Far-right activist Laura Loomer announces 2020 congressional bid

Far-right activist Laura Loomer announces 2020 congressional bid
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Far-right activist Laura Loomer announced Friday that she was launching a congressional bid, filing to run in a heavily Democratic district north of Miami.

Loomer, who has come under fire for anti-Muslim comments, has filed to run as a Republican in Florida’s 21st District, which is currently represented by Rep. Lois FrankelLois Jane FrankelCDC chief says it's wrong to call COVID-19 a 'Chinese virus' House lawmakers introduce legislation to promote women's global empowerment Afghan Women: Essential for Peace MORE (D-Fla.). Frankel, an outspoken critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi eyes end of April to bring a fourth coronavirus relief bill to the floor NBA to contribute 1 million surgical masks to NY essential workers Private equity firm with ties to Kushner asks Trump administration to relax rules on loan program: report MORE, ran unopposed in 2018.

“My opponent cares far more about radical leftist special interests, her anti-Semitic colleagues, and protecting criminal illegal aliens from deportation than about her district and constituents here in Florida who she’s supposed to be working for, not against,” Loomer said in a statement.

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Karen Giorno, who served as the Florida state director for Trump’s 2016 campaign, will lead Loomer’s House bid, according to the announcement.

Loomer has generated backlash over past anti-Muslim remarks and has faced numerous bans on online platforms.

She was kicked off PayPal in February and was previously kicked off Twitter. She said she has also been banned from GoFundMe and Venmo, and she was banned from Uber and Lyft after calling for the creation of a new rideshare app that does not employ Muslims.

“Big-Tech censorship of conservatives is an issue of growing importance to Americans,” Loomer wrote in the statement. “Tech titans’ censorship … makes it clear that Republicans are under attack.”