Whittney Williams is likely to get a full dose of the left’s intolerance in the days to come as she represents what Democrats fear most in the 2020 election — a living, breathing embodiment that counters their false narrative about race and prejudice.
Williams is a Republican running to challenge U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens, D-Mich., for the 11th District U.S. House seat in 2020. Haley flipped the seat in 2018, so the odds are in Williams’ favor.
A pro-Trump immigrant who came to the U.S. at the age of 10, Williams shared her unique story Wednesday during an appearance on “Fox & Friends,” a story that includes her living in America for 16 years as an illegal immigrant.
Williams told co-host Steve Doocy that her family came to the U.S. on a tourist visa when she was 10-years-old and spoke no English, and they overstayed their visa — a common path for many illegal immigrants in the country.
“For 16 years I was a ‘DREAMer and it’s not a good life,” she said. “It wasn’t a good life and I don’t wish that life upon anybody and that’s why I feel the need to speak up now because the narrative on the left is not portraying that side of the story well.”
Gaining her U.S. citizenship after marrying, Williams said President Obama failed to offer a permanent solution for the millions of people in the country illegally and that President Trump “is trying his best” to find a solution.
Her strategy in unseating Stevens is to link her opponent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and the squad of radical hard-left freshman lawmakers: Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass.
Citing Haley’s voting record in office, she said “that is not in line with the values of Michiganders.”
In a campaign ad, Williams, 36, said she was “living in the shadows” as an illegal immigrant and charged politicians — see Democrats — with using these people as “political props for their own personal gain.”
“Rather than solving obvious problems, like immigration, career politicians too often look the other way at everyone else’s expense,” she said.
Williams, the director of diversity for the 11th district’s Republican committee, knows that she presents a problem for Democrats quick to play the race card.
“Now as a citizen, I want to help change the Washington culture,” she said in the video. “I’m sick and tired of political games, and I’m sure you are too. When I’ll go to Congress as a pro-life conservative who supports strong border security, Democrats are going to have a hard time using their typical playbook against me.”
Defeating Haley will not be an easy task, as The Hill reported that, as of June 30, the Democrat has already raised $1.3 million for her reelection effort.
On her website, Williams demonstrates a knowledge of what she is up against.
“I am running for Congress in Michigan’s 11th Congressional District because I love our country, believe in the American Dream, and want to fight back against the radical left’s socialist agenda,” she said. “This country has given me everything, and I hope to have the opportunity to give back by defending the Constitution and our fundamental American values.”
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