Carl Paladino supports compulsory military service, but only for men

JAMESTOWN, NY (WIVB) – Republican congressional candidate Carl Paladino will not take questions from debate moderators ahead of the August primary for New York’s 23rd district, but he did take questions from a group of right-wing supporters in a campaign to stop this. week in Jamestown.

The Jamestown Post-Journal, whose story about the 45-minute argument was criticized by Paladino’s campaign as a press release, wrote that Paladino “barely acknowledged his primary opponents” while meeting with a group called the Southern Tier Tea. Party Patriots.

Paladino made a number of revealing statements during the meeting, including support for mandatory military service, derogatory comments about the president and vice president, and climate change denial.

On compulsory military service, Paladino said that he supports compulsory military service, but only for men.

“I believe that every young man, at the age of 18 or upon graduation from high school, should serve a minimum of one year, if not two, in the service of his country,” he said. “For what reason? So that they can learn the discipline. … So that they can value their citizenship and value their country, fine, as we do. Serve your country and you will value it for the rest of your life. Unfortunately, we have let a couple of generations escape.”

“I’m talking about men, not women,” he continued. “I don’t believe in women, you know I don’t believe in all this, ‘We are all one and one for all’ and all that nonsense. You have a special place. We can’t give birth to a child, you can. You are an important part of the growth of our society in the future.”

Paladino reportedly served three months of active duty at Fort Bliss in 1971 and spent several years in the Reserves, though his campaign was caught exaggerating his military praise during his unsuccessful 2010 run for governor.

Paladino also reiterated his commitment to pursuing the impeachment of President Joe Biden during the Jamestown event, calling Biden an “idiot” who is “totally incompetent.” He lamented, however, that impeaching Biden would put Vice President Kamala Harris, whom he referred to as “the crazy one,” in office.

Paladino also criticized the scientific consensus on climate change during the meeting.

“Climate change, do you really believe climate change exists?” Paladin said. “What’s wrong with the press? What’s wrong with these people? You’re scaring the hell out of us because when they alarm the population here, they can control the population, okay?

Paladino’s history of making racist, offensive or controversial comments didn’t seem to hurt him in the primary race. His campaign released an internal WPA poll earlier this month that said he was 30 points ahead of his opponent, state GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy.

The primary election is scheduled for August 23. Early voting begins August 13.

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Nick Veronica is a Buffalo native who joined the News 4 team as a digital executive producer in 2021. He previously worked at NBC Sports and The Buffalo News. You can follow Nick on Facebook and Twitter and find more of his work here

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