Candidates across the country backing Donald Trump’s false claims about the 2020 election are running for office, vowing to replace fellow Republicans who agreed to certify last year’s results. Republicans are preferred to take back both houses of Congress in 2022 and tighten their grip on state chambers, raising urgent questions about whether the Party, which has proven largely reluctant to back pressure from Donald Trump to overturn the elections last year, might be more willing to do so. so in 2024.
One of those candidates is Don Bolduc, a retired Army general and the only Republican who has declared his candidacy for next year’s US Senate race in New Hampshire against Democratic incumbent Maggie Hassan. . Establishment Republicans in Washington are hoping New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu will also challenge Hassan, in part because Bolduc has held firm to Trump, frequently praising the former president and signing a letter with others. former military leaders claiming electoral fraud. Trump has yet to endorse a candidate in the race, but he recently released a statement praising Bolduc’s attacks on Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Trump and Biden.
Bolduc’s sharp right turn follows a busy career in the military, during which he served as a Green Beret in Afghanistan and commanded Special Operations Forces in Africa. After several combat deployments, Bolduc reported suffering from PTSD and head trauma, which led to years of treatment; he became an advocate for a better understanding of soldiers and veterans with mental health issues. I recently spoke with Bolduc by phone about his military career and his decision to run for the Senate. I wanted to understand how far the next generation of Conservative candidates could go in their loyalty to Trump. During our conversation, which has been edited for length and clarity, we also discussed the events of January 6, his recent conversation with the former president, and his vision for the future of the Republican Party.
What do you want to bring to the Senate?
I believe I will bring effective leadership to the United States Senate, along with a popular mindset that doesn’t exist there right now, and a non-political career outlook. Even though I’m a Republican, I find the political party system to be very corrupt, dysfunctional, and it creates a lot of problems for the American people. I am not tied to the establishment, so I become someone who represents the people who sent them there, and not the special interests and lobbyists that many of these senators are tied to.
It reminds me a bit of former President Trump. Can you talk about his call?
I think President Trump’s call, certainly to me, was just that. On top of that, I felt my values and principles as an American, and the Constitution, which I served for over thirty-three years in the military, were safe with President Trump. I didn’t think so with President Biden.
Do you think this stems from Trump’s reading and understanding of the Constitution?
I think so. I think it goes with President Trump respecting American philosophy, which is based on the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. He is not a career politician, because I honestly believe that over time career politicians move further and further away from the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
Even though he was multibillionaire, my feeling with him was that he was more in touch with American culture than you see with a lot of politicians. He was, like all of us, very concerned about what professional athletes were doing while kneeling in front of the American flag. He spoke about it, where a lot of other career politicians wouldn’t. I think President Trump also has a better understanding of American history and how American history is supposed to unfold. We’re supposed to use our history to make the future better, and I think it was very focused on making the future better.
You and other retired military leaders recently signed a letter on electoral fraud. Can you tell me why you signed this letter and how important it is?
I signed this letter because I thought there had been a tremendous amount of fraud. My original perspective was from New Hampshire, right? We have had a significant number of frauds here. Our governor is in denial, in large part because he takes advantage of it, as are all federal Democratic incumbents. They all benefited from it. Statistically, they won by mathematically impossible and common sense margins.
When I travel the Ten Counties, the # 1 question I get is, “I understand why you run. I agree with your why. However, we cannot win. It’s rigged. Why would someone like you want to go through a process that is, by its very definition and character, unfair, and you don’t stand a chance? This is the # 1 question I get. Isn’t that amazing?
He is. I have a theory that I want to lead by you. I hear a lot of Republicans in Washington talking about voter fraud or rigged elections, but they don’t really mean it. They’re just trying to get along with President Trump, because they think they have to do it to survive, but it seems like you’re a lot more sincere about it, that you really feel like that stuff. has occurred.
I do. I believe it very strongly and I think it exists, and I think it has been happening and has been happening for a long time in this country. When you try to steal the chair, a lot of people are going to say, “OK, wait a minute. What the hell is going on here? “
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, had a turnout of one hundred and ninety-four percent. How can that be? How can you have more than one hundred percent of the voters in Waterville Valley? [Bolduc told The New Yorker that he was citing preliminary statistics from a Facebook group of amateur canvassers.] You can not. It’s impossible. It’s just one, and there are a number of places across New Hampshire that have overruns in the number of people in their city, the number of people registered, versus the number of people who have voted. That does not make sense.
Let’s go back to my theory that you are one of those people who are very sincere in your beliefs because we have seen with Republican senators that a lot of them have been making noise, Oh, maybe there has electoral fraud. But almost all of them voted to certify the election. It looks like you’re telling the people of New Hampshire that if you’re elected in 2022, and you’re in office in 2024, when the certification goes back to the Senate, you won’t just talk, you will. Is it correct?