One of the Republican Party’s newest congressional members is lampooning CNN over a smear piece that claims, without any substantive evidence whatsoever, that she isn’t representative of Hispanics.
Rep. Mayra Flores managed to do three things when she won a special election in her South Texas district last month: 1) Become the first Mexican-born American to win a seat in Congress; 2) Flip a seat red that had been in Democrat hands for 150 years; and 3) Scare the bejesus out of the Democratic Party — hence the repetitive hit pieces first from The New York Times and now CNN, the lowest-rated ‘cable news’ outlet.
When she was elected last month, Flores tweeted: “I am the first Mexican-born American Congresswoman ever elected in congress and I won’t allow the far left to take that away because it doesn’t fit their narrative.”
A CNN op-ed published on Tuesday tried to do just that, with columnist Raul A. Reyes targeting three Latinas from South Texas: Flores, Monica De La Cruz and Cassy Garcia.
“Conservatives are heralding them as ‘real deal’ Republican candidates. They are seen as proof that the GOP can win over Latino voters,” the attorney wrote of the Latina women who are currently running for Congress — Flores’ term expires in January so she is running again for ‘reelection’ in November’s midterms.
“Like most other Republicans, these Latinas hold conservative positions on abortion, gun control and immigration. That’s just not where most Latinos are these days,” Reyes claimed, citing various polling to support his opinion.
As left-wing writers and pundits do, Reyes then went on to play the “extremist” card by tying the candidates to former President Donald Trump, even resorting to the QAnon conspiracy card (because there are no ‘extremist’ Democrats, don’t you see).
“The fact that fresh faces such as Garcia are decrying ‘complete chaos’ at the border doesn’t obscure that this is simply recycled rhetoric from former President Donald Trump,” Reyes wrote before adding, “Besides being Trump supporters, what Flores, De La Cruz and Garcia have in common is extreme views.”
As for Flores, she responded to Reyes’ ridiculous claims with aplomb and wit.
As per CNN: I'm not the real deal
Maybe I'm not the right type of taco 😅 pic.twitter.com/ORfN9BKtrb
— Mayra Flores (@MayraFlores2022) July 12, 2022
“As per CNN: I’m not the real deal. Maybe I’m not the right type of taco,” she tweeted with a laughing emoji.
That was no doubt a reference to the big-time snafu uttered by first lady Jill Biden this week.
“Raul helped build this organization with the understanding that the diversity of this community – as distinct as the bodegas of the Bronx, as beautiful as the blossoms of Miami, and as unique as the breakfast tacos here in San Antonio – is your strength,” Biden said, speaking about UnidosUS founder Raul Yzaguirre at an event for ‘Latinx’ Americans.
At a "Latinx IncluXion" conference, Jill Biden says the Hispanic community is as "unique" as tacos.pic.twitter.com/Vb5wJyYGWB
— RNC Latinos (@RNCLatinos) July 11, 2022
The remark was instantly attacked online by critics, as you can imagine.
Regarding Reyes’ remarks about the GOP Latina border “extremism,” in fact, the U.S. southwest border under Joe Biden has become chaotic and extremely porous, with the administration having released more than 2 million illegal migrants into the country and more pouring in by the day — all of which is by design, by the way.
To that very point that Reyes misses or completely ignores, that’s why Flores and other south Texas GOP Latino candidates are either winning or gaining ground: The majority of Hispanic Americans are not cool with illegal immigration and they never have been.
Democratic extremism is what is driving historic demographics away from the party, not phantom ‘extremism’ on the right.