Joey Saladino, the YouTube star and Staten Island Congressional candidate sat down for an exclusive interview with Breitbart News in which he argued that candidates from a non-political background could be better than professional politicians.
Saladino pointed out that President Trump’s business experience put him in a class above the professional politicians he ran against in 2016.
“I want to vote for someone who’s in tune with the base… [and] someone who knows how to make a deal. Trump knows how to make a deal.”
Saladino, also known by his stage name “Joey Salads,” was a successful YouTube star before entering politics as a Republican congressional candidate, accumulating over 2 million subscribers on his channel. He is running in NY-11, a formerly Republican district that went Democrat in 2018. The Republican primary in NY-11 will take place on June 23 this year.
Saladino is resolutely pro-Trump. After praising the president for “making good deals after good deals after good deals,” Saladino said:
“Before that we had Obama — what was his experience in deal-making before he became President? Was he making billion-dollar deals in international trade before he became President? No, Trump has.”
Saladino said making deals is key to being a good politician. “That’s what politics comes down to,” he said. “Can you make a good deal, and can you work something out?”
“I’ve been making 6 figure deals, 7 figure deals, since I was 18 years old, working in the industry that I’ve been working in… I know that I can go in there and I know how to negotiate and how to leverage… AOC is a bartender, what’s her experience in making deals? Maybe she can make a good martini and make someone drunk, I don’t know!”
Saladino also criticized failed Democrat presidential nominee Eric Swalwell, describing him as an “absolute loser,” and said he had wondered “how has he been elected as any official?”
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