Frankel defeats Loomer in Florida House race

Rep. Lois FrankelLois Jane FrankelHow Congress dismissed women's empowerment Frankel defeats Loomer in Florida House race Live updates: Democrats seek to extend House advantage MORE (D-Fla.) easily defeated Laura Loomer, a far-right provocateur and activist, on Tuesday in a Palm Beach-area district that includes President TrumpDonald TrumpEx-Trump lawyer Cohen to pen forward for impeachment book Murkowski says it would be 'appropriate' to bar Trump from holding office again Man known as 'QAnon Shaman' asks Trump for pardon after storming Capitol MORE's Mar-a-Lago estate.

The district is heavily Democratic, but Loomer, who has been banned from multiple social media and technology platforms for incendiary comments about Muslims, won the GOP primary and gained Trump's support over the summer.

Frankel has served in the House since 2013 and is a co-chair of the Democratic Women's Caucus, which promotes policies geared toward women as part of the Democratic agenda. She previously served in the Florida state House and as mayor of West Palm Beach.


Loomer, a self-described "proud Islamophobe," has been banned from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Lyft and Uber for violating rules against hate speech. Loomer made a point of listing all the platforms from which she is banned on her campaign website, arguing that she was kicked off of them "because of her effectiveness."

“Someone needs to create a non-Islamic form of @uber or @lyft because I never want to support another Islamic immigrant driver,” Loomer tweeted in 2017.

That same year, Loomer retweeted an article from The Nation about how more than 2,000 migrants had died crossing the Mediterranean Sea. “Good. Here's to 2,000 more,” Loomer wrote, adding an applause emoji.

She also accused the student survivors of the 2018 shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., of “reading a screen or notes someone else wrote for them.”

In addition, Loomer interrupted a House hearing to accuse Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey of trying to influence the 2018 midterm elections to help the Democratic Party.


Trump embraced Loomer after her primary victory, adding to House GOP headaches of numerous candidates this year embracing fringe views and conspiracy theories.

“Great going Laura. You have a great chance against a Pelosi puppet!” Trump tweeted in August, referring to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump seeks to freeze .4 billion of programs in final week of presidency Dozens on FBI's terrorist watchlist were in DC day of Capitol riot Porter loses seat on House panel overseeing financial sector MORE (D-Calif.).

Loomer was also endorsed by Reps. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzThe Memo: Historic vote leaves Trump more isolated than ever Top Republican congressional aide resigns, rips GOP lawmakers who objected to Biden win House GOP leader tells members to quit spreading lies on riot, antifa MORE (R-Fla.) and Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarHouse conservatives plot to oust Liz Cheney Democrats to levy fines on maskless lawmakers on House floor Gosar's siblings push to have him removed from Congress after Capitol riot MORE (R-Ariz.).

While Loomer was a long shot to win in a Democratic stronghold, the House GOP conference is still expected to include more fringe voices in the next session of Congress that begins in January.

Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has praised the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory in the past, is expected to win election to represent a deep-red open seat in Georgia. House GOP leaders previously condemned Greene's videos expressing racist, Islamophobic and anti-Semitic views before she won the GOP primary.

Greene said in a Fox News interview in August that she longer associates with QAnon after finding “misinformation.”