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Brannon Howse: Good evening. Welcome to Brannon House Live. Glad you are with us tonight. Joining me now is U.S. Senatorial candidate for the great State of Pennsylvania, Kathy Barnette. Kathy, welcome to the broadcast and Lindell TV Brannon House Live. Thank you for being with us tonight.
Kathy Barnette: Of course. Thank you so much for having me.
Brannon Howse: It's a joy to have you with us. I've been wanting to have you with us for quite some time because not only do I want to hear about your race for U.S. Senate and congratulate you on popping up in the polls the way you are! But I also want to hear your personal life story. But let's start out with the debate. You had a debate just a few days ago, and you have really taken off and have drawn the attention of the nation. Many people are saying you're now within, what, one percentage point of Dr. Oz, is that correct?
Kathy Barnette: It is, yes. You know, give, or take a margin of error of 3%. So, it's very, very tight. But we are winning, and we're winning because we walked out of our front door talking about what people within the Commonwealth are talking about. People are tired of losing. People are tired of paying nearly $5 a gallon for gas. People are tired of here we had PECO raise heating prices for our homes by almost 30%.
People are just tired of losing. Now we're looking at a shortage in baby formula. Who would have ever thought? We're looking at inflation that seems to have no ceiling. It only took a year for Biden to break the Earth and people feel unnerved about it, and they're looking for real leadership.
Brannon Howse: Absolutely. All right. So, tell me, what distinguishes you from your primary challengers?
Kathy Barnette: Well, one, I'm not a globalist.
Brannon Howse: Amen to that!
Kathy Barnette: The two who are in the top three with me tied for first place, that's what they are. I'm not. Like I've always been saying, I am the people here in Pennsylvania. What impacts them impacts me. I'm not beholden to any one side. I just want our country to start working again. And right now, it's not.
Brannon Howse: What's your campaign website? It's on the screen, but it's so small I can't see it. But for those listening to us by audio, because we do have people that pick us up audio-only. What is your website?
Kathy Barnette: You can go find out more about me by going to Barnettforsenate.com. You can also find me on Twitter and all across social media.
Brannon Howse: What is the reception for Dr. Oz? I saw him at the rally in Pennsylvania the other day. I think he got booed, did he not?
Kathy Barnette: Yeah, well, he did. There were a number of outlets that reported it as such. I did not attend but reading from a variety of different outlets of mainstream media and others; he got booed. It's kind of cringe-worthy at this point. You know, a high name ID works both ways. Mehmet Oz's name, ID, is so high that we know he's not a conservative. The people here in Pennsylvania, we've learned a very valuable lesson these past two years.
One of the lessons we've learned is what kind of leadership we want. We had Democrats pouncing on us for the most part, putting their foot on our businesses, their foot on our throats, and on our children with schools, and these forced mandates on us. People have learned a very valuable lesson. And so, they are looking for a change. They're looking for someone who will represent them and their values and the way that they want to live their lives. And I honestly believe that that's the reason why we are doing so well.
Brannon Howse: Dr. Oz, is he, you know, there's so much controversy. Has he changed? I mean, you know, Ronald Reagan had some views, and he changed and became the great Ronald Reagan. Is Dr. Oz just a changed man? Or does Dr. Oz have a long history of being for the LGBTQ agenda? Trans agenda? Where does Dr. Oz stand on these things since he is your opponent, and we do want to let the public know where these candidates stand? Where does your opponent stand on those things?
Kathy Barnette: Well, as I said, I mean, Mehmet Oz's name ID is so high that we are not being fooled by this sudden change to becoming this Trump card-carrying member of the Patriot Party. We're not being fooled by that. His name ID is so high that we know he's not a conservative, or at least that's not how he has portrayed himself during his entire public career. During his entire public career, he wasn't spouting America First. We could have used his platform and his voice over the course of these past two years, definitely, but even more so since 2016.
We could have used his platform and his voice to make sure that our values and our way of thinking were being placed out there for discussion. But instead, during the summer of 2020, we saw Mehmet, you know, making long statements on how systemically racist America is. So that doesn't sound like an America First viewpoint. And he had the opportunity to do such, and yet he did not. And so, I think his conversion is a little too close to when he was out here spouting ideologies that don't align with an America First perspective.
People will not be fooled. We have lived through some things these past two years. We've learned some very valuable lessons, and one of them is to vet those who say they want to represent our side of the aisle.
Brannon Howse: Talk to me about your personal story if you would. Because I know it, I want to make sure our audience if they don't know it. I want them to come to know it. Because you have a very fascinating testimony, will you share that with us?
Kathy Barnette: Well, of course, you know, and its surrounds, you know, this leak or quote-unquote, leak from the Supreme Court on their opinion regarding Roe v Wade and whether it was just that a leak or a tactical operation. Hopefully, we will figure that out sooner rather than later. But I am so glad that our nation is being forced to have a very challenging conversation, and that is about life. I am the byproduct of rape. My mother was 11 years old when I was conceived.
