President Donald Trump scored another victory in the Republican Party primary after his candidate, former U.S. ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty, defeated Dr. Manny Sethi in the race to represent Tennessee in the Senate on Thursday, Aug. 6.
Hagerty is a local businessman who campaigned in support of President Trump’s “tough” policy toward the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
“China [the CCP] is a concern for America and has been for a long time,” Hagerty said in a dialogue on Tuesday with conservative site Breitbart News Tonight.
“For too many years, we’ve seen administrations both Democrat and Republican look the other way while China [the CCP] has continued to mount its aggression. It’s not until 2016, during that presidential race, did I hear a candidate say he was ready to stand up to China. That was then-candidate Donald Trump,” added Hagerty.
Hagerty volunteered for Trump’s campaign in 2016 and then, when Trump won the election against Hillary Clinton, helped put together his Cabinet.
“Then when it came time to talk about what I could do to be helpful President Trump decided to send me to Japan to be the U.S. ambassador there, to be the senior American there, because that is the cornerstone of how we deal with Asia. We have more military based in Japan than anywhere else in the world outside of America,” he said.
“We’re dealing with China[the CCP]. We’re dealing with North Korea. We’re dealing with major threats in that region and China [the CCP] is by far the biggest threat we’re facing. It’s not just economic, it’s militarily and diplomatic as well,” he added.
Hagerty made clear during his campaign that he stands for law and order, supports the return of traditional values for Americans and the need for the country to return to being an economic powerhouse.
“We stand for law and order, getting our economy back again; we’re going to stand up against China [the CCP], we’re going to deliver strong conservative Tennessee values to Washington where they are desperately needed,” he said.
President Trump strongly supported Hagerty, even disclosing his decision several days before the former ambassador officially announced his campaign.
Tennessee loving Bill Hagerty, who was my Tennessee Victoy Chair and is now the very outstanding Ambassador to Japan, will be running for the U.S. Senate. He is strong on crime, borders & our 2nd A. Loves our Military & our Vets. Has my Complete & Total Endorsement!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2019
In addition to President Trump’s support, Hagerty was supported by Vice President Mike Pence, Donald Trump Jr., Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Tom Cotton (R-Ariz.), and Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.).
Sethi is a surgeon who also campaigned in support of Trump and his conservative values. He was supported by Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.).
Hagerty and Sethi faced off in the GOP primary to replace veteran Sen. Lamar Alexander, who announced that he will not renew his seat.
Alexander’s own advisers stressed that the ideological differences between the two contenders were not substantial, but that the campaign focused more on who had the most support and was most loyal to President Trump.
In recent days, the campaign had become more heated with cross accusations between the two sides. On the one hand, Hagerty pointed out that Sethi was in favor of “Obamacare.”
Both candidates rejected the accusations against him.
In the end, according to the conservative Breitbart News, Hagerty won by 13 percent over Sethi.
Hagerty will seek to occupy that place in the Senate when he competes in November with the Democratic candidate Marquita Bradshaw, who won Thursday against James Mackler to represent the Democrats.
According to ABC News, Tennessee is a historically “red” state so a comfortable victory for the Republican Party in the general elections is anticipated.