Jewish anti-Muslim provocateur Laura Loomer wins GOP main in Florida

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Laura Loomer, a Jewish right-wing provocateur recognized for her anti-Muslim rhetoric, has received the Republican main within the southern Florida congressional district the place US President Donald Trump votes.

Her win was swiftly feted by Trump, who tweeted and retweeted a number of messages of help for the candidate.


The first win caps a fast rise for the 27-year-old political activist, whose provocations — and the responses to them — have made her a favourite of the proper wing of the Republican Get together. In 2017, Loomer, who calls herself an “investigative journalist,” was banned from Uber for calling on the rideshare service to permit riders to reject Muslim drivers.

In 2018, Twitter suspended her account after she referred to as Rep. Ilhan Omar, then a congressional candidate, “anti-Jewish,” which led her to protest by chaining herself to Twitter’s New York workplace whereas sporting a yellow Jewish star.


Final yr, Fb banned her amid a purge of individuals the corporate mentioned used the platform to advertise hate.

Laura Loomer throughout a protest exterior Twitter’s Manhattan places of work on November 29, 2018. (Display screen seize: Periscope)


Loomer received 42% of the vote in a six-candidate subject within the main on Tuesday. She’ll now face off in November in opposition to the Jewish incumbent Democrat, Lois Frankel, who handily bested a challenger from the left, Guido Weiss, with 87% of the vote.

Loomer is prone to lose; Frankel ran unopposed in 2018 and received 63% of the vote in 2016. However she had the endorsement of Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, a far-right determine who’s near Trump.


Trump and Gaetz each congratulated her on Twitter on Tuesday evening; so did Marjorie Taylor Greene, a conspiracy theorist who final week received a main in a closely Republican district in Georgia.


Wins by these far-right figures are presenting a dilemma for the occasion’s congressional management, which has sought to marginalize the extremists. Whereas Trump has continuously endorsed the candidates, he didn’t endorse Loomer throughout the main, though they’ve supporters in frequent.

Trump’s longtime adviser, Roger Stone, endorsed Loomer, and Karen Giorno, an official with Trump’s 2016 marketing campaign, managed her marketing campaign.

The 21st District, encompassing elements of Broward County and Palm Seaside, consists of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort and is the place Trump casts his vote.


Instances of Israel workers contributed to this report.

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