My father was 21, and you will never find me glorifying how I was conceived. Yet the fact remains, I was there. I'm so very grateful that there were adults who came around my very young mother and saw value in my life. I'm very grateful. I'm unapologetic that they allowed me to live. I grew up feeling loved and feeling as though my life has value.
Brannon Howse: So obviously, this helps to shape your position on the issue of the sanctity of life. What are your thoughts on the decision that looks like it's going to be overturned, Roe v Wade? And what are your thoughts on how the public is acting? Showing up at the homes of our justices? We have now, I think, Mayor Lightfoot of Chicago talking about people picking up arms or calling people to arm. I don't know if that's just a figure of speech or what she meant by it. But using that phrase today is all over the press, you know, showing up at justice's homes, it seems to me, where the arrests?
There's lots of video footage. There are lots of pictures. I mean, some people are saying what they're doing is illegal, but yet here we have tonight, people who have been sitting in jail for going to be close to a year and a half with no bail and no trial for showing up at what they thought was a rally at the Capitol. Im not going to justify anyone that maybe did some property damage or anything else. But in many cases, these were peaceful people that showed up and made the poor decision of going in the building. But the doors were open, and we have the video footage of the police saying, "Come in, just respect the property," taking selfies. So, it seems like there's definitely a different standard. What say you?
Kathy Barnette: Yeah, what we're experiencing right now with the mass chaos we see coming from the left as it relates to the leaked SCOTUS opinion. Maybe their opinion, we're not even sure or certain on that, but what certainly looks and feels like it could be the leaning of the court and it's just beyond unacceptable. I believe it's criminal. I believe that what we're seeing right now with people showing up, the mob showing up at our justice's homes trying to intimidate them from exercising their sworn duty; is truly the picture of the threatening our republic. This is what that looks like. I don't see how our nation can long survive if we continue to allow the mob to dictate and determine what we say, what we do, and whether we get an experimental jab or not.
If the mob doesn't like it, if you don't group think and group speak, then the mob can come to your front door. Our nation just doesn't work that way. So, I earnestly believe that this is criminal. I'm surprised we haven't seen more of those on our side of the aisle calling out against this and doing a commission, holding investigations, plastering the faces of people who are participating in these riots, this mob-like activity on television. Asking the public to help them identify certain people. We certainly saw that not too long ago. I believe that you know what I'm hearing from people, that they're pointing out the hypocrisy of all of this.
Brannon Howse: What do you make of all the push for critical race theory, the push of so-called white privilege? Do you see this as I do? As the masking terms for communism, masking terms for teaching socialism, and redistribution of wealth? Do you see this as a masking term for American hatred? Not that America has a past without any blemishes. We know that. We know the grievous story of slavery. But we also know what our nation has done to make restitution and to rectify that issue.
We know that Americans, of all people, many of them, sacrificed their lives in the Civil War and many black families had nothing to do with it, as far as slavery, and many white families had nothing to do with it. But of course, this is used to denigrate our country, a communist tactic to tear down and be involved in the self-criticism of our nation. Then say the source of all suffering and oppression is Christianity, a Judeo-Christian worldview, and capitalism. Would you speak to that? How do you, as a U.S. Senator, a future U.S. Senator, see your position of stopping this continued federal hijacking of our schools in our states?
Kathy Barnette: Well, as it relates to critical race theory, I believe critical race theory is just another tool of Marxism. Marxism comes into a country not to improve the country, not to stoke conversation, but it comes in order to divide the nation. Why does anyone want to divide our country? Because if I can divide you, I can control you. I find it to be pure evil what is being taught to our young children. You know this is one of the reasons why I started homeschooling my kids eight years ago because eight years ago, we weren't talking about critical race theory we were talking about white privilege.
There were those who wanted me, as a black mother, to teach my black children that our brown skin bars us from an America that your white skin so freely gives you. I refused to put that kind of burden and that kind of chain around my children's minds and their creativity and who they were called to be. And so, my husband and I made the decision to begin homeschooling our kids. Fast-forwarded from eight years ago, they're going beyond that now because not only are they teaching, trying to teach my children that they're inferior today, but they are teaching your children that they are evil because of the color of their skin.
Again, it creates division. That division is because they want to destroy. I believe there's an element within this country that is very anti-American. They're trying to, as Obama once told us, fundamentally change this country. Now, I grew up on a pig farm in Southern Alabama. I grew up below the bottom rung of the economic ladder. I grew up in a home with no insulation, no running water, an outhouse in the back, and a well on the side. In that house, my great, great, great grandmother, Rhoda, grew up in that home and she was a slave.
