Sunday, July 31, 2022

Pushing an Immigration Conspiracy Theory, While Courting Latinos?


Blake Masters, a venture capitalist and Stanford graduate. Masters has the support of Donald J. Trump and is the front-runner for the Republican nomination.  Mark Kelly, a Democrat, holds the seat currently.

Immigration is part of Masters' pitch,

"For months, Mr. Masters has promoted a specious theory portraying illegal immigration across the southern border as part of an elaborate Democratic power grab. In speeches, social media videos and podcast interviews, he has asserted that Democrats are trying to encourage immigration so their party can dilute the political power of native-born voters."

Medina identifies the source of some of the support for Masters:

"His message has been welcomed by the far right and by white supremacists, including Nick Fuentes, a white nationalist leader; Andrew Torba, the creator of Gab, a social media platform popular with extremists; and Andrew Anglin, the founder of the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer. Mr. Anglin endorsed Mr. Masters last month, saying that he was “exactly the kind of man this country needs,” and urged readers to volunteer for his campaign. After an outcry, Mr. Masters issued a statement saying that he rejected the support and had never heard of Mr. Anglin."


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