Raúl Labrador on Thursday afternoon called out Raúl Labrador in a tweet, suggesting that he is one of the Republicans who should be voted out of office in 2018.
This comes a week after President Trump’s health care bill, the American Health Care Act, failed in the House of Representatives largely due to the opposition of Republicans and in particular the House Freedom Caucus.
So who is Raúl Labrador, and what has been his relationship with Donald Trump? Here’s what you need to know.
1. During the Election, He Criticized Trump’s Rhetoric But Still Supported Him
During the 2016 election, Raúl Labrador half-heartedly supported Donald Trump for president, mainly because the other option was Hillary Clinton.
However, Labrador was not afraid to criticize his party’s nominee, especially after Trump attacked Judge Gonzalo Curiel, with Trump saying that Curiel could not be impartial in a Trump-related case because of his Mexican heritage.
“I will not stand idly by listening to a person attacking the integrity of a judge because of their ethnicity,” Labrador said in a news conference at the time, according to McClatchy DC. “That is absolutely morally abhorrent.”
Labrador did say, however, that he doesn’t think that conservatives like himself and Donald Trump actually disagree on policy very much; it was just Trump’s incendiary rhetoric that Labrador had a problem with.
However, Labrador did not see a problem with voting for Trump despite these concerns.
“Did every person who voted for Bill Clinton, did they endorse every one of Bill Clinton’s actions?” he asked, according to McClatchy DC. “I don’t think so.”
2. He Was Elected in 2010 Amid the Tea Party Wave
Raúl Labrador has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2011.
He was elected in 2010; that was the year in which Republicans gained 63 seats in one of the biggest midterm election sweeps ever. The Tea Party movement was largely responsible for these victories, and Raúl Labrador is considered to be a Tea Party conservative.
During the 2010 election, Labrador defeated his Democratic opponent, Walt Minnick, capturing 51 percent of the vote to Minnick’s 41.
In 2012, Labrador was re-elected with 63 percent of the vote. In 2014, he was re-elected with 65 percent of the vote.
Most recently, during the 2016 election, Labrador was re-elected with 68 percent of the vote.
Labrador will be up for re-election in 2018. On Twitter today, President Donald Trump said that the members of the House Freedom Caucus must be fought in 2018; in a subsequent tweet, he specifically called out Mark Meadows, Jim Jordan, and Raúl Labrador.
3. He Was a Part of a Group of House Representatives Fighting for Immigration Reform
Immigration reform is an issue Raúl Labrador feels passionately about, and in 2013, he was a part of a group of House Representatives fighting for legislation on this front.
However, in June 2013, Labrador withdrew from the group’s negotiations because he wanted the bill to ensure that undocumented immigrants do not receive government subsidies for health care.
“It bothers me that they don’t have to pay for their own healthcare,” he said at the time, according to The Hill. “I believe they should have to pay for their own health insurance. If they’re going to have the benefit of living in the United States – which is a privilege, it’s not a right – they should provide their own health insurance.”
In 2014, Labrador called for the Obama administration to immediately deport young undocumented immigrants.
“The thing this administration needs to do is immediately deport these families, these children,” Labrador said, according to The Hill. “I know it sounds harsh. I know it sounds difficult, but they’re creating a crisis.”
4. He Is a Member of the House Freedom Caucus & Opposed the American Health Care Act
Raúl Labrador was an opponent of the American Health Care Act.
This is not because he is any fan of the Affordable Care Act. In fact, he has repeatedly called for the repeal of Obamacare. Instead, Labrador said that he did not believe that the American Health Care Act would actually do anything to lower health care costs.
“Our biggest concern in the Freedom Caucus is to make sure that health care costs go down and health insurance premiums go down,” Labrador told Fox News. “This bill does not accomplish that.”
Labrador is a member of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of conservatives who opposed the American Health Care Act. In general, this caucus tended to dislike the bill because it did not go far enough to actually completely get rid of Obamacare; many of them felt it was essentially “Obamacare 2.0” or “Obamacare Lite.”
5. He Is Married & Has Five Children
Raúl Labrador has been married to his wife Rebecca Johnson since 1991.
The couple has five children: Michael, Katerina, Joshua, Diego, and Rafael, according to his website.
Labrador himself is from Puerto Rico, having been born there on December 8th, 1967. He and his mother moved to Las Vegas, Nevada when he was 13 years old.