Staten Island Democrat Max Rose won his conservative-leaning New York congressional district in 2018 thanks in part to his brash persona and willingness to defend President Trump even if it rankled liberals in nearby Manhattan. The 33-year-old Afghanistan war veteran is now in a tough reelection fight against Republican Nicole Malliotakis, and he’s made headlines by attacking Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Knicks owner James Dolan, two of the city’s not-so-popular public figures.
This week the congressman sat down with Vanity Fair contributor Peter Hamby for an interview on Hamby‘s Snapchat show, Good Luck America. Rose talked about why the presidential polls are bullshit, why police need more funding—not less—and why it’s cool to be a “swagger-filled” moderate. The transcript of that interview, lightly edited for clarity, is here.
Vanity Fair: Max Rose, thanks for joining us.
Max Rose: Thanks for having me, man.
You were our second