Iowa GOP Candidate Says COVID ‘Was the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Our Country’


By Nikoel Hytrek

December 15, 2021

Nicole Hasso, a Republican candidate for Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District, said she thinks the pandemic was a good thing for the United States because of the increased political activism it caused.

“When COVID hit, I think that was the best thing that ever happened to our country,” she told Breitbart News on Dec. 11.

The US recently passed the mark of 800,000 COVID deaths. In Iowa, 823 COVID patients are in the hospital and 7,680 people have died of it, according to state data. According to the Des Moines Register, there have been 552,898 confirmed COVID cases in Iowa throughout the pandemic.

Hasso explained that the pandemic was helpful because at-home learning showed parents what’s being taught in schools. She said learning what children are taught in schools is how she and many others got involved in politics.

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“Because people start paying attention to what was actually going on,” Hasso said of why the pandemic was a positive development. “Moms are starting to rise up and to push against what they’re teaching our kids in school right now.”

Her rallying cry is against critical race theory, a legal philosophy taught in law schools and not in public schools. She also takes aim at the 1619 Project, a collective work that examines America’s history of slavery, which began when the first African slaves were taken to the Virginia colony in 1619. It also traces the impact of that institution on the country’s history.

The project was developed by Nikole Hannah-Jones, an Iowa native.

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Hasso, who is Black, claims the 1619 Project doesn’t tell the truth about history and it makes Black people into victims.

“As a mom, there’s no way I’m going to sit on the sidelines and allow you to lie to my child and to tell my child that he’s a victim or that his history hates him,” she said.

“And I am a woman… a Black woman, and I believe in justice. I believe in truth. I grew up on the south side of Chicago. So I’ve seen injustice all my life. And so, I will not sit on the sidelines. I don’t care what color you are. Justice. It’s key for our country. We cannot live in a lawless society. And Critical Race Theory wants to divide us. It’s a Marxist theory.”

Hasso is one of several Republican candidates running for the nomination to take on Rep. Cindy Axne in the Des Moines-based 3rd District. Other contenders include state sen. Zach Nunn and Gary Leffler, a Trump activist who participated in the Capitol insurrection. Former legislator Mary Ann Hanusa also declared for the seat, but her home of Pottawattamie County is no longer in the district under the new map.

Sen. Ted Cruz has endorsed Hasso’s bid.


by Nikoel Hytrek
Posted 12/15/21

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  • Nikoel Hytrek

    Nikoel Hytrek is Iowa Starting Line’s longest-serving reporter. She covers LGBTQ issues, abortion rights and all topics of interest to Iowans. Her biggest goal is to help connect the dots between policy and people’s real lives. If you have story ideas or tips, send them over to [email protected].



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