Florida Rep.-elect Carlos Gimenez credit Democrats’ “extremism” for helped him flip a Home seat for Republicans.
“The entire problem of socialism and communism, the extremism of my opponent and plenty of members of the Democrat Occasion gave us the victory,” Gimenez, the mayor of Maimi-Dade County, mentioned Saturday on “Fox & Buddies Weekend.”
Gimenez defeated freshman Democratic Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell within the 26th District.
Republican Maria Elvira Salazar additionally defeated freshman Democratic Rep. Donna Shalala to flip one other seat as Democrats misplaced assist amongst Hispanics in south Florida.
“Down right here in Maimi-Dade County we now have those who have come from Cuba. They’ve come from Venezuela, they’ve come from Nicaragua, south of Central America, they usually perceive what socialism is all about,” Gimenez mentioned.
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He slammed Mucarsel-Powell for being sluggish to sentence the “defund the police” motion and was not clear if she supported packing the Supreme Courtroom.
“We have seen that film earlier than. We got here from these international locations and we wish no a part of it,” Gimenez mentioned.
He believes the development will proceed because the Progressive Caucus is anticipated to develop.
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“Regardless that they’re going to deny they’re socialists, inform me who your mates are and I will let you know what you’re,” he mentioned. “Not simply Cubans and the Latin Individuals and the Venezuelans right here will reject it. The American folks will finally reject it as a result of that is not what this nation is all about.”
Gimenez mentioned that is why he determined to run for public workplace. He quickly will symbolize a district that stretches from the Miami suburbs to Key West.
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“I got here from Cuba as a 6-year-old child and that is the land of alternative,” he mentioned. “I like this nation and I do not wish to see one thing taking place to this nation that has occurred to different international locations down within the Caribbean, Central and South America.”
Gimenez was helped by President Trump’s sturdy enchantment to Cuban voters in Florida, which the president gained.
Fox Information’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.