This 28-Year-Old Is Running For Congress To Try To Destroy U.S.-Saudi Relations

“I’ve met a lot of voters sick of both parties and entrenched interests … they look at Obama and Paul Ryan having the same position on Saudi Arabia,” he said. “You don’t have a lot of lawmakers honest with their constituents about it.”

There’s “a notion that voters are stupid,” the candidate continued. “Voters are generally aware. It would be disingenuous to say they know the details … but they’re generically aware that Saudi Arabia often acts adverse to our interests.”

Beinstein traces his own fixation on the kingdom to May 2015, when he first read journalist Gerald Posner’s Secrets of the Kingdom, an indictment of the U.S.-Saudi partnership that explores hundreds of alleged Saudi misdeeds, including ties to 9/11. That was before Beinstein even considered a political career.

Now, his “number one desire” if he makes it to Congress is to win a seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He would use the perch to implement a three-pronged plan: add Saudi Arabia to the list of state sponsors of terror; subject it to sanctions that would help break economic ties between the kingdom and the U.S.; and freeze the assets of Saudis found to have any links to terror.

Beinstein says he expects bipartisan support for that policy. He pointed to Democrats like former Sen. Bob Graham (Fla.) who have raised questions about Saudi Arabia’s role in 9/11 and the broader War on Terror.

The libertarian Beinstein is not much of a party man in any case

via This 28-Year-Old Is Running For Congress To Try To Destroy U.S.-Saudi Relations

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