On Wednesday, former NFL defensive end Wallace Gilberry declared his intention to run for the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican, aiming to represent Alabama’s newly redrawn 2nd Congressional District.
Gilberry’s campaign is driven by a strong opposition to President Joe Biden. Hailing from Bay Minette, Alabama, Gilberry spoke to Fox News Digital to express his desire to “fire” President Biden and challenge the influence of liberal Democrats over Black Americans as a voting group.
The race for the congressional seat is competitive, with 13 Democrats and 8 Republicans, including Gilberry, vying for the position.
“I’m running because Joe Biden and the liberal politicians have let down my community and failed Alabama. Folks here at home are hurting and too many politicians don’t understand that – I see it every day,” said Gilberry.
“My mission is simple: we’ve got to fire Joe Biden, beat back the liberals who have held down the Black community for too long, put the people of Alabama first, and help President Donald J. Trump Make America Great Again.”
Gilberry, who grew up under the care of his great-grandmother and a single mother, transitioned from a Democrat background to forming his own individual political convictions, on the right side.
“Out-of-touch, out-of-state Democrats wasted all kinds of time and money trying to buy themselves another seat in Congress because they take Black folks for granted and think we will all just vote Democrat. Problem for them is that Alabama can’t be bought,” Gilberry explained.
“A Black man is going to win this race – but it’ll be me, a conservative Republican who puts Alabama first.”
The redefined 2nd Congressional District in Alabama, encompassing a broader region and a substantial Black voting age population, is anticipated to favor Democrats. Nonetheless, Gilberry is confident that his conservative Republican views will find a strong appeal among the district’s electorate.
“My focus is on lifting up the people of Alabama. I’ve been blessed with incredible success, success that came from playing football. I’m running to have a platform to help create opportunities for young men who look like me that go beyond sports,”
“More jobs at local businesses, helping entrepreneurs thrive, keeping our communities safe. In order to do that we have to get rid of career politicians, get rid of Joe Biden, and elect people focused on putting the people of Alabama first. I’m going to win this race by telling the truth and doing what’s right for Alabama, it’s pretty simple,” said Gilberry.
Gilberry’s approach to politics is marked by his criticism of the Black Lives Matter movement and his stance against the participation of transgender individuals in female sports, advocating for the protection of women’s rights.
“BLM has way more in common with the KKK than they do MLK,” Gilberry explained.
“While others were kneeling during the national anthem, my team was standing. We were united as a team, while others were focused on media attention and self-promotion – it was wrong then and it’s wrong now. I’ll always stand to honor those who keep us free.”