5 things we learned from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s losing primary challenger

Republican Rep. David Brat of Virginia, who ousted House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a 2014 Republican primary, spoke with Politico about President Donald Trump, his southern border security plan and the British Brexit proposal proposed by Prime Minister Theresa May.

Here are some highlights from his interview with the publication:

On Donald Trump:

“When he’s up front about what he wants to get done in America, it’s just so refreshing and fun to see that he’s not just some standard politician. He loves America. So the language is different.”

“And by the way, Eric Cantor was my primary opponent, and he spent $20 million dollars attacking me for four months, three months before the election and got 10,000 people to sign a petition attacking me, voting for him. So I think it’s unwise to criticize Trump because it’s not clear he’s not going to do what he says he’s going to do. …”

On Trump’s border wall proposal:

“I actually think he had a really good plan — he had good timing. But the problem is that this was the mainstream media’s opportunity to discredit the president and become the arbiter of what we should and shouldn’t do. So it’s like, okay, wait a minute, we have an immigration issue in this country, and you’re trying to make it about the president, which is ridiculous.”

On his southern border wall proposal:

“We’re going to build this wall across the southwest border and we’re going to have the strongest wall ever built. …”

“I’m going to get it built, and I’m going to keep doing it the way I’ve always done it.”

On the Brexit plan proposed by Prime Minister Theresa May:

“The bad news is that she caved. The good news is that the next prime minister is going to have to have a change of heart. … When I left the office that same day, the newspapers were still saying, ‘David, you lost.’ ”

“They’re going to say the same thing again, I’m sure, after this. And probably the prime minister is in the same situation now.”

(Disclaimer: Brat represents Virginia’s 11th District. While a Republican, he used to represent Virginia’s 7th district.)

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