FTC Chair Gets Major Backing From GOP

Some conservatives are impressed by the acts of Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan, who was appointed to the post by President Joe Biden in 2021. Khan has dealt with Big Tech and other businesses head-on in a no-nonsense way.

The chair’s followers, who identify as “Khanservatives,” are mostly younger Republicans who backed Trump in the 2016 election.

A Republican Senator from Missouri, Josh Hawley, expressed his approval of Khan’s strict enforcement of antitrust rules. Hawley has introduced many proposals to beef up antitrust enforcement.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Congressional Republican Matt Gaetz of Florida said the party is moving away from the neo-libertarian belief that all the wrongdoings committed by large businesses are OK.

The party, according to Gaetz, can’t be “whores for big business” and be the voice of the working class at the same time.

Ohio Republican Senator JD Vance said around one month ago that he liked “a lot of the things” Khan is doing.

He said, though, that several of his Republican colleagues think Lina Khan is involved in sinister activity. He feels Khan is one of the few people in the Biden administration who is doing a pretty good job. Vance remarked on Khan at Bloomberg’s “RemedyFest” technology symposium.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Hawley said he admires Khan’s introduction of many proposals to beef up antitrust enforcement.

He said she has done an excellent job of picking up the baton and running with it, and

following the Trump administration for initiating the strategy to enforce antitrust rules strictly.

Some Republicans may not think it’s out of the question that Trump reappoint Khan if he runs for president again next year.

Khan has pursued corporate wrongdoers who she claims have damaged consumers and distorted markets via her government agency.

Khan does not have the support of all Republicans. She was accused of pressuring corporations and misusing her position during a committee hearing in July by Jim Jordan, a Republican from Ohio and the chair of the House Judiciary.