Listen: Nashville Hall of Fame Songwriter Jeffrey Steele Releases Single ‘I’m an American’: I’m Tired of People Putting Us Down

Listen: Nashville Hall of Fame Songwriter Jeffrey Steele Releases Single ‘I’m an American’: I’m Tired of People Putting Us Down

Nashville Hall of Famer Jeffrey Steele has released a new patriotic single titled “I’m an American” just in time for July 4. In an interview with Breitbart News, the acclaimed songwriter spoke about his frustration with the state of the country under the current administration and said he wrote the song as an appeal to patriotism despite the country’s current decline and the left’s increasingly anti-American sentiment.

Steele — who’s written hits like “What Hurts the Most,” “My Wish,” and “These Days” for Rascal Flatts, as well as singles for Eric Church, Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins, Keith Urban, and Miley Cyrus — told Breitbart News’ editor-in-chief Alex Marlow on Breitbart News Daily on Sirius XM Patriot 125 “It’s ok to be an American, it’s not a bad thing. It’s an amazing, great thing. It’s a one-of-a-kind thing.”

I’m an American” is unabashedly patriotic in message and defiant in spirit. The single calls out the left’s attempts to destroy American institutions and to sow division —  “I’m tired of people putting us down / It’s like they want a Civil War.”

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I’m an American” also embraces the country’s Christian heritage, with Steele singing:

And now they’re trying to shut the church door

Like faith in the Lord and prayer don’t matter no more

but God is real

“Ultimately we’re going to be failures as humans on some level, we’re just not going to make it all the way, we have to have something above us that is bigger than us that we believe in — that drives us, that drives our dreams, that drives our thoughts, that drives our wishes, everything that we consider part of being free,” Steele said.

“It has to be driven by something bigger than us. It can’t be driven by a government,” Steele said. “That’s why this nation works. That’s why it works the way it does.  And that’s why everybody wants to come here.”

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Steele said his travels have taught him that more conservatives are waking up to what’s happening in the country.

“It’s crazy what’s happening to this nation right now,” he said. “The great thing is more people know than we think.”

Earlier this year, Steele released the single “Walk Toward the Fire,” a tribute to the late Andrew Breitbart to help mark the tenth anniversary of his death, which he penned with Breitbart’s own Jon Kahn.

Steele characterized the song as honoring “any hero who steps up to the plate and tries to do what needs to be done at a time when things are just out of control. And he [Andrew] was that guy.”

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Last year, Steele teamed up with Ira Dean and Aaron Lewis to write the single “Am I the Only One.” The Democrat-slamming anthem captured the zeitgeist of disillusionment and rocketed to #1 status without the benefit of radio support.
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Exclusive — Rep. Elise Stefanik: Americans ‘Don’t Really Care’ About January 6 ‘When They Can’t Afford Their Grocery Bills’

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) noted Americans’ broad disinterest in Democrats’ hyping of the events on January 6, 2021, on Friday’s edition of the Breitbart News Daily podcast with host Alex Marlow.

Stafnik observed the political and media classes’ focus on Thursday’s primetime production of the House’s select committee hearing ostensibly investigating what it describes as “the January 6th attack on the United States Capitol.” She said Americans, meanswhile, are concerned with increasingly dire economic circumstances wrought by left-wing and partisan Democrat government pursuits.

“While there may be a lot of coverage in the Beltway [and] in Washington, D.C., among media elites, the American people don’t really care when they can’t afford their grocery bills, when they can’t afford to fill up their cars with gas, because the price of gas has doubled, [and] when we potentially are facing food shortages.”

Democrat and left-wing media hype of nonsense amounts to a “distraction” from harms they inflict on Americans, Stefanik held.

She remarked, “As much as Democrats and the mainstream media may desperately try, I still think that the American people want focus [and] … a primetime hearing on inflation. They want a primetime hearing on, ‘Why are gas prices so high, and how do we lower them?’”

“Democrats are never going to give them that,” she added. “So this is a distraction.”

Democrats’ concentration on irrelevant matters such as the events of January 6, 2021 and the “Russia hoax” provide an opportunity to Republicans to address substantive matters, Stefanik determined.

“Our laser focus [as Republicans] has to be on the issues and the crises that are impacting people day-to-day,” she stated, “reining in the spending that has caused inflation under this administration, [and] making sure that we secure the border. Inflation just hit another 40-year high with consumer prices surging 8.6 percent [in May]. … That list is long, and we intend to bring as much focus as possible.”

