Florida Senate candidate Representative Val Demings campaigns with activist who has repeatedly compared the GOP to the Taliban
Representative Val Demings, a Democrat from Florida seeking her party’s nomination to overthrow Republican Senator Marco Rubio, campaigned Sunday with a progressive activist who has repeatedly compared the Republican Party to the Taliban.
Amy Siskind, author of “The List: A Week-by-Week Reckoning of Trump’s First Year,” hosted Demings for a campaign event at her home in Mamaroneck, New York, on Sunday. She also hosted a virtual chat on domestic terrorism with Demings, a former police chief, in March.
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On September 1, two days after the last US troops left Afghanistan following the country’s rapid collapse against the Taliban, Siskind tweeted: “LIBERTY! (Except for women in control of their own bodies). GOP, the US Taliban. #YallQaeda”
The timing of the tweet suggests that Siskind was likely critical of the Texas Heartbeat Act, which banned abortions after six weeks of pregnancy from September 1.
This is not the first time that Siskind equates Republicans with the Taliban. She has repeatedly compared to former President Trump and the GOP on issues ranging from abortion rights to gun control.
“Oh look: the Taliban have arrived in America”, she tweeted in January 2017 with a photo of Trump and his cabinet in the Oval Office.
“Today we can say that the GOP’s ‘war on women’ was a made-up phrase,” she tweeted in March of the same year. “The Trump / GOP regime is the American version of the Taliban!
In September 2015, long before Trump’s presidency, Siskind said Republicans threatening to shut down the government at the time because of funding for Planned Parenthood were “the American version of the Taliban.”
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Demings announced in June that she was throwing her hat in the ring against several other Democrats, including former Rep. Alan Grayson, in hopes of toppling Rubio next November. She became a household name in 2020 after she said she was on the “shortlist” to be President Biden’s running mate.
The Demings campaign did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment.