“I Am Mexican” — Rohrabacher Challenger Martin Rips Congressman Over Comments

PAUL MARTIN, CENTRIST GOP CHALLENGER TO DANA ROHRABACHER, RIPS BELEAGURED CONGRESSMAN OVER “ANOTHER DESPERATE DIVERSION TACTIC.” — "NO DANA, NOT ALL OF US MEXICANS ARE MURDERS. AND THE MURDERER YOUR CONSTITUENTS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT MOST IS YOUR FRIEND PUTIN.”

“As voters continue to turn to my campaign for answers regarding the Rohrabacher-Putin relationship, it’s increasingly clear that my opponent is using the divisive strategy of Trump-Bannon,” said Martin, who is half Mexican.

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release

April 4, 2018

Orange County, Calif. - Appearing on the Fox Business Network on April 3rd to discuss immigration policy, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) connected the shooting at YouTube headquarters to the Bay Area’s immigration enforcement policy. His comments were made before information on the shooter was made public.

“You were going to talk to me about sanctuary cities and the sanctuary state movement, and it fits right into what you are talking about right now,” Rohrabacher said. “Would anyone be surprised?” He continued: “Would anyone listening to you right now think, ‘Well, this certainly wouldn’t be an illegal immigrant there’? Well it could be!”

“Dana knows I was endorsed by Bill Browder last week,” said Martin, whose father is Mexican. "I’m telling his constituents about his loyalty to Putin. They are listening. So he's using primitive tactics — sow the fear of being murdered and raped by foreigners.” 

In a Los Angeles Times article in November of 2017, Rohrabacher responded to voter concerns over his increased scrutiny from investigators: "They are not concerned about Russia…They are concerned about illegal immigrants coming into their neighborhood and raping people.”

“Rohrabacher's comments are becoming increasingly bizarre. First, global warming was a hoax. Then, Charlottesville was staged by the Democrats. Russia meddling was also deemed a hoax. Now, a mass shooter 'could be' an illegal immigrant."

"Mexicans are by far the largest Hispanic minority group in America. My father was ‘lucky’ enough to be a light-skinned Mexican,” Martin said. “He didn’t have to attend the segregated school in Orange County for dark-skinned kids. He remembers the ‘No Mexicans’ signs.

Martin went on, “If one looks at the horrible mass shootings, the one thing that stands out — whether Las Vegas, Sandy Hook, Orlando, Virginia Tech, Sunderland Springs — is that the killers are all U.S. citizens and never the ‘illegal aliens’ Rohrabacher weirdly refers to.”

"Instead of owning up to the fact that he voted to have firearm waiting periods reduced from three days to one, or of his bill to lift the ban on assault rifles, Rohrabacher wants to scare voters into thinking gun violence is an issue of skin color — anything so they don't think about his ties to his friend who just launched a chemical weapons attack on NATO soil.”

"Sadly," Martin said, "it has become a strategy in certain GOP circles to scapegoat minorities. You have Trump and Rohrabacher referring to us as ‘rapists.’ The new Republican in our race recently said alt-right leader, Steve Bannon is "a natural fit for a party that is hungry for a revolution…”

“We clearly need to secure our borders and immediately deport those who commit crimes, but this tired and backward bigotry will leave a scar on the GOP, and our nation.”

Martin is a lifelong Republican, businessman, social entrepreneur, and writer. An OC native, he attended UCLA and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in philosophical ethics.

 

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