Stefanik warned Republicans against using news media narratives as proxies for public opinion. She highlighted growing American distrust of journalism as reflective of the industry’s disconnection from a society it purports to explain and understand. Republicans seeking to understand the Americans they intend represent must avoid the distorting filter of news media, she advised.

She said, “Democrats are very obsessed with the media coverage in Washington, D.C., and the media elites,” urging Republicans to remember that America “is a big country, and voters across the country aren’t tuning into the media elites, because there’s such a historically low distrust in media. We need to get out and around America — mainstream America — and highlight these issues.”

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Exclusive — Carrie Severino: Merrick Garland Ignored Threats Against Brett Kavanaugh After Serving 10 Years Together as Federal Judges

Exclusive — Carrie Severino: Merrick Garland Ignored Threats Against Brett Kavanaugh After Serving 10 Years Together as Federal Judges

Carrie Severino, president of the Judicial Crisis Network, said on Thursday that Attorney General Merrick Garland did little in his capacity as head of the U.S. Department of Justice  to prosecute criminal threats against his former collegue, Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Garland was a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit between 1997 and 2020, including seven years as the court’s chief judge. Kavanaugh served as a federal judge alongside Garland on the same court between 2006 and 2018.

“What’s so flabbergasting to me is that Merrick Garland was a federal judge,” Severino remarked on Friday’s edition of the Breitbart News Daily podcast with host Alex Marlow. “He served with Justice Kavanaugh for a decade. I don’t understand why we’ve seen in him — as attorney general — really just allowing the most radical liberal voices to just run ramshackle over all of what the Department of Justice’s real priorities ought to be.”

Federal officials charged Nicholas John Roske, a 26-year-old man from California, with attempted murder on Wednesday for allegedly seeking to assassinate Kavanaugh for political reasons, including the accused’s stated objection to a leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court overruling Roe. v. Wade. Left-wing protesters remained outside of Kavanaugh’s home in Chevy Chase, MD, after Roske was arrested and charged.

Severino highlighted the Justice Department’s (DOJ) refusal to charge protesters outside of Kavanaugh’s home. Jonathan Turley, a law professor at Georgetown University, wrote that “such protests can be viewed as crimes” according to particular interpretations of 18 U.S.C. 1507, under which “it is a federal crime to protest near a residence occupied by a judge or jury with the intent to influence their decisions in pending cases, and this case remains pending.”

“I get that maybe they don’t want to make martyrs of these people in front of the justice’s home,” Severino speculated as to the rationale behind the DOJ’s refusal to prosecute protesters outside of Kavanaugh’s and other justices’ homes. “So I can see maybe this is part of the strategy.”

She concluded, “This is a serious issue, and by ignoring it this long, it’s just grown in magnitude. . … Merrick Garland is really the only person that has really actually condemned some of this, but even so, it’s been very, very slow in coming, and I think we haven’t seen actual action on the part of the Department of Justice to say, ‘Hey guys, you’re now on notice that we’ve let you walk around here, so far. We’re going to be starting to prosecute. So please leave, or we’re going to be arresting you.’ … It’s not just saying, ‘These laws are on the books,’ but, ‘We’re not going to enforce them.’ That is not a good way to go about law enforcement.”

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Exclusive — Peter Navarro: January 6 Committee Is Going After Me to Block Donald Trump in 2024

Exclusive — Peter Navarro: January 6 Committee Is Going After Me to Block Donald Trump in 2024

Peter Navarro, former White House Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, told Breitbart News on Thursday that his recent arrest by the FBI is part of a broader political operation to prevent former President Donald Trump from running for the presidency in 2024.

Navarro was arrested on Friday after refusing to comply with a subpoena issued to him by the House select committee ostensibly investigating the events of January 6.

“This committee is really a kangaroo court,” Navarro said on Thursday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow. “It’s set to hold primetime hearings tonight for the sole purpose of trying to build some kind of criminal case against Donald Trump to prevent him from running for president in 2024, an election he would certainly win based on the Biden regime’s performance.”

Navarro held that information sought by the aforementioned Democrat-run select committee is protected by executive privilege given his former role as a presidential advisor in the Trump administration.

He said President Joe Biden directed him to comply with the subpoena and testify before the select committee via letter.

