A 26-year-old former Trump administration adviser announced that she is running for the U.S. House of Representatives in Illinois.
During an interview with “Fox & Friends” on Monday, Republican congressional candidate Catalina Lauf (R-Ill.) — whose mother is a legal immigrant from Guatemala and father owns a small business — talked about her candidacy for the House.
Lauf said that she and her family have “such a profound love of entrepreneurship, and limited government, and allowing for small businesses to thrive.”
She continued on to say that “entrepreneurship” and “small business” make up a “big platform” of her campaign.
“My district has a lot of small business owners,” said Lauf. “And we need to ensure we’re creating an environment that really fosters that growth.”
Lauf also pushed back on assertations that President Donald Trump is a “racist,” saying that he is not and that “many other Hispanic-Americans” that came to the U.S. legally are “insulted by that” because they entered the country “the right way.”
“He’s not a racist. People like my mom and my grandmother and many other Hispanic-Americans who have come here legally feel so insulted by that, because they did it the right way. And there is a process for it. You should be a law-abiding citizen. President Trump is doing his best to protect the country, and we should be enforcing legal immigration laws.”
Watch the video here:
Latina Republican congressional candidate Catalina Lauf on the Left calling Trump "racist" for enforcing immigration law: “People like my mom, my grandmother, and many other Hispanic Americans who have come here legally feel so insulted by that because they did it the right way” pic.twitter.com/C8zmIEfPP7
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If Lauf wins, she will become the youngest-ever woman representative elected to Congress, taking the title from 29-year-old self-described democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).
The Illinois Republican is not afraid of people comparing her to the freshman New York Democrat, saying that if there was a comparison between her and Ocasio-Cortez, it is that she is “driven” by her love for America and not “a hate” for what the country “stands for.”
“I’m not anti-anyone, I’m pro-America,” Lauf said. “But if there’s a contrast [with Ocasio-Cortez], it’s that I’m driven by a love for my country, not a hate for everything it stands for.”
Lauf announced her candidacy via a video on Twitter Thursday. She is aiming to take the seat from freshman Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-Ill.), who unseated former Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.) in the 2018 midterm election.
Some may say I don’t fit the mold, but I’m a product of the American Dream. Today we see that Dream under attack from the divisive far-left. I’m running for Congress to defend the promise of the American Dream. Join me today ➡️ https://t.co/Gwp1E58Kwg
This is #ourfutureourfight pic.twitter.com/FkM6SeDDQI
— Catalina Lauf (@CatalinaLauf) August 22, 2019
“Some may say I don’t fit the mold, but I’m a product of the American Dream. Today we see that Dream under attack from the divisive far-left,” wrote Lauf in a tweet accompanying the video. “I’m running for Congress to defend the promise of the American Dream.”