So, I have the blood of slaves coursing through my veins. I've done the hard work of learning the good, the bad, the downright despicable things that took place in this country. And yet today, I stand here saying this is the greatest country that has ever existed. She's the greatest country that has ever existed because she was founded upon the greatest political document ever written, the U.S. Constitution. But our country is in trouble. We need good people, as Edmund Burke said.
Brannon Howse: "The only thing it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."
Kathy Barnette: For good men and women to do nothing. And so, it's time for good people to start standing up and to start putting a stake in the ground and do our part to correct this collision course our nation is under.
Brannon Howse: So, your life is a testament to many things. But what I hear you telling me is, there's nothing you haven't thus far been able to accomplish because of the people group that you come from. By the way, I don't believe in the topic of races because I believe there's only one race, the human race. You know, the Bible says that we are of one blood. I do believe in different people groups, but I only believe in the human race. So, I don't buy the idea if people sit around discussing different races because, like I said, I believe in different people groups. One race, the human race, one blood. But with that, as my backdrop to the question, is there anything that you have not been able to accomplish because of the people group you come from?
Kathy Barnette: Listen, I mean, you know, does racism exist? Yes, racism exists. Right? But I believe that our nation has done a tremendous amount to right those wrongs. Does it mean that people have not tried to victimize me? No, it doesn't mean that at all. But I refuse to see myself as a victim. Today, in today's America, if you don't like me because of the color of my skin, that's more your problem than it is my problem. Because our country has done a tremendous amount of work, you talk about the civil war, more than 700,000 men lost their lives during that war, overwhelmingly white Americans.
And yet I stand here because of the price that was paid and laid out there on those battlegrounds by whites and blacks. And now I, the great, great, great-granddaughter of a slave, I get to stand here, and it's because of this country that has allowed me to be able to create a different narrative. It doesn't mean America is perfect. America is not perfect because you and I are not perfect, and we are the hands, the feet, the lips, the eyes of this country. But there is no one running a close second to this nation. And I am here to do my part to defend this country because I believe she's being attacked from within.
Brannon Howse: Absolutely enemies, both foreign and domestic. So, in closing, Kathy, give me two or three of the things that you're going to accomplish or seek to accomplish when you're in the U.S. Senate.
Kathy Barnette: Oh, my goodness. Trying to pick one or two things is like trying to drink from a fire hydrant. Everything is on fire in this country. It feels like it only took a year for Biden to mess up the Earth, and it is very unnerving. One of the things, you can go to my website at Barnettforsenate.com we have placed out there on day one the ten things that I am committed to focusing on. Number six on that list is ethics and transparency.
My husband and I have committed to not hold or trade individual stocks but instead to invest in what most Americans invest in, and that is mutual funds. I don't know if your listeners heard about Nancy Pelosi cashing in on $35 million in Google stock. Right? A stock that rolls up under one of her committees. I mean, I believe greed and those who get into office with short-term benefits as their motivation is one of the driving issues in our nation. My intent is to go and to serve our country for two terms and then come back home.
Brannon Howse: Wow, wow, wow. What a joy to talk to you and an honor to speak with you. We'll be continuing, as is so much of the nation, following your case. Congratulations for rocketing to the top and being on the radar of so many who now are inspired by your story, your position, and your grace. Thank you so much for being with us tonight. I think you're also one of the first candidates endorsed by Mike Lindell.
Kathy Barnette: Perhaps. I don't know. But I mean, like people all across the nation, this is this has been such a humbling and exciting moment to see. I earnestly believe that if Pennsylvanians knew they had a better option, they would take it. I believe what we're experiencing is showing that.
Brannon Howse: You have visited with Mike Lindell, right?
Kathy Barnette: I've met him.
Brannon Howse: Okay, all right. I think you're endorsed by Mike Lindell. Am I mistaken in that?
Kathy Barnette: I believe so. I did hear that, but I haven't received anything.
Brannon Howse: Okay
Kathy Barnette: I have heard that.
Brannon Howse: Okay, well, he told me he did. So that's how I knew about it. So, all right, I'll make sure if you haven't received something, we'll see that you get it. But, yeah, he relayed that to me. And in fact, he's the one that said, "Hey, why don't you reach out to Kathy? So, you're on my show tonight.
Kathy Barnette: I have met Mike. I think he is a wonderful man. I am so appreciative of his fight, of his drive, and of his love for his country.
Brannon Howse: Well, like I said, he's inspired by your story. And he said to me, "Brannon, why don't you reach out to her and see if she'll be on his show or my show." He was gone all week, so I booked you to come on my show. But then he turns around to ask me, "How is it you get all the big names, Brannon?" I'm like, I don't know.
Kathy Barnette: Brannon, thank you so much for having me on.
Brannon Howse: Thank you. Have a great night.
Kathy Barnette: Bless you.
Brannon Howse: You too. All right. Go to her website. Check it out, folks.