How Laura Loomer Personifies The Essence of the Post-Trump Republican Party

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Following last week’s election, far-right activist Laura Loomer has won the Republican primary for the U.S. House of Representatives district where President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club is located.

If you don’t know who Loomer is, don’t worry. Until very recently, her presence in headlines and in the dynamics of the country was negligible.

But the fact that an Islamophobic activist, who pushes conspiracy theories and has become an Internet personality because of her radicalism, won the Republican primary in (anywhere) Florida is alarming enough to digress.

Loomer is a former employee of far-right activist James O’Keefe. She later worked as a correspondent for the Canadian far-right digital platform The Rebel Media, and InfoWars, the American media for fake news and conspiracy theories.

As reported by CNN, Loomer has become “one of the most high-profile figures” in the radical right-wing digital movement and has repeatedly described Islam as a “cancer on humanity.”

Her online comments have banned her from Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, as well as Uber and Lyft, after he wrote on Twitter: “someone needs to create a non-Islamic form of Uber or Lyft because I never want to support another Islamic immigrant driver.”

As of Wednesday morning, Loomer is the Republican nominee in Florida’s 21st Districincludingude President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.

According to CNN, she won a six-way primary for the right to face Rep. Lois Frankel (D) in the general election, raising more than $1 million thanks to support from conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, pardoned Trump ally Roger Stone and Florida Rep. Loomer campaigned as “the Trumpiest candidate in the field,” touting her belief in the President’s “law and order” message.

Although it is highly unlikely that Loomer will make it to Congress considering that Florida’s 21st district is heavily Democratic, her victory in the Republican primary speaks volumes about the transformation of the Republican party (and electorate) in the Trump era.

“Great going Laura,” he wrote. “You have a great chance against a Pelosi puppet!” He also retweeted several accounts congratulating Loomer on her victory, including that of Marjorie Taylor Greene, the GOP nominee in Georgia’s 14th district who has publicly supported the QAnon conspiracy theory and expressed a number of anti-Islamic views.

CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski noted just how stunning a presidential endorsement for Loomer should be.

“Remarkable to see a president endorse a candidate who said Muslims shouldn’t have been allowed to hold public office and called Islam ‘a cancer on humanity,'” he tweeted. “In a normal administration, this would be a huge story, but it will barely get mentioned.”

At just 27, Loomer, who campaigned as a “conservative investigative journalist” and “loyal supporter of President Donald J. Trump,” was backed by controversial figures such as Milo Yiannopoulos, and was even introduced at an event by former presidential adviser and convicted Roger Stone himself.

Roger described Loomer as “someone who is fearless in her defense of America” and “the Joan of Arc of the conservative movement,” according to The New Yorker.

Andrew Marantz, a columnist for the paper, describes her as “a conspiracist in the paranoid American style, an unreconstructed guerrilla from the Internet culture war, and a nightmare apparition of our present and future politics.”

In a country where the political dynamics are increasingly controversial especially as the November elections approach we can rightly say that even if Trump is defeated in the election, the damage done to the country and to democracy will be long-lasting.