"That’s not appropriate here!," whined the audibly nervous 60-year-old Minnesota Congressman Tom Emmer at a National Republican Congressional Committee donor retreat in Key Biscayne, Florida, on Saturday.
Emmer’s composure faltered when he was asked from the floor why a selection of 10 Congressional seats targeted in the 2022 midterm elections did not include any of those held by the 10 Republican representatives who voted to impeach President Trump in 2021, seven of whom are still delusional enough to seek reelection this year.
The question came from Laura Loomer, age 28, who is currently running for the Republican nomination in Florida’s solidly Red 11th district.
The seat is now held by Republican Congressman Dan Webster, who curiously failed to cast a vote in the 2021 impeachment.
In 2020, Loomer won the Republican nomination in the decidedly bluer Florida 21st district, where she also gained President Trump’s endorsement and vote (the 21st includes Palm Beach, where he resides).
She raised more funds than all seven of her Republican primary opponents and Democratic incumbent Lois Frankel combined.
You might not have heard about Loomer’s race, but it was historic.
She was the first congressional candidate in history to be banned from virtually all social media, leading many commentators to dismiss her candidacy as impossible.
To its disgrace, the GOP establishment provided Loomer with no funds and almost totally ignored her, while some elements of the party attacked her more than they attacked Democrats.
Her opponent refused to debate her or even use her name in public.
You can, however, learn all about Loomer’s campaign and her dynamic and adversarial approach to politics in her new book, "Loomered: How I Became the Most Banned Woman in the World."
For any true conservative, it is a must-read.
Perhaps for that reason, establishment Republicans and the embarrassed bow-tied bystanders of Conservative, Inc. have ignored it as assiduously as they ignored Loomer’s nomination, even though her energy, intrepidity and grassroots skills took the nomination in a district that could have been in play.
Loomer’s story is one of the most compelling tales of modern American politics, but she wrote Loomered as a warning as well as a memoir.
As a verb, to "Loomer" has two meanings.
The first is to use our constitutional rights of free speech, assembly and association to confront people in power with questions that they would prefer not to be asked, still less answer. It is the closest thing contemporary America has to speaking truth to power.
Loomer has excelled in this, embarrassing the likes of Hillary Clinton, James Comey, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, the founders of the 2017 Women’s March, Big Tech titans, and other leftist ne’er-do-wells — and now the ridiculous Tom Emmer — with well documented facts that the mainstream media never touches.
The second meaning refers to Loomer’s own fate.
For putting public figures on the spot and stating opinions of which they disapprove, she has been banned from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Uber, Lyft, Uber Eats, PayPal, Venmo, GoFundMe, Medium, Stripe, YouTube and Clubhouse, among other platforms and payment services that have no problem hosting the Taliban, the Iranian regime, jihadist organizations, Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and other organizations that routinely incite and sometimes perpetrate violence against America and its citizens.
With zero factual basis, Loomer has been widely denounced as a racist, a white supremacist, a "dangerous individual," and, despite the fact that she is Jewish, a Nazi.
She has on no legal basis been denied her Second Amendment right to own a firearm.
She was detained, questioned, and searched after returning from a trip abroad just after Jan. 6, 2021, even though she did not attend that day’s demonstration at the U.S. Capitol.
A brilliant observer of politics, Loomer quickly understood that the cancel culture tactics weaponized to persecute her, including when she had the stature of a congressional candidate, would just as easily be adopted against other conservatives who stepped out of line.
As early as September of 2018, when the power of Big Tech fell under the scrutiny of the Trump administration and a Republican Congress, she publicly called out then-Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey when he offered the House Energy and Commerce Committee lying assurances that Twitter did not censor political speech.
At the time, Loomer, along with a few others, had been banned from Twitter – for political speech.
And there she was in the audience, from which she loudly announced that fact directly at Dorsey, and warned that other conservatives, including President Trump, would also be banned for political reasons.
The swamp Republicans running the committee swiftly had her removed, with the corpulent Billy Long of Missouri even starting a mock auctioneering routine to drown out her voice of protest.
We all know what has happened since.
Dissenting voices, including that of a sitting president of the United States, were and remained banned by unregulated and monopolistic Big Tech, while dictators and terrorists post freely.
Even outside of electoral politics, Big Tech censorship has for ideological reasons stymied open public discussion of issues of pressing national importance, including, until recently and possibly when it was too late, the nature and origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Allowing this massive concentration of coercive power over the information sector, Loomer persuasively writes, stands as the Trump administration’s greatest failure. It is likely one that cost the former president reelection since we now know that Big Tech actively suppressed stories unfavorable to his opponent.
The complacent and uninspired establishment GOP may still do nothing about it even if, as widely predicted, it takes back a congressional majority this year.
But if that majority includes Laura Loomer, it is hard to imagine how it can avoid it.
Paul du Quenoy is president of the Palm Beach Freedom Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in history from Georgetown University. Read more — Here.
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