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Since the legacy media is running out of fodder on NY Rep. George Santos, The Washington Post decided it needed to set its investigative sites on the freshman representative from Florida, Anna Paulina Luna. Luna has been making her mark among the newly-minted GOP House. Luna was one of the gang of 20 who held House Speaker McCarthy’s feet to the fire on the Rules package in order for him to secure her vote for his speakership.
Luna is causing her Democrat colleagues to clutch their pearls over her 2A stance and asserting her right to carry her firearm within the meeting chambers. Luna publicly joined Reps. Andrew Clyde and George Santos in wearing an AR-15 lapel pin to show her support of 2A rights, and she is cutting a swath on the House Oversight Committee with her targeted grilling of those testifying on the floor.
The WaPo hit piece is the usual drivel of anonymous sources, interviews with associates that are supposedly dear friends, distant cousins, and hair-splitting hyperbole to make Luna’s story and background as questionable as possible.
George Santos in a Christian Dior skirt, folks.
I had no idea that sporting designer clothes was a questionable thing. Are Democrats the only ones who can vogue Kate Spade or Chanel? Inquiring minds want to know.
And frickin’ Peggy Noonan of the “Thousand Points of Light” George H.W. speech expressed support and voted for Barack Obama. So, journalist, puhleeze.
By the time she ran for Congress as a Republican, she had changed her last name to Luna in what she said was an homage to her mother’s family. A staunch advocate for gun rights, she cited on the campaign trail a harrowing childhood that left her “battle hardened.” She said she and her mother had little extended family as she grew up in “low-income” neighborhoods in Southern California with a father in and out of incarceration. She said she experienced a traumatizing “home invasion” when she was serving in the Air Force in Missouri.
Luna’s sharp turn to the right, her account of an isolated and impoverished childhood, and her embrace of her Hispanic heritage have come as a surprise to some friends and family who knew her before her ascent to the U.S. House this year. A cousin who grew up with Luna said she was regularly included in family gatherings. Her roommate in Missouri had no recollection of the “home invasion” Luna detailed, describing instead a break-in at their shared apartment when they were not home, an incident confirmed by police records.
“She would really change who she was based on what fit the situation best at the time,” said the roommate, Brittany Brooks, who lived with Luna for six months and was a close friend during her military service.
Note the “cousin” in the second paragraph. And this obsession with putting a fine point on Luna’s reference to the violation she felt over her home being invaded versus the roommate’s take is totally suspect. “Break-in,” “home invasion,” po-ta-to, pa-ta-ta <insert *eyeroll* emoji>. I had someone break into my apartment when I wasn’t home, and it can be traumatizing. So, this dismissiveness by supposed friend and roommate Brittany Brooks and WaPo is just tacky. Since Brooks “was” a close friend who only lived with Luna for six months, how does she know whether there wasn’t another home invasion Luna experienced? Perhaps WaPo actually dug up the police reports?
As an investigative journalist that’s what I would do, and WaPo has way more resources. Of course, the writer couldn’t even get Luna’s prior political registration correct, and WaPo had to issue a retraction. I am sure there will be more to come.
Here’s what cracks me up: the main crux of Luna’s story, how her chaotic childhood and time in the military built a resilience in her, is, along with the whole break-in thing, where the WaPo writer chooses to fixate. Even though Luna’s childhood experiences and trauma was confirmed by her mother, WaPo gave paragraphs of copy to a cousin who–according to WaPo–has been estranged from Luna since 2020. Apparently, Luna also filed a restraining order. But WaPo chose to bury this information toward the end of the article.
Holy shit the Washington post just tried to claim my dad was never incarcerated, left out comments from my mom, said I was a registered Democrat, and did not report a convo they had with a former roommate, and interviewed “family” I don’t talk to. This is comical.
— Anna Paulina Luna (@VoteAPL) February 10, 2023
Going on @JesseBWatters tonight with the facts. 🔥 The left hates conservative minorities.
— Anna Paulina Luna (@realannapaulina) February 10, 2023
Democracy dies in darkness, ya’ll.