Why was Laura Loomer banned by Twitter? Trump-loving Republican says she is anti-Sharia Law, not anti-Muslim
If she beats her four-term incumbent Democrat Lois Frankel, the 27-year-old would become the youngest person ever elected to the US House of Representatives
Political activist Laura Loomer won the congressional primaries and became the Republican candidate in Florida’s 21st District. If she beats her four-term incumbent Democrat Lois Frankel, the 27-year-old will become the youngest person ever elected to the US House of Representatives. She was even praised by President Donald Trump. POTUS had tweeted: "Great going Laura. You have a great chance against a Pelosi puppet!"
Great going Laura. You have a great chance against a Pelosi puppet! https://t.co/pKZp35dUYr— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2020
Recently, during an interview with the Daily Mail, Loomer opened up about her personal life. She was born in May 1993 in Tucson area of Arizona to Jeffrey Brian Loomer, a rheumatologist, and Joanna Elizabeth Hill, 54. Her family was financially well-off and she described it as “not hyper political” and Jewish but “not so religious”. She also said, growing up, she didn't have many friends. Most of her time was spent in front of the television watching Fox News and the sitcom ‘The Nanny’. She told the Daily Mail, “I was into news. The TVs were always on at the house, all tuned to news channels.”
Her inclination towards politics started early and she says Fox News’ coverage of September 11, which she watched alone when she was 8, had to some extent shaped her conservative opinions. “I'm a child of the war on terror. I grew up on Fox News. I was watching (Fox host Sean) Hannity and (Bill) O'Reilly. They made sense to me.” But she isn’t comfortable in talking about her family, she says, “I'm completely self-made. I'm from a divorced, dysfunctional family wrecked by mental illness. I was shipped off to boarding school, so it makes me a little uncomfortable to talk about my family.”
Loomer was upset when she was not accepted by her choice of college. She took the rejection from Dartmouth College personally. “I was devastated. My dream was shattered,” she said. She went to Mount Holyoke College, a Massachusetts women's school that focuses on liberal arts. But she was disappointed that there was no club for young conservatives on campus. “That place just wasn't for me,” she said. Loomer transferred to Barry University in Miami. There, she was doing well academically and was active in the College Republicans. However, Loomer was eventually kicked out during her senior year due to her political stunt. She had secretly videotaped a conversation with school officials where she talks about starting a student club to support the terrorist Islamic State. The video was later published by Project Veritas, a group led by James O'Keefe. “I was Valedictorian, except that I could not be at graduation. My dad flew in for the ceremony, only to be told I couldn't attend. I sat on the beach with him as graduation was going on. He wasn't too happy about it,” Loomer told the Daily Mail. However, that incident went viral and Loomer began other undercover operations for Project Veritas.
Her alleged hate speeches have resulted in Loomer being banned by social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Lyft and Uber banned her because of her request to provide non-Muslim drivers.
According to The Independent, PayPal also shut her account in early 2019 after she was accused of having links to an anti-Muslim hate group. Complaining about the ban and that it will result in her unable to receive donations to fund her activism, Loomer, as stated in The Independent, wrote: “I can’t even exist in society because the actual Nazis in tech and on the left constantly ban me because I post facts. How am I supposed to pay my bills?”
She says, “I'm not anti-Muslim. I’m anti-Sharia law.” She further says, “I'm accused of hate speech. Except that there really can't be such a thing as hate speech. We have the First Amendment.”