation got him their version of a slap on the wrist as he was locked out of his account for a whopping eight hours on Thursday.
I’ve written about “Rand Paul Lite” before, like when he casually shared that he plans to challenge not just the results of his own primary election, but every single 2022 midterm race the GOP doesn’t win outright. Kent is currently challenging the results of the 2020 election in several Washington State counties, even where Republicans won, and his partner in the suit is Joey Gibson, founder of Patriot Prayer, which is based in Vancouver, WA. After we wrapped our interview all the way back on Labor Day, Kent also told me he’d already had COVID, yet had no plans to get vaccinated despite being the single father of two small school-aged children. Later that day, I would be harassed at Kent’s rally, where he was joined by Matt “Captain Venmo” Gaetz, by the very groups Kent disavowed in our discussion: Oath Keepers, Proud Boys, and the aforementioned Patriot Prayer.
Our pal Patriot Takes first reported that Kent was in bigly trouble and it’s only a matter of time before Kent uses this as a talking point to blame Big Tech for censoring him (ala Marjorie Taylor Greene), or one of the other MAGA propaganda talking points the former self-identified CIA operative has been programmed to spew. I got to hear all about the Dominion voting machines, lucky me.
It's why Marjorie Taylor Greene is suspended permanently. 🥳 https://t.co/AFBkFI7EqF
— Setio Kaiba (@KaibaSetio) January 13, 2022
And just as I wrote the previous paragraph, Kent WAS RELEASED, HUZZAH! Maybe I’m psychic. Or maybe I just know how these fools operate.
Today I was suspended for defending 2A & calling out WA state’s COVID policies including the potential of forced quarantine.
I will NEVER stop defending our 2A & fighting COVID mandates.
When I get elected to Congress I will help Break Up Big Tech.
— Joe Kent for WA-3 (@joekent16jan19) January 20, 2022
Kent is gaining momentum in the district where I live, which is not good for the district where I live. The Democratic challenger, Brent Hennrich, is slowly making his own headway as well, but still has an uphill battle as the Democrats lost their foothold here a decade ago.
So the @DNC and @washdems have said my campaign can have access to the voter outreach program! There is a fee, not just for me but ALL campaigns, to use it. I need YOUR help so I can afford it ASAP. Can I get some quick #FlipWA03 $22 DONATIONS➡️https://t.co/5enanfnMwd to get it?
— Brent Hennrich for Congress (D) WA03 💯 Pro Choice (@bhennrich) January 20, 2022
I’m much more concerned about Kent’s focus on dismantling our voting system from within than lying about science. MAGA people don’t like it when we figure out what they’re doing and then they tell other people. Kent has dangerous friends, but they make dumb mistakes like using Venmo to pay the teenage girls he’s been accused of trafficking. However, dumb people in large numbers aren’t funny, they’re scary, as I saw for myself.
— Tara Dublin (@taradublinrocks) September 7, 2021
Keep your eye on Kent and the other insidious Trump-pets who are looking to invalidate your vote this November.