“The committee came at me with their full force,” Navarro stated. “I’m in an untenable situation. I don’t have the power to waive the [executive] privilege. So, what did they do? This is the tragedy here in this country. … They colluded passively or explicitly with Joe Biden and the White House, who writes me a letter saying, ‘You don’t have immunity, and you’re not covered by privilege,’ meaning that Biden was effectively attempting to strip me of testimonial immunity and President Trump of his right to executive privilege.”

He added, “You can’t do that. If we get into a situation where an incumbent can come in and strip his predecessor willy-nilly of his executive privilege anytime he wants — under the false flag of some national security issue — then the privilege won’t exist.”

The “key legal point” regarding his refusal to comply with the subpoena is that executive privilege “is not my privilege to waive.” He continued, “I have a duty to abide by the privilege.”

Navarro described sales of his latest book Taking Back Trump’s America: Why We Lost the White House and How We’ll Win It Back as a “legal defense fund” for himself in the face of abusive and politicized lawfare.

“I’m looking at what people are telling me — and I’m just astonished by this — it’s going to be about half a million dollars or more — maybe a million in legal bills — to stay out of prison,” he remarked.

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Exclusive — Rep. Elise Stefanik: GOP Ready to Provide Counter Programming to ‘Illegitimate’ January 6 Hearing

Exclusive — Rep. Elise Stefanik: GOP Ready to Provide Counter Programming to ‘Illegitimate’ January 6 Hearing

Republicans are ready to provide counterprogramming to the “illegitimate” January 6 Committee hearing, House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY) told Breitbart News Saturday.

The committee announced it will be holding its first primetime hearing on Thursday, June 9 at 8 p.m. Eastern. The upcoming hearing gained even more attention after the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested former White House economic adviser Peter Navarro for refusing to testify before the committee.

Stefanik said the committee is about nothing more than punishing political opponents and targeting “patriotic Trump supporters.” Further, she noted that it does not even address the actual issue — to make sure the U.S. Capitol has adequate security. Meanwhile, she said Americans are dealing with rampant inflation, high gas prices, a border crisis, and baby formula crisis. It is going to be both a “circus” and “political witch hunt,” Stefanik predicted.

“[Democrats] are doubling down looking for any desperate attempt to try to change the narrative. But look, the American people are smart. They see through this, they want a Congress that’s focused on the issues that matter to them,” she said.

Further, the House Republican conference chairwoman said the GOP is ready to counter House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) partisan witch hunt.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of California speaks during her weekly news conference, Wednesday, March 9, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of California speaks during her weekly news conference, Wednesday, March 9, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

“We’re working very closely with President Trump and his team with Leader Kevin McCarthy, with Jim Jordan, and really all of the House Republicans will be pushing back in a rapid response fashion,” Stefanik said, previewing what is to come.

“You will see us all over the airwaves, we will be setting the record straight. We will be telling the truth to the American people sharing the facts and also really pointing out how unprecedented and unconstitutional and illegitimate this committee is,” she continued.

Stefanik added that GOP members already have “lots of media bookings already set,” and she predicted that members are “going to shine in this moment.”

“But similar to impeachment sham one and really impeachment sham two, just out there every single day. Number one, talking about issues that matter to the American people,” she said. “But number two, prosecuting the case against how much Speaker Pelosi, Democrats, and Liz Cheney have failed this country, and they’ve failed to focus on the issue. If they want to talk about securing the Capitol, which they refused to, they have failed to do that job,” Stefanik said, adding that they have instead continued to “shred constitutional precedents.”

“They have shred Congress as an institution, and they are invading on the privacy and really the speech and debate rights of all these elected members of Congress,” she said. “And they’re targeting everyday citizens, young staffers who worked on the Trump campaign.”

“It’s outrageous. These legal bills for these staffers are bankrupting these young families. So we’ll be out there leading every single day,” she guaranteed.

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“The left is vicious,” she said when asked how this will end for Democrats.

“The left is, has been vile. They have targeted me so much in a vicious, vicious way, and I’m going to stand up for my constituents and the American people and continue to speak the truth and work with all of the House Republicans, with Kevin McCarthy with Jim Jordan to make sure that the facts are out there for the American people to know and expose what Nancy Pelosi does not want the American people to know,” she said, noting that Pelosi’s office “is the only one off limits and that she bears responsibility for the security posture.”

