Far-right Jewish Activist Laura Loomer Loses Congressional Race in Trump's Home District

Veteran Democratic incumbent Lois Frankel handily defeated far-right activist Loomer in Florida’s 21st district

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Laura Loomer holds up a sign across the street from a rally organized by Women's March N.Y.C.,  January 19, 2019.
Laura Loomer holds up a sign across the street from a rally organized by Women's March N.Y.C., January 19, 2019.Credit: Kathy Willens,AP
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Far-right Jewish activist Laura Loomer lost her bid, as expected, on Tuesday night to unseat veteran Democratic Congresswoman Lois Frankel in Florida’s 21st Congressional District - U.S. President Donald Trump’s home district which includes Palm Beach. Frankel beat Loomer 59% to 39% with 90% of the vote counted.

Loomer, 27, emerged over the past two years as one of the most provocative far-right online personalities of the Trump era and succeeded in outraising Frankel, taking in more than $2 million in donations. 

Trump, who presumably voted for Loomer, endorsed her after her primary win defeating five other candidates, saying, “Great going Laura. You have a great chance against a Pelosi puppet!”

When it comes to Israel, Frankel is considered a moderate Democrat with strong ties to pro-Israeli lobby groups. She supported Trump’s moving of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem in 2018, but opposes unilateral settlement annexation and has blasted Republicans for using “Israel and the Jews as a political football.”

Loomer had framed the general election as “the first time in history a Republican Jewish woman goes up against a Democrat Jewish woman, so we are putting the Jews on trial in district 21.”  

In September, the Anti-Defamation League called on Loomer to remove a “disgusting” ad using Holocaust imagery tying Frankel to the Black Lives Matter movement.

In May 2019, Loomer was banned from Facebook and Instagram along with the likes of Milo Yiannopoulos, Louis Farrakhan and Alex Jones. The ban came a month after Loomer claimed on Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, that Rep. Omar wanted “another 9/11” and said that “Islam is a cancer.” 

Loomer has since used right-wing social media platforms like Parler and Gab to help her very successful fundraising effort. Loomer’s donors include serial conspiracy theorist Alex Jones (she was a regular guest on Jones’ “InfoWars”) and she picked up public endorsements in the primary from Trump-world insider Roger Stone and Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz. Stone and former Breitbart editor Yiannopoulos spoke at Loomer's primary victory party in August.

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