A Florida Hispanic lawmaker is accusing the Washington Post of racism.
According to Fox News, Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, Republican of Florida, said her latest profile was riddled with errors.
“How terrible is this [The Washington Post] treatment[s] Minorities. And the fact is, the tone of his article was incredibly racist. They tried to downplay my Hispanic heritage. He spoke to my mother and reported a lot of what she was posting. So, the Washington Post is compost, and they should do better,” he said Friday during an appearance on the Fox News show “Jesse Waters Primetime.”
“My story they don’t want to believe is true. Again, I grew up within the welfare system. I went to over six high schools. My parents were never married. And I think one of the craziest claims they’re trying to make is that I wasn’t raised a Messianic Jew,” Luna said.
Luna said these errors were part of the post’s intent to attack him.
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“As I’ve said before and the Washington Post has clearly demonstrated, anyone who is a conservative minority is a threat to left-wing control,” Luna said, according to Fox News. “They may try to discredit me, but unfortunately for them the facts completely blow their story out of the water.”
The Post story said in part, “Luna’s sharp turn to the right, an account of an isolated and impoverished childhood and an embrace of her Hispanic heritage, surprised some friends and family who knew her before she ascended to the US. home this year.”
The Post claimed that Luna “registered to vote as a Democrat in the state of Washington” in 2017. It later corrected that claim and stood for the piece as a whole.
“We have corrected the factual information based on the database error. Rep. “This story, an in-depth account of Luna’s biography, includes a lot of perspectives from people who knew her throughout her life,” said Shani George, vice president of communications for The Washington Post, according to Fox.
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Although the Post said it found no evidence that Luna’s father, George Mayerhofer, was in prison, Fox News said it was able to review footage of Luna showing her father in and out of prison.
Edie Hypel, Luna’s director of communications, said the story was designed to hurt Luna.
“No conservative outlet will stand a chance if they dare call someone ‘not Hispanic enough,’ yet that’s the main narrative WAPO is trying to turn around,” Hypel said.
“Because Anna is conservative, somehow WAPO believes that it is not valid that both sides of her family are from Mexican immigrants. This article has very racist undertones and the Washington Post intentionally omitted facts from multiple sources that disprove their lies and narrative,” Hypel said.
The Post account includes sources who say Luna was a liberal and supporter of former President Barack Obama while serving at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.
However, Lamar Carson, who worked with Luna at Whiteman for two years and spoke to the Post — but was not quoted in the report — saw things differently.
“She is the same now as she was before,” he said.
“We never participated in much of a political conversation. As I told the Washington Post, we support and defend the Constitution of the United States, that was our job then and still is. It’s not something we got into,” Carson said.
This article was originally published in The Western Journal.