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Right-wing agitator Laura Loomer launches 2020 campaign in Florida

“Republicans must condemn Loomer’s hate filled message or they own it.”

On Friday, far-right conspiracy enabler (and social media pariah) Laura Loomer launched a bid for a congressional seat in Palm Beach.

According to the Miami Herald, Loomer is a 26-year-old blogger and conservative whose guerilla activism caused her problems on most social media platforms. She was also a contributor to InfoWars.

Yes, that InfoWars.

As part of that gig, Loomer “covered” the 2018 shootings in Parkland by challenging the accounts of students pushing for gun control in the shooting’s aftermath.

“It’s obvious these kids are reading a screen or notes someone else wrote for them,” Loomer tweeted, though her Twitter account has since been shut down.

“Notice how media is only talking to the same group of students. They aren’t talking to the pro gun ROTC students who actually saved lives, unlike these students.”

Loomer has also used social media to call Islam a “cancer on humanity” and accuse U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota of “pushing for another 9/11,” among other outrageous posts.

She was among a wave of inflammatory accounts banned by Twitter in 2018. Facebook and Instagram have also barred her from using those platforms.

A lawsuit has been filed to challenge those suspensions.

Election records suggest she filed Friday to run in 2020 for the congressional seat in the Palm Beach district that’s home to Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.

Loomer’s campaign website states she resides in Florida’s 21st Congressional District — where she is running to unseat Democrat Lois Frankel. Her campaign’s FEC filing lists Lake Worth as the primary address.

“This is today’s Washington Republican Party, a full-blown white nationalist is running for Congress in Florida,” said a spokesperson with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, as originally reported by the Herald.

“Republicans must condemn Loomer’s hate-filled message or they own it.”

Loomer has raised her profile as a right-wing activist by launching confrontational protests at various events.

One of her biggest viral stunts was interrupting a Shakespeare at the Park production of Julius Caesar. That production replaced Caesar with a character similar to Trump who, in the play, eventually gets assassinated.

In June 2017, Loomer rushed the stage, accusing the actors of encouraging harm to Trump. She’s also ambushed several other events, such as the Women’s March and a Jim Comey book event.

Loomer was even kicked out of CPAC, an annual conservative gathering, after heckling CNN reporters who were covering the event.

But she isn’t the only Republican looking to challenge Frankel in 2020. She joins a field that includes Christian Acosta, Michael Bluemling, Jr. and Victor Garcia da Rosa.

None of them stand much of a chance against Frankel, however. The incumbent won her 2016 reelection bid by more than 25 percentage points. She didn’t even court a challenger in 2018.

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Melissa S. Razdrih is a Tampa correspondent for Florida Politics. Razdrih graduated with a Bachelor's degree from the University of Tampa in 2006 and went on to earn a Master's degree before switching gears to write professionally. Since then, Razdrih has been published in national blogs, like PopSugar, and local publications, like Tampa Bay Business and Wealth, on everything from self-care to cryptocurrency, but politics is her passion. Contact her at melissarazdrih@me.com.

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