Indicted Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) is reportedly mailing letters crammed with Islamophobic rhetoric about his Democratic opponent, Ammar Campa-Najjar, and two Muslim congresswomen to voters in his Southern California district.
The mailers, first reported by Politico, function pictures of Campa-Najjar, a Protestant, and Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar (Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) alongside a picture of one of many terrorists concerned in a 1972 assault on Israeli athletes on the Munich Olympics. Additionally they solicit contributions from recipients.
“Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ammar Campa-Najjar … these three radical Democrats want you to forget their anti-semitism or family-terrorist ties!” reads a message on the again of the letters. “But as a Marine I’ll never forget the 1983 Beirut bombings and the 1972 Olympic murders!”
The letters reference allegations that Campa-Najjar’s grandfather, whom he by no means knew, was a Palestinian terrorist concerned within the planning of the Munich assault. (Campa-Najjar has condemned each the assault and his grandfather’s alleged position in it, which has been not too long ago known as into query.)
Hunter’s workplace didn’t instantly reply to a request for his remark. However his spokesman, Michael Harrison, confirmed to Politico that Hunter’s 2020 reelection marketing campaign despatched the mailers.
“It is a piece put out by Congressman Hunter’s campaign,” Harrison stated. “It’s a hard-hitting piece because these are significant issues that our opponent refuses to acknowledge.”
Requested to touch upon the mailers, Campa-Najjar merely famous to HuffPost that the letters comprise a spelling error the place they declare Tlaib is “anti-Isreal.”
“His spell-checkers are as bad as his fact-checkers,” stated Campa-Najjar, a 29-year-old fellow on the U.S. Immigration Coverage Heart on the College of California, San Diego.
The candidate additionally commented in a launch: “The closer Duncan Hunter gets to his criminal trial, the more absurd his lies and racist attacks become. At this point, it’s pretty clear that Congressman Hunter has lost all ability to tell the difference between right and wrong, fact and fiction.”
Campa-Najjar’s marketing campaign additionally known as on Hunter to apologize for posting to social media a since-deleted photograph of himself at a Fourth of July parade standing subsequent to a person making a gesture often known as a white supremacist image.
“It’s one scandal after another, one embarrassing news story after another, one potential crime after another, one courtroom appearance after another, and one lie after another,” Campa-Najjar stated.
Hunter is dealing with a Sept. 10 trial stemming from his indictment final yr for allegedly misusing $250,000 in marketing campaign funds. The congressman and his spouse, Margaret Hunter, have been accused of utilizing marketing campaign funds on private bills, together with luxurious holidays, dental work, theater tickets and personal faculty tuition for his or her youngsters.
“He’s paying his legal fees,” Campa-Najjar instructed Politico on Friday.
Campa-Najjar is operating towards Hunter for the second time in 2020, and it’s not the primary time he’s confronted racist assaults from the congressman.
Forward of the November midterm elections final yr, Hunter’s marketing campaign launched an assault advert calling rival Campa-Najjar a “security risk” with connections to Islamic terrorism. The advert falsely accused the candidate of trying to “infiltrate” Congress and altering his title “so he sounds Hispanic” and to erase his household’s ties to terrorism.
Hunter later doubled down on his assault, claiming Campa-Najjar would leak labeled info on U.S. navy operations if he had been elected. “Would he compromise U.S. operations to protect his relatives, the Najjars?” asks a letter paid for by Hunter’s marketing campaign and signed by three retired Marines.
Campa-Najjar is Palestinian-Mexican-American and labored on the White Home below President Barack Obama and on the Labor Division ― each of which required him to have safety clearance.
As The Washington Submit identified, Hunter wouldn’t be capable to acquire clearance because of his indictment.
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