GOP Cuban-American lawmaker defends Emma González from Steve King

GOP Cuban-American lawmaker defends Emma González from Steve King

Rep. Ileana Ros-LehtinenIleana Carmen Ros-LehtinenCook moves status of 6 House races as general election sprint begins The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance — Cuomo wins and Manafort plea deal Trump's Puerto Rico tweets spark backlash MORE (R-Fla.) on Tuesday came to the defense of Parkland student Emma González after Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingGOP lawmaker on Kavanaugh: What man wouldn't face such an allegation? Warren calls out GOP congressman for 'white supremacist propaganda,' encourages donations to his opponent GOP lawmaker accuses black students of supporting 'George Wallace's segregation' MORE (R-Iowa) shared a photo criticizing her.

Ros-Lehtinen, a Cuban-American lawmaker who is not seeking reelection this year, in a series of tweets called for people to learn about a person's community before going after a high school student.

"Thanks to @RepTedDeutch who has been doing great work in calling attention to the need for common sense #gun measures that Congress should adopt," she tweeted, tagging Rep. Ted DeutchTheodore (Ted) Eliot DeutchHouse panels set up to probe indicted GOP Reps. Collins, Hunter Ivanka Trump on mass shooting: 'Our hearts are with Jacksonville' Top Ethics Dem calls for Nielsen to resign MORE (D-Fla.).

".@RepTedDeutch told me that the dad of @Emma4Change wanted to speak to me because @SteveKing and others are wrongly interpreting why she wore a Cuban flag on her jacket during #rally."

She said she spoke to González's father, who explained that the Parkland student is "proud of her dad and abuela’s #Cuban heritage and in no way was it a sign of support for the #Castro dictatorship."

"Many #Miami homes also have Cuban flags, @SteveKingIA," said Ros-Lehtinen, a fiery critic of Castro. 

"That doesn’t equal support 4 Castro. Folks should learn about our community before criticizing a high school student."

King on Sunday shared a photo on Facebook that criticized González for promoting gun control while wearing a patch on her jacket of the Cuban flag.

"This is how you look when you claim Cuban heritage yet don't speak Spanish and ignore the fact that your ancestors fled the island when the dictatorship turned Cuba into a prison camp, after removing all weapons from its citizens; hence their right to self defense," the text in the Facebook post said. 

King shared the photo after González gave an emotional speech Saturday at the March for Our Lives rally Saturday in Washington, D.C.