Leslie Cockburn doesn’t have a very high opinion of President Trump’s many supporters in Virginia.
The Democrat, who is running to represent the Fifth Congressional District of Virginia in Congress, deployed every attack in the progressive playbook to disparage President Trump in an interview with the far-left magazine Vanity Fair describing why she decided to launch her candidacy.
Cockburn accused the President of “shredding” democratic institutions, compared him to the “oligarchs and kleptocrats” at the helm of despotic regimes around the world and portrayed him as an existential threat to journalists such as herself.
Of all the candidates in this year’s midterms, Cockburn may have the least in common with her would-be constituents — she recounts being advised to run as a “progressive” and avoid being “middle of the road,” yet the Fifth District turned out heavily for Republicans in 2016.
Asked whether she can prevail without winning back some of President Trump’s supporters, she dismissed the idea, saying, “I’m not going to woo those Trump supporters in the evangelical churches where people feel Democrats are satanic.”
She’s said that immigration enforcement is equivalent to running a “gulag” and “torturing children,” even asserting that ICE is “like our new Gestapo.”
Those are not the words of someone who wants to represent and work for the betterment of everyone in her district. They are the words of a hyper-partisan extremist who disdains basic civility because it conflicts with her black-and-white worldview.
In addition to her disdain for the voters who support President Trump, her 1991 book, “Dangerous Liaison: The Inside Story of the US-Israel Covert Relationship,” “put forward patently false, anti-Jewish conspiracy theories,” according to the Jewish website Aish.
Even The New York Times, in its review of her book, states that while her writings are “supposedly a history of the secret ties between Israel and the United States,” in reality it “is largely dedicated to Israel-bashing for its own sake.”
“Its first message is that, win or lose, smart or dumb, right or wrong, suave or boorish, Israelis are a menace,” the Times wrote. “The second is that the Israeli-American connection is somewhere behind just about everything that ails us.”
Her political positions are altogether in line with her far-left, radical rhetoric, too. Cockburn is supported by the pro-abortion group Emily’s List and supports single-payer health care.
Yet, while Cockburn has been on the warpath to take down President Trump, Virginia has been experiencing an unprecedented amount of growth under his administration.
The state unemployment rate has been dropping with each passing month, and jobs that were lost long ago are now coming back.
From The Plains to Danville, the Fifth District is moving in the right direction.
If Cockburn and her Democrat cohorts take control of Congress, however, they’ll try to tear up every policy and legislative triumph achieved by the Trump administration.
At the top of the Cockburn/Pelosi wishlist will be the repeal of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act — the historic tax reform that brought 90 percent of Americans bigger paychecks.
The Democrats will seek to restrict our Second Amendment rights as well, and will do anything they can to create open borders.
Wherever Cockburn can challenge President Trump, she will — and wherever there’s an opportunity to work together for the benefit of the American people, she won’t.
With her low view of Trump, Cockburn clearly thinks the same of his many supporters in the Fifth District of Washington. And with economic growth back in the Old Dominion thanks to the Trump agenda, the voters must show their displeasure with her Nov. 6.
Findlay is the executive director of the Republican Party of Virginia. He wrote this column for the Register & Bee.
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