“And if they want to provide excuses, which is what they always do to push back in the media, then turn over the documents. Where are the documents? Where the communications, Nancy?” Stefanik asked. “Until she does that, we know that she bears responsibility.”

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Breitbart News Daily Podcast Ep. 145: Shocking New Details Shift Uvalde Massacre Narrative; Guest: Brandon Darby on All Things Texas

Breitbart News Daily Podcast Ep. 145: Shocking New Details Shift Uvalde Massacre Narrative; Guest: Brandon Darby on All Things Texas

Host Alex Marlow is in the captain’s chair today, despite a planned absence. There was simply too much breaking news in the Uvalde, Texas, massacre, including the apparent revelation there was no armed guard at the school – contrary to what was reported by esteemed journalist Jimmy Kimmel. Breitbart News also broke the story overnight that police lacked an essential piece of equipment for active shooter situations. Alex goes through the timeline in great detail, then he gets into a few other headlines. Our guest today is Brandon Darby, Breitbart’s Border and Cartel Chronicles director who also heads up our Texas coverage. He reports the real news and corrects the fake news coming out of Uvalde. Then we finish with our caller of the day.

The Breitbart News Daily Podcast runs Monday through Friday as a “Director’s Cut” of the SXM Patriot radio show. Hosted by Breitbart Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow, you’ll hear Alex’s take on the big political stories, interviews with various newsmakers, and the Patriot “Caller of the Day.”

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Team McCormick Expects to Defeat Oz in Pennsylvania Recount Battle

Team McCormick Expects to Defeat Oz in Pennsylvania Recount Battle

Republican operative David Urban anticipates businessman David McCormick will pull ahead of Dr. Mehmet Oz in the coming days in the Pennsylvania GOP Senate primary, and that McCormick would survive the likely recount.

Urban, who has spent more than 20 years in Pennsylvania politics and is working for McCormick, discussed his expectations during an interview on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Saturday.

“I would say … when all of these ballots that were cast are counted, McCormick will be ahead, as we head into the recount, when they’re all counted,” Urban said. “Now, again, that’s going to be a couple days here, but they’ll be done this coming week is my suspicion.”

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Urban spoke as up to thousands of mail-in ballots appear to remain uncounted from Tuesday’s marquee race, and as Oz holds a lead of 1,078 votes out of more than 1.3 million cast as of Saturday.

Grasping how many mail-in ballots are outstanding has proven tedious as the Pennsylvania Department of State can lag behind individual counties when recording numbers. Additionally, some county return boards — which were in the process of recording mail-in ballots that had been postmarked by election day — were working Wednesday but then were not scheduled to reconvene until Friday. As of Friday morning, Politico reported about 8,300 mail-in ballots were left, citing the Department of State.

MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki corroborated that number Friday afternoon, adding that overseas and military ballots and provisional ballots were also outstanding. The state accepts military ballots through 5:00 p.m. Tuesday.

McCormick had outperformed Oz by roughly nine percent on mail-in ballots, one of the multiple factors that led a senior official with the McCormick campaign to declare on a press call Thursday that the campaign was “quite confident” McCormick would emerge as the winner of the race.

Urban said of the forthcoming results, “It’s not going to be 1,000 votes. It may be 200 votes, but we’ll be in the positive territory here in a few days is my suspicion once we get these— it could be Tuesday when we’re ahead, you know, or Oz may be ahead by 50, but it is going to be close. It’s going to be that close.”

Urban spoke on Saturday about his expectations for a recount, which is triggered if the results come within a 0.5 percent margin and no campaign has conceded. The recount would have to be completed by June 7, per state law, and a winner would likely be declared by the following day.

Urban said he met with lawyers well-versed in recounts on Friday who informed him that “there could be a swing of several hundred votes, up to a thousand votes.”

“It’s not usually— you’re not producing 10,000 votes one way or the other. … Hundreds of votes are picked up or lost on on these recounts. And so, because this race is so close, that recount is going to matter because it’s going to be material. You’re going to be down here where Oz may be up or Dave McCormick may be up by 100 or 200 votes, and the recount is going to strike or add a few hundred votes, and then you’re going to have a conclusion, and at the end of the day, I remain confident that Dave McCormick will will end up on top and be the next U.S. senator for Pennsylvania, not just the Republican nominee, but the next U.S. senator.”

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, Dave McCormick and his wife Dina Powell greet supporters as they arrive for his returns watch party in the Pennsylvania primary election, Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Republican Senate candidate Dave McCormick and his wife, Dina Powell, greet supporters as they arrive for his returns watch party in the Pennsylvania primary, Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

The Associated Press declared on Friday that the primary was too close to call regardless of the remaining ballots that trickle in and that the outlet would not declare a winner until after the expected recount.

It noted that between the two campaigns, hundreds of lawyers have been dispatched across the state as every last ballot becomes critical and as a recount looms.

Controversy about ballot counting was minimal until Friday, when a court determined that mail-in ballots that came in undated envelopes should be counted for a case about Lehigh County’s 2020 election ballots.

McCormick’s campaign quickly argued this decision should take effect immediately and impact the Senate primary contest, while Oz, who has so far been at a disadvantage on mail-in ballots, disagreed.

Oz released a statement Saturday saying, “It is becoming obvious” that McCormick “is likely going to come up short” and that his argument that officials count the Senate primary’s rejected undated ballots “is following the Democrats’ playbook.”

Write to Ashley Oliver at aoliver@breitbart.com. Follow her on Twitter at @asholiver.

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Exclusive — Sen. Rand Paul: Congress Has to Borrow from China to Send $40 Billion in Aid to Ukraine

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told Breitbart News Daily that America has to borrow the money to send $40 billion in aid to Ukraine.

Breitbart News Daily host Alex Marlow spoke with Paul as the Senate remains poised to pass legislation that would send $40 billion in military and economic aid to Ukraine while Americans grapple with inflation and food shortages. Paul has “single handedly” worked to hold up the Ukraine package, contending that the package needs an inspector general to ensure that the billions of dollars are spent wisely.

Paul said that America would have to continue borrowing from China to appropriate the proposed Ukraine aid package.

“I think it’s important to know that we don’t have any money to send, we have to borrow money from China to send it to Ukraine. And I think most people kind of get that, and many Republicans will say that when it’s a new social program, but if it’s military aid to a country, they’re like we can borrow that, that’s a justified borrowing,” Paul explained to Marlow.

Paul served as one of the 11 Senate Republicans to vote against advancing the Ukraine aid package, which included Sens. Hawley, Mike Crapo (R-ID), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), Mike Braun (R-IN), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), John Boozman (R-AR), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), and Tommy Tuberville (R-AL).

The Ukraine aid procedural vote strikes a contrast between establishment Republican views on foreign policy, which favor more activist intervention abroad, and populist senators such as Paul, who believe that America should not engage in endless wars and conflict abroad.

Paul said that Republicans’ contribution to America’s deficit undermines their argument that President Joe Biden is solely responsible for the rampant inflation under his administration.

The Kentucky senator said, “The problem is that it all leads to inflation, so it kind of hurts the Republican argument that Biden’s spending and Biden’s debt leads to inflation, except for when it’s bipartisan spending and that doesn’t really count.”

Republicans added over $100 billion in new debt with Democrats in providing direct subsidies to semiconductor companies and also by increasing the National Science Foundation, one of the most wasteful organizations in Washington.

Paul lamented in his interview with Breitbart News Daily that many Republicans are now lining up to grant $48 billion in coronavirus relief to restaurants, even though most coronavirus lockdowns have been over for at least a year.

The Kentucky senator noted that many Republicans and Democrats liked the idea of having an inspector general have oversight on the tens of billions of Ukraine aid; however, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) pushed senators away from Paul’s proposal because the inspector general would be “ruthless” with the spending.

Paul said that it is a good idea to have a “zealous guardian” of the taxpayers’ money.

Marlow asked why so many Republicans, even though they sound like Paul in terms of rhetoric, often vote to borrow from China to send money to Ukraine.

Paul said the “bipartisan consensus” is to have Republicans vote for increased military spending, and Democrats boost social welfare spending.

“This is the bipartisan consensus right now on Ukraine. Republican and Democrat leadership are exactly the same. So they get together. But in order to get together to get this, it’s guns and butter, you look at the $40 billion, it’s a lot of guns, but in order to get the gun they had to give out a lot of butter and so there’s a lot of spending going to European countries for food throughout the world,” Paul said.

He added, “What we’ve done is given away the farm to make us weaker.”

Breitbart News Daily airs Monday through Friday from 6:00 A.M. to 9:00 A.M. on Sirius XM Patriot 125. 

Sean Moran is a congressional reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.

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