The tyranny of socialism must be fought wherever it appears, including the halls of the U.S. House of Representatives. Meet the squad in Congress who is going to take socialists head on.
The Anti-Socialist Squad: a Retaining Wall in Congress
Three women and one man who grew up or fled socialist regimes arrived at the US Congress: they are María Elvira Salazar, Nicole Malliotakis, Carlos Giménez and Victoria Spartz
“A natural alliance has been formed among the new members of Congress whose families fled from socialism or communism to achieve the American dream,” Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis, the daughter of Greek and Cuban immigrants, said in her Twitter account, highlighting the new alliance for freedom that exists in Congress: the anti-socialist squad made up of María Elvira Salazar, Nicole Malliotakis herself, Carlos A. Giménez and Victoria Spartz, all members of the Republican Party.
María Elvira Salazar, the award-winning journalist who is now in politics
After falling in the 2018 election in Florida’s 27th District, Maria Elvira Salazar returned to the fight in the 2020 general election against Democrat Donna Shalala. With the support of President Donald Trump, Maria Elvira took revenge and won the election that allowed her to reach the House of Representatives.
Salazar is a well-known journalist. She came face to face with the tyrant Fidel Castro, the dictator Augusto Pinochet and several historical figures in U.S. and Latin American politics: Bill Clinton, George Bush, Alvaro Uribe, among others. She worked for Telemundo for three decades after hosting Mega TV, and was also on the news staff of CNN en Español and Univision.
Nicole Malliotakis, the only Republican representing New York
Another member of this anti-socialist squad is Nicole Malliotakis. The daughter of Cuban and Greek immigrants, she is one of the first two Greek-American women elected to office in New York State. She is also called a Cuban American, even though her father is Greek.
In 2017 she was the Republican candidate to run for mayor in New York City, but the result was not the best and she was defeated by the Democrat —current mayor— Bill de Blasio.
But in 2020 the situation was different for Malliotakis. With her party’s support, she was the only Republican elected to represent New York City in Congress.
Carlos A. Giménez, the confirmation of the Republican growth in Miami-Dade
Carlos Giménez is a Cuban-American with a good political career behind him. He is a former mayor of Miami-Dade and this victory for a congressional seat, along with Maria Elvira’s victory, represents the growth of the Republican Party among Hispanics in Miami and the strengthening of the anti-socialist squad.
The Republican won by four percentage points over the Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, a current representative from the 26th Congressional District, congresswoman of Ecuadorian origin who arrived at the Lower House after winning in 2018.
Victoria Spartz, a Ukrainian-American who succeeded in Indiana
The story of Victoria Spartz is probably the most exciting within the anti-socialist Republican squad. She is a professional farmer and businesswoman who struggles to reduce the size of the state, promotes traditional American values and grew up in Soviet Ukraine, so she knows, first hand, the tragic reality of countries where socialism is implemented.
Last Monday, during an interview on Fox News, the congresswoman in Indiana gave a master class not only warning of the danger of socialist ideas but also reminded us of what the United States is as a nation: “We have to value our freedoms because we are the largest republic that has ever existed.”
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