Anna Paulina Luna Shreds Washington Post for ‘Incredibly Racist’ Smear Piece
Freshman Congresswoman Anna Paulina Luna, R-Fla., blasted the Washington Post on Saturday for publishing a dishonest and “incredibly racist” profile on her background. The Post’s article called into question details about Luna’s life story and claimed that she had only embraced her Hispanic heritage as a campaign gimmick. The report contained numerous factual errors and has since had to offer a retraction.
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“It’s awful how they treat minorities, and the fact is the undertone of the article was incredibly racist,” Luna told Jesse Watters Primetime guest host Will Cain, “They tried to undercut my Hispanic heritage.”
The Post’s article, published Saturday morning, accused Luna of exaggerating aspects of her biography, namely her Hispanic ancestry and messianic Jewish background. The Post interviewed several people close to Luna about her life story but allegedly omitted their testimony when their statements did not align with the Post’s narrative. Luna criticized the Post for trying to discredit her as a minority republican.
“I think that my story is something that they didn’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. I think also one of the craziest claims that they’re trying to say I wasn’t raised as a messianic Jew. You know, I have documentation and photos of my father at synagogue. My mother confirmed this to the Washington Post.”
The Post was later forced to retract one of its claims. The article had previously claimed that Luna had been registered as a Democrat while living in Washington state. Washington state does not register its voters based on party affiliation. Luna had also been registered as a Republican in Pinellas County, Florida, as recently as 2015, according to The Daily Caller.
“A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Anna Paulina Luna was registered as a Democrat in Washington state in 2017 based on an erroneous voter registration database. Washington state only requires voters to declare their party affiliation when they cast a ballot in a presidential primary.”
The Post also asserted that there was no evidence of Luna’s claims that her father had previously been incarcerated. Fox News Digital was able to verify court filings proving Luna’s claim quickly. The congresswoman also presented an image of her father wearing a white prison jumpsuit.
“But again, they don’t want people like me to have credibility, so what they try to do is attack the reputation… I do believe that they are trying to again attack my credibility and I’m not going to let them get away with it. The American people deserve honest representation. I’m exactly that, and I have the receipts to prove it.”
After the article’s publication on Friday, Luna blasted the Washington Post for getting their facts wrong, “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.”
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
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The Washington Post also made reference to freshman New York Rep. George Santos, who has been caught falsifying numerous aspects of his background. The report suggested a parallel between the two congressmen. The Post has not issued any further corrections.
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