Appearing on “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday, Oct. 22, Jessica Taylor, an Alabama businesswoman, and congressional candidate said that now is the right time for her to “fill the slot,” and that America needs a new generation of conservative folks who can go “toe-to-toe” with people like  Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, who are pro socialism.

“I’m a steadfast conservative, a mom, a patriot, a business owner, and job creator, and even though it might trigger a few liberals, I’ll fight to protect life, the Second Amendment, our borders, our military, our families, and President Trump from socialists in the swamp,” Taylor said in a video released Monday, Oct. 21. “And I won’t apologize for it.” 

“I am sick of arrogant socialists like AOC (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez), who’ve never even run a lemonade stand, trying to tell us how to live in Alabama and that more government is the answer,” she said on the video.

L: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her squad (J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo) R: Congressional candidate Jessica Taylor (Screenshot @FOX NEWS)

Taylor told the “Friends” hosts that socialism concerned her greatly as “the country was founded on small business and private citizens who can make a difference,” that’s why she decided to represent the people of the Alabama district and joined the race.

“More government is not what we need. … We’ve got to get back to our fundamental values. Our freedom is at stake here,” she said.

Taylor is the founder and CEO of Azimuth, a consulting firm that specializes in finding and managing government and private sector grants, according to WSFA-TV. Her husband, Bryan Taylor, served one term in the Alabama Senate and most recently was counsel to Gov. Kay Ivey.

Taylor is the first female Republican to announce her bid for U.S. Rep. Martha Roby’s seat. Roby announced in July she will not seek re-election.

“We need a generation of conservative folks who can go ‘toe-to-toe’ with people like AOC and her squad who believe socialism is a legitimate ideology that our nation should embrace.”