Stephen Duplantis believes the PFD belongs to Alaskans, “not greedy politicians who have no clue how to develop a responsible budget.”
He doesn’t believe in the “binding caucus rule,” which gives power to a select few and forces the rest of the caucus to vote one way, regardless of their conscience.
And he also apparently believes George Floyd wasn’t real and the coronavirus is a hoax. “Change my mind,” he challenged people of Facebook.
Duplantis is taking on the most well-funded state senator of them all — Natasha von Imhof, who represents District L. The two will meet in the primary election on Aug. 18, and whoever wins will head to the General Election to face Jeff Landfield, who is running as a no-party candidate.
That person who will advance to the General Election will almost certainly be von Imhof, especially after the comments Duplantis has made on current events.
Duplantis mixed it up with his friends on Facebook this week over the George Floyd statement, and several Republicans told him he is off-base, but he seems determined to stick with his talking points.
Must Read Alaska talked with Duplantis, and he explained it this way: He doesn’t think George Floyd deserved to die, but he also thinks Floyd was not the hero the media and Black Lives Matter has made him out to be.
In fact, Floyd had a violent criminal past, something the Minneapolis Police Union head has pointed out on Twitter.
“What is not being told is the violent criminal history of George Floyd. The media will not air this,” police union president Bob Kroll wrote in a letter posted Monday on Twitter.
But in Duplantis’ perspective, this is really more about the media and the movement working together to create chaos.
On coronavirus, “The shutting down of the world economy for the numbers we had was a fear reaction,” he said.
Duplantis, a pastor, was deeply offended that churches were shut down because “millions of people were predicted to die.”
“We were told to stay in our houses. Now, two weeks into the George Floyd protests, no social distancing is fine,” he said.
Duplantis says he is unapologetic for his remarks and has no intention of dropping out of the Republican primary, although he acknowledges it will take divine intervention for him to win.