AOC’s new Jamaican-born GOP opponent makes Fox News debut: ‘I love this country’

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A day after New York businesswoman Scherie Murray, a Jamaican immigrant and proud Republican, announced her candidacy against socialist Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, she followed up her announcement with her first-ever appearance on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.”

And during that appearance Thursday morning, Murray made it clear what she stands for.

“My campaign is about uniting the fight, and that’s why I’m in the race for Congress. I’d like to build bridges instead of burning them down like our congressional representative that represents the district in Queens and the Bronx,” she said when asked to state her case.

“What sort of bridges have they burned down?” host Bill Hemmer asked.

“Listen to the rhetoric on the national level. It’s disgusting, and it needs to be dialed back. I think the conversation needs to now be focused on policy,” she replied.

Murray acknowledged being born in Jamaica and moving to the U.S. when she was nine years old.

“I love this country,” she said. “I know first-hand what it is to work hard, to see my parents work hard.”

Listen to the first half of the interview below:

 

Murray wasn’t wrong. It seems like almost every single month or even week, AOC says something else bombastic and hyperbolic. Last month she repeatedly claimed that U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s detention facilities for illegals are “concentration camps.” False.

Thus far this month, she’s suggested that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is a racist (false), accused the president of holding illegal alien children hostage “to secure billions for their abusers” (false), accused CBP officials of forcing an illegal alien woman to drink water from a toilet (false) and refused to condemn an act of left-wing terrorism that’d been inspired by her own words.

She’s also repeatedly accused the president’s immigration policies of being motivated by racism. Though in fairness to the 29-year-old socialist, this is a common refrain among those in her party. But it’s also one that Murray’s story easily dispels.

How so? Because Murray appears to support the president and his immigration policies. Why? Perhaps because, as someone whose family legally immigrated to the United States, she recognizes the difference between immigration and illegal immigration.

“Scherie Murray was born in Jamaica, West Indies, and came to New York City with her family when she was nine,” her campaign website reads. “Growing up in Southeast Queens, Scherie learned early on about the importance of hard work, the value of a good education and the strength of a united community.”

Happy Birthday to our President Donald J. Trump. May God continue to bless you as President of the United States of America. May God bless us all.

Posted by Scherie S. Murray on Friday, June 14, 2019

Continuing the discussion Thursday morning on Fox, Murray blasted AOC for all she’s done to destroy — not create — jobs and economic opportunity.

“We saw AOC introduce for her first policy introduction, the job-killing ‘Green New Deal,’ and then she went on to kill more jobs in New York by killing the Amazon deal,” she said. “So I think it’s important to really dial back that type of rhetoric and put more policies out that are going to benefit Americans.”

She shared this same message during a phone interview with Fox on Wednesday.

“There is a crisis in Queens, and it’s called AOC,” she said. “And instead of focusing on us, she’s focusing on being famous. Mainly rolling back progress and authoring the job-killing Green New Deal and killing the Amazon New York deal.”

She repeated the sentiment in her first campaign ad as well.

“Your representative in Washington chooses self-promotion over service, conflict over constituents, resistance over assistance,” she says in the ad. “Queens and the Bronx needs someone who will create jobs instead of turning them away.”

Watch the ad below:

The bad news for Murray is that, to take on AOC, she’ll first have to win the GOP primary. As it stands, she currently faces four other contenders, including “former cop John Cummings, journalist Ruth Papazian, construction contractor Miguel Hernandez and businessman Antoine Tucker,” according to the New York Post.

Hernandez and Tucker appear to be relatively obscure figures, whereas Cummings has already made his own appearance on Fox News, and Papazian “has met with GOP officials who have encouraged her to enter what would be an uphill race,” according to the Post.

“A daughter of Egyptian immigrants, Papazian said she would run on a platform of creating jobs, not chasing them away,” the outlet noted in a report way back in March. “She said the Amazon fiasco is just one example of Ocasio-Cortez being too far to the left for her Bronx-Queens district.”

“[AOC] chose ideology over paychecks,” she said of AOC’s successful efforts at killing New York City’s deal with Amazon. “People need jobs. We don’t have economic diversity in the outer boroughs.”

Regarding the GND, she added, “The Green New Deal is a job-killer.”

Cummings said about the same thing during his appearance Wednesday on Fox, except he focused more-so on AOC’s push for socialism in general.

“I despise socialism, I despise everything about it,” he said. “For many years, the Democrats have flirted with socialism … and now they are almost knocking each other over to see who can grab the socialist ring first.”

“When you’re doing so in a climate where the economy is really chugging along, unemployment is low…everything seems to be moving in the right direction, and now you’re going to flip the script? I think it’s outrageous and I think people know that at the local level.”

Listen to the rest of Murray’s interview below:

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