An Oklahoma veteran running for Congress compared his experience patrolling the Pakistan-Afghanistan border to that of guarding the U.S.-Mexico border with one key distinction: “We were allowed to shoot ‘em.”
Jarrin Jackson, who is running against two-term incumbent Rep. Markwayne Mullin in the GOP primary, offered up this lament on Friday while discussing his two combat tours in Afghanistan during an interview with radio host Steve Deace.
“The first go-around, I was a platoon leader just a few miles away from the Pakistan border,” Jackson said, “and really, what we were doing was shore up a porous border kind of like, imagine our southern border, except for we were allowed to shoot ‘em.”
Jackson is both an ardent Second Amendment advocate and fierce opponent of undocumented immigration. In the “border security” section of his campaign website, he warns against the threat of “bad actors” bringing “contagion” into the U.S., committing murder, and taking jobs from American citizens.
“Every time someone unlawfully here takes a job, introduces contagion, evades a tax, commits a crime, burdens our schools, crowds our safety net, degrades our infrastructure, or votes, another strand forming our country breaks,” Jackson writes.
Listen to the excerpt of his interview below.
h/t Right Wing Watch