Last Updated on May 22, 2021
Jarome Bell, who is running to represent Virginia’s 2nd District after spending 27 years in the U.S. Navy and retiring as a Chief Petty Officer, delivered a fiery speech at Kim Klacik’s Red Renaissance event in Maryland. Bell accused “weak ass Republicans” of allowing the United States to fall victim to a “communist coup,” and said that his first hand experiences in the Navy is proof that the mostly peaceful Capitol Hill protests January 6 were not an insurrection.
“We are in trouble as a nation because we have these weak ass Republicans in this nation that are selling out to the radical left Democrats,” Bell began. “What happened in 2020 is a travesty in this country.” Bell added, “I spent 27 years [in the Navy], retired Chief Petty Officer, and I did not spend almost three decades of my life to turn this country over to the radical left and to these weak ass Republicans here in the United States of America. Our very way of life in this country is at stake.”
Bell then leveraged his almost three decades of service to discuss the events of January 6, which many Democrats and mainstream media outlets claim was an “insurrection.” Bell started, “I’ve traveled all over this world, 27 years, I’ve been around this world more than 10 times. I’ve seen insurrections, January 6 was not an insurrection. You do not perform an insurrection with no guns. I’ve seen countries being taken over by dictators. I’ve been evacuated out when we had to leave because they were taken over by dictators.”
Instead, said Bell, a “communist coup” occurred in November 2020, when many Americans believe the election was stolen from President Donald Trump, starting the series of events that led Congressional Republicans and former Vice President Mike Pence to surrender the White House to Joe Biden.
“What you’re seeing now, we’re in the midst of a communist coup in the United States of America and happened in November 2020,” said Bell. “Guess what, it happened, and you better believe it happened. We need to fight to get this country back because we are in the middle of a war here in the United States. We’re in the middle of a war, and that starts with election integrity.”
Bell also demanded Republicans amplify calls for voter ID, and referenced Joe Biden’s infamous claim that black Americans who voted for President Trump “ain’t black.”
“Even though Joe Biden said I ain’t black, black people are smart enough to go get ID’s,” Bell quipped. “If they have voter ID in Iraq, they have voter ID in Afghanistan, they can have voter ID in India, we can have voter ID here in the United States,” he continued, “because there’s nothing that you can do in the United States.”
“There’s nothing that you can do in the United states and not have an ID. You need an ID to go get an EBT card, if you get a damn EBT card, you need an ID. If you smoke, need an ID, if you drink, need an ID. You go to register your car, need an ID, you get on a damn plane, you’ve got to have an ID,” Bell bellowed to cheers from the crowd. “Don’t let Democrats tell you, well you know, that’s voter suppression. That’s a damn lie, excuse my language, but it is, that’s a lie.”
Bell ended his speech by once again slamming “weak” Republicans. “One thing my daddy used to tell me, and I’m gonna end on this,” said Bell. “There is no such thing as a moderate Republican. A moderate Republican is a RINO. How do you know? You look at their voting record, cause my daddy used to say, once somebody shows you who they are, you